Song: "S' Fagaim Mo Bhaile” -- EnyaTLK: The Demon Within
“Those first few days of Scar’s rule were perhaps some of the worst – the hyenas snapped at every lioness who passed, making their presence and clout known, and hunts went badly due to constant interference from the pack, who wanted every bit of meat for themselves. Scar himself was undeniably insane, and his edicts when they came made little sense, or simply contradicted themselves. It was hard to know what to obey and what not to – and those that displeased the King were punished severely. There was some light, however, in the fact that Sarafina could persuade Scar to more rational decisions and laws, and she could soothe his temper with her soft and gentle voice. The new Queen hated what had become of her mate, but she knew who to blame for that, and the part of her that had sorrowed for Mufasa sorrowed no more.
Neither Sarafina nor Sarabi believed Scar’s stories about what had happened in the gorge. After all, this lion called himself Scar
, not Taka, and they had both heard how he accused Mufasa of murder, and said he was glad to be rid of him. The King and Prince were dead – but by murder, not accident. Of that there was no doubt, but Sarafina could find remorse only for Simba, for the child had not deserved what her former love had done to him. Neither did Kianga, who – after the death of her son by the hyenas that first night – had refused to either eat or drink again, nor even move. She died within a week of a broken and guilt-ridden heart. But regardless of what dark deeds Scar had done, nothing about it could be changed – he was the new King. Thus, Nala was now the heir to the throne, and after Scar’s ascension, the Grasslands Pride had merged with theirs, Zira at their head, and Zira – Zira’s eyes followed Nala everywhere. Sarafina could see the hate burning in Zira, the lust for death; in her own way, she was as insane as Scar now was. So Nala was kept close, at her mother’s side, as much as possible. It was terrible to have to stifle her daughter’s curiosity and natural playfulness, but Sarafina was determined that Zira would do Nala no harm. Miitu was gone, but the new Queen would see to it that her daughter would not share his fate.
A month or so after Scar came to power, Sarabi began to grow lethargic and heavy about the abdomen, and the whole pride held their collective breaths, for they knew what the signs meant, and feared what Scar would do about it. The King did notice Sarabi’s condition, but he lost interest when Sarafina told him to not worry about it -- he
was King now, and no one, not even a new child of Mufasa, could ever pry the throne from his grasp. When Sarabi’s day finally came, though, Scar made sure to come around and inspect the newborn – his delight was unconcealed when the child proved to be female. He laughed wickedly and slunk back to his den, not even bothered anymore by shadowy doubts – a girl was no threat to Scar, and he’d just love
to see her try someday. He looked forward to it. Sarabi named the cub Shanni, and kept her close through those first few months. Despite Scar’s seemingly blasé attitude towards her child, the former Queen could see that one other held more homicidal tendencies: Zira.
The striped lioness burned with a hunger for murder, hungered to rid the world of any last remnants of Scar’s lineage – only her own blood deserved to mingle with his, and all others deserved death. Since Sarabi and Sarafina were so careful with their children, Zira focused her attention on Tama, the child of Ainra – Tama was of Ahadi’s line, and Zira hated the idea of Ahadi’s filthy daughter breathing the same air as herself. Ainra found herself becoming jumpy and nervous at the way Zira always seemed to be shadowing herself and her cub, at the way that the younger lioness watched Tama. At last, Ainra could take it no more, and determined that she would leave the PrideLands – but as she slipped away with her daughter into the night, she took with her someone else, someone she had to right to: the true heir to the throne, Shanni. The pride immediately assumed Scar had something to with the disappearances, and Sarabi was distraught at the loss of yet another child. Sarafina was not sure if they were dead or not -- part of her hoped they yet lived, but she suspected they might have met an “accident” like Mufasa. She was just unsure if it had been Scar himself who had done it, or Zira.
Sarabi felt Zira the more likely candidate, and for several weeks afterwards, Zira walked nowhere unmolested by the former Queen. All her training was put to the test in defending herself, and hunts suffered as the two leaders of the respective prides battled it out. Scar finally roused himself enough to come out of his den and put a stop to it – one order from him and the hyena immediately swarmed the pair, driving them apart, and the King made it clear that he would not hold with anymore fighting among the ranks, and the next to break that rule would be punished accordingly. And so, long after Scar returned to lazing about, the hyena remained to keep the peace, shadowing the two prides and giggling to themselves.
Zira took the chastisement and consequent hyena-babysitting with the least amount of grace – Scar dared punish her, and he dared treat her as an inferior animal, and she would not take that lying down. And as always, Zira was crafty, for the key to Scar’s power and dominion resided in his control of the hyena pack. They obeyed him, and they were the brute strength that kept him on the throne, so Zira decided to make nice with them – at least, to appearances she did. She brought them food, and lots of it, devoting her time and effort to hunting solely for them. Her own meals she stole from others’ kills, and since she fed the pack in secret, everyone began to assume that Zira was a lazy or inept huntress, and even her own pride began to shun her. Zira did not care, for she did not need them at this juncture, and she could always bully her way back into power among her own lionesses with little effort. Right now all that mattered was taking control of the hyenas, of wresting their loyalty from Scar to herself. If she took enough of his support away from him, he would have
to come to her for his protection and safety – he would be hers
, as he was always meant to be.
And it worked. Slowly, the hyena came to see that Zira was a better provider than Scar was – the lionesses did the hunting, not the King, and it was better to ally their bellies with them than a lion who did little except order them around. This was not to say they would betray Scar at all; he was the King, and only through him did they have authority – something Zira lacked the power to give them – but they still came to respect and honor Zira’s wishes just as they did for Scar, so long as her wishes were in line with the King’s. They would not disobey him directly. Not yet.
But Zira knew that eventually, they would
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Zira is a crafty bitch, and she wants to make Scar her own, so here is the first part of her plan to try and force him to be hers. And Sarabi gets shafted every which way, doesn't she?
Why does Ainra take Shanni? She just wants to raise the next queen, and be the power behind the throne. Plus she thinks everyone will praise her and thank her for taking shanni and "saving" her. It's all about the ego-stroking and power-trip -- that and she hates Sarabi, and this would hurt her.
And Zen? Please don't kill me, Zen. Zen? Ok?
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