Man-Kzin Wars VIII: Choosing Names Short story by Paul Chafe published in Man-Kzin Wars VIII (1998)

A Jotok scout coming to a pre-civilized Kzin world. Insight on early Kzinti civilization. The story suggests that it was not the most advanced cultures of the kzinti who were approached, but rather the increasingly marginalized primitives who were already hungering for revenge against those they termed the Mage-Kzin, whose females were fully intelligent and betimes even fought alongside their males.

The so-called Mage-Kzin had already been making a nuisance of themselves in the space around their star system with some advanced technology. Whether they actually developed it on their own and the fact was conveniently forgotten at a later point, or if they too had been armed by another race and promptly used it in ways their benefactors never intended are unknown.