A page of lined binder refill paper, with holes punched along one margin. It is grimy and has a coffee ring stain in the lower left corner. All text is hand-written in dark blue, with mistakes scribbled out. The word Catipedes is written in a larger hand at the top of the page.
Body text: One of the more common predators seen by patrols. Apparently nocturnal solo hunters, like cats, but with the omnivorous diet and extreme hostility common to most critters. Even when socialised from birth, will quickly become hostile soon after weaning.
Attack prey almost like constrictors, wrapping themselves around large prey and using their many claws to hold on.
Head and dentition entirely indistinguishable from a house cat apart from longer canines, a common trait amongst toothed critters. Beginning to think this was deliberate.
Two illustrations in pencil, a close view of a cat like head with long canines, snarling, and a side view of a long-bodied animal with fourteen legs but otherwise similar to a cat.
Text continues: Postcranial body composed of multiple identical segments, each bearing a portion of intestine and bird-style respiratory air sacs, apparently designed to be entirely modular. Segments seem to be added as the critter ages and may be considered a proxy for cunning and survival skill. Birth condition is six legs, but scouts have reported sightings of specimens with as many as thirty, though some exaggeration must be assumed. I have personally examined one with sixteen legs or leg stumps – regeneration of legs seems slower than with other critters.
Tracks are almost indistinguishable from those of cats. They seem to step directly into their own footprints, like scouts walking single file to hide numbers, so the only noticeable difference is a certain untidiness to the edges of the footprint.
A pencil illustration of a catlike footprint.