Well, it’s Biff’s turn now…but she also doesn’t manage to have much of an impact on the score.
Because I guess this particular confrontation is another draw…although you could credit K’ip with a moral victory, at least. He’s clearly, proudly, and appropriately smugly demonstrating the superiority of cats over hairless apes, at least as far as keenness of the senses is concerned.
It’s a bit unfair to Biff, though…she hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to show off the usefulness of her magic cloak up to now, at least not on-screen. And then she gets it here, of all possible situations, where her cloak actually isn’t of any use at all. No degree of invisibility is going to be any help in trying to sneak up on a cat, unless your cloak of invisibility also masks your sound and your odor, and somehow prevents you from displacing any air when moving.
That’s not to say that it’s impossible to sneak up on a cat. But Biff has never had one, so she isn’t aware that all it would take is placing a bowl of food in front of K’ip, and his awareness of anything else around him would plummet like a rock.
And, yeah, that’s how K’ip keeps clean. It might seem off-putting, at first, but look at it this way: it does provide a plausible explanation on how he can maintain basic hygiene on such a long and arduous trip, which is a lot more than can be said in the case of a group of human (or humanoid) adventurers. There is a reason why this question usually remains unaddressed in RPGs… >_>
More on Thurs…uh, Monday.