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PostSubject: On The Edge   Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:05 pm

Zivia had spent the past few weeks wandering the savannah. Food was plentiful compared the what she had become accustomed to in the Outlands, but water was something that Zivia found difficult to acquire. It was always within another's territory, and she didn't dare step near for fear of her life. She was now parched beyond belief after a few days without drinking, but water seemed to be no where. She paused and breathed in the air around her, trying to pick out water in all the scents. She had quickly come to realise that standing in the open for too long was dangerous, as many a lion wandered looking for his next prey - whether food or lioness. For whilst Zivia thought the food was plentiful, others did not as they were used to so much more, whereas she was used to so much less. Just now, a small zebra wandered along. A larger lion would think of it as something to fill them for a while, but to Zivia it was a meal that she would take a while to finish. She crouched down low in the grass, watching as it stumbled along and called out for it's mother. She tried to switch off feeling and become a hunter, a ruthless killer, but it's desperate and sorrowful cries crushed her.

For all Zivia could see, was her little sister Tao stumbling through the savannah, calling for herself. The sister that had abandoned her when she needed her. Zivia knew she was like a motherly figure to Tao, because she was the closest thing that Tao would ever have to a mother. She turned her head away from the zebra and left it for another to take as she bent low in the grass and raced across the savannah, back towards the tree that held the hollow in it for her to sleep. She dropped down the moment she reached her tree and licked at the damp soil around it. She was so thirsty, it was driving her mad. But the guilt had settled in, and now the thirst was ebbing away as she looked across the savannah. How could she do that, just up and leave? But she couldn't go back now, they would all hate her for leaving them. Little did Zivia know the mass destruction she had caused to her Pride, the war. Only Tao had realised that she left of her own free will, for Tao had seen the sadness within Zivia firsthand and knew that it existed deep within her. She did not know that her beloved father had misunderstood her reasons for leaving and had claimed war against the Pridlanders.

Zivia could never know that until she returned years in the future to see her family once more, after she'd found herself in the world. She no longer wanted to experience the pain of loss within her family, loosing two mothers was too much on a cub who had been so young at the time. She stood up suddenly as a scent hit her nostrils, one that promised happiness. Water. She felt a look of determination cross her features as she set off at a steady run towards the scent. Her pace increased as she reached the jungles, and she felt excited. She ran as fast as she could until she smelt other lions, but now she no longer cared. She presumed that the Pride would dwell deeper, and moving towards the water might take her to them. But for some reason, she didn't feel like she was in danger like she would normally. She kept moving until she found a stream, and after drinking her fill she continued to trot along. Soon though, she moved somewhere that she hadn't expected and stopped on the outskirts of the Ashlands. Everything looked, well, burnt. Zivia tilted her head and moved in further, her curiosity besting her better judgement to run away the moment a lion's scent hit her nostrils. But it was close, closer than she'd realised. She knew he was close, for the scent was rather fresh. Her body tensed.

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:11 pm

In the last few weeks, Nako's pride of one had grown by three members. With four now calling the ashy kingdom home, it was much more interesting. He liked Baset, and he found himself intrigued by Heshima. Even young Kifu was a welcomed presence there, they all were, and it was a stark contrast from what any of the new Ashlanders was used to. It was fast becoming a refuge for those who had nowhere else to go. Some parts of the territory weren't much to look at, but for now, they were all safe there. Nako had vowed to watch out for the others. What else was a king for? He had not yet discovered all of the responsibilities he had taken on, but he wouldn't mind anyway. At least now he had others to talk to, and he enjoyed protecting his little pride. There wasn't much to protect them from at present, but Nako was still vigilant.

He had spent his day apart from the others. After finding so many strays lately, Nako was convinced (and rightly so) that there could be more. On the fringe of the burned area, he saw the pale form of a young lioness sniffing about, moving further away from the verdant jungle. The large lion froze in his tracks to watch, and within seconds it seemed the lioness knew that she was no longer alone. Much like the other lionesses he had befriended, this one looked tired, as if she had journeyed a long way. Once again, Nako was intrigued. What had happened to this one to cause her to travel so far? Of course, the caramel hued lion couldn't just go barging down to ask her. He had realized long ago that his size made him intimidating, especially to emotionally traumatized or high strung lionesses.

The approach that seemed to work best was to call out to the newcomers as they arrived, try to show them from the first moment that the hulking male was not a threat. Zivia was still a good distance away when Nako called out, his deep voice echoing: "Hello stranger! You have stumbled upon the Ashlands. We're a peaceful pride, you needn't worry. We have plentiful food and water for all weary travelers." He kept his distance, naturally. No need to make the lioness nervous. Even from here he stood, Nako could see that this rogue was quite young. His earthy brown mane ruffled in a light breeze, and he subtley sniffed to see if he could try to guess where Zivia had wandered from. She smelled of dust, but it wasn't any obvious indication that she was formerly an Outlander.
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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:42 am

Zivia felt her mind go into over-drive as she tried to figure out what to do. One move and she could be dead, she didn't even know if the lion was a protector or not. She was a trespasser, and therefore would not be treated lightly, she believed. Her panic caused her tail to hang low behind her and her body to tense painfully. She couldn't think straight as her mind raced and sped around, running in circles as she tried to think of a way to escape. Her legs began to twitch lightly and she felt her body wanting to slink back and run away. The scent was carried along the wind again, and it was so fresh. He was here, with her, in her general vicinity. She felt panic over-come her and she found herself wishing that she'd stayed in the savannah, within the safety of her tree and searched for water tomorrow. How could she have been such a fool to wander into lands in search of water, where she had smelt other lions and known that it would be claimed?

Sure, the lands that she was currently situated in weren't exactly the most beautiful, but when you were raised in the Outlands you learned to appreciate the simple beauty of a place such as this area in the Ashlands. Not all of the Ashlands was like such, but it was nothing compared to the Lowlands. Naturally, she knew nothing of the two territories and only saw herself as in danger. She felt sick to the stomach and slowly, she took a step back. Her eyes darted around as she surveyed the area for any sudden movement to show that she was in immediate danger. She had no desire to die that day, and she knew that she was a fast runner. It all depended on the speed and stamina over the other lion, and perhaps their size. A large lion would find it easier to match her stride, whereas a small lion would fall behind. She breathed in the scent again and her mind identified it as male. Most likely, he was strong. Most male lions were, like Kiume. Damn it, she let out an aggravated growl that stopped mid-way through.

Her ears picked up sound and her head snapped in the direction that it came from, almost painfully. She let out a sound of pain at the size of the lion, for even from a distance she could tell he was not small. She took an automatic step back and whimpered lightly. His words offered comfort, and despite her instincts warning her that it was a trap, her body relaxed. She was too tired to battle it, and at the promise of food she felt her eyes light up. Though food was plentiful in her mind within the savannah, she seldom had the courage to attack the young, and she was not a powerful hunter - therefore a large kill was not possible for her. Her stomach rumbled. She had previously been under the impression her thirst was sated, but the dry ache in the back of her throat proved it was not. Hesitantly, she moved towards him but stopped about halfway there and remained still. "Who are you?" She called out to him.

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:16 pm

The lioness appeared to be young, and it was impossible not to see that she was nervous. As always, Nako certainly didn't blame her. For any lone lioness, it must have been terrifying to travel from occupied territory to another. There were many reasons to be wary. Nako was strong, and he was obviously not missing meals in the kingdom of his choice. He was stocky as well as tall. If the lioness came too close, he would easily tower over her, as he did with most females. From a distance, he could see her unusual coat pattern and thought it looked beautiful in the gray ash kingdom, but he kept his compliments to himself. That could easily be misconstrued as flirtation, which was probably the last thing a rogue lioness wanted when approached by a strange male in a strange land.

Once again, his sympathetic nature overwhelmed any other thoughts. It didn't matter where she had come from or why she had left, and Nako wouldn't dare ask a stranger such personal details. Perhaps someday, this would lead to trouble for the Ashlander pride, for there were lions (and lionesses) out there who would take advantage of such kindness. But until then, all would be welcomed, and the king only needed to know one thing about her. He called out a response, baritone voice gentle. "My name is Nako. And what's your name?" The lioness came closer but she stopped midway.

Now Nako would do something he hadn't done previously for the new members of his pride, because he could tell this young lioness was troubled. Perhaps she had lost her family and now found herself alone for the first time? Nako pushed away the speculative thoughts as he lowered himself towards the ground until his belly touched the ashen ground. Now he was in an undeniably submissive posture, and he was almost eye level with Zivia because he was so massive a being. "It's okay," he said in his trademark soothing way. "I'm the closest thing we have to a king around here. And look at me." He offered a lopsided smile. How many other kings would swallow their pride and make such a gesture before a stranger?

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:57 pm

Zivia wasn't comforted by the fact that she was in foreign lands with a strange lion whose size was so immense that even from the distance they stood, he still looked like he could easily tower over her. Oh, how Zivia knew that if he wanted her dead it would only be so easy. His size, and the strength that his body showed to hold clearly gave away that he could out-run her in a second, and she wouldn't have a hope of trying to over-power him and escape. She was a dead lioness if he was a threat - but he didn't seem to be. She wasn't sure, her heart was pounding too fast and her head ached from her thoughts wildly chasing each other around. Run! Her instincts screamed, but her mind told her to stay. There was promise of water here, and perhaps a new home. She could use a home, somewhere to start a new and fresh life.

Zivia let her head lower slightly as she stilled in her tracks. Her eyes widened in fear and she took an instinctive step back. Now that she was so much closer, his size startled her. From a distance, he had been large, but up close he was humongous. Easily double her own size and more. Her legs trembled on occasion and she moved to take another step back, the more distance between them the better! But his voice was so gentle, and his posture showed he was not meaning to be a threat. How was it his fault he was so large? She sucked in a deep breath and summoned courage from deep within. If she wanted a home, this seemed the place especially with a lion so large to protect them all. Was their even any others here, she wondered? She sniffed at the air and the scent of other lions she had over-looked before now tickled her nose.

She looked up at him and a wary smile crossed her muzzle as she took another step forward, as if in apology for her step back before and her fear. She would swallow her fear and think of only courageous thoughts. "My name is Zivia," she responded, her voice holding no tremor though it dripped with fear. Her eyes widened in surprise at his next act of lowering himself to the ground in a submissive position. She was frozen in place for a few seconds in time, her mind reeling. He even claimed to be the closest thing to a King these lands had, which was good enough for her. His position gained her trust immediately, and she now closed the distance between them and found that even lowered down, he was still at her height. "If it's not too much to ask," she began in a quiet tone. "I would like to call these lands home. I have no where else to go."

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:04 am

Nako's attempt to prove that he wasn't a crazy, murderous lion was a success. Zivia came closer still, and the large male remained crouched there. No sudden movements. The lioness came in search of a home, and she would not be disappointed there. "You're more than welcome to stay here. The Ashlands have more to offer than it may look, don't let first impressions fool you." He gave a knowing grin. "I think you'll find you have something in common with everyone you meet here. There are two lionesses and a young lion, Kifu. It seems when you have nowhere else to go, this is where you end up."

And of this, Nako was proud. He was happy to offer a home, now that he finally had one to call his own. It was entirely possible for a lioness to live in the Ashlands and never see the others, though the territory wasn't the largest. It was filled with hills and canyons that made it very easy to get lost, and easy to be alone, if that is what one desired. But so far, the others hadn't expressed a desire for distance. Nako was a force to be reckoned with and his new friends new they were safe there from whatever life they were leaving behind.

After another second he stood up again, back to his full stature, and he laughed aloud to see just how big he truly was compared with this new lioness. He felt the faintest ache in his bones as he moved suddenly that reminded him that he had many more years behind him than Zivia. He wasn't a decrepit old man just yet, but he was easily the oldest in the territory. There was nothing about him that suggested advanced age. He turned away from Zivia to lead her the way he had traveled, waiting for her to walk beside him if she had the nerve to do so. "The others will be excited, I think. The more the merrier, that's what I say! You know only a few weeks ago, I was the only resident of the Ashlands?"

And now there were five. Nako couldn't wipe the smile from his face if he tried. If this wasn't a real pride, then he didn't know what a real pride was!

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:40 pm

Zivia was slowly regaining control of her trembling limbs and found that they ceased their tremble. Her tail, which had hung low behind her in a fearful manner, was now flicking at the end like it normally did. Her ears that had been flattened now lifted slightly and moved around to pick up the sounds. She felt her smile grow slightly and become genuine as he informed her that she could find a home in the Ashlands. She nodded her head at him and let out a short, soft laugh. "Don't worry, I come from lands that are far worse off than these. Sort of." She grinned.

Zivia felt a warmth inside her at the thought of having a new beginning, somewhere to call home. She hadn't realised how much she'd missed having somewhere she knew she could always go to, somewhere she felt safe and protected. Her smile was slowly growing wider, until she realised how giddy she looked and tried to tone it down. She sat down and thought of what to do - perhaps bow and thank him? "Many thanks to you, King Nako," she dipped her head politely and then looked up once more.

Zivia let out a gasp and took and immediately stood up, her body itching for her to step back a few steps. But she held her position, for she knew it would be most rude to cower from her King who had done nothing to harm her. She smiled more timidly now, but was slightly excited to meet the others in the Pride. It was lonely in the savannah, and having others to talk to and even just sleep near would make her feel safer and much happier than when she'd been on the savannah. Mind you, she didn't like the savannah. She tilted her head with a curious look. "Really? How fascinating."

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:49 am

As rough as the Ashlands appeared, Nako was well aware that there were plenty of territories that were worse off then his own. But he had never seen the Outlands or the Pridelands for the matter. He had only seen places like them. He returned Zivia's grin with a lopsided one of his own. It didn't normally take long for others to warm up to the lion, and he was glad to see the young lioness was starting to become comfortable. "The scenery here just takes a little getting used to, I guess. There are other parts that are a little less drab."

Thank the Great Spirit that Zivia decided a nod would suffice instead of a bow, since such displays of respect were still new to him and a little ridiculous. Maybe if a royal lion grew up around bowing pride mates, it would be less awkward, but for Nako, he was no better than the others. He was just there first. And sure, he was a little bigger. More lion meant more to think about for intruders, but it still wasn't entirely common for anyone to find themselves in the Ashlands. Maybe it was destiny, or pure luck that each of them had happened upon their new home. Whatever the case, Nako simply nodded in return, a wide smile still spread across his own muzzle.

"I've been here for a few months now. It took a while for someone else to stick around, but Baset came, and then Heshima and her son. So far no trouble." And he didn't imagine there would be any, either. The ones who had journeyed there seemed to be avoiding trouble rather than relishing it, and Nako had faith in his pride, even if they were still so new. He nodded for her to follow as he lead her back towards their den at the Pride Rock-esque stone monument. "We all hunt here. If you prefer to do it alone, you're welcome, but if you'd rather hunt with a group then I'm sure myself or the others could form a group." He smiled in his easygoing way and glanced to make sure Zivia was coming along to see her new home and to meet her new pride.

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:19 pm

For some strange reason, Zivia felt safe when she should've still felt wary. Whether this was because of her youth that she had come to trust Nako so quickly, or if she was just so tired, hungry and exhausted that she couldn't put in the effort to feel on edge, she wasn't sure. All she knew was she just wanted to follow after Nako and have a home once more. She'd believed she'd be able to survive in the Savannah as a rogue, but she knew now that was a foolish thought indeed. She was still to young, and the savannah was no place for a lioness. She stifled a yawn so as not to be im-polite.

"I don't think it's that bad, really. It doesn't attract attention of un-wanted lions, which is a plus," she smiled and scratched her paws against the earth. Zivia had grown up in the Outlands, which wasn't the most formal of places. Of course, all respected the King but being his adopted daughter she'd never really had to bow to him, just a polite greeting would suffice. He didn't seem like a formal lion either, so she'd decided on a nod instead of a bow. His smile was infectious, and she soon found a happy one on her own muzzle.

Zivia tilted her head curiously at the mention of Baset, and it suddenly hit her that Nako would not be the only lion here, even though he'd previously mentioned that. It hadn't really sunk in before, but her smile grew a bit. A fresh start, maybe with new friends even. She could be a proper pride member, learn to hunt and all. Her excitement bubbled, and for a moment she forgot how tired she was and could only smile in excitement at meeting them all. He mentioned another two called Heshima, and 'her son'. She wondered how old Heshima's son might be, as it might be nice to have someone her own age for once. "I don't mean to cause any trouble or fuss, but... I don't really know how to hunt that well. I caught a few young zebra in the savannah, but I wouldn't know how to catch anything large for the pride to share." She looked down shamefully.

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:03 am

The hulking lion left massive pawprints in the ash as he walked along, leading Zivia towards Half-Peak. The unofficial border was behind the pair of new Ashlanders now as they approached the heart of the burnt territory. In the distance, the huge stone structure that the pride called home rose, the highest point in the area. A proud smile tugged at the edges of the lion's mouth, and he paused for a second to allow Zivia a moment to take in the sight of it. "That is exactly right. It's a hidden gem. I've been here for a few months and I've never had any trouble." Then again, what lion would want to cause mischief when there was someone as large as Nako there to keep an eye on things?

He could sense the young female's excitement at the prospect of a new home and a new pride, and his smile widened. No matter that some of the new members of his pride had little experience hunting. That was something that could be taught, even if they were no longer small cubs. Between Nako and Heshima, the younger generation would have excellent teachers, and the lion smiled reassuringly. "Don't worry, I'm pretty sure Kifu is clueless about hunting as well. Just don't tell him I said that." His ears flattened and an embarrassed look appeared. He laughed awkwardly. "I mean, I haven't seen for myself. I shouldn't say such things, he really is a nice boy. They come from a place where there isn't much to hunt. There's no shame in that. I'll teach the both of you! It'll be fun. You can learn together."

Regardless of the fact that Nako had never sired his own offspring, he felt a certain paternal affection towards the newfound adolescent Ashlanders. Heshima had already explained to him that Kifu's father had been a monster, and Nako wondered what had happened to Zivia. Why had she been alone on the savannah in the first place? But Nako knew it would be rude to ask. She had trusted him enough to follow him this far, but usually a lioness wasn't a rogue unless she didn't have a choice. True, there were some who desired the freedom that the rogue lifestyle could provide, but Nako had experienced that for long enough. Some lions never wanted to settle down, while others, like Nako, only wanted a place to call home and a ragtag collection of others. The Ashlanders would be more than just a pride, they would be a family.

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:34 am

Zivia looked down as they walked, feeling slightly dwarfed by Nako's hulking size. She had dropped her head in the hopes that she would not have to be reminded continuously that she was in the presence of an un-known, large lion who could easily be leading her into a trap so that he and a pack of Hyena's may feed that night. She didn't want to think about it, she just wanted to stop thinking and trust him. She looked at their pawprints compared in the ash and she let out a soft giggle. Her own were small and dainty, whilst his were utterly humongous compared to her own. She looked up again as he spoke, not wanting to be rude. "Hidden gem's are the best kind, I think. Showing off is no way to get through life." She smiled softly and then let her head drop to staring at the ground once more.

She felt her tiredness eb away as she tried not to bound ahead of him like a playful cub. Ah, how she missed being a cub free to play and run about. "Well that is slightly comforting, though I still feel a little burdensome now," Zivia said shamefully, before she tried to make up for her lack of skills. "I'm fast though, and i'm nimble I suppose. I used to play with the crocodile's where I come from, and they never once caught me." She grinned cheekily. "I look forward to learning with him though. Is he around my age? I've never had someone my own age to spend time with. The cubs, well, they were-" Her throat closed up and she found it hard to talk. With a shake of her head, Zivia felt that hopefully signalled that she didn't wish to discuss her home.

She felt the guilt gnaw away at her now as she thought of the cubs, of Tao, Kudumu and Kavu. They'd looked up to her, she'd been the closest thing to a motherly figure they had - and now she'd abandoned them, like Ilani. But Ilani hadn't had a choice, if she could've she would've stayed. Zivia suddenly wished to be alone, for she realised now that she had failed her adoptive mother, who had taken her out of the goodness of her heart. She felt tears well up in her eyes and she wiped her paws furiously at her eyes, blinking to try and avoid letting the tears fall down her cheeks. But not only had she failed her beautiful mother, no, she had failed her father. She let her body slump slightly as she walked, the excitement gone because she was a failure to her family. "I have failed my family, Nako," she said softly. "I have left them with no clue as to where i've gone. Does this make me a bad lion?"

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PostSubject: Re: On The Edge   Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:04 am

Nako wondered if the others were nearby, but he didn't see them. He was grateful that he had a moment to speak to Zivia one on one though, and he had every faith that the inexperienced young lioness could learn how to hunt. For years, Nako had kept himself alive, and it wasn't because he was a lousy hunter. "Being swift and sure footed are what hunting is all about. The longer you can go unseen by your prey, to closer you can get and the easier it becomes, no matter your size. There," he said with a laugh. "Your first hunting tip from Nako. If someone as big as me can manage it, I'm willing to bet you could do well, with practice." When Zivia expressed curiosity about Kifu, Nako couldn't help but grin wide. "Oh, he could be a little younger than you, I'm a bad judge of such things so I couldn't tell you for certain. Keep an eye out for him, say hello. I suspect you could both use a friend." The tawny lion was not about to play matchmaker with his newfound subjects, but it was good they would have each other. Heshima had already shared some details about Kifu's former life, the uncaring father and the traumas he had suffered. Nako could sense a sadness in Zivia, but he didn't point it out. It wasn't his place to do so.

But then he realized the lioness had slowed down, and he peered over his shoulder to see that her emotions had caught up with her. He pursed his lips as she spoke, and finally he drew to a stop. "I can only guess that it was difficult to decide to strike out on your own. There had to be a reason you went through with it. My father was the son of a king, in a land far from here that I have never seen. He left when he was about your age because he knew whatever life held for him, it was out there. What he desired would not be found in the comfort of his father's kingdom." Nako left out the small detail that his father had never truly discovered what it was that he was looking for. Instead, it would be up to Nako himself to find the unclaimed territory that his father had longed for.

Now Nako was uncertain whether he should leave the lioness to her thoughts or continue to lead her. He had slowed to a stop, but he kept his gaze ahead, not wanting to make Zivia feel worse by watching her break down. His tail drooped with sadness for the lioness. He would wait to see if she followed again, or if she wished to be alone now. "Whatever it is you are seeking, I hope that you find it, Zivia. If not here, then I sincerely hope that we can help lead you to your happiness, wherever it may be. And I hope that your family understands, even if they are sad. Some lions are perfectly content with staying in one place, never changing. But others know, deep down, that it's worth venturing out into the unknown for something better." Nako couldn't claim to be the same way, since the Ashlanders were truthfully the first real pride he had been a part of. He had been close to his father though, and he had seen the pain in the old lion, the longing for something that seemed unattainable.

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