One of my inspirations for the ‘Brothers Three’, i.e. - The Tahjan Clan of Cathars I love to play was leopards. In particular, leopard coloring (i.e. - spots, tawny base, etc.) was one of the things I included.
Two of the brothers, Rukahr and Dekarr, are ‘normal’ leopard colored: tawny/golden with darker spots.
Tahjan is actually based on a ‘strawberry leopard’, which is a rare color variation of a normal leopard.
According to one article: “
Most leopards sport tawny coats and black rosettes, but strawberry leopards are reddish in color with tan or light-brown rosettes.” They are believed to have erythrism.
Here’s a normal leopard:
And here’s a strawberry leopard (the first one ever officially spotted actually):
So basically Rook and Dekarr have “normal” pigmentation, and Taj actually has erythrism, which is why he’s the ‘ginger’ of the family when none of the rest have that light coloring.