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Brothers Bonus Page - Becoming Baya

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Published: May 14, 2020
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.:Bullet:. Patreon This was posted for early access on my Patreon on 5/11.
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This page is a prize and a bonus story page for Brothers. The story was written for a contest called "Becoming Baya" that I held last year to explore Baya the hyena's backstory. The winner was TheSheInShenanigans on DA. Her winning story is here. I adapted a portion of it into the comic page you see here.

To summarize what's happening in this comic page and what elements of the story Shenanigans wrote is canon to Baya's backstory in Brothers' universe...

Baya is the matriarch's daughter. She's a bit smaller than the other cubs and is bullied constantly, in spite of her rank. In this comic, the cubs give her those trademark "tear" scars because they were mocking her for crying. 
Baya has a close (and unusual for a hyena) bond with her dad and constantly tries to please and impress her mother. She hopes to be the matriarch of her clan one day.

At some point during a migration to a new territory, Baya and her dad get into a fight with lions. They fall into a pit, and Baya's dad is badly injured. She's found many days later by her mother's clan, half-starved and severely dehydrated - nearly dead. And her dad died from his injuries both from the fall and the lions. During her naming ceremony, Baya names herself after one of the lions that attacked her and vows revenge.

Who'dda thunk that lil cutie would grow into a lion-pelt-maker/sitter and push two royals off a cliff...? :hmm:

The original illustration and story:
Brothers:

Art and characters © Nala15. Portions of story created by TheSheInShenanigans and used with permission.
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Mytokyokitty's avatar
MytokyokittyHobbyist Digital Artist
Awe, little Baya.

Pat pat Pat :grumppat: :ladummypat: 
CyberWolf09's avatar
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What does Baya’s mom think about her relationship with her dad?
Arewco's avatar
Wait, didn't she say she ate her father?

Now it's even more sad. I love it.
Arewco's avatar
(Nevermind just read the description).
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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
Well she was down in that pit for a loooong time...
Arewco's avatar
Okay I just had this thought (kinda just a what if of this what if) because of the part of the comic where she says "that's what my father said before I ate him," what if the starvation and grief caused her to hallucinate him being angry at her for thinking about eating him before she did.
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You know that "if you could go back in time and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it?" meme?

*clicks gun* I'm finna do that but with Baya B)

Save my lord and savior Hekima before its too late...
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LauraEarthriderHobbyist General Artist
Tragic, knowing what she'll become :( 

Nice job, Shenanigans, and nice job, Nala :thumbsup:
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Aw, thanks! ❤️
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TheSheInShenanigansHobbyist Artist
Thanks Nala! You really did a great job with the comic!
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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Congrats again! :hug: I'm happy you enjoyed this!
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For a future psychopath, Baya sure looks so cute and sweet as a pup! :love:

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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
Looks can be deceiving, no? :plotting:
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Very nice! I like the backstory of the hyenas' culture that's incorporated into this story, with choosing their own names and the philosophy on when to fight. And it makes total sense that hyenas in the TLK universe would tend to be closer to their fathers than real hyenas since they have human-level intelligence and emotions.
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D’aww...thanks!
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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That was something that I saw in a few of the story entries back then, but TheSheInShenanigans's culture ideas had a special something that I thought tied in very well with Brothers. (Such as Baya's willingness to negotiate in the Pridelands - before the cape buffalo charge in and ruin it.)

It does make sense. :) I like to think that it's still unusual for a hyena cub to have a close bond with dad, even in-TLK-universe. Especially for a daughter hyena to have a closeness with her dad.
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Truth-lover3712Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, there was another winner? I remember being part of this contest, but...you got me now :?
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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
You won the "Over the Top" runner-up category. This was for the grand prize winner. :)
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Truth-lover3712Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, right. Well, still good fun!
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:iconkhalfaniindeedplz:
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Magani1996Hobbyist Writer

As Heath Ledger's Joker put it takes just one really bad day. So now I ask... what caused her to snap?

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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
Well... there is a little story in the description that might explain part of that. :giggle:
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Magani1996Hobbyist Writer

I see. Now I kinda want to see the alternative path. In any case good backstory. I tip my party hat to you and the victor.

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Nala15Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :party:
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