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The cat lord (also rendered as Cat Lord), also known as master cat, was one of the Animal Lords. He was the king of all felines, from the common house cat to the huge smilodon (sabre-toothed tiger).[1][3]


Human forms
The cat lord could choose to appear as a pale- or dark-skinned human with dark hair. His clothing was always black, possibly with gold trim, and he wore gold and jewelry with gems that were the same colors as found in cats.[4]
Feline forms
He appeared as either a black cat or black panther,[4] with very large, sharp teeth and claws.[1]


The cat lord was indifferent to nearly everything and everyone, except those things and creatures which affected the lives of cats.[1]


The cat lord had superhuman strength and dexterity and a genius-level intelligence.[1] His hearing and vision were five times more acute than a normal human, plus he could see great distances in the dark.[4] He could leap 30 ft (9.1 m) in any direction, including straight up, and always landed on his feet with no recovery time needed.[1] The cat lord could outrun a horse[5] and could move almost perfectly silently under normal conditions.[4]


Pale-skinned human form, ready to leap

He spoke Common and all manner of feline languages, including caterwaul, chimera, displacer beast, dragonne, kamadan, sea lion, tabaxi, and weretiger. He had a form of telepathy that could be used to communicate with almost any creature once per day, if necessary. He also had spell-like powers to blur, haste, speed, or use improved invisibility on himself; travel by dimension door, etherealness, astral travel, or teleport without error; and detect good, detect evil, or hypnotize others.[4]

The cat lord was extremely hard to hit, resistant to most magic, and could shapeshift between human and feline form at will.[1]

As HumanEdit

When he took human form, he could choose to be either a highly skilled monk or a master thief, with all the professional abilities of his chosen form. The master cat could magically summon other cats to his aid.[1] In random fashion, he could bring forth one or two weretigers, a handful of elfin cats or giant lynxes, or up to fifty domestic cats. Summoned felines were always completely obedient and loyal to the cat lord.[4]

As FelineEdit

In his panther form, he fought with two razor-sharp front claws and a vicious bite.[1] On alternating bite attacks, he could hiss as he opened his mouth and the spittle caused magical blindness in his target unless they successfully resisted. This blindness was permanent until dispelled or cured. As an alternative to a melee attack, he could emit a howl that stunned all but felines in a 19 ft (5.8 m) radius unless they managed to resist.[4]

If wounded, the master cat could lick his wounds nine times per day. Each lick restored health very similar to a cure light wounds spell. He could also summon other cats to his aid in feline form. The creatures that appeared ranged from small wild cats, up through the large cats to smilodons.[4]


The cat lord was a loner, and except for other cats, he had very few known friends.[4] However, the elven god Solonor Thelandira, who was allied with various nature powers and Animal Lords, had a particular alliance with the cat lord, with whom he shared a dominion over hunting.[3]

Rumors and LegendsEdit

Some sages considered the cat lord to be a minor deity, and a few considered him to be evil.[4]


See AlsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 22. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-1560768623.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 23. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  5. Gary Gygax (1977). Monster Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.

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