Lion-people are kidnapped at birth from humans. Why?
Because Lion-folk prey on humans as a form of sport and entertainment
Kidnapped cubs of lion-folk are groomed in ''loving'' families in order to grow as defenders of society
The heightened senses of kidnapped lion folk are vital to traking predators and spotting ambushers
Kidnapped cubs are often used to escort merchants, farmers and children
Kidnapped lion-folk are the equivalent of real world wolves raised as dogs to protect the sheep herd from wolves
Just like herding dogs, Kidnapped lion-folk are taller, heavier, smarter and stronger than their wild counter part
Wild lion-folk live in societies of various types but the most common ones are fishing tribes or raider tribes riding horses like the mongols which terrorized early europe.
Lion-folk in general can speak, although kidnapped ones have the ability to pronounce sounds that the wild counter part can't
Wild Lion-folk are on average 170 centimetres tall (5'6 feet) by 75kg (165lbs) but domesticated lion-folk rarely get below 190 (6'2 feet) centimetres by 100kg (225lbs) also the domesticated version has slightly more loose skin but not in the same way of obese people that lost weight but the kind of loose skin that bears or tigers have, the type of loose skin that reduces the chance of being perforated by piercing or cutting blows, kind of the same reason herding dogs have so much loose skin but domesticated lion folk aren't this extreme and their loose skin is covered in foor and goes unnoticed (just an excuses because I can't bother to model and animate loose skin)
Both versions of the species are omnivorous in nature but the ''domesticated'' type has longer intestines and can tollerate a 90% vegetarian diet
The step of a lion-folk is so soft, their movments are so silent that even a trained soldier could realize way too late of the dangerous arrow that's now perforating the back of their skull, many animals were attempted to be used as living ''alarms'' like small birds or cats for example, but only domesticated lion-folk are able to not only speak and tell you where the enemy is exactly but can also defend you from them.
Just like most people aren't gonna hate domesticated dogs because wolves used to eat people, at most they are gonna hate them because they pee everywhere and bark at night, most humans do not hate domesticated lion-folk and they themselves, just like dogs do not identify as being part of the wolves anymore.
How would one organize a society where lion-folk started a stock brainwashed slaves for protection but evolved to be part of normal people while still maintaining them as valuable defenses of the people without enslaving them once the ''brainwashing'' doesn't work anymore since now all domesticated lion folk know the truth of they came to be and that some of them might have different ideals and want to get different jobs ?