truman tiger

Rakasta are nomadic feline humanoids.  They are fierce fighters who wear metal war claws as their preferred weapons and sometimes ride sabre-tooth tigers.  (Timothy Truman from expert D&D module X1: The Isle of Dread, TSR, 1983 and later printings.)

It occurs to me that you could start a campaign on the isle and work outward, with rakasta and phanatons as playable classes and other PCs being native humans or pirates of any race.