|The Cat Lord, as depicted in the Epic Level Handbook (2002).|
|Power Level||Animal lord|
|Alias(es)||Catlord, Rexfelis, Master Cat|
The Cat Lord, or Master Cat, is the mysterious ruler of cats and a lord of Balance. The Epic Level Handbook included, as an optional rule, the possibility that he is a quasi-deity. In Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue series, he is called Rexfelis.
The Cat Lord manifests as a dark-skinned human, a pale-skinned human with black hair, a black cat, a panther, or as a hybrid of panther and human. In human form he always wears black clothing decorated with gold and gems of feline colors. He has a muscular, compact form, and his eyes are feline in whatever shape he takes.
As ruler of all cats since that position has existed, the Cat Lord bears the respect and fealty of felines from house cats to smilodons. Even hybrid beings like weretigers and wereleopards are loyal to him.
Apart from cats, the Cat Lord's only known friend is the goddess Xan Yae. He is the great-great-grandfather of Gord, to whom he abdicates his position at the end of Gary Gygax's series of novels.
The Cat Lord is neither good nor evil, but is concerned solely with the welfare of cats. He travels between the Outer, Inner Planes, and Prime Material Plane in order to watch over his charges, leading them out of danger and sometimes assuming the leadership of feline prides (killing their previous leaders out of cold necessity).
Said to be the first of all the kings of cats, the Cat Lord retires at the end of the novel Dance of Demons, giving his title to his great-great-grandson, Gord, who promptly loses it after a palace revolution (as revealed in the short story "Evening Odds").
In the adventure Something Wild, the Deliverers, a group of hunters from the plane of Carceri led by a wizard called Garond the Claw, captured the Cat Lord and brought him back to their home plane. There, he was hunted and killed, making excellent game. A new cat lord, a female, rose to take his place. She immediately fell under great suspicion among the other animal rulers, who believed incorrectly that she had killed her predecessor herself. This was part of Garond's plan, who sought to divert suspicion toward her and away from his own patron, a foul god of beasts.
The novel Blood Hostages by J. Robert King features an earlier cat lord called Malkin, who gives up his divinity for the sake of a mortal woman.
The Ring of the Cat Lord grants a total of nine true resurrection spells, which take effect the round after the Cat Lord's demise.
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