The cats that live in the Asheth
Temple (like Throgmorten
, in The Lives of Christopher Chant
) are a breed apart from other cats. They have magical properties, and unscrupulous wizards will pay enormous prices for even part of one to use in their spells. The prices have to be enormous because there is no legal way of obtaining an Asheth Temple cat, and anyone who steals one will be hunted down and killed by the [Hand of Asheth]?
Asheth Temple cats literally have nine lives. This may be connected to their magical nature (since a human with nine lives is a nine-lived enchanter).