Manifestation of the King of the Cats
The King of the Cats is a mantle held by one of the Cait Sith. This mantle is under the control and bestowed by the Seelie Queen Titania. It is currently carried by Johann Katz.
Sources close to the Seelie Court have stated that the King of the Cats is actually an elaborate jest, since cats do not acknowledge any ruler except themselves. Others have suggested that it was due to a misunderstanding of an old human folk tale. The Fey often have difficulty telling the difference between fantasy and fact, and thought it would be a jolly good idea to create the magical mantle of a cat king.
The appearance of the King of the Cats is primarily that of a black lion the size of a horse. A ghostly flaming crown floats just above the mane. Attributes of other cat species are in evidence in the physical form, since the King represents all cats. The Kings eyes retain the color of the mantle bearer.
The responsibilities of the King of the Cats varies according to the cat that holds the mantle. According to Johann Katz, many of the past holders have done little with it except to hold parties every night. He himself uses the position to help protect his people, both Fey and mortal cats alike. When he cannot protect them, then he will avenge them. In one supposed work of fiction is a depiction of the King’s Vengeance where a village’s cats devoured two cat killers for the murder of a kitten.
Traits of the King
Always a Cat – Before taking up the mantle, Johann was able to change into any form he wished like any other Fey. However, the mantle restricts this so that he must always possess some feline physical trait in order to retain the kingship. Often, he will keep his cat’s eyes or tail in order to fulfill this requirement.
Cat Enhancement – The King has been known to lend greater intelligence and physical power to his feline followers.
Cat Plus – The King possesses the abilities of all cat species at an increased intensity.
Summonable – Those with the proper knowledge and magical ability can summon the King into their presence, Since he is a living representation of all cats. Those of the mantle bearer’s bloodline can temporarily call upon the King’s power for their own use, becoming a smaller version of the King.
The Unseen Claw – Apparently an enhanced form of telekinesis. The Claw is able to slice instantly through dense materials like metal before the target is even aware it is under attack.