TLK: Rulers of Pride Rock
So for the longest time I've been thinking about making a line of succession list of the Pridelands' monarchs because I was inspired by looking through some royal family trees. Also, I wanted to make some siblings for the past Lion Guard leaders I introduced a few months ago. So as a 27 Year Anniversary thing for the first movie's release, I finally got this done (took days to think of designs and repeatedly lose/regain motivation and reason to make this lol). I tried modeling a few of them after the way some civilians and monarchs dressed in old times, such as Early Middle Ages (Watoto), Late Middle ages (Akili) Elizabethan (Kusita), and kind of a pirate vibe (Nahodha).
Massive character breakdown below:
Mfalme (”king”, “royal”) was the 1st Ruler of the Pridelands. Husband to Malkia and father of Warithi and Askari, as well as other older half-sisters with other lionesses before betrothal was established. Mfalme was only the king of his pride during his reign, first establishing a sovereign title of monarch to solidify his leadership. He also established the tradition of betrothal to keep the royal line linear and therefore pure, as well as carefully chosen by destiny. He is also the only king before Pride Rock was formed and before the Pridelands territory had been expanded and bordered. Mfalme died of old age.
Warithi (”heirs”) was the 2nd Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Mfalme, brother of Askari, and father of Watoto and Wajibu. Before the firstborn inheritance of the throne had been established, Warithi defeated his brother Askari in a spar to determine who would succeed their father. Warithi was caught in a takeover of the Pridelands when a pride of evil lions invaded the land. The evil lions stripped him of his power until Askari returned with the newly-discovered Roar, ultimately defeating the evil lions and returning Warithi to power. He is the first king to have a Lion Guard and was the first to rule Pride Rock after Askari created it with his Roar. Warithi died from an unspecified illness as he neared old age.
Watoto (”cubs”) was the 3rd Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Warithi, brother to Wajibu, and father of Akili, Mkali, and many other children. Watoto was a rather jolly and jovial king in contrast to his stern and stoic younger brother Wajibu. Coincidentally with the meaning of his name, Watoto had the most cubs of all the monarchs aside from Mfalme (who had many mates before betrothal while Watoto was fully monogamous), having six sons and one daughter. All of his sons from second to last born became members of Mkali’s Guard. Watoto was accidentally killed in the middle of a Lion Guard mission when unexpected enemies ambushed them.
Akili (”mind”, “intellect”) was the 4th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Watoto, brother to Mkali and many other siblings, and father of Kusita and Taka. Akili was a brave warrior who had defended his kingdom from various sieges and battled many wars. Akili seemed indestructible given his great size and valor, until he met his downfall with a swift bite on the heel from a rogue lion. (Akili... heel.... see what I did there lol)
Kusita (”hesitant”, “reluctant”) was the 5th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Akili, brother of Taka, and father of Nahodha, Nkosi (sons), and Nzima (daughter). Kusita was a patient listener to all perspectives, but not a great immediate decision-maker. His way of ruling was often split between his brother’s conservative ways and his youngest son’s progressive ways. He only wanted what was best for his family and feared upsetting his peers. He would let his pride debate until he would make a final, balanced ruling that would satisfy all parties. He died from complications of an unspecified, degenerative disease that he was predisposed to as he was born rather meek.
Nahodha (”captain”) was the 6th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Kusita, brother of Nkosi and Nzima, and father of Kivuli and Kijani. Nahodha was hasty and hotheaded, catching himself in a territorial dispute over the Pridelands’ borders due to his competitive nature. When a troop of baboons grew in numbers, their king tried to claim much of the Pridelands as his. Nahodha not only won back the territory, but was overcome by greed, insisting he took more than his share of land. His younger brother Nkosi persuaded him that he was way over his head and was making poor decisions out of anger, and Nahodha drew back on his land siege after powering through his stubbornness. Though the Pridelands had expanded and herd landmarks remain part of it to this day, the royal pride no longer oversees these lands and lets the herds live naturally on their own with their own leaders. Nahodha died trying to protect Nkosi after the baboons tried to get revenge, ending his strained relationship with his younger brother.
Kivuli (”shadow”) was the 7th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Nahodha, brother to Kijani, and father to Mohatu as well as three other children. Kivuli was a strong, stern, and feared king. Though the firstborn, he was known to be even fiercer than that of his meek, flighty brother Kivuli, who’d led the Lion Guard during his reign, which made Pridelanders question of the Great Kings even knew what they were doing in making Kivuli King and Kijani Guard Leader. He met his end when there had been an outbreak of a rabies-like disease. In a fit of maddened distemper, he had killed all of his cubs except Mohatu before succumbing to a final seizure.
Mohatu (”was loved”) was the 8th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Kivuli. husband of Almasi, and father of Uru and Moyo. Plagued with loneliness all his life due to his father’s early passing, untimely demise of his siblings as a cub, and disease outbreak taking away half of his pride growing up, Mohatu was an excellent speaker and negotiator despite it all, even getting the Pridelanders of all kinds to work together to find a water source during one of the Pridelands’ worst droughts. Mohatu did not have a Lion Guard until his secondborn son, Moyo, came of age. Mohatu died from complications of pneumonia and old age. He is said to have become the Brightest Star in the Sky.
Uru (”diamond”) was the 9th Ruler of the Pridelands and was the Pridelands’ first Queen. She was the daughter of Mohatu, sister of Moyo, wife of Ahadi, and mother to Mufasa and Scar (formerly known as Askari II). She took her duties very seriously as she had a graceful, levelheaded demeanor that would silence any Pridelander. Shenzi’s Clan was first banished during her reign, after her husband Ahadi had caught them hunting the herds for sport. During that time, she was away looking for a water source for the Pridelanders, as her father once did. Uru had been the more serious and confident parent of her two boys, always getting them to stop bickering when Ahadi couldn’t. Uru was very intelligent, which meant it took a lot of manipulation from her youngest son to get his way. The spoiling of her youngest son combined with Ahadi’s passive parenting/discipline indirectly caused him to follow an entitled path that had steadily worsened over time. Uru died from the same illness that took her father.
Mufasa (”king”) was the 10th Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Uru, brother of Scar, and father to Simba. Mufasa wasn’t always the big, brave lion he is known for nowadays, he once started off skittish and shy. When he grew older, he compensated for his former cowardice with a harsh temper and brute strength. As an older sibling of an entitled younger brother who would use his temperamental reputation as an advantage to get him in trouble, he’d often get the brunt of blame and responsibility and was unfairly admonished by his mother at times. This strained relationship between him and his mother/brother led him to be closer to his father Ahadi. Mufasa found balance within himself, toning his aggressive nature down after marrying Sarabi and having Simba. He was overthrown by being mercilessly killed in a stampede by Scar once his jealously and psychopathy was at its peak.
Askari II (”soldier”, “warrior”), mostly known as Scar, was the 11th Ruler of the Pridelands by coup d'état and being next in line after Mufasa and Simba. Son of Uru, brother of Mufasa, and uncle of Simba. Askari II grew up spoiled as he would get away with things due to his intellect and manipulation abilities. Prideful of his intelligence, Askari II wanted everything his older brother Mufasa had as he thought he would be better because he was smart, so much so that he thought leading the Guard wasn’t good enough. After being bitten over the eye by a cobra and earning the nickname “Scar” by Mufasa, his envy of Mufasa accelerated so greatly that he’d risked his position as Leader of the Guard trying to get his Guard to overthrow his brother, formed an alliance with the banished hyenas, and ultimately killed his brother in a stampede. Scar would then let the Pridelands into ruin when Shenzi’s Clan still practiced overhunting. Scar stewed in envy of Mufasa’s position of king so much and claiming that he would be better and smarter than him that he didn’t even bother trying to properly rule, as he’d always been a lousy leader and refused to let his predecessors teach him; he ignored pleas and suggestions from his subjects, started conspiracies with loyal followers of his, and succumbed to madness and paranoia brought on by a twinge of worsening guilt of killing Mufasa. Scar met his end when he was mauled alive by the hyenas after he threw them under the bus trying to save his own skin from Simba. Scar’s legacy is survived by an orphaned protégée who he’d left in the care of his most loyal follower and somewhat de facto queen, Zira.
Simba (”lion”) is the 12th and current Ruler of the Pridelands. Son of Mufasa, nephew of Scar, and father to Kiara and Kion. Growing up mischievous, impatient, and a tad bit spoiled as a cub, Simba’s carefree innocence was taken from him as he watched his father Mufasa fall to his death, had Scar tell him lies that would live with him for the rest of his life (Scar thought what he said wouldn’t matter because Simba would just die anyway), and was threatened with death from the hyenas all in one day, causing him to develop PTSD that would carry on for life, no matter how carefree his outcast friends Timon and Pumbaa taught him to be. Simba believed in Scar’s lies all the years he was exiled, believing Mufasa’s death was his fault and that everyone would be mad at him if they saw his face again, even if it was all an accident. Simba came home not only to learn that no one would’ve been mad at him as he’d only been a cub when Mufasa’s death happened, but he’d also learned that Scar had truly done it, and on purpose, and Simba, along with everyone else, had been furious with him instead. After defeating Scar, Simba was a nervous and cautious ruler, much different to the way he’d expected to rule as a cub. He would ironically go on to face many threats and disputes during his rule, and as numb as he seemed to it, it was not good for his mental health, and his selflessness due to his warped perception of self-worth would leave him to often run himself ragged.
Kiara ("light") will be the 13th Ruler of the Pridelands in the future. Daughter of Simba and sister of Kion. A curious, adventurous, and rather spunky cub, Simba saw himself in his eldest cub Kiara, and did not want her to go through the same things he did growing up. He would not let her depart without an escort like his friends, Kion and his Guard, Nala, or himself. Because of this, Kiara felt sheltered and unconfident in her abilities. Kiara struggles with a bit of Impostor Syndrome as she feels her accomplishments and differing facades she uses for differing peers are disconnected from her true being, and fears she won't live up to everyone's expectations despite not wanting anything expected of her. Kiara's poor perception of her position as future queen is stemmed from her very opposite experience in royal lessons from her father's; Simba was once excited to be king when he saw how cool and easy Mufasa made it look, but Kiara witnessed a traumatized father who made being a monarch look like a lonely burden because of how much he saddened himself uttering words to her that his father once told him. Kiara went through phases growing up; Uncertain as a child, accepting and enthusiastic as a preteen, and back to uncertain as an adult, but with an added hunger for justice and peace. Kiara's awareness and observation of her parents' mental health and past allowed her to grow mentally strong and open-minded, aware that all individuals are complex and are not at all black-and-white. This openmindedness allowed Kiara, along with Kovu, to call for peace between the Pridelanders and Outsiders. Though she's open and sweet most of the time; she will not hesitate to fight back if someone actively harms her or her loved ones after refusing to accept the idea of peace. Her strong mind and empathy will likely make her a kind and just queen.
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Uru: Daughter of Mohatu, Queen of the Pridelands. She is very strict and has a bad temper. While she is smaller than other lioness, she is super buff and can handle a fight with a grown male lion. She loves her family unconditionally, but her early death causes a rift within her family, specially between her sons.
Ahadi: Prince Consort, mate of Uru. He comes to the Pridelands as a teenager with his mother, the latter being attacked by hyenas while defending her son, who has stolen food from the hyenas. He respects Mohatu and feels he is in eternal debt of him. He wants a simple life with his cubs and mate, so when he marries Uru he doesnt try to be "royal" and is more than happy to take care of his sons. But when Uru dies earlier than expected, he is left with a kigdom in his paws and a pair of teenagers that dont handle well the death of their mother.
Mheetu: Only son of Scar. He is planned to be conceived by the lionesses during Scar's reign, thinking that if Scar has a cub, father's instincs would kick on him and make him realise how much he is destroying the kingdom. Scar agrees to have an heir, and choses Sarafina as the mother of his son, in his attempt to make Sarabi jealous. When Mheetu is born, Scar is slapped by what he sees: a little cub with a red tuff. A little Mufasa. Enraged, he declares that Sarafina has cheated on him and doesnt recognize Mheetu as his son. The truth is, he realises that within his genes there are genes of Mufasa as well. Not wanting to endanger his kingdom by a clone of his brother he declares he will no longer trust any lioness and if he ever decides to have a heir he will select it from any born cub. Mheetu leaves the pride for a while when he becomes a teenager but returns later when Simba is king. He becomes the father of Zuri.
Kopa: Yes, he is canon in my universe. He is the firstborn of Simba and Nala. He is best friends with Afua and both cubs spend a lot of time together. He is a bit of a pushover and very shy, but has the bad habit of not holding his tongue and saying hurtful things. It's one of those times that he engages in an argument with Afua, argument that evolves into a physical fight and causes both cubs to roll towards an abysm. Sadly, Afua falls and dies while Kopa is rescued in time by his father, but his paws are covered on his own blood, from where Afua tried to grab himself from falling. The guilt, his broken heart and his injuries, causes him to die days later.
Afua: Twin brother of Kovu. Exactly as you heard. When Zira's sister gives birth to these two cubs a little after to arriving to the Pridelands during Scar's reign, Scar choses Kovu as his heir. Zira is delighted by the news, altho her sister isnt much. Sadly, the latter dies a little after Simba recovers the kingdom, which causes Zira to adopt the twins. Zira is dealing with her own grief over her sister's death and trying to fulfill Scar's desire and raise Kovu as the perfect heir. Hence Afua isnt as cared as much and he likes going around and play with Kopa, the prince. He even playfully says that since both have the same color of mane they are more brothers than he is with Kovu. Afua is very similar to his brother, liking to bluff about his abilities and being sometimes a little too rough while playing. His death is witnessed by Zira while she is looking for Kovu, and when she sees Simba only rescuing Kopa, she loses herself, attacks Simba and reveals that she knew more about Scar than she said, specially that he killed Mufasa and planned to kill Simba. The revelation caused her exhile, but she swears revenge, for her sister's son and blinded by rage, accepts fully that what Scar said about Mufasa and his son was right and she would do anything to recover the kingdom for him.
Moyo: Twin brother of Akili, as i said before, he is very serious and stoic. He loves his family, would give his life for his siblings and has a special connection to his grandfather Simba. Him looking too similar to Scar causes a lot of prejudice, but he usually brushes them off, his sister Akili is there to call out those who bother him after all. But the murmurs and talkings do hurt him, and while he doesnt show any, he is very resentful. He doesnt forget, and if he happens to see someone, specially a prey animal who misjudged him being attacked by hyenas or cheetahs, who is him to stop the Circle of Life and intervene?
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