Arilin Thorferra is a Rha—a cat-woman—who stands about eighty feet high. She came from a country called Stravell, where there are two races: the Rha and the Liliren, who are mouse-like and stand about ankle high to the Rha. Despite what you might think about giant cats and little mice, ordinarily there’s little conflict between the two races, although the Rha mostly consider the Liliren to be somewhere between animals and “real” people.
The daughter of an eccentric scientist in Stravell, Arilin didn’t grow up well socialized. It’s fair to say she was rather sociopathic, in fact, especially with Liliren. Through an extraordinary event involving one of her father’s inventions and a lightning storm, though, Arilin found herself transported to a strange land where nearly everyone was Liliren-sized. She realized that to survive with any semblance of civilization, she’d have to depend on their kindness—and learn to be kind to them in return. The once murderous young Rha, ironically, became considered one of the “safe” giants.
Over the years, Arilin’s attitudes greatly changed. She came to see promoting good relations between giants and littles as her life’s work. She first created the Giants’ Club, a lounge designed for those of “normal” stature and giants to interact with (some) degree of safety. Later on, she joined with other giants in her adopted homeland on a far more ambitious project: a college for people of all sizes, to learn from one another and to be around each other safely.
This is a collection of stories by Arilin, telling of giants—usually giantesses, always furry—that she’s met or heard of over the years. They range the gamut from gentle giants to apocalyptic ones, and genres range over the map: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and whatever you might consider “slice of life but with giants.” Some of these stories appeared in MegaMorphics, a macrophile-themed APA; others first appeared on Arilin’s Fur Affinity archive.
(Some stories feature Arilin at various points in her life. “Cheating at Solitaire” is the oldest, with her as the antagonist; “Higher Learning” is her first day teaching at the college; “If Lethe Should Be Passed” is a story of Arilin’s experience with the goddess of death; “Teacher’s Pet” is a novella from the point of view of one of Arilin’s students, a rat girl with a crush on the Rha.)
Macrophilia is faux Latin for “an attraction to, or paraphilia involving, giants”; a macrophile is someone who experiences that attraction. Furry entered popular culture a few years back as “people who dress up in animal costumes,” but the term is broader than that: “furries” are both animal people, like Disney’s Robin Hood, and fans of such animal people in stories and art. While a sizable minority of furries do indeed dress up in “fursuits” (costumes), it’s still a minority.
While furry isn’t intrinsically sexual or fetishistic, there’s definitely a lot of adult material out there. And that (ahem) brings us back to this site. The stories here mix furries and macrophilia to produce giant animal people! Why? Well…why not? Fantasies about giants nearly always have an uncivilized, primal edge, even when the giant is comparatively gentle. That’s also true of animal people. So in that sense, it’s a natural fit. Arilin goes more into depth on furries and macrophilia in general in an essay called “Dark Romance.”
As a minor note: humans appear in some stories here, but when they do, they’re always the small ones dealing with the giant furries. This doesn’t mean Arilin will never write a story with a human or a demi-human giantess, or that she doesn’t like them—in fact, she’s rather a fan of Karbo and his ridiculously dangerous world of Felarya. It’s just that so far she hasn’t.