This dark-skinned woman’s languid movements are grace personified, her sparkling eyes those of a cat.
Cat Lord CR 11
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.; leap
Melee bite +15 (1d6+5 plus grab), 2 claws +15 (1d3+5)
Ranged +1 keen composite longbow +18/+13 (1d8+6/x3)
Special Attacks favored enemy (evil outsiders +6, giants +2, undead +2), pounce, rake (2 claws +15, 1d3+5)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 10th; concentration +12)
Ranger Spells Prepared (CL 7th; concentration +11)
Str 20, Dex 24, Con 22, Int 12, Wis 18, Cha 14
Base Atk +10; CMB +17 (+21 grapple); CMD 34
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Deadly Aim, Dodge, Endurance, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Shot on the Run, Toughness, Vital Strike
Skills Acrobatics +17 (+22 when jumping), Climb +26, Handle Animal +15, Knowledge (nature) +14, Perception +17, Sense Motive +14, Stealth +20 (+24 in undergrowth), Survival +17; Racial Modifiers +5 Acrobatics when jumping, +4 Stealth in undergrowth
Languages Common, Sylvan; speak with animals (cats only)
SQ change shape (leopard; shapechange), favored terrain (jungle +4, plains +2), hunter’s bond (leopard), swift tracker, track +5, wild empathy +12, woodland stride
Environment warm jungles
Treasure NPC gear (+1 leather armor, +1 keen composite longbow [+5 Str] with 20 arrows, amulet of natural armor +1, ring of protection +1, other treasure)
When the gods of nature or powerful spirits desire a champion to defend the animal world, they invest a token of their power in a chosen vessel—be it animal or humanoid. Traditionally, only one animal lord for a specific animal species is active on a world at any one time, although sometimes, when an extant animal lord strays from its charge or otherwise fails, the force that created it might create a replacement to send against the fallen animal lord to challenge it in a combat to the death, with the victor claiming the right to rule or a chance at redemption.
An animal lord does not dwell among humanity—the wild is its domain. How an animal lord interacts with a humanoid society largely depends on how that society treats the animals of that lord’s affinity. Societies that honor and respect those animals, even if they use the animals as a food source, earn the animal lord’s (sometimes grudging) respect, but those who abuse or otherwise harm animals of that lord’s species find a powerful and ardent enemy in the lord.