Ounce is an old English word for a wild cat of intermediate size; it is derived from the Latin lynx. In modern times it is just another name for a snow leopard, but historically the term was more loosely defined. In Honor's Paradox, an ounce is defined as a hunting cat the size of a serval.[1]

Pat & African serval

P. C. Hodgell has stated on her Livejournal that she imagines Jorin, Jame's mind-linked blind ounce, to be approximately the size, weight and build of a serval.[2]


Ounces are hunting cats.[1] In Tai-tastigon, ounces are kept in catteries, and the city's rich use them for hunting for sport.[3] Caldane makes reference to using Jorin for breeding in his cattery, implying that Kencyr do the same.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Honor's Paradox, "Lexicon" — "ounce—a hunting cat the size of a serval"
  2., "Jorin wanta-be"
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 6: Water Flow, Fire Leap" — "Below, on either side of the swift water, were the kennels, catteries, and mews that catered to the sporting element among the city's rich folk."
  4. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — " 'Oh, I would never harm a royal gold, even a blind one. He will make an excellent addition to my cattery as breeding stock.' Caineron stepped forward."
Hunting animals
Leopard Ounce Molocar Direhound