T I G G E RFelidae Panthera Tiggris
Class: Cat People
Other names: Rakshasa, Rakasha, Tigger, Tigra, Tiger-men.
Allegiance: Independent, Dark Legion of Demons
The Tigger are a race of the cat-people, Loranor, that lived in Hieyoks and Aels. There existed several historic Tigger tribes and kingdoms, such as the ones of the forest of Bierteno, Aels, but mostly, their kingdoms gained importance in the south-east of Hieyoks, from Hin to Hinbina and southern Bina. In Hin, the tigger culture of the Rakshasa, will for long be one of the main threats to human nations of Hin.
They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Aiers, has caused significant conflicts with humans.
The pattern of stripes is unique to each Loranor. The function of stripes is likely camouflage, serving to help tiggers conceal themselves amongst the dappled shadows and long grass of their environments as they stalk their prey. The stripe pattern is also found on the skin of the tigger. If a tigger were to be shaved, its distinctive camouflage pattern would be preserved.
Tiggers are the most variable in size of all cats-people, even more so than Leoparth and much more so than Leonids. Tiggresses are smaller than the males in each subspecies, although the size difference between male and female tiggers tends to be more pronounced in the larger tiger subspecies, with males weighing up to 1.7 times more than the females.
Ecology and BehaviorEdit
Tiggers can occupy a wide range of habitat types, but will usually require sufficient cover, proximity to water, and an abundance of prey. In various parts of their range they inhabit or have inhabited additionally partially open grassland and savanna as well as taiga forests and rocky habitats. Compared to the Leonids, the tiggers prefers denser vegetation, for which its camouflage colouring is ideally suited, and where a single predator is not at a disadvantage compared with the multiple cat-people in a pride. A further habitat requirement is the placement of suitably secluded den locations, which may consist of caves, large hollow trees, or dense vegetation.
Adult tiggers lead solitary lives and congregate only on an ad hoc and transitory basis when special conditions permit, such as plentiful supply of food. Despise this nature, the Tiggers where capable of organizing kingdoms -as Pradharasta in Hin, or Tagharalya in Hinbina-, when the supplies of prey and food where as well provided by the organization in a nation.
They establish and maintain home ranges. Resident adults of either sex tend to confine their movements to a definite territory, within which they satisfy their needs, and in the case of tiggresses, those of their growing cubs. Those sharing the same ground are well aware of each other's movements and activities.
The relationships between individuals can be quite complex, and apparently tiggers follow no set "rule" with regards to territorial rights and infringing territories. For instance, although for the most part tiggers avoid each other, both male and female tiggers have been documented sharing kills from hunts and booty from raids, usually with others of the opposite sex, or cubs.
When young female tiggers first establish a territory, they tend to do so fairly close to their mother's area. The overlap between the female and her mother's territory tends to wane with increasing time. Males, however, wander further than their female counterparts, and set out at a younger age to mark out their own area. A young male will acquire territory either by seeking out a range devoid of other male tiggers, or by living as a transient in another male's territory until he is old and strong enough to challenge the resident male.
Male tiggers are generally more intolerant of other males within their territories than females are of other females. For the most part, however, territorial disputes are usually solved by displays of intimidation, rather than outright aggression.
In the wild, tiggers mostly feed on large and medium-sized animals, with most studies indicating a preference for native ungulates weighing 90 kg (200 lb) at a minimum. Sometimes, Tiggers are man-eaters.