fighters for justice

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Lightning Cats are a team of superhero antrophomorphic cats - Catherine, Didi and Kittie, fighting for the safety of all the cats in their country! This blog is where I gather all the content and everything I have about them.

Characters

lightningcats reblogged mier

mier -

sketch of Katriandra Purrin for @babushka


Lightning Cats episode where Catherine is pregnant with a girl and is considering naming her daughter after influential people in her life and Kittie and Didi start a jokey competition for the title of Catherine's best friend and the right to get the kid named after them, and by the end of the day Catherine is genuinely worked up and worried about having to choose between two of her best friend's names.

She ends up naming a kid after her husband (with a feminine suffix)


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cool cats don't look at the explosions


Lightning Cats do have children who actually become the second generation of Lightning Cats and boy am i excited to draw them and put them in current canon at some point


Kittie with her future girlfriend Iva (Willow)


Lightning Cats - Concepts

References for Catherine, Didi and Kittie (without weapons/devices) i've added to my characters page! Plus, the Lightning Cats uniform design. Three lightnings meeting at the center symbolise the three cats and the unity of their hearts!


I'm posting more and more art on this blog since I like the simplified art style I have for the Lightning Cats project! It is inspired partially by Alphyna (maremir.org) and partially by my childhood drawings of cat characters.



"Pretty like a flower"

Kittie in her natural habitat. I realised her pose wasn't really stable so I decided she's leaning against the wall.


"So long!"

Kittie escaping from somewhere with the chamber keys, and also my first attempt at Lightning Cats official costumes/uniform. I'll look into this later.


lightningcats -

First book villain is such an r/IAmVerySmart guy and i am going to have so much fun writing him

Don't know how to name him though


lightningcats -

- Well, I don't expect you to understand where you are, Catherine. After all, it's not easy to...

- We're underwater, aren't we?

- Huh?! Oh, I supposed you could sence the pressure being a bit off. Those sensitive ears of yours, they do get better at this when you're stressed out, did you know?

- The fish. It's the fish. A bunch of fish just swam outside the window. The ears thing is a common misconce-

- YOU are a common misconception, Catherine! You have underestimated me!

- I... What? I haven't seen you since you've dropped out of the uni. I didn't... I didn't even begin to estimate you.


fullbody Catherine because science


First book villain is such an r/IAmVerySmart guy and i am going to have so much fun writing him

Don't know how to name him though


I really need to work on this "identity hiding" aspect though because (spoilers)


when Catherine, Kittie and Didi are captured by the first volume villain (evil scientist wannabe), he makes it out to be as if all three of them have sunk during their boat trip, leaving them no choice but to work with him since they're officially "pronounced dead", or that's what he thinks. His idea of a supervillain team is a team of people who are legally dead and also wear masks so that no one can suspect them.

Lightning Cats, however, form on different terms, but the identity problem is still big. They're essentialy hired by a secret agency, but their work is not secret at all. Catland needs to know there are superheroes there and that they are protected, so Lightning Cats work is made public. Their new homes are on secret agency property and they are properly protected. Their loved ones are also probably eventually introduced to the safe space as well, just in case they're going to be targeted. However, out of work Lightning Cats and their families are able to live normal lives without being recognised in the crowd, at least at the start of the second volume.


Lightning Cats is something i definitely mostly see as a written series (from Catherine's perspective mostly) but it still can be a lot more than that since the universe and the characters are so fun! I can see some kind of "miji-adventures of Lightning Cats" as a series of weekly stories or comics.


Catherine and Miauch get married relatively soon. Their life is chaotic since they're both superheroes/secret agents, and marriage is something they want to ensure.

Kittie and Didi are hesitant to get into long-term relationships since they would have to hide their identity from their loved ones.


lightningcats -

Blind people have guide dogs and blind dogs have?? Guide?? Who??

This opens a tricky question about whether or not dogs and cats have pets and who those pets are supposed to be and i really don't want to answer that question

*the picture of Donald Duck saying "I am domesticated" is looming over me*


mcatnip -

L I Z A R D S


lightningcats -

Hey that makes sence! I thought about turtles for whatever reason but lizards make so much more sence

Idk if they'll like the climate tho, but the catland is kinda warm so they might....


mcatnip -

rodents might be a good idea for colder climates?


lightningcats -

rodents can work! but then i am starting to think that they're usually a prey of cats and dogs and how to incorporate that...

Amd for some reason i just imagined a blind cat being navigated by a крот who is known to be pretty blind..

This got me back to thinking bats as cat pets since i assumed both are nocturnal? But bats are like. Strictly nocturnal and bump into stuff all the time. So as a guide, best choice would probably be a lizard or a mouse/rat....


lightningcats -

MOLE ITS A MOLE


lightningcats -

@overlord-pink oh yeah! also there is alot of different types of rodents.


Catherine is such a nerd but also like... Science nerd. She sucks at video games. I think she is... Some sort of a phycisal chemist since she studies properties of materials but also, like. how physics work. She later specialises on designing technologies which can turn into shields and weapons (she isn't very fond about them turning into weapons but she isn't entirely in control of it and that's basically the main conflict of all the stories involving her).

Her room can be really messy and she generally stays up later than most cats because she can be so caught up in research and books. She is really intelligent but can also make stupidest mistakes when she is tired (mostly spelling and simple calculations like 2+2=22). She would never make a mistake that puts people at risk.

Well, at least until book 3.


My research for this universe includes watching videos on lesbian fashion


So i've decided to try bases... From what i've heard, you can just draw over them, right? Anyway, behold, a typical Lightning Cats morning.

Base by TheZodiacLord on Deviantart


Lightning Cats: Mini story #1

Summary: Uh-oh, looks like the only way to distract the guard in the way of Lightning Cats is to seduce him! Catherine looks at Kittie, Kittie looks at Didi, Didi looks at Catherine... Kittie is fed up with men, Didi is too butch, and Catherine is too awkward for this. In the end, Miauch takes the wheel.

(story in Russian under the cut, English translation by demand).


- ...Так, кошки, - сказала я, - не хочу это произносить, но нам надо как-то его отвлечь.

- Ты имеешь в виду... - Китти пошевелила ушами и покрутила лапой в воздухе, - ...соблазнить?

Я обречённо кивнула.

- Ну, хорошо, - Китти пригладила волосы и выпрямила спину. - Это я умею.

Она шагнула было вперёд, но тут я заметила, как шерсть у неё на лапах встала дыбом. Хвост кошки нервно раскачивался туда-сюда.

- Так, стоп, - я положила лапу ей на плечо. - Нам сейчас нервничать нельзя, впереди ещё много трудностей. Если тебе некомфортно, то не иди. Сами справимся как-нибудь.

- Ну, смотрите, - сказала Китти и отошла на шаг. - Шерсть её сразу улеглась, и хвост выпрямился. - Диди, может, ты попробуешь ? Ты же у нас пикап-мастерица.

- Я?!

Повернувшись ко мне, Китти объявила:

- Эта дама с прошлой вечеринки с тремя кошками ушла. Хоть бы мне оставила!

- Так то кошки! - Диди хохотнула. - С этим мужиком-то я что сделаю? А насчёт популярности, давно тебе говорю - заведи, Китти, мотоцикл. Всё очарование в нём.

- Нет уж, - Китти вздохнула. - Не хватало мне только этой тарахтелки!

Диди пожала плечами.

- Катрин у нас по кошакам, пусть она и идёт.

- Ладно, - кивнула я. Стало даже как-то неловко, будто я попыталась свалить свою обязанность на кошек. А ещё командир... - Только покажите мне, что делать.

- Что делать? - переспросила Диди. - А Мяуча ты как подцепила?

- Это я её подцепил, - заявил Мяуч с улыбкой. Я еле сдержалась, чтобы не ущипнуть его за хвост. - Ты права, здесь нужна практика. Давайте сперва отрепетируем.

И репетиция началась.

- ...Прижимаешь лапки к сердцу, - объясняла Китти. - Теперь поворачиваешься. Прикрываешь глаза, хлопаешь ресницами... Нет, не крути головой! Уши чуть выше...

Я честно пыталась повторить всё, что мне сказали. Опущенная чёлка лезла в глаза, которые, в попытке изобразить томный взгляд, едва не выскочили из орбит. Приняв "эффектную" позу, я из последних сил оскалилась в улыбке, пытаясь сделать её одновременно непринуждённой, очаровательной и изящной.

- Вот так?

- Не-е-ет, - хором протянули кошки. Мяуч покачал головой.

- Дорогая. Ты прекрасна всегда и везде, но сейчас ты меня пугаешь.

- Ясно, - я помотала головой, восстанавливая привычный вид. - Какие ещё у нас есть варианты?

***

- Прости-ите, а я могу попасть на концерт?

Мягкая лапка с тонкими коготочками аккуратно постучала в окошко будки охранника.

Тот поднял голову, да так и застыл, вытаращив глаза на открывшуюся ему картину. Узкие синие джинсы обтягивали изящную фигуру, белоснежная рубашка, небрежно наброшенная на голое тело, была застёгнута лишь на пару пуговиц. Пушистый рыжий хвост игриво помахивал туда-сюда.

- Бо-о... юсь, что нет, - прохрипел охранник, вцепившись обеими лапами в спинку сиденья. - Это служебный вход, Вам нужно зайти с главного...

- Ой, правда? - Мяуч театральным жестом откинул чёлку с глаз и посмотрел охраннику в лицо, всем своим видом выражая изумление и грусть. - Ка-ак жаль! - Он наклонился ближе к охраннику, чуть понизив голос. - А, может быть.... Может быть, Вы сможете что-нибудь придумать?...

***

- ...А он хорош, - прошептала Диди, пока мы втроём аккуратно, бесшумно протискивались в полуоткрытую заднюю дверь. - Надо чаще брать его с собой.

- Тихо, - зашипела я. - Не болтаем. Нам ещё сигнализацию отключать.

Высунув лапу наружу, я показала Мяучу палец вверх - знак успеха. Он увидел, чуть заметно кивнул и подмигнул - то ли мне, то ли охраннику -, и я осторожно закрыла дверь.

Мне было чему у него поучиться.


Brief history of Catland. Essay I. Early days and Mrurick

The map of the land is simple: woods, then the shore, then the mountains on the shore, then the sea. Early cats used to live in the mountains, fishing and sunbathing. As Catland grew, houses started to appear on the shore, too. All was well until the invaders, dogs, started to come from the woods, rob the houses of poor cats and steal their fish. They might have had access to the sea somewhere far from the cats, but hey, it's much easier to let cats do the work and then steal all the seafood they have collected!

Cats had nowhere to go but the mountains. They coulnd't go in the sea, and they wouldn't dare to go to the woods since they were scared of dogs. Back then, cats didn't exactly know what dogs are, and they were big and intimidating. Stories from back then pictured them as terrifying, cat-eating beasts [1].

Cats united under their first king, Mrurick, to build a fortress in the mountains the dogs could not access. They have built it out of stone. Some believe the fortress was originally called Mew York [2]. Cats would live in the fortress except for the fishers, who would normally fish on the shore, but evacuate to the fortress in case of emergency dog invasion. It's unclear if Mrurick was elected from the cat folk or came from afar, as different sources say.

It is also unclear if there was someone between Mrurick and Catriandra. One of the legends says he has seven sons and the daughter, Catriandra, and all of the children ruled in turns after him for 7 minxs (rough equivalent of 11 human years), Catriandra being the youngest and the last one. Modern historians [3], however, find it highly unlikely. Seven children can be just a hyperbole, which serves solely to establish the importance of Catriandra's role for Catland and her uniquness as a ruler, and reference the number eight - a lucky number of cats. In early cat tales, it was common for protagonist to be the eighth child in the family [4].

The number of cats continued to grow, and more and more cats on the shores were left without the protection from Mew York fortress. It was hard for them to evacuate with their big families, there were more cats in the fortress now, and dog invasions have become more frequent since they had less seafood to steal now, but they wanted more. In one of those poor shoreline families, Miauch'kin, the central figiure of early Catland history, was born. He was the firstborn in the family, later he was joined by his younger sister Miuka, who is also one of the central Catland history figures.

Since she was a child, Miuka used to sit at the shoreline and stare at the sea instead of playing with other kittens. By doing that, she has discovered the patterns of tides and flows. She also strated to predict whether there will be a lot of fish or not simply by staring at the waves and the birds. The grown-ups shrugged it off at first, but found a lot of her predictions to be true [5]. Miauch'kin used to guide her and watch over her. He loved his little sister.

Then the dog invasion came when Miuka was 5 minxs old (rough equivalent of 10 human years). Everyone hid, including Miauch'kin and his family, but Miuka was too absorbed in watching the waves, and she didn't hear the calls. When the dogs left, Miuka was gone. She was dragged into the forest [6].

Miauch'kin decided to follow the dogs and resque his sister. Everyone discouraged him with scary tales about cat-eating beast, but he was determined. Miauch'kin was 10 minxs old (rough eqivalent of 17 human years), however, until his birthday he wasn't considered an adult and couldn't disobey them directly. He waited for his parents to calm down and go to their evening sleep. Then, before anyone woke up, he took a big stick and sharpened it. As it got dark, he went into the woods that no cat went to before, that used to be called Dogwoods back then [7].

To be continued...


[1] It's extremely unlikely for dogs to straight up eat cats, however, early dogs used their teeth in battle more than cats did. Seeing a dog bite a cat with its giant teeth must have truly horrify the cat and make them believe a dog was trying to eat them. ( "Evolution of Spieces - Cats and Dogs" by A. Woolf)

[2] Most historians assume the name Mew York came later, however, the original meaning of the name is unknown. Current capital of Catland, Mew York, originated where the fortress was, so in these essays, we will be calling it Mew York fortress for clarity.

[3] The word "Mrurick" is also omonimous to the number "seven" in cat language. There is a theory ( "Early Cat History Analysis and Details by A. Cotova) that Mrurick wasn't a person, but an assembly of seven wisest cats. It doesn't answer the question of Catriandra being Mrurick's daugher as stated in most written notes, so the number might as well be a coincidence.

[4] The number eight rougly resembles a fish, which means food, and that you are lucky to catch it. ( "The Anthology of Cat Folk Tails - early days to the Electric Century" by F. Line)

[5] One of the scientific laws describing wave patterns in the seas is called Miuka's law to this day. There are notes of it found in Miuka's later established Wave Calendar. ( "Seas and Cats" by Dr. W. S. Mia)

[6] Here and later the story is re-told from surviving Miuka's notes, recovered in the Blue Book of Cat History by Cat History Academy, X67.

[7] Now Greenwoods.


Hmm

lightningcats -

Catness is kinda like your higness but your Catness (and for queen's children it will be your Kittyness... whaaat)

anyway thats a valid queen name to me for whatever reason


lightningcats -

its a title. for Catriarch in Catriarchy


lightningcats -

lowkey consider translating the cat queen name to english to keep obvious pun and also make it sound different

Her name starts with the word for cat, so. Cat...niss? NO


lightningcats -

@hasenfu yeah but i technically aready have three catherines so...

Nausicat? Cat-sandra?


lightningcats -

CLEOCATRA???

or is that too obvious shera reference and whatnot (havent watched shera)


lightningcats -

Catriarch...............................................................................................


babushka -

catriach named Catriandra

even rhymes with the original


lightningcats -

wrong blog but its settled


lightningcats -

Bonus point if the name Cat(he)rin(e) actually originates from that, like a shortened/simplified/modified name

like Miauch originates from Miauch'kin (OR 'kin is a title meaning capable idgaf go wild headcanon as you wish)


lightningcats -

lowkey consider translating the cat queen name to english to keep obvious pun and also make it sound different

Her name starts with the word for cat, so. Cat...niss? NO


lightningcats -

@hasenfu yeah but i technically aready have three catherines so...

Nausicat? Cat-sandra?


lightningcats -

CLEOCATRA???

or is that too obvious shera reference and whatnot (havent watched shera)


lightningcats -

Catriarch...............................................................................................


babushka -

catriach named Catriandra

even rhymes with the original


lightningcats -

wrong blog but its settled


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