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Vesperian Bestiary: Tiger by MoonsongWolf Vesperian Bestiary: Tiger by MoonsongWolf
Species: Tiger
Other Names: N/A
Ancestral Species: Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) and Sumatran tiger (P. t. sumatrae)
Original Purpose: Endangered species breeding program
Habitat: Tigers prefer areas with large compartments and plenty of sizable machinery or furnishings that allow them to both move freely and hide with ease. Machinery spaces, factory floors, and conservatories appeal to them.
Physical Description: Although genetically a Vesperian tiger is an intra-specific hybrid of Sumatran and Siberian tigers, their phenotype more closely resembles the smaller, more aggressive Sumatran. They tend to be smaller than either of their ancestral subspecies, with an average range of 80 200 pounds. Males tend to have beards and/or small manes, and they are generally a bit larger than their female counterparts. Colouration extends beyond the traditional black and orange stripe pattern; some tigers may have a cream, grey, or white base with darker stripes, blotches, or marbling. White markings, particularly on the muzzle, paws, and tail, are fairly common.
Frequency: Uncommon
Diet: Obligate carnivore; diet mainly consists of meat and eggs, but may be supplemented with plants and algaes. Many tigers will not eat other sapient species, while others have no ethical qualms in consuming any creature that they can catch.
Intelligence: Sapient; levels vary from low to high, with an average of medium. Severely regressed individuals may show signs of sentience only.
Social Organization: Tigers are solitary by nature, and competition for prime territories is exceptionally fierce among rogue and chieftain tigers. Although tigers that are a part of the Brotherhood Cabal have adapted to working in pairs or teams, most still prefer to spend their leisure time alone.
Occupations: Tigers fall into one of three types: Cabalists, who work in various capacities for the Brotherhood Cabal (the command arm of Central Control); chieftains, who offer protection to colonies or divisions of other species in exchange for food and supplies; and rogues, who live as solitary hunters.
Religion: Tigers believe that there are only two people in the world: the Old God, who created the world, and the New God, who must be reborn countless times in order to gain the experience to become a true deity. All tigers are the New God in various stages of his life.
Related Species: Although many other feline species were kept and bred as part of species recovery programs, the tiger is the only one that has survived in appreciable numbers and with a wide range in the facility. Whether this is because tigers were some of the few large predators able to escape or because they managed to push out their competition is unknown. It is certain that few, if any, of the areas of the facility are capable of supporting the lion (Panthera leo), which hunts in packs, or the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), which requires large expanses of open running space. The comparatively diminutive fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) has been observed in some regions of the facility with tilapia farms and/or seawater inlets, and the primitive cat-like fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is reported to thrive in at least one isolated arboretum.

Artwork is *MoonsongWolf
gjergji11 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks! :)
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