Nunyan Lion | E. Christopher Clark

Nunyan Lion

The Nunyan Lion is an extinct pantherine cat which roamed the savannahs of Nunya and the great plains of Nalké during the First Age. Though the species was hunted out of existence by packs of wild lawyers, it remains a symbol of power throughout the north of Eden. There are few things in this world that could truly unite the Free Cities, but the Nunyan Lion is one of them.

 

They were considered gods in this place, during those short-lived days before Nunyans were advised that, if they called their new lion-led homeland REDACTED, they would risk incurring the wrath of one Clive Staples Lewis (or the law firm representing his estate). Eventually, the Nunyan lion’s vulnerability to the language of Legalese proved to be their downfall. Whether strangled by lawyers screaming “CEASE!” and “DESIST!” or bored to death by Terms & Conditions, the species was no match for the aggressive attorneys who hungered for their demise.

 

Description

The Nunyan Lion had all the anatomical hallmarks of an African lion—the broad chest, the muscular body, and the short, rounded head—plus one additional feature: golden fur which rendered its flesh impervious to cutting or piercing attacks. Its claws were also significantly sharper than its more mundane cousins.

 

Like many lions, males of the species grew magnificent manes of brown and yellow.

 

Geographic Distribution

During their heyday, the species range extended from the banks of the Oadü in the west and south to The Wastes in the north and the riverlands of Laké in the east.

 

Social Structure

The species formed prides, just like other lions. Each pride was centered around a group of related females who served as the hunters, a few males who served as mates for the females, and the cubs that males stayed home to protect.

 

Domestication

…was a bad idea.

 

Legacy

Though the Nunyan lion is long gone, iconography of the species is still widespread. The Chelmsdale high school football team adopted the big cat as their mascot, the standing army of Kirbyville still wears lion-themed armor into battle, and the Murder Cat known as Kiniun the Yellow was welcomed as a national hero following his service to Dorothy Gale during The Second Age.

EXTINCT
Scientific Name
Panthera leo nunyalis
Lifespan
12–17 years
Conservation Status
Extinct
Average Weight
263 lbs (female) or 386 lbs (male)
Average Length
63–72" (female) or 72–82" (male), with a tail of 28–36"

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Jul 6, 2023 12:53 by Chris L

These are fun! Are they supposed to be so literal minded that they do whatever you tell them to?


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Jul 6, 2023 16:55 by E. Christopher Clark

I'm not sure yet. I definitely need to work on this some more.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 6, 2023 12:55 by Chris L

Also the Cowardly Kion was a murder cat?? How did I not pick that up?!?!


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Jul 6, 2023 13:24 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I feel like I'm missing the joke.   I like them though. :D

Jul 6, 2023 16:58 by E. Christopher Clark

I'm glad you like them, and sorry for making the joke a little too opaque. That wasn't my intent. I think this'll need a rewrite at some point to address that point.   Basically, when I first came up with the idea of Eden in a song, I used the name of one magical land that I am not legally allowed to use. That was fine when it was just a name drop in a song, but I had to come up with something else when I decided to flesh out the world.   And so, Narnia--which some company still owns all the rights to--became Nunya.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 6, 2023 17:45 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Ohhhhh, I see. :D Thanks for explaning.

Jul 16, 2023 12:24 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

WAS A BAD IDEA! OMG I screamed with laughter. My husband had to come to check that I hadn't hurt myself.

Jul 16, 2023 13:56 by E. Christopher Clark

Hahaha. Sorry for scaring your husband. :-)

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 16, 2023 15:01 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

What I really love most, though, is the idea of Aslan and the Cowardly Lion being cousins. Like...Just... *chef's kiss* Especially because I live in America and am well familiar with the allegorical nature of BOTH, LUL LUL LUL!

Nov 3, 2023 20:41

DOMESTICATION …was a bad idea.   I just loved this line! Well done!

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Nov 3, 2023 22:57 by E. Christopher Clark

Haha, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
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