Tyger Tyger Burning Bright

Jean-Baptiste Oudry - Leopard (1741)

I am continuing to prepare for a pulpy tropical jungle adventure for my group.  Previously, I posted my low-level primates (CR 1/8 to CR 1) that my characters will interact with, as well as, give my Druids & Rangers possible new beasts to wild shape and conjure.  This time around I am posting my series of Big Cats ranging from CR 1/2 to CR1.

This is also the second part that I am contributing to the to Worldbuilderblog’s RPG Carnival Event hosted by James Introcaso throughout December. The theme is “Homebrew Holidy Gifts.”

For reference, the D&D 5E Monster Manual provides for 3 general big cats: Lion (MM 331), Panther (MM 333), and Tiger (MM 339).  There is also a prehistoric Saber-Toothed Tiger (MM 337).

Creating Big Cats

When designing these beasts, I wanted to have a few common traits that most big cats have in nature. Not all big cats behave the same though.  Some roar and hunt in packs, but others stalk and ambush its quarry alone.

For skills, almost all of these big cast are highly perceptive, as well as stealthy.  I did not feel the need to provide extra perception such as Keen Hearing or Smell, unless noted.

Note: Each image can be clicked for larger version.  Thanks

 

Cheetah

Cheetah

Cougar

Cougar

 

Jaguar

Jaguar

 

Lion (Revised)

Lion (Revised)

 

Leopard

Leopard

 

Tiger (Revised)

Tiger (Revised)

 

Finally, not only one of the best poems written on animals, but one of the greatest poems ever written.

The Tyger

BY WILLIAM BLAKE (1794)

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,

Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

Art Credits:

The layout format is from Reddit user Smyris.
Cheetah: Mark Dumont / Creative Commons & Ernest Ingersoll / Public Domain
Cougar: Cloudtail / Creative Commons
Jaguar: Hamish Irvine / Creative Commons
Lion: Wesley Bruwer / Creative Commons
Leopard:  Arno Meintjes / Creative Commons & Messias Cavalcante / GNU Free Documentation License
Tiger: Jurgen / Creative Commons
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