Blackfur was a famous predator active in the Ziggurat arenas some fifteen years ago. A strange quasi-feline predator sold to the animal keepers by a merchant from a little-known world, he was sent into the arena with the expectation that like so many predators he would be killed.
To the astonishment of the crowd he swiftly disarmed his opponent and swallowed the gladiator whole, armor and all. Voracious predators were not unknown but his instant willingess to eat an armored foe a third his size was something new.
The next day he stepped into the arena, regurgitated a mass of armor, fur and partially digested bones, and prompt ate another gladiator alive.
Blackfur proved so popular that he was hired as a staff member and resident monster. Magical tinkering gave him a measure of intelligence and for three years he ate many combatants and while heavily wounded, was never killed. (His death could easily have been arranged, but killing a popular predator isn't good for ticket sales even if some of the audience know he will return.)
After three years the now sapient beast requested retirement, expressing an urge to return home and sire young. Since by this time he was not property but a full staff member, he was allowed to return home.
But Blackfur was too popular a contestant to fade into history so easily. Several costumes of various sizes were created and over the years a series of predators, some staff members and some visiting creatures happy to masquerade as the famous pred, have fought in the arenas.
It is obvious even to casual viewers, despite the costume, that creatures of different builds appear as Blackfur. The arena staff have "leaked" the information that during his tenure at the arena they had rewarded him with many females, all of whom he had enthusiastically mounted though not a single one was of his species.
(This was all true. The hoped-for litters of offspring did not materialize, though, thus the costume. There are a very few true offspring of Blackfur around, though.)
Any predator in the Blackfur costume is therefore simply known as "Blackfur" whether it be a bulky bear-like creature or lithe weretigress under the false mane. Many of these ersatz Blackfurs continue their inspiration's predatory habits and over the years many hundreds of combatants have been swallowed alive by Blackfurs. When a Blackfur is killed, it is simply replaced by another of the original's many spawn, as far as the audience is concerned.
|I am a furry artist who found the community whilst in Alaska and now live in California. Had I found it years earlier I might be a happier person, but these days my life is the best it's ever been. I primarily focus on vore and zoo art, the latter of which of course will rarely appear here.|