Qenehelo: "Pity" [N. Sotho]
Pride Affiliation: Shard Pride (birth), Rogue (choice), Clifflander (adoption)
Voice Actor: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Relations: Daughter to Katooy/Carmaja
; sister to Jethamu
; forced mate to Ajizi
; semi-mate to Fikiliza
; mother to Jemadari
Here's what RabidPanda1313 has to say about her (slightly modified from original):WARNING: CONTAINS THEMES OF RAPE, INCEST, VIOLENCE, AND ABUSE
"In an uncivilized world, a cub is born. She is dark as stone, and just as hard and jagged from day one, trained to beat all males into submission and to breed cubs off of them. She is one of many of the Shard Pride born to breed a new army of warriors. When this plan fails, and the cubs begin to die of a sudden illness, all of the males are slaughtered except for a select few. The same is for the females, whom are given a chance to either remain in the pride, and never breed again, or to leave. Qenehelo is one of the females who opts to leave.
Qenehelo maintains the mentality of a Shard Pride lioness throughout her life. In her early years she is very outspoken to any other lion or lioness who approaches her, and is snubbed by the very few she does not snub herself. She has very few friends, only enough to count on one paw, throughout her very long life, and she likes it that way. To Qenehelo, a friend is only another living, breathing companion for her to beat senseless when she is frustrated, to use to hunt for her, and to take the brunt of attacks when she is caught in hostile territory. When she does need to breed, Qenehelo sometimes spreads the disease she and her pridesisters had spread throughout their own pride, punishing those males who touch her, in a way, for not following the way of the Shard Pride.
Eventually, as she wanders close to a cluster of mountains, a Call is sent out. Qenehelo is well beyond the age she should be without the shelter of a pride, and even she has to acknowledge that. In her mind, she is far too old to simply die without company to boss around before she breathes her last, and she answers the Call. Though she is growing grey, Qenehelo is more than capable of leading hunts, due to years of leading her meat-shields. Now, however, she must learn to keep the other lionesses from dying.
The King and Queen of the Clifflands Pride are, to Qenehelo's mind, freaks. She wishes for nothing more than to snuff them out, for they can be nothing else but abominations in the worst possible way. However, one look at the huge pair tells her that though she wishes it with her very blackened and shriveled heart, it is impossible to physically destroy them. The answer to her frustration comes when their twin sons are born. Ajizi, the first, is without any ounce of respect, self constraint, or common sense. Qenehelo is not only infuriated that Njeve cannot control her whelp, but also determined to whip some brains into him. When she has him good and under her control, Qenehelo does as Njeve asks of her: she makes sure that most of Ajizi's being is simply the laws of his parents. But the rest....the rest is all hers.
And the creature that exists inside of him.
Though Qenehelo cannot see it, at times Ajizi acts unlike the cub and adolescent she raises. So much so that it simply cannot be part of him, but something else existing within him. At times she can see the soul of another being looking out at her through his left eye, a decidedly female presence. How she knows this, she does not know. Qenehelo is doggedly set on training both this second presence, but also Ajizi, and molding them into whatever she wants them to be. When Ajizi is of the right age and temperment, Qenehelo can see no better way to introduce both him and his Otherself to mating than by using him herself. She tells him that only dark lionesses have enough good breeding to take their males, as it should be. And take him she does, violently each time. Though Ajizi eventually grows 'accustomed' to her sexual abuse, Qenehelo likes to make both him and his Otherself suffer, anytime and every time she can. Eventually he asks her what to do with paler females. She responds that they must be punished for not taking their males, any and every time they come into season. Qenehelo encourages him to take her least favorite 'pale lioness,' Uza, as his first experiment...
When Ajizi is thrown out of the pride for his crimes, Qenehelo leaves the pride to find him, but he is good at hiding and avoids her. Frustrated, and thinking to teach him a lesson, she deliberately looks around nearby for a new male to use to make Ajizi reveal himself out of jealousy. She finds one such male, but inlike the others before himself, he is able to make Qenehelo reveal a less psychotic side from within her. They never know each others' names. She only knows that he is smaller than her, yet still able to best her whenever she tries to attack him, at every turn. She sees him as handsome, and he only agrees to mate with her because he is dying. They bear between them one male cub, whom she names Jemadari, after the General she'd hoped her first born son would have been. Qenehelo 'allows' her mate to take their cub to his pride after he is weaned, and never sees either one of them again.
But her actions have done as she wished, and as soon as the other male is gone – a sign he thinks of Qenehelo’s disfavor – Ajizi slinks out to her side. She let another male touch her, another male whelp life on her, and not himself. Duly chastised, he allows himself to receive her punishment for his brief and ill-fated rebellion. And punish him she does. One she is satisfied he will not disobey again, she sets before him a new set of tasks: kill his brother and thereby prove he is the one true King of the lands; put his father in his place in a shallow grave; and to take his pale mother... by force. Ajizi and his Otherself agree, and do just as she asks.
As Ajizi rises to power on his tidal wave of blood and pain, starting with the terrible mutilation and murder of his brother, Qenehelo watches from the sidelines. But one lioness watches her, and seeing her moment to end the one who created the monster of Ajizi, she strikes. Kinaya breaks all four of the darker lioness’s legs, drags Qenehelo to the river, and throws her to the crocodiles, as she screams.
Qenehelo is eaten alive.
This one's story is VERY dark. Very much so. Anyway, she was designed for me by RabidPanda1313, and despite her ugliness, she has a sort of appeal. Her head and ears intrigue me for some reason. xD
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