Kitten from Pieces of Hate

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So I just recently jumped back into Runescape after a long hiatus of sorts, and naturally as a quester my first action was to complete the biggest baddest new quest in my journal: Pieces of Hate. First off, can I just say I thought this was supposed to be a finale to the Pirate's quest line, but it has undoubtedly opened the pathway to a much more grand and cosmic story with this Xau Tak character that is so obscure I don't think I really even noticed him throughout the quests I've done.

In any case that's another story and I've seen plenty of lore on Xau Tak to keep me busy for a long time. What I want to know about is this freaking cosmic kitten that was present the whole quest and was sort of useful in hinting at what my next step was. One of the last pieces of dialogue you have with him before the big boss fight is you saying something along the lines of "You're not really a kitten are you?" to which the feline responds with "No, but you're not a human either," whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!?!?!?! I mean I know the player character is something a little special, but this quest takes place before the death of Guthix which means you're not anointed as the World Guardian yet.

Does anyone have any answers to why the cat claims you're not human and if there's already a post with the answers can you post the link here? I need answeres ASAP

27-Dec-2018 21:26:29

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No. but to calm down the "WHHHHHHHHHAT" (I had that also), remember that Xau-tak has been bothering us since the past, before we were born. So the "little special" might have been forseen by Xau-Tak. Or the cat just wanted to point out we aren't really human (being able to survive and pull lots of stunts like it was nothing.)
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28-Dec-2018 02:40:15 - Last edited on 28-Dec-2018 02:41:47 by Adventurerrr



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The cat's existence is ... open to interpretation.

To date, on Reddit, the forums, Q&A live streams, and Twitter, the Jmods/devs have had a constant reply: "what cat?"
Their behavior is consistent, which in itself is unusual. Usually, devs will blab or state something outright. The devs have finally been tight lipped on a piece of content, Xau-Tak, and by extension, this cat.

On 1 hand, you could take the developers' response in line as the cat doesn't actually exist (yes yes, they coded it, so it does exist ... ) but it only appears to the player character.
In comparison to say Bob the Cat or most other NPCs, this cat is a little like the effects of the Hallucinogenic Perk in Invention .... you're just seeing something.

In canon, Xau-Tak does have a mind warping effecting. Towards the end of the quest, you're dealing with what is the epicenter of Xau-Tak's influence. So it is possible that the cat ... really isn't there ... it's just something in the player character's head coming out.

Plus, the player character, by that point in the quest series has had:
multiple blows to the head
exposure to lots of alcohol, especially brain death 'rum'
been gassed
forced to interrogate people
repeated exposure to underwater diving
worked with seagulls

I'm sure something is starting to give in your psyche.

It is quite possible that the cat is linked to Xau-Tak and the player character.

Sadly, we will only find out once devs start releasing more Xau-Tak content.

28-Dec-2018 16:42:07

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