When critiquing, please critique the character and her personality and her bio. Dont critique the anatomy please--I know it needs work. I'm more concerned with how I develop characters. Thank you!
Long before the Great Mushroom War that changed the face of the earth, the world was still highly populated by humans, mammals, fish, birds, etc. During this time, the lions were the most feared of the beasts--no other animal in the wild would dare mess with them, being afraid of their incredible leadership, strength, and cunning. These felines had freedom to hunt in the wild, no other land animal stood a chance. Other big cats would sometimes attempt to de-throne the lions, but it was always for naught.
The lions' true enemies were humans. While they were no where close to as strong as lions, they were smarter and had a plethora of inventions to assist in everyday life. Seeing the lions as their biggest threats amongst the beasts as well as coveting them for their fur, bones, or just for pure sport, humans began to hunt lions using their inventions. The lions fought, but they were no match to the power of modern traps, guns, and other lethal weapons. Time went on and the lion population--no, the population of all beasts started to drop drastically. Any longer and the lions would be extinct.
After the devastation of the Great Mushroom War, the balance of species on the earth changed drastically. There were so few humans. Too little to be a threat any more. In fact their numbers were so few them it was only a matter of time before they were all gone. The lions and other beasts of the land were also hit hard, plenty died off, and many were left wounded, so they were forced to lie low for many, many years.
As the world changed while reconstruction occurred, new species emerged and so did new world orders and the adaption of new food chains. The lions and other beasts had learned to cooperate with other species in helping to recover. During this process, the lions could not resist their nature. They hunted and ate those who they worked with in order to survive. Seeing this, the other populations of the world opposed them and made them realize that there were so few beings on the earth, it would be a disaster for the lions to make it even worse by eating everyone. Not wanting that kind of guilt on their shoulders, and still relatively traumatized by the war to want to induce more hatred and destruction, the lions and other great felines complied. Being one of the species that was relatively few in number, the lions had lost their power of king of all beasts.
Eventually, the lions suppressed their hunting nature and were forced to form alliances. One of them being the Candy Kingdom. Instead of hunting, they were sent food--candy--every month by Princess Bubblegum. Not only that, but the lions lost their more malicious nature and became more "civilized", sophisticated, and less wild. The adults had to teach their children to ignore their true nature in order to adapt.
It took some time, but at some point, the lions became recognized as the primary royalty of all great felines--a title lesser than the king of all beasts, but it was better than nothing.
Here begins our story in the present storyline of Adventure Time.
================================================================Lyra the Lion Princess
Lyra is a lioness born to the king and queen of lions in the Kingdom of Beasts. She has a twin bother and a twin sister (they are triplets). Since being born, she heavily resisted the sophistication that all feline cubs were forced to learn. In her lie the spirit of a lion--a true lion that was destined to rule over all beasts. She detested being proper and rejected the new role that society had put on lions. Like the lionesses that used to exist in the old world, Lyra is a hunter, not feeling ashamed or guilty for eating anyone, and uses her strength to get her way. Being so bold and strong-willed has earned her respect in her kingdom, but arouse fear in others that would not allow her to enter unless she got self control.
Lyra's personality is actually rather playful, and she prefers to play rough--using her claws and sharp teeth whenever she find necessary, much to the chagrin of her playmates. This is how she shows affection. But this can also be confused with how she treats her prey--loving to taunt and play with them by chasing or fighting using her incredibly strength, until they grow weak and she claims her meal. Being a lion, Lyra is very territorial and she is prone to getting angry whenever someone she doesn't accept crosses her territory or touches her property. And sometimes, she'll claim new property and territory by leaving her mark on them, 3 slash marks which is permanent, leaving her scent so that all beasts know of who it belongs to.
Lyra never believes she is wrong when she does stuff. This is simply the nature of a lion and this is how true lions are meant to be (her logic). Most people outside the Kingdom of Beasts consider her to be impulsive, pushy, and violent, but she's nicer and friendlier than they give her credit for simply because all they see is a beast that has no self control. Its hard for them to tell when she's being nice and playing vs when she wants to eat you. And plus somethings, she has a trouble controlling her own strength and practically has no understanding of the word "restraint".
She also loves to take naps and prefers hunting at night, although she is perfectly capable of hunting and roaming about during the day.
She looks as if she's somewhere in the age range of 15-17
Lyra is able to walk on all fours as well as on two legs (her hind legs being very strong as you can see). She also uses her tail sometimes as a third hand. Her tail goes all squiggly when she's napping and dreaming. The paws that you see on her are actually gloves that have big, sharp, retractable claws that have the ability to permanently leave a mark whenever they're used for slashing--the mark can never be healed. As mentioned before, the mark also leaves her scent. Being lioness and not a male lion, her real paws underneath are size of normal hands, the only difference being she has smaller, although still sharp claws. She prefers to wear the gloves all the time since they appear to increase her strength and make her more intimidating as a lion. Her twin sister doesn't have gloves like these. Lyra has grown her hair out to look like the mane of a male lion, and wears a brown one piece outfit that is torn in a few places.
She was told the tale of the fate of lions as a result of humans and the war by her grandmother, who was an ancestor of the lions who lived before the time of and survived the Great Mushroom War. As a result, Lyra detests humans for what they did to the lions by hunting them and nearly wiping them out--taking away their status as king of all beasts. She also hates what the war did to lions.
Not wishing to accept the new world order, Lyra ran away from home to escape the lifestyle that the rest of the world put onto lions. She loves her pride (family) and kingdom very much, is a daddy's girl, and awaits the day when she becomes queen (she's the oldest of the triplets). And it is for these reasons that she left. She wants the best for her people and believes that the very best would be putting the lions back into power--no...to give them even more power than they had ever had to where no species or kingdom could put them down every again. Lions werent meant to be submissive and sophisticated...they were meant to be mighty and feared.
To sum her mission up: As Queen, she wants to make sure that the Lions rule the world.
But as only a mere princess, she must go out on her own and earn back the respect that lions once had, leaving the miscellaneous royal duties at home to her siblings and parents. Before, the great felines feared another war and more death and destruction, but Lyra is willing to go there for her people. She must raise the moral of her people and rally her forces before she can declare war on anyone.
So she ventures out on her quest...
Only to find some fun along the way~ (she may be trying to start a war, but you have to take into account her playful personality, so of course sometimes she gets distracted and crazy stuff happens, proving that her goal may take a while to achieve. Well, whatever. Rome wasn't built in a day.)
One day in the Candy Kingdom, Princess Bubblegum calls Finn and Jake to her. She is distressed that so many of her people have been partially eaten and everyone's freaking out as to how this happened. "A monster" they said. Just snook up on them and took a bite before going off. PB wants the heros to discover whats happening and put an end to it.
Suddenly, a lioness leaps out and launches herself at PB. Jake sees this and grows his hand to swat the creature away before she could reach her. Being hit into a wall, the lioness giggles, saying she didnt expect someone to be able to put up a fight with her. She says "nice hit, for a dog that is" (even tho she's a lion, she's still a cat, and Jake was a dog = natural enemies). PB gasps when she realizes who she is. She shouts with a bit of fear in her voice, "what are you doing here?! In my kingdom?!" Finn asks does PB know her and the princess nodded. Telling him that this was Lion Princess. Finn never knew there was a Lion Princess. PB tells him thats because she's from a faraway kingdom--much farther than where he had traveled.
The lioness says to call her Lyra since both she and her sister were technically "Lion Princess". The name Lyra was just more specific. PB still addresses her as Lion Princess, saying that Lyra wasn't allowed in her kingdom because she couldnt control her wild urges. Lyra tells PB to calm down since she was just playing around, knowing how stingy PB was. If Lyra wanted to eat them, she would have done it by now. Those little candy people werent Lyra's target (they weren't much fun anyway since they had virtually no power at all). Once again, Lyra rushed up to PB and knocks her down, bearing her sharp teeth. Lyra had always wantd to taste or eat Princess Bubblegum, believing she would be very sweet and tasty (Lyra loves to mess with PB, knowing that PB was afraid of her--just so many possibilities!). Finn takes out his sword and points it at Lyra, threatening her to not harm PB. Lyra is fascinated by the being standing in front of her. She asks what kind of creature he is. Jake calls her stupid and says that Finn is a human.
The game had changed.
Lyra was face to face with the species that nearly destroyed her people. Things stopped being playful and got serious. Lyra wanted to kill Finn. And so a battle ensued between the two. Finn was confused as to why she hated him so much. Lyra thinks that he does know. She proves to be a powerful opponent to him. Lyra acknowledges Finn as a good warrior and taunts, "You're not half bad! Tell you what, once I kill you, you'll have the honor of being my dinner. I always wondered what human tasted like. And now I'll have the honor of finishing off the last one~" Finn obviously doesn't like the idea. Just as it seems like he's about to lose, Flame Princess sees what's happening and steps in. Lyra has a fear of fire, so the moment FP starts using her power, she backs off, though not revealing why she backs off in an attempt to not lose her intimidation, shouting that she's just giving Finn more time to live. And that when they fight, it has to be one-on-one, normally Lyra didn't care about numbers when it came to fighting, but this was personal.
This battle also arouse Lyra's hatred for Flame Princess, both for interfering with her fight, and for being made of fire.
At some point, Lyra meets Marceline and the two hit it off quite well. Both being rather wild and expressive, they also understand each other's quirks and unique playful natures. Lyra also appreciates that Marcy can take a hit and can throw one just as well without taking it personally. They both have a rather distorted outlook on the rules of society and don't mind breaking them for self-interest or amusement. They both prefer to be out at night and mess with people. And of course, both reject the expectations that either society or family puts on them, wanting to follow their hearts instead. Marcy knows of Lyra's intentions to rule the world and either doesn't mind, or doesn't take Lyra as the type to do something like that (or that she doesnt have the ability to do something like that), so she usually encourages Lyra to keep going just for the heck of it, and occasionally helps if it looks interesting and fun.
Sometimes Marcy refers to/considers Lyra as her pet a lot of the time, and Lyra often doesn't mind since they both know she's not seriously her pet. (Imagine Finn's surprise when he's surprised to see Lyra with Marcy and then the vampire is all like "Oh! Yeah, she's my pet. That's cool, right?" Then Finns like O_O...which just cracks up Lyra and Marcy). She also calls her "Kitty" on occasion, or just her normal name Lyra.
Lyra had grown attached to Marceline and she sincerely believes that Marcy supports her 100% (she tells Marcy that she is like a fellow beast and is welcomed to her kingdom at any time). And given Marcy's abilities and personality, Lyra wants Marceline to be there when she rules the world and even wants her by her side when she does it (if it ever did get this far, Lyra is unaware that Marcy might not actually go along with her, not when it's become so serious). Marcy would probably also stop Lyra if she knew that Lyra was serious about killing Finn.
On an adventure, Lyra saw that Finn and Flame Princess were fighting a monster. Finn got trapped between boulders or something, and FP had been doused by water, making her considerably weaker and unable to fight. Lyra was happy that FP would finally be done in. Finn notices Lyra watching and begs her to help FP. Lyra refuses, saying she's enjoying the show and why deprive the monster of his meal? Finn is desperate and remembers PB telling him why Lyra hated humans so much, and he felt guilty and ashamed of what his people did. So he makes a deal with Lyra: if she saves Flame Princess, he promises that Lyra can eat him. This catches Lyra's attention. Seeing how serious he was, she easily took out the monster.
Flame Princess, once regaining her power, saw that Lyra was about to eat Finn and was about to stop her. Finn told her to not interfere, since he was a hero, he had to abide by his word. As Lyra raised her claws for the finishing strike, she paused and assessed the situation. But then she swiftly slashed him. It wasnt a lethal blow. No, she slashed his stomach only to leave a mark--her mark...the mark that would never go away. She tells him that this means that he belonged to her--he was her property and only she had the right to kill him. And that one day, when she called upon him, they would fight to the death. But not on that day. If she was going to kill the last human, it would be a fight to remember. So she wants him to get stronger and tells him he's not allowed to be killed by anyone but her (if anyone came along and tried to kill him, it was Lyra's business and she had a right to defend her property). And on that day, when she defeats him, she'll have earned her respect as future queen.
From this day forward, Lyra only refers to and calls Finn, her "Prey", barely ever calling him by his name. And she treats him as a possession and roughly plays with him from time to time. All while awaiting for the day of their battle.
Well, that is my Adventure Time OC! I was suddenly inspired to create her in the middle of my class on Tuesday. I always knew I wanted an AT OC, but never knew where to start. Then suddenly...BAM! I came up with Lyra's design and her story. I even did some research on lions X3 And ya, I know that AT people usually have skinny legs, but my excuse is that since she's a lion, she should have strong hind legs at least.
Srry for the long description. But I always need to give my OCs a meaningful background and everything--I put a lot of thought into these people!
So I hope you all enjoy!
I thank the Lord for this opportunity of being able to create her and letting me be inspired
I dont own Adventure Time or its characters, but i DO own Lyra ^^
Please tell me what you think of her ^_^