Learn to read, learn to respectTo begin with - this journal is not directed at my fans, it's merely a general observation I made.
I have just visited a profile page of an artist I know. He posted a journal in which he apologized to his fans for not being able to do requests and art trades, because he was busy in real life. I've seen quite a few people on DA post similar journals, in moods raging from apologetic to furious, so it no longer surprises me. The point is - this particular artist has already posted a similar journal a couple of months ago. Apparently, one journal is not enough. That, or people are analphabets.
For this reasons, I have a big request to everybody - learn to read. Before you ask somebody for a request take your time to do your research. Most artists have stamps saying "I don't do requests", or journals stating that. Some have folders in their galeries destined for "Art for others". Some even have FAQs in which you'll find all the information you need. Trust me, having to answer an obvious que
The culture of the Land of Free LionessesThe culture of the Land of Free LionessesThe culture of the Land of Free Lionesses2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The Land of Free Lionesses consists of a vast mountain range, most commonly known as the Wild Mountains. Little is known about the land, for hardly anybody who entered it managed to get out alive. As for its inhabitants let me put it this way: mothers often warn their cubs that a wild lioness from the mountains will take them away if they misbehave.
A typical lioness of this pride is the size of an average normal lion. Free Females are usually very fit and muscular. Their fur is typically very fluffy. Some of the Free Females grow semi-manes, so they can be mistaken for males by foreigners. The most common coloration is shades of gray, sometimes brown.
The power is passed in female line only. There are queens, and no kings. Almost every male cub born to the pride is killed right after birth. Legend says that the pride used to be ruled by males, who were cruel and treated females like slaves. But one da
The Why of It: Mufasa In My Stories*How come you made Mufasa into a "bad" guy? Was it just to break away from tradition? Why make Mufasa and Scar out of character? Why is Mufasa such a jerk in your world? All the canon and semi canon sources show him as a good guy. I understand you wanting to justify Scar's hatred for him, but why purify one brother at the expense of making a monster out of the other? Everybody seemed to respect Mufasa. (Question is a composite of all three people who asked's wording)The Why of It: Mufasa In My Stories2 years ago in Settings More Like This
I was attempting to make a more 'realistic' story for TLK. Disney portrays things in black and white, absolute good, versus unmitigated evil and that's not how real life goes. I realize it was a children's movie, but I was writing for my own pleasure, and I like more well-rounded, fully fleshed, and semi-realistic characters. But I did not just say: I'm going to make Mufasa a jerk, either. The ides was put into my head from small 'hints' given in the movie, and pieces of story from semi-canon books. Examples?
Answers to Fan Questions Pt.2*Are the Living Sand Pride your answer to the infamous 'Tsavo man-eaters'? If not, will you be including Tsavos in your stories at some point?Answers to Fan Questions Pt.22 years ago in Settings More Like This
Yes and no. The Tsavo man-eaters were a pair of maneless lions in 1898. My TLK-verse is set quite a lot earlier than that, so mine aren't THE man-eaters, but WERE inspired by them. ^^
*You mentioned before that Living Sand lions worship the moon, hence why they can't name themselves after it. Does it have anything to do with Araawa, since her name is Kalenjin for "moon" and the Sand lions give themselves Kalenjin names? Also, are they not allowed to name themselves after the sun, stars, sky, and clouds? And why are their real names in Kalenjin? Is it because of where the Land of Fire is located? I ask because I know of non-Sand lions who have Kalenjin names, i.e. Nunka.
Not really, no (to all of it). I just liked Kalenjin since it's so weirdly spelled and makes no sense to pronounce. I figured psycho lions in the desert would have
As Scar is born - contest entryAs scar is bornAs Scar is born - contest entry1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Taka ran into the night, the land in front of her barren and empty. She was out of her father's kingdom, but she couldn't care less. The tears she shed mixed with the blood from the gash the old king gave her, limiting her vision. A part of her was thankful for the physical pain, for it drew her attention away from the sore in her heart. But the other part of her the bigger one hated Uru for what he had done. As the princess ran and her muscles started to burn from exhaustion, her mind filled with the images of her father. His face surrounded by the blood-red mane, as wild as a storm and as destructive as one. But suddenly the mane was not fluffy anymore. All the hair turned into flames, and the lion's face was now twisted in pain, oh so excruciating pain. And then his fur, almost as red as his mane, was soaking wet. Wet with his own blood. Blood dropping to the ground beneath him, dropping in waterfalls. And above it all stood she. She, Taka, laughing lik
Answers to Fan Questions Pt.4*How did the Runner Pride know about Jororo?Answers to Fan Questions Pt.41 year ago in Settings More Like This
The Runner Pride hears rumor that the firstborn of the new King of the PrideLands has been rejected as not of his bloodline when the child grows a white chin. Knowing this trait is very particular to their pride's looks, they make inquiries about the Queen. Hearing it is Nala a lioness they ran off, and who they know mated with their dead King, Adhumita, when she was in season they come sniffing around. The cub is the right age to have been conceived from the mating of Nala and Adhumita, and there were no other Runner Pride males in the pride at that time. Based on circumstances, they have heavy indication that Nala's son is also Adhumita's. When they lurk close enough to see Jororo, they are convinced, what with his very similar coloration to their dead monarch. So now, being so sure of Jororo's parentage, and that he is very, very likely to be the very last of their royal line, the Runner Pride emissaries co
Answers to Fan Questions Pt.3*In "Answers to Fan Questions Pt.2" (second to last question) you said you changed the storyline of "Trials of the Heart" greatly when you brought in Mega as the elder half-sibling of Mufasa and Taka, so what was the original storyline before that then?Answers to Fan Questions Pt.32 years ago in Settings More Like This
Well, it was a LOT shorter, for one thing. The characters themselves were much different, as well, with Uru being more angsty and snotty. She's Betrothed to Kipendo who in very early "drafts" (I hate terming things like that makes me sound like a pretentious asshat) was NOT a white lion and while she comes to love him, it's not a great and all-consuming love like it has become. Anyway. One day, in the rain, the animals of the PrideLands stumble upon an injured rogue lion. Mohatu (who was still alive in this one) decides to have pity on the guy and takes him home to help heal. Zakiya (also still alive!) warns Mohatu that this rogue feels like trouble to her, and to throw him out she's got bad vibes. Moha
The Why of It: Lion's ReligionOk, so I've introduced the Great Spirit several times, and revealed my own take on the legend of the stars, but what do the lions of my 'verse believe?The Why of It: Lion's Religion3 years ago in Settings More Like This
The Great Spirit
The Great Spirit is essentially a god/goddess. The Great Spirit is credited with creating all of Africa, and all the species therein. It is also the one who judges whether an animal has led a worthy life, and where their eternal rest should reside. It has no gender to speak of, and can appear as either male or female; it also has no set species. Everything depends on the gender and species of the animal it chooses to appear to. Only its colors remain constant -- white with purple-blue eyes. For lions, it will appear as a lion or lioness with pale smoky grey stripes on its pelt, a strange moon and stars tattoo under one eye, and be roughly the size of an American lion. That being said, the Great Spirit very, very rarely ever appears to anyone of any species.
Origins of Lions
The lions were originally great
The Logic of Lions' AgingThe Logic of Lions' Aging in GreatMarta's TLK-universe (heavily influence by Rinjapine's)The Logic of Lions' Aging2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The general rule is: Lions age like humans do.
- A pregnancy of a lion lasts about a 100 days.
- A lion cub is weaned at 6 months.
- A lion cub can communicate verbally at 2 years of age (I mean the kind of communication that actually makes some sense). Most lionesses raise their cubs to the age of at least 3 before they decide to try for another cub.
- The development of mane differs from lion to lion. A mane tuft should appear by the age of 13, a partial mane by the age of 18, and a full mane by the age of 25. Some lions may already be sprouting a tuft at 7 and a full mane at 18, it depends on many factors (genes, environment, health, etc).
- Both males and females become sexually mature at 18. They may engage in sexual activities earlier, but pregnancy is not possible before the age of 18.
- Both males and females remain fertile their whole life long. A lioness younger than 50 should h
Chained in DarknessThere was a tapping sound....I was trying to sleep trying so very hard. The cub next to me could sleep...he was always asleep. No matter how much I shook him or screamed he was always asleep. I kept my eyes shut it made the darkness in this tiny space so much more bearable. Until He came back, the lion that my mother had trusted, the lion that took us here and brought us food.Chained in Darkness2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
More tapping, I had to ignore them. "Are you dead yet in there?" There was laughter; cruel, jeering, and harsh laughter. Then a small light, my eyes snapped open. The light! It was light! I ran towards it hoping the sunrays would carry me away. But then the light went away, replaced by an eye, the eye of a vulture.
"Nope not dead yet boys, from the looks of her we don't have long to wait." His little birdie eye was full of malice...and hunger. "You're going to die soon, you're going to die soon! Then well have a meal under the moon, meal time under the moon! Ahahahahahahaha!" Their were other voices, but they had
Answers to Fan Question Pt.1*How would you explain A Tale of Two Brothers' narration saying that Ahadi loved his sons, considering what your version of him is like?Answers to Fan Question Pt.12 years ago in Settings More Like This
Only the back cover of the book ever says that Ahadi "loved" his sons it's never said within the story itself -- but it also says that Scar promises to make himself King one day, which does not happen in the story, so the back of the book is not trustworthy right off the bat.
My decision to make Ahadi the "bad guy" was severely influenced by my early days hanging silently around the fandom. Remember before I jumped back into this a few years ago, I had no idea about 6NA. I saw pictures of Ahadi and Uru, and when it was said Ahadi and Uru were from a book on TLK, I HAD to look it up. But before I did look it up, I had seen all those pics, and many of them depicted Ahadi as the aggressor who mangles Taka into Scar. So I was already in that mindset when I read the book. Now, the Ahadi in the book is more guilty of negligence
The Lion QueenAhadi, prince-consort of the pridelands and mate to the mighty queen Uru, did not expect what had resulted from their one time, purely mechanical mating. Two cubs. One male and one female. The male was to be king by birthright alone, though the female was his elder by minutes. But this was not what vexed Ahadi.The Lion Queen1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
His heir, though sharing his eyes and mane, had his mother's pelt and this, this alone forced Ahadi to undermine his own son's future. For if the pridelands were to ever regain their place in the lion kingdoms, there could not be another dark lion on the throne. And so Ahadi named the boy 'Taka' for he wished he did not have to break the boy so but also because he wanted his son to be everything a king should be.
Years passed, and Taka's mane grew full and thick. He was wise, kind, the prefect model of a future king except for one thing. His dependence on his sister Mufasa.
The Why of It: White LionsThis is to address the worrying (and increasing) number of people who seem to think white lions are the same as ALBINO lions and that ANY white lion MUST be an albino. I keep hearing from people that my white lions should have pink eyes and that it is 'an ignorant mistake' on my part that 'reflects badly' on my overall stories for not knowing such a 'simple fact'. So allow me to CLEAR the air of the confusion that seems to plague people -- those ignorant but vocal people -- who have never even tried to research white lions, but espouse complete knowledge on the subject: there are albino lions, and then there are leucistic lions, and they are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.The Why of It: White Lions2 years ago in Settings More Like This
ALBINO lions are completely white, from head to foot, and have PINK/RED eyes. They have no other coloration -- they lack ALL pigmentation in skin and eyes.
LEUCISTIC lions are lions who have very REDUCED coloration, and can appear as white. BUT THEY ARE NOT ALBINO, and so HAVE color to their eyes. They can have a
The Why of It: Cub OriginsSo I just felt like rambling on about the nonsense that fills my head, and tonight it's about Nuka and Vitani, and my theories about their origins. No, not their biological origins in the story, but their origins with Disney how they came to be in the roles they now play. PLEASE NOTE: This is ALL speculation.The Why of It: Cub Origins3 years ago in Settings More Like This
VITANI: The Downgraded Princess
If you look at early concepts for Kiara, you'll see a cub with a nice sized hair tuft (LINK), named either 'Aisha' or 'Shani'. Now this Aisha/Shani also was pale colored, with pale eyes, as seen HERE. Sounding familiar? Sure, there are quite a few differences, but it is very interesting to consider that Vitani/Shetani has NO concept art that has ever been released. Why not? Well, what if she was based on the scrapped early versions of Kiara? It makes sense to me if you got attached to the design, but d
Sixth DaughterI have known for a long time that there was something wrong with me, for as long as I can remember my mother has given me the same look of disappointment. At first I thought it was because of my clumsiness, but I got better. At my young age I could out climb any pride sister, but still she had the same look on her face.Sixth Daughter2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I then I thought it must be because I am slow and a bit weak, so I trained hard. I made myself stronger and faster than any of the males my age. But still it was not enough to make her stop looking at me with those eyes. Those eyes of hers' that should have held a mothers' love and pride always held that same look. A look that silently but painfully screamed her disappointment in my very being, that I was a failure to her, that I had done something unforgivable, and that I was unlovable. So I thought harder, I was strong, agile, surefooted, fast, tough, enduring what was wrong with me?!
Then I looked closely into the pond, wondering what my flaw was. I looked at th