New Mutant Monday #93 - Cattiphant

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 4d6
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 120’ (40’
AC: 4
HD: 2
Attacks: 1 bite
Damage: 1d6+2
Save: L2
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: Incidental

The Chimerian’s strike again! At least that is what most people believe when they encounter yet another bizarre chimera that is found mainly in North America. It is suggested that these creatures existed before the final wars, that they were originally created as pets for those who could afford such luxuries.

These creatures are hairless, and have the body of an Elephant, but the head and face of a housecat. Also unlike the actual Elephants, these creatures are small, just slightly larger than the average housecat was before the final wars, usually being about two feet in length, and weighing around seventy pounds.

Unlike the Elephant that makes up most of the genetic structure of these creatures, they are carnivorous, preferring to hunt small rodents and other animals for food. They also tend to be very cat-like in nature and attitude, sleeping for sixteen-plus hours every day and being very finicky and judgemental. They are incapable of climbing, as their limbs do not allow for it, nor do they possess claws, although their bite can be quite painful.

Like Elephants, these creatures are herd animals, preferring to be in large groups of their own kind. Seeing a herd of these animals in the wild is disconcerting as many have described it as adorable, and yet strangely sinister. They believe it harkens back to the ancient saying of trying to herd cats, and someone, somehow, managed to figure out exactly how to do this.

Each herd is led by a single alpha male and he controls the entire group. He gets to mate with all the females, and when young are encountered with the herd, they are always his offspring. Other males are allowed to challenge the alpha for dominance, with the winner taking over the herd and the loser either being killed or sent into exile. The new Alpha will then kill any offspring that are not his and impregnate the females. Unlike most animals, these creatures mate year-round and the females gestate for one month before giving birth to a single kitten. It takes six months for the kitten to reach adulthood, at which time it becomes part of the herd.

Finally the males will never mate with their own offspring. They instinctively know which are theirs and will never copulate with them. Sometimes other males will do so, discretely, but when the Alpha discovers this, the offspring are invariably killed and the offended is not allowed to leave, he is either killed or ends up killing the Alpha to become the new Alpha, ensuring his offspring will survive.

Strangest of all is that these creatures have both the typical meow and growls of a housecat, but are capable of trumpeting like a fully grown Elephant. They only do this when challenging one another for positon of Alpha, or when they detect a dangerous predator and need to warn the herd.

Like housecats of old, there are those who like to capture the kittens of these creatures and turn them into pets. They do make nice pets, as they are far more loyal to their owners than a typical cat was, and they can even act as guard animals, alerting their owners when someone approaches their home – be it friend or stranger.

Mutations: Aberrant form (chimera, natural weapons), dwarfism.