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Overview

"Tigers" is a vernacular name that refers to multiple species, including white tigers, Vendhyan tigers and snow tigers, or the Smilodon (sometimes called "sabretooth-tigers"), each closely related or not to each other.

History

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

On Atlantis, the tigers were known as the Striped People, and roared their savage worship to the full Moon.[5] According to the legend, the King Tiger escaped hunters and cllimbed the vine thrown down by the Woman of the Moon, and abode in the sky many years, and ever since, all tigers worshiped the Moon, and roared at it when it was full and ripe. Kull declared he didn't believed those legends.[9] Alongside existed the legend of Jaquari, the Tiger God, to which one could form a bond with using the Tiger Spell,[10] allowing the caster to have tigers obey him or her.[9]

The orphaned Kull (who later became King of Valusia) was adopted as a child and raised by the tigers of Tiger Valley. Kull was instilled with the spirit of a tiger totem,[11] while his twin sister Iraina learned the Tiger Spell[10] and even tried to use it.[9]

Hyborian Age

Vendhyan tigers and white tigers

In Vendhya, land of tigers, a myth-born white tigress was appointed by the gods as the guardian of all tigers, the Tigress of the White Star. When tigers were captured by tigers hunters, she would intervene to slay the huntsmen and free the tigers. She also appeared in human form as Bengala, Protectress of Tigers.[12]

Vendhyan tigers were used for their fur,[1] and were sometimes carried by caravans westwards, to fight and die in the gladiatorial arenas of Belverus[3] in Nemedia, and in Wan Tengru, Khitai.[8]

Snow Tigers

Snow tigers lived notably in the province of Tanasul, in Aquilonia,[13] and in Hyperborea.[14]

Modern Age

Many tigers and white tigers were transformed by the High Evolutionary: Count Tagar, Lord Tyger, White Tiger,[15] and her sister Snow Queen.[16] White Tiger was later cloned as She-Cat by the Master of the World.[17]

Malcolm Murphy was the unwilling subject of genetics experiment performed by a splinter of Hydra who physically merged him with a tiger, creating a hybrid man-tiger with the memories and instincts of both, who worked under the code-name Man-Eater.[18]

Miscellaneous


Representatives: Non-exhaustive list of tigers.

Notes

  • Zula's clothing was made of a Vendhyan tiger's hide, given to him when he grew to manhood.[1]

See Also


Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Conan the Barbarian #85
  2. Savage Sword of Conan #73; The Changeling Quest
  3. 3.0 3.1 Savage Sword of Conan #106; Blood Feud
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #124; There Will Come a Dark Stranger
  5. 5.0 5.1 Savage Sword of Conan #190; Death and Life in Tiger Valley
  6. Weapon X Vol 3 #18
  7. Savage Sword of Conan #87; Escape from the Temple
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Conan the Barbarian #33
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Savage Sword of Conan #192; Death and Life in Tiger Valley Part III
  10. 10.0 10.1 Savage Sword of Conan #191; Death and Life in Tiger Valley Part II
  11. Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Kull's entry
  12. Savage Sword of Conan #103; The White Tiger of Vendhya!
  13. Savage Sword of Conan #133; Winter of the Wolf
  14. Savage Sword of Conan #162; The Horned God
  15. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8; New Men's entry
  16. Uncanny X-Men #488; Endangered Species (Chapter Two)
  17. Heroes for Hire #12
  18. Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #8