Sea cat (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Sea Cat
D&DSea lion.JPG
Characteristics
Alignment Neutral
Type Magical beast
Image Wizards.com image
Stats Open Game License stats

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the sea cat (also known as the "sea lion") is an aquatic magical beast.

Publication history[edit]

The sea lion appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[1] The sea lion was further developed in Dragon #107 (March 1986).[2]

The sea lion appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[3] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

The sea lion appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[5] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003) as the sea cat.

Description[edit]

A sea cat is fish-like, most closely resembling a small, long shark (despite being sea green in color), only with a feline head, reminiscent of that of the cougar. It also has arms with clawed paws towards the front of its body. At the back of it, it has a whale-like tail. A spined dorosal fin is located a little back from the head, and another around the center of the body. Also, growing down the spine is a long mane of glossy hair.

The sea cat is an animalistic beast and has no special properties or habits. It makes its home near shores, on rocky islands, and other such sub-oceanic environments, and hunts to feed itself and its young, defends its territory, and basically acts like many real life animals. It may be the result of a magical experiment on a cat and a fish. Despite the fish-like appearance, it is not either a fish or an amphibian, it cannot breathe underwater and though a good swimmer, it needs to come up for air, like a seal, whale, polar bear or penguin. It is a highly courageous creature, and fights to the death to defend its home. Though sometimes solitary, it also lives in prides of 5 to 12 individuals.

They cannot speak, being animalistic.

They are neutral in alignment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  2. ^ Greenwood, Ed. "The Ecology of the Sea Lion" Dragon #107 (TSR, 1986)
  3. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  4. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  5. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual. Wizards of the Coast, 2000