Monsters of Godville
By the cooking fires of those it has cowed and permitted to live.|
An uncute kitten from the bowels of Tartarus.|
The Hell's Kitten (Felis impudae) is a devil-like creature with cat-like features, and is often a brownish-red furred, with pure red, slit-pupiled eyes. Many heroes and heroines fear it terribly, and it is quite rare to see one before passing San Satanos, although not unheard of. Not much is known about this cat-devil because to see it means almost certain death if you catch its devious stare.
Though little is known for certain about Hell's kittens, The Rumor Mill is rife with expectations and suppositions. After all, one of the short order cooks claims to have been held captive by one for three years. The claw-marks on his ankle lend credence to his stories, though witnesses to his haunted tales rightfully point out that he has never once discussed how he managed to escape.
Per the cook, Hell's kittens are inexorably attracted to cook fires and bake ovens, possibly as substitutes for the warmth of a mother's love and regard (Hell's kittens' mothers may be Hellcats, making this a reasonable hypothesis), and possibly because Hell's kittens are warm-blooded creatures hiding from predators like the Arctic Firebird. The Hell's kitten curls itself into a ball of fluff until the tender of the given oven or cook fire returns from an errand, then stretches out a paw to stab the luckless tender through the Achilles' tendon with razor-sharp claws.