Synnibarr Sunday: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Page 62: “Tigers are finely trained martial artists.”

No, silly, they’re not real tigers, they’re humans who wear outfits like this:

There are two kinds: Golden and Scarlet (the former are good tigers, the latter are evil.) They never sleep, they have tremendous fighting power, and they have mystical abilities.

How tough are these guys? “It is sometimes said that one Golden or Scarlet Tiger can defeat five Ninjas of the same level.” So they are at least one pentaninja of toughness.

They can do 200-1200 points of damage with a single kick, which is more damage than the bazooka that raccoon up there is carrying does (100-800). They can jump vertically 30 feet and horizontally 70 feet. They can run 100 yards in less than one attack (I think an attack is 1/5 of a second, but I’m not sure).

They can also set themselves on fire! They completely surround themselves with chi energy which looks like flames of whatever color Tiger they are. While this is happening they get all kinds of abilities, including flying up to 500 mph (they are Class 1 fliers.)

There are also Mage Tigers, which are even more special. About 1 of every 100 Scarlet/Golden Tigers is a Mage Tiger and they “enter the first months of their training while they are still in their mothers’ wombs.” They aren’t as tough as regular Tigers and they can’t do Tiger Fire, but they get some spells…

…and teeny-tiny ankle pouches!

Unless specified otherwise, all references are to The World of Synnibarr, second edition, by Raven c.s. McCracken and Bryce Thelin, copyright 1993 and published by Wonderworld Press.

This post is not intended to foster any belief in the occult.

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3 Responses to Synnibarr Sunday: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

  1. MaxtotheMax says:

    “enter the first months of their training while they are still in their mothers’ wombs.”

    Those must be some really strange recruitment e-mails.

  2. Dave says:

    “Training the Mage Tiger” is a common Synnibarrian euphemism.

  3. T. Derscheid says:

    … what immortal hand or eye/could frame thy background-less symmetry?