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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!
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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.
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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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:iconrasgonras:
Rasgonras Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I think you captured the roar perfectly. Pride, rule and domination are all well communicated.
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thanks so much, Ras! :glomp:
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:iconrasgonras:
Rasgonras Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
No problemo :hug:
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, he looks great :) Love the story
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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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!
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:iconnala15:
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:
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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 road...so even if Mega ran off...it'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
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Daniel--Radcliffe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome pic, very inspiring my friend :D
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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skybird33 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
WOnderful entry! Good luck!
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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:iconrinjapine:
Rinjapine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
love it! 8D

and what was the original way it was going to go, if you dont mind my asking? :3
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:squee: Yay!!! The Rinja-Ninja approves!!! :D

Actually... I was going to make this all really dark and stuff. I was going to have it raining with a storm in the background. And the story was going to go along the lines of Chaka claiming his kingdom and then immediately declaring war on whoever it was who was responsible for Uru's death. I couldn't figure out who could have killed Uru... so I changed it to something I felt a little more confident in writing. Another direction I though of was that Uru stepped down from the throne because she was aging, and Chaka - the rebellious one he'd become - declared war of some sort just to have an excuse to be able to leave the Pridelands. Again... I felt it was a bit iffy. So I scrapped that idea. :XD:
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Rinjapine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
you mean Mega, not Chaka, I think. unless there was an epic time-warp xDD
but that would have been cool too! and i could see it being some white lions (remnants) who killed her!
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Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
WHoops! :facepalm: Why on EARTH did I write CHAKA???? :iconepic-failplz:

The white lions certainly did cross my mind. :nod: Another idea just occured to me... perhaps the white lions killed Uru while she was out looking for Mega (considering he actually did leave), and then Mega hears of it and/or discovers her body. Taking the blame on himself, he goes home, assumes the throne, and then declares war on the murderers sorry, little white hinnies. :giggle: I might have thought of that scenerio sooner if I wasn't so sleepy when I wrote my original descrition. LOL
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:iconrinjapine:
Rinjapine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
yea, that would have been a good scenario too!
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Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you think so. :D
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CougarHearted Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I knew this was Rinja's Mega right from the get-go! =D This is a very spectacular piece, Nala! :hug:
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! YAY!!! :icondummywooplz:

Thanks so much! :glomp:
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CougarHearted Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
You are very much welcome! :hug:
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Amazing!:)
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
You're welcome
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
You outdid yourself Nala! This looks gorgeous. Mega's so handsome.
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! :blush: Thank you so much! :tighthug:

He is a handsome beast. :XD:
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Lil-Cheetah Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Wicked!!
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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Mytokyokitty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap:
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Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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SpontaniouslyCombust Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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SpontaniouslyCombust Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats ok
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Shad0wBaby Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Wow, tis amazing!
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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Shad0wBaby Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
It looks kinda different from your usual style. Did you do it any differently?
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't think so... Just tried really hard to make Mega look on-model. :)
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Shad0wBaby Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Well, he looks amazing. Great job!
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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ienzo628 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great job on the background.
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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:iconienzo628:
ienzo628 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome.
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cusackanne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay Mega! :dummy:
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:la: HUZZAH!
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
oooh, I like this idea! I've always been a Mega fan anyway lol... amazing story with an amazing picture! :clap:
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:iconnala15:
Nala15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Jess! :glomp: Yeah, me too! :aww: I love how Rinja writes/draws him. :aww:
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
also, first comment! :iconyesvictoryplz:
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Rainfr0st Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Ooooo! Interesting story! :aww:
I hope you win, pal! :hug:
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