The Puppeteers' Influence on the Man-Kzin Wars
With their proverbial caution, the Puppeteers studied
the Kzinti carefully for hundreds of years. The Kzinti were a dangerous
race who would no doubt attempt to take the Puppeteer homeworld and make
slaves of the inhabitants. Though there was no possibility for the relatively
unsophisticated Kzinti to achieve such a goal, the Puppeteers were unwilling
to give then the change. They created a plan to exterminate the entire
Kzinti race and were ready to begin implementation when the first Man-Kzin
war provided an alternate solution.
The solution first involved a great deal of debating
over the threat of the Kzinti. Experimentalist factions said that the
Kzinti might provide a useful buffer against possible attacks from other
races, such as the Pak, or whoever constructed the Ringworld. Conservative
factions within the Puppeteer government, argued that the race should
be exterminated simply because they were too dangerous for a comfortable
margin of Puppeteer safety. The Experimentalists were coming into power
at the time of the debates and their arguments prevailed. The result of
the decision was to conduct a selective breeding experiment that would
produce Kzinti who would be more docile and to open to negotiations and
politicking rather than open fighting.
The Kzinti ships were better armed and more manoeuvrable
than the Earth fusion ramships, but the Puppeteers figured that giving
the humans superior technology would undoubtedly kill the first generation
of warriors from the Kzinti populace. The Puppeteers used a starseed lure
to draw an Outsider ship into Human Space, where the mysterious race sold
the mayor of the planet "We Made It" the secret of the Quantum I Hyperdrive
shunt (on credit).
The effect was immediate. The Kzinti ships could never
hope to outdistance or catch a hyperdrive-equipped vessel. The war instantly
turned against them and they were pushed back, planet by planet. As predicted
by the Puppeteers, the most fierce and dangerous Kzinti were killed, assuring
their stock would not breed again.
Defeat was not an idea taken well by the Kzinti, and
revenge had always been a strong motivator for their race. The Kzinti
restaged their attack against the human-held planets in the Second Man-Kzin
War. Of course, the humans had learned their hard lesson. General Products
hulls and thrusters significantly improved the human defensive fleet.
No. 2 hulls were often converted by their original use as survey ships
to attack vessels, while the huge No. 3 hulls were made into battle cruisers
equipped with reactionless thrusters, fusion drives, and the Quantum I
Hyperdrive. The Kzinti ran straight into Earth's new warships and quickly
collapsed. Several of the Kzinti hold-worlds were annexed and the slave
The Kzinti were not willing to let another defeat go
unpunished. The attacked again and were repulsed more easily. They attacked
a fourth time, lost, and finally gave up, the empire they had built over
thousands of years drastically reduced.
In each attack over centuries, Kzin had lost two-thirds
of its fighting population and was unable to recover its original fighting
spirit. The population of the non-sentient females had been untouched
by the ravages of the war and the Kzinti's numbers grew again, aggressive,
but not dangerous enough for the Puppeteers to feel the race required
The Kzinti reluctantly opened diplomatic relations with other species.