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Myau, a musk cat from Phantasy Star

Musk Cats are a race of creatures found in the Phantasy Star universe. They are incredibly intelligent beings that are capable of communicating with both humans and monsters alike, and are even able to learn to cast techniques. When they are fed Laerma nuts, musk cats have the unusual reaction of suddenly growing to about the size of a horse and sprouting large wings on their backs. This mutation grants them the strength to carry people with them as they fly.

Myau from the original Phantasy Star is perhaps the most famous character of his kind.

Characteristics

Appearance

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Myau as he appears in Generation 1 after eating a laerma nut.

Musk cats, as their name suggests, greatly resemble small cats. They typically have golden fur with orange and brown accents around the extremities of their body, such as ears, tail and feet. Atop the head are their iconic long, pointed ears which give them excellent auditory perception, a scraggly tuft of hair at the top of their forehead, and small whiskers that protrude from their muzzle. Their tail is typically very curly around the outer edge of the limb, making the strands appear as if the tail has multiple segments. Classic musk cats such as Myau are typically depicted as being quadrupeds with the capability of resting on their hind legs, however, more recent members of their race, such as Nyau from Phantasy Star Online 2, are bipedal with opposable thumbs.

It is worth noting that Nyau is also seen wearing a bottle around his neck. In Phantasy Star, Myau also had a bottle, but his was filled with an important medicine to cure his friend's unfortunate petrification from Medusa. Other musk cats seen on the planet Dezo in Phantasy Star II did not have such a necklace. The purpose of Nyau's bottle, whether for fashion or practicality, is unknown.

When a musk cat ingests a laerma nut, they undergo a sudden metamorphosis. Their fur gradually changes from a dull gold to a bright yellow, the body expands to roughly the size of a horse, and they sprout large wings, with small horns at each edge, which grant them the ability to fly. Their new body shape also grants them the strength to carry several people at once with them into the air.

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Myau casting a technique

Abilities

Musk cats are interesting creatures in that they are just as capable as people to learn to manipulate photons in order to cast techniques. As they prepare the focus required for such a task, they tend to frizz the ends of their fur and raise their tails as they are casting. The cats are also able to learn and communicate human languages, as seen with Myau and Nyau. As said previously, they also are gifted with the ability to fly when they eat a laerma nut.

Phantasy Star Classic

First Millennium

The smart-mouthed musk cat, Myau, makes his first appearance early in Alis' adventure. Being unable to open his canister of alsulin in order to save his friend Odin from Medusa, the musk cat wandered until he was eventually captured and placed into Scion's black market. Alis purchases the cat from the vendor in an effort to locate his missing friend, and the two head to Medusa Cave. After successfully curing Odin from petrification, Myau happily agrees to join Alis' conquest for revenge against the evil Lassic.

Second Millennium

Musk cats make a small appearance in the second millennium in Dezo's Skure Spacesport. The cats were brought along to the planet by their human caretakers prior to the disastrous gas leak accident. Although the gas mutated most of the other pets, the musk cats were unaffected and instead sought to adapt to their new foreign climate after being abandoned there. These cats, unlike Myau from the first millennium, are incomprehensible to a human without the assistance of a Magic Hat. If a Mogic Hat is worn instead, the creatures will suddenly become fierce and threaten to bite anyone that speaks to them.

Third Millennium

In Phantasy Star IV, musk cats can be found in the Myst Valley cave. Old Man, the elderly leader of his group, speaks to Chaz and acknowledges that their meeting is not their first encounter. He then bestows unto them a Silver Tusk. It is unknown if this musk cat is Myau himself, a descendent of the legendary hero, or completely unrelated.

Phantasy Star Online 2

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Nyau is always looking for a fight.

A musk cat made an appearance during the debut of Phantasy Star Online 2's third expansion. Nyau, the feline that yearns for battle, brandishes his trusty sword and challenges the player whenever he is spawned by an emergency code in the field. Being a trickster, he occasionally summons other bosses to help him in his fight. When the player manages to break his sword, Nyau goes into a state of blind rage and recklessly charges ahead, fists flying every which way in a desperate attempt to salvage victory. Nyau also made an appearance as a Black Nyack dealer at the Casino and as a costume for your character.

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