Friday, 6 April 2018

A Tigery Hunter

"...[Targovi] was a Tigery hunter a-stalk, using every scrap of cover and every trick in the open, senses tuned to each least flicker..."
-Poul Anderson, The Game Of Empire IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 189-453 AT CHAPTER NINETEEN, p. 406.

Tigeries, like Ythrians, remain much closer to animality than human beings. They are similar to the anthropomorphized animals in some works of fiction - not those that wear clothes and live in houses but those that still live in the wild.

Targovi runs at and climbs a wall with his claws. He can run faster than a Terrestrial tiger but does he run upright or on all fours?


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Unless his skeletal structure and conformation was more like that of a quadrupedal tiger, I would argue Targovi ran more like a man or any other true biped.


S.M. Stirling said...

Also, sedentary people in our time tend to underestimate what a human body raised in a high-demand environment is capable of. I've known men who killed lions with knives, for example; and if you've watched parkour experts, you'll see them run up walls and similar feats -- one of my karate instructors could turn and run full-tilt at a wall away from ou, up it, backflip and come down on his feet behind you. It was astonishing... particularly the first time he did it to you. (He was a big guy, too, over six feet and quite heavily built.)

Sean M. Brooks said...

Dear Mr. Stirling,

I agree! I do try to be at least intellectually aware that a fit and trained expert can physically do things of the kind you listed. Even if he is as big and heavy as your karate instructor.