Cats have often inspired strong emotions in humans. At times they have been worshipped. Sometimes they have been persecuted and murdered by the thousands. Superstition warns against leaving a cat in a room with a child lest it steals the child’s breath. They are considered to be symbols of bad luck, the familiars of witches, and to many people are beloved pets.
Among the simple domestic cats, unknown to humankind, walk a special breed of felines. They are the ones behind many of the legends and the fears, the awe and myths. They are the Bast, the Spirit Cats, intelligent and mysterious, combining the powers of the Gifted with the unique nature of the cat and the intelligence of a human being. They are the friends of other Gifted.