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Tybalt is the King of the Court of Cats in San Francisco. He became their King by right of blood and he's held the position by beating the crap out of anyone who tries to take it away. He is the uncle of Raj, the Prince of Cats and heir apparent to Tybalt's throne. Originally a foil/sometime ally of October Daye, over time the two of them came to love each other, and each has risked death, elf-shot sleep, and worse for the other. Currently they are engaged to be married. He is several centuries old, having lived in London since at least 1666, and was formerly named Rand.

Biography / BackgroundEdit

Tybalt's background in London is explored in Rat-Catcher and Forbid the Sea.

Julie is the reason Tybalt dislikes October so much. There were many hostile encounters growing up in the Summerlands with Tybalt with him ending up saying he's be happy to gut her if not for her mother. Julie left Tybalt's court and followed Toby to Home and he blamed Toby because she was the smart one.[3]

About Edit

Abilities, Powers, Skills Edit

  • "Royal," among the Cait Sidhe, is a measure of strength of magic. A royal Cait Sidhe must be able to travel the Shadow Roads without hindrance; carry others with them; transform from cat to human and back again, without any unwanted traits bleeding over from one shape to another; cast basic illusions; open doors between the deepest Court of Cats and the Summerlands; create Courts by hewing small spaces out of the Shadows and keeping them open, essentially as temporary shallowings, until they are no longer needed; command loyalty; and die and come back. This is not a comment set of skills. Most Cait Sidhe can access the Shadow Roads, cast illusions, and change forms...but not all of them. Some Cait Sidhe are always bipedal, or always cats. Some Cait Sidhe have tails in their human forms, or no tails in their cat forms. And so it goes.[4]
  • "…all I could do was stare, open mouthed. I’d never seen the King of Cats fight before. He was suddenly everywhere, made of nothing but fangs and claws and fury, snarling like a chainsaw trying to sing opera."[3]

Character / Personality Edit

  • Tybalt keeps his promises.
  • He dislikes changelings, and until recently Toby in particular.[5]
  • He is fond of quoting from the works of William Shakespeare, for whose character in Romeo & Juliet he is named. He tends to speak in flowery, high-flown language.
  • He is generally arrogant towards the members of most other species of fae, including lords, ladies and monarchs, as befits a cat.

Physical Appearance Edit

  • In his human form, Tybalt has darker stripes of brown in his his short hair, mimicking a tabby's coat, and green cat-slit eyes. 
  • He is 6" taller than October. 
  • He has a sleek muscled build and ivory skin[5] 
  • He has been described as "walking sex appeal." 

Other DetailsEdit

Connections Edit

Name Connection What About
Samson Father of Raj Cait Sidhe The ambitious, moral-free father of Raj. He attempted to kill Tybalt and take his throne.
Shade Tybalt's opposite number Queen of Cats not allowed to interfere with another Cat Court
Sylvester Torquill once a friend Duke of Shadowed HIlls Sylvester kept Tybalt from Toby's sick-bed; he has resented him ever since.
Hope Chest keeping hidden magical rare box Toby hides it with him with a sacred promise.

Events in Series (Spoilers!) Edit

Rosemary and Rue Edit

Main article: Rosemary and Rue

Taunts October in alley.[5] Tybalt made a formal magical promise to October Daye to hold the Hope Chest is safe keeping from enemies.[6] Picked Toby up off the bridge in the Tea Gardens and carried her into Lily's Knowe.[6] Tybalt saves Toby and Julie from Redcap, killing him.[3] Toby goes to the Court of Cats led by Cagney and Lacey, through the Shadow Roads. She requests the blood from the killing in the park. He gives her his shirt. He stopped Julie from attacking Toby.[7] Toby found one of Tybalt's memories of her in the blood tea—"…she's come back to me".[8]

Rat-Catcher Edit

Main article: Rat-Catcher

Tybalt, still called Rand, learns about the fire and plague that will come to London. To save himself and his sisters, he challenges his father for the throne. He wins the kingship, but loses a sister.

No Sooner Met Edit

Main article: No Sooner Met

Tybalt takes October to Cat on the Rafters on their first official date. Everything goes well until dessert, when Blake attempts to poison them with a chocolate cake. Tybalt deals with the young Cait Sidhe by banishing him from the Court of Dreaming Cats.

Quotes Edit

"I go where the urge takes me, October; you should know that by now. All places are alike to me, and today I wanted to check on my little fish. To see where she was ...swimming."[5]

References Edit

  1. The Winter Long
  2. Rat-Catcher
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rosemary and Rue, ch. 16
  4. http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/320961.html
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Rosemary and Rue, Ch. 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rosemary and Rue, ch. 10
  7. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 24
  8. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 25

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