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Dawn of a New Era by Nala15 Dawn of a New Era by Nala15
A (late) entry for :iconrinjapine:'s contest. :aww: I hope I made it! :fingerscrossed: This is a "what-if" scenerio for Rinja's "Trials of the Heart" comic. Go read it if you haven't already!

Story time!
Mega slowly walked to the base of Priderock. As tradition called for, he would traverse the entire distance to the top of the throne - the very tip of Priderock itself. He looked over his shoulder at Moshi. Mega's hyena companion gave Mega a "go ahead" smile and waved him on with a paw. Mega tried not to look at the other members of his family - his pride. The burden of what he was to become had already laid its massive weight on his shoulders. He looked back to his task and started walking again.

Each step felt like it should be his last. His paws felt unnaturally heavy, and the distance to the top seemed ever more daunting. But it didn't seem as if it was growing further away. No. It seemed as thought it was rushing toward him. He faltered a step, but didn't stop. He was too proud for that. Someone below might see it as weakness or hesitation. While the former certainly would be a false assumption, the latter would be true. Mega didn't want the throne. He'd never wanted the throne. But with the untimely death of his mother, her last wish breathed into his ear, he couldn't refuse her.

Mega, lost in thought, suddenly realized he could walk no further. He had done it. Reached the top. Mega looked down over his waiting kingdom. It waited to hear his oath - his contract to them that he was their rightful ruler, and would remain so until the end of his days, just as his mother had before him. Mega looked to the sky for guidance. Though the stars weren't there, he knew his parents were watching him now. Even the blazing, sky afire colors of the dawn seemed to be an omen - a blessing - from the Red Queen Uru herself.

Then, Mega didn't need to think about it anymore. He took a deep breath, closed his eyes... and roared.

This was going to go a whole different direction, but I think I like how it turned out. :) Basically, it's a what-if Mega didn't run away with Moshi. Perhaps Uru's hunting accident happened to her much sooner, leaving Mega with her last request before he had completed his plans for leaving.

If this is too late for the contest, Rinja, consider it a gift. :hug:

Story elements © *Rinjapine. Art © *Nala15.
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Rasgonras Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I think you captured the roar perfectly. Pride, rule and domination are all well communicated.
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thanks so much, Ras! :glomp:
Rasgonras Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
No problemo :hug:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, he looks great :) Love the story
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
MauEvig Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do like this!
Now does this take place before Uru has to take Ahadi as a consort?
Mega looks great in your style! But you must forgive me...I thought it was Mufasa or Simba at first until I read the story description, and then I noticed he had a paler skin tone. ^^;
Great job, I do like the concept. At least Uru can finally be with her love...and the rightful King takes the throne!
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D

Yes, it would. Uru's death would take place sometime before Mega runs off, in the version of the story I wrote down, so he would have still been a teen then. So, yeah. No Ahadi. Which would mean no Scar, Mufasa, or Simba further down the road. :( (Unless the Great Kings gave Simba to Mega as an heir instead...)

Well, Mega IS Mufasa's half-brother and Simba's uncle (of sorts). :aww:
Yes! :w00t:
MauEvig Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wrote a version of Rinja's story where Kipendo survives the Spirit Pride...all because of a natural occurance that the Spirit pride believe to be an act of the Great Spirit. XD
So because Kipendo lives, there's also no reason for Uru to marry Ahadi either. Whether or not Mega runs away is up for grabs, but my story ends with Mega's presentation ceremony...and a very angry hyena who still desires to go to war with the spirit pride. XD
I imagine Uru and Kipendo would have more cubs later on down the even if Mega ran's not like Uru wouldn't still have an heir of some kind. The only reason I didn't write that far into the story is because Rinja specified no FCs in the story. But she seems interested in reading the continuation, so if I have time I shall write it. ^^

Yeah it would be interesting if perhaps Mega ends up fathering Mufasa or Simba instead...and because technically Ahadi and Uru aren't Canon...that could be a possibility...especially if Mega gets a nice dark colored mate...I'd definitely like to see more of your interpretation as well though. XD
Daniel--Radcliffe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome pic, very inspiring my friend :D
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