Due to this coat pattern being so versatile, Rex have an old saying that it is a mirror of an individuals soul. However, most rex nowadays just see it as another marking on their coats or even an easy way to identify others from a distance.


Marking Rarity

Marking Layering

Marking Colors



Marking Edges

Symmetry Rules


  • There must be at least 4 stripes visible on the body.
  • Must be a darker or lighter shade than the main coat or black.
  • Must look natural and striped and never like banding in snakes or fish.
  • Can have a gradient, starting darker on the top to the bottom.
  • Swathes should not show on the throat armour.
  • Must mostly follow the pretermined directions, with some variation.


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Markings commonly referred to as "swathes" in rexals are patterns of lines that appear on their body.
Here's the directions that the stripes tend to go in. This is not 100% required, but should be approached as a guideline.
In rexals, stripes can appear in different patterns, with two common patterns being tiger striping and tabby swirls.
  • Tiger striping refers to the pattern of vertical stripes that resemble those seen on tigers. These stripes typically run along the body from the head to the tail and are usually darker in color than the surrounding fur, but sometimes can be lighter as well.
  • Tabby swirls, also known as marble or bull's-eye pattern, are characterized by circular or spiral-shaped stripes that have a swirled or marbled appearance. These stripes often have a blotchy appearance and can be found on the body, sides, and flanks of rexals.


Tiger stripes should mostly follow the stripe direction mentioned above.
These are some of their rules:
  • Tiger swathes can have fairly elaborate pattern on the face, which will emulate those of actual tigers.
  • These stripes can get fairly thin, but be careful to make most of them meet the minimum size.
  • Too many spots will get pinged
  • Swathes overall, tabby or tiger, should never look like thick bands
  • Swathes can have tiny dots on the end of the stripes.


Tabby stripes should swirl and be chunkier than normal swathes. They have a few more rules:
  • They must look like swirly tabby markings overall. They shouldn't make elaborate shapes.
  • They cannot be too blotchy. Be moderate or they might get denied.
  • Mixing normal swathes into them is okay as long as it still looks natural.
  • Too many spots will get pinged
  • Swathes overall, tabby or tiger, should never look like thick bands

Here are a few acceptable and unacceptable Swathes shapes!

This is a great example of what we mean by "bands". Swathes should never look like this, but actual striping that resembles those of tigers, or cats. The only exception of this is the tip of the tail.
No matter what kind of swathes you choose, they should never be too shaped, exhibit too many spots, or have multiple edge types. All stripes should either be hard-edged or soft-edged. Swathes should always look natural, and should never look like "Tribal."

Special Interactions

Some markings interact uniquely with the 'Swathes' gene, creating distinctive presentations when combined. Here's a list of these special markings.


When Daub and Swathes are both present on a geno, Daub can arrange itself into a barring pattern, similar to that seen on a snowy owl or spotted tabby cat!


When Squall and Swathes are both present on a geno, Swathes can slightly break directional rules to go horizontal instead of vertical! These should still clearly be stripes, though!

When dominant, Swathes has the option to instead erase stripes into another marking of your choosing!

Look at this example - the marking, in this case Throw, has had stripes erased from it. No stripes have been added, so if another mark was visible underneath throw, such as Pinion or Sable, that would be visible in the 'stripes'. Swathes essentially acts as an eraser, erasing stripes into the marking of your choosing. Ensure you do not make these swathes too big or erase so much that it looks like entire chunks of the marking are missing!
The marking should still resemble the marking in the end, so we can easily tell what you erased from!
Great example for mixed Tabby and Tiger Swathes.
Tabby swirls do not have to sit in the middle of the rexal's body if they are still in a natural place.
An example of the top stripe that Swathes allows. The swathe stripes must be connected to it.
This borders heavily on "bands", but it is believable enough and has enough striping and variation mixed in that it reads as natural striping!
Very typical thin swathes. You can see the tiny dots on the ends of the stripes.

Player Owned Examples