this might be spoiler-y information to give out but is Dor actually a elephant caste of jauria? I thought I saw it listed as one of the extinct castes and was wondering, if she is, why would she be posing as a lion? your art and story are great as usual!!
AAAH I love when people remember her! She’s a tiger caste, though not extinct throughout all of Frontera it is one of the rarer species.
Initially though. yes, she was meant to pose as a lion–the injury on her face was actually inflicted on her to keep her from being taken by Federation child collectors who come every few months to take a portion of Rajenlo’s litters.
Producing a tiger is extremely hard as though a female breeder might have produced some previously, it’s imperative to be re-inseminated by tiger chromosomes to produce successful ones, same as with the rarer castes such as servals, leopards, cheetahs, oncillas, sabres, etc many of which are forbidden.
Tigers are very sought after by collectors, and though Dor’s injury is a major disability for her (tiger trunks are very dexterous, about and even more so than modern elephants–which serves as a tool in absence of dexterous hands) she’d still be auctioned off the instant she were discovered.
In the meantime she’s hidden in the spawning pools for Jauria cuajos, grapes and peis, essentially the kindergarden area for the little monster children. She’s nursed practically almost all of the current Jauria generations, including Bri and Karel…though very, VERY few even remember her. Though she remembers each and every sibling she’s fed, an extremely gentle soul…if somewhat clingy bc of her terrible loneliness.
Only Buo and few others know of her existance, and keep tabs on the secret mom-sister, talking to her about the whereabouts of the surface world, new intrigues, drama, etc.