Species: Kuras Tiger
Kuras tigers are a unique species of feline; all along their backs, metal grows from their spines. Jagged spikes of metal also grow along their tails, making these tigers formidable indeed. They are to be found in the Jungle of Raza, thought to be the kings of the jungle, and have few enemies. Not even a telvian panther can withstand an attack from one of these creatures. Added to their predatory power is the ability to see perfectly in the dark, without the aid of the moon. For this reason kuras tigers hunt during the nighttime, when they are difficult to see. These tigers are said to be fearless, and their noble demeanor causes them to hunt and live in solidarity. Like most magical creatures, though, they take only one partner for life and raise their own offspring. The adult kuras tiger is very territorial in the wild, but in the keep these felines get along well, and can often be seen sleeping in a real pile. They can become very playful, and sometimes in the summer can be seen by the Lake, swimming in order to cool off.
A kuras tiger comes about its armor in two ways; it grows it with the aid of magic, but it also eats what it can find to strengthen its armor further. Their diet also includes a wide variety of meat, and they kill only to feed. Once fully grown, this plating will harden further, becoming impenetrable by any known weapon. Regardless of the color of the tiger, the metal is always what appears to be living iron, durable and constantly regenerating. These tigers are either a beautiful shade of orange or a cool silver, both colors striped. Kuras tigers are one of the more difficult magical creatures for magi to obtain, because of their power. An adult has never been captured alive, and finding a cub on its own is rare. It is said that the nagas of Raza hold them in high respect, even giving them offerings so that, in return, the nagas are not attacked. Others, though, should be wary when venturing into the Jungle, and do so only in daylight, when these tigers are resting high in the trees.