The Cat People, originally mystically transformed from the domesticated Felis catus, are a race of humanoid cats where a majority immigrated and now inhabit an alternate dimensional netherworld., whilst some remained hidden on Earth disguised as Humans protected by their guardian known as the "Tigra", and the protector for the Land Within is known as the "Balkatar".
The Cat People originated roughly a thousand years ago in Florence, Italy, by a human sorcerer named Ebrok magically transforming two house cats. Ebrok instructed these first two Cat People, Flavius and Helene, in the mystic arts, allegedly with the help of the Caretakers of Arcturus in the Cat People's creation.
Ebrok's fellow sorcerers in the Sorcerers Guild opposed his work with the Cat People, including the man now known as the demonic sorcerer - Belasco. He thusly magically banished the Cat People to the other dimensional netherworld that the Cat People themselves called the Land Within, a realm of the interconnected pocket dimensions known collectively as Hades or Hell, after the most infamous of these realms ruled by Mephisto.
According to the spell of the sorcerers who banished them, one of the Cat People must answer the summons of any Earth-born sorcerer who calls upon them. The member of the Cat People chosen by them to respond to such calls is given the title of the Balkatar. In time the demonic environment of the Land Within caused the Cat People living there to become Demons themselves.
However, unknown to the mystics who banished the Cat People, Flavius and Helene had learned of their plan against them. Using sufficient time to use their own mystic skills to avoid the banishment, Flavius and Helene secretly remained with Ebrok and assisted him in his work. But one night, another sorcerer named Orann discovered Flavius and Helene with their creator, killing Ebrok. An enraged Flavius hurled a container holding the results of their current experiment at the killer, thereby releasing the germ that caused the Black Plague, that then swept over Europe, killing untold numbers of people.
Flavius and Helene fled to the mountains where they worked to find a cure for the plague, but they were again persecuted by the Sorcerers' Guild, forcing the two to summon the Balkatar to protect them. Yet he could not obey them since he had to obey the Sorcerers' Guild per the conditions of the magics. The Guild also mystically prevented Flavius and Helene from successfully using the spell to transform cats into Cat People, so the pair instead decided to transform human beings into Cat People, and transformed a human woman into a cat-like warrior, who they named "Tigra". With this original Tigra, Flavius and Helene destroyed their enemies, living until both were quite old and they successfully discovered the cure for the Black Plague. With the Sorcerers' Guild defunct, Flavius and Helene were able to get the Balkatar to do their bidding and mate with their original Tigra, becoming progenitors of the second race of Cat People.
The second race
A descendent of the second race of Cat People, Dr. Joanne Tumolo posed as a normal human being and lived among other humans. She created a means to give human beings powers like the Cat People through artificial means and designed an accompanying body suit. Wearing the suit along with the treatments, the agility of its wearer augmented to a feline level and was given to Greer Nelson, who wore it in her secret identity of the Cat. Sometime after her start as a vigilante, Nelson was mortally hit by a shot of alpha radiation while battling members of the subversive organization Hydra. Tumulo saved her life by using scientific, mystical, and psionic means to transform her into a modern day version of Tigra.
Tumulo aided Greer on her many adventures as Tigra and offered guidance as a mentor, but sacrificed her own life to stop the rampage of Tabur, a humanoid cat and a creation of the High Evolutionary. The rest of the second race of Cat People were effectively wiped out after Tabur devolved them into primitive jungle cats.
Saharan Cat People
Some years later, Anaïs was the exiled queen of a lost cat civilization in the Sahara and the last survivor of the Saharan Cat People. It remains unclear whether or not those Cat People are related to the most-known Cat People.
Cat People of Earth
- Flavius and Helene - Progenitors
- William Nelson - Greer Grant-Nelson's son
- Captain Tyger - 17th century pirate
- Cougar (Curtis Ranklin)
- Richard Dannemiller
- Professor Leon
- Dr. Joanne Tumolo
Saharan Cat People (wiped out)
- Anaïs - Exiled queen, last survivor
Cat People of the Land Within
- King Gerark - Ruler of the Land Within
- Qord
- Cat People are not traditional were-creatures, by virtue of the fact that they are not shapeshifters: As opposed to genuine were-creatures such as Jack Russell, they maintain only one form.
- Cat People typically have either orange, brown or blonde fur.
- The only technical Were-Cat would be Tigra, to transform between both Human and Cat.
- Were-cats also played a prominent role in the 1942 movie, Cat People, and in the eponymous 1982 movie.
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