- See also: Sacking of Panthera
Founded near a cat looking lake, unless the lake was created later, Panthera served as the capital for Abyssinia for centuries if not millennia. It was centered around the temple of the Tree of Purpose, which was built for the cats by the Knights of Harmony. However, after the cats joined the natives of Caninia and Farasi in attacking Cunabula at the bidding of Discord, the Knights caused the temple to be hidden underground with the Elements of Purpose inside. As a result, the cats were left without any Magic of their own.
Throughout the days after the Storm Kings revenge, Panthera was talked about in high praise, as a highly successful city with a good quality of life, not unlike most cities in Equestria. Over the years, many large, modern structures were built within the perimeter of the city, while still keeping older buildings such as Panthera palace. Alas, the city was effectively destroyed by the Storm King and Storm minions who sacked the city and claimed all but the entire supply of treasure in tribute. As the Storm King's withdrew, the King and Queen of Abyssinia sat on a hill, overlooking the destruction and wept.
The devastation of Panthera didn't appear to be wildly known, as citizens of Klugetown didn't seem to be aware of it. During the Reign of the Storm King, many cats in Panthera moved to Klugetown and set up various shop and smuggling rings. The city was eventually rebuilt under the direction of King Meowmeow. Unfortunately, his response to the invasion of his home city was to outlaw outsiders and Magic alike and transform Panthera into a police state.
Meowmeow’s regime was opposed by the Abyssinian Underground, rebels led by a group of former street thieves. Matters came to a head when Capper, a former member of the gang who had departed Panthera during the invasion, returned as part of Team Fluttershy. The newcomers were arrested and thrown into prison, while Meowmeow allowed word of Capper’s return to spread. This was part of a plan to use Capper to access the ancient temple, the locked entrance to which his guards had recently discovered.
True to Meowmeow’s intentions, Capper’s friends broke him and his new allies out of prison. After they penetrated the temple, Meowmeow attempted to destroy the Tree of Purpose but was stopped by the rebels. Capper and his old confederates proved to be embodiments of the Elements of Purpose, and the temple rose from the depths beneath the city. Magic spread across the city if not farther, causing several residents to gain features resembling those of Anugypt cats.
With their world changed, the victorious rebels emerged from the temple, now merged with the palace. The new Element bearers greeted their people, while a disgraced and enraged Meowmeow was taken into custody by his own guards.
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Panthera is a genus within the Felidae family that was named and first described by the German naturalist Oken in 1816.
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