Notorious for a lack of empathy in equal measure to her abundance of ambiguity, Illara the Traveler is said to have inadvertently sparked the creation of hellcats during one of her frequent forays into the realms beyond Lyessa’s tail. But, Illara being Illara, she could not be bothered with the responsibility that comes from unleashing such a thing into the world of men.
As with most large cats, the hellcat’s claws are razor-sharp and can easily cut a man from stem to sternum in one smooth stroke. That’s what the hellcat does to the lucky few, usually when it has multiple targets to choose from and its deep-set predator’s eyes are focused more delectable prey.
A full attack upon a chosen target is far more calculated and rancorous. Its oversized fangs rip through the most finely-crafted steel plate, deftly gouging only deep enough to incapacitate, leaving the victim alive and thrashing as the beast delights itself in toying with its quarry for as long as possible. Death is a welcome relief to its victims, or so it’s assumed by those who have witnessed one of these unrelenting assaults.