I'm sorry, but every time I see Rhodie I just wonder why the heck she has so much long, thick, black hair, yet is supposed to be female. I know she's not your character, and thus, you have no say in it, but it just makes no sense to me. Especially how the hair is along her elbows, spine, and chest/underside of belly... Not to say she looks bad by any means, because she doesn't (it's actually a pretty cool design, tbh), but well.. She just looks like a male lion, and not a lioness. To me, anyway.
Awesome picture, BTW. I love your version of Mheetu.
Oh wow, I actually never knew about that... How neat! I would say that the maned lioness was probably a hermaphrodite, which would explain her expressing both male and female characteristics, as well as her apparent inability to reproduce; but the fact that there were yet more maned lionesses spotted in that pride later on, when hermaphrodites are supposed to be rare occurances... Quite perplexing, indeed! O.O
Well, at any rate, thanks for the info. I still think that Rhodie's design looks just a bit too "over-the-top" to fit in the TLK universe, but that's just my opinion; and again, it's still a cool design, regardless. ^^
To be honest I'd assume it's the testosterone levels. Testosterone's what affects the length, amount, and growth of hair, and if a female of any species has too much testosterone they will become infertile. Think of it as a roadblock or a traffic jam. Lots of cars in one place all different types and models, but too many will halt the flow entirely or make it into a near nonexistent trickle. Also the testosterone holds the eggs back and thus they don't release easily. Often those that do result in miscarriages. The key thing is balance, as too much female hormones will cause problems just as much as too little testosterone.
Ah yes, that's true... I forgot about the testosterone levels. Still, to have multiple lionesses that were born in that pride with too much testosterone, that's a rather strange occurance in itself, really.
Yes, the eyes are a big thing, since they're so weirdly-designed and creepy... They're admittedly cool, though. As for the abnormally-large size and lots of hair, despite me not really seeing that fitting for a TLK lioness either, I suppose that can be explained as her having too much testosterone, as you mentioned that more-than-likely being the case of those maned lionesses. ^^
Besides, I love *Rinjapine's work, and she has soooo many OCs, a lot of which that don't really seem "logical" for the TLK universe. She explains everything so well, though, and has superb story-telling skills; it just makes everything she comes up with work, no matter how strange.
Given they were related; sisters, nieces, mother and daughter, etc it would make sense. Our testosterone levels, much like high/low blood pressure is genetic. If they have bad levels, they breed with either the head male and do produce a child it would likely have the testosterone problems much like its mother. Given that we're talking real life lion prides, well lions are massive inbreeders. The father may well be the brother of some and the son of others, or so on, which only would encourage the levels to remain the same throughout the maned females.
I would think perhaps like here: [link] and here: [link] the black eyes are semi-logical as around the blue iris there are black areas. This here explains white spots under the eyes: [link]
I do agree the white pupils look very unusual though.
Well yes, and I understand that, but what I meant was, it had been said in that article you linked me that the first maned lioness they spotted was unable to reproduce; so obviously she would've been unable to spread her genes into cubs of her own. Therefore, I don't see how her line would've been able to continue. But if they were her sisters and nieces, that would make sense; as would the inbreeding issue.
Hmm... Yes, I suppose, but it still wouldn't make sense as far as TLK standards go, because their eyes don't really resemble real life lion eyes at all, but rather, are more "humanized", what with the way the pupils and irises are designed. Speaking of which, in those photos you showed me, I wonder why those lionesses have blue eyes? Are they blind, maybe? I just know that lions in real life usually have brown/amber eyes, except when they're cubs, in which case they have blue.
And yes, as you mentioned, it's really the white pupils that are throwing me off; quite frankly, the character looks possessed or something. lol
Well, anyway, I think we should probably end this conversation soon, as it's starting to not really be about the picture itself anymore, or even the character, really, and I'm sure we're flooding Savu's page. But again, thanks for the info on those lionesses, and for trying to help explain how Rhodie might "logically" work in TLK universe. I'm still not entirely convinced, but you brought up some good points.
I don't think the line would continue, but say any males were born and had the right genetic coding they'd be driven off near adulthood so more could be made, just not many would ever carry on to more generations and such.
Blue-eyed white lions exist. I've seen blue, yellow/amber, brown, tan, off white, and pale yellow almost brown before.
Haha, yes, I know exactly what you mean.
I don't think anyone could make her fit in, but to an extent it's possible if you ignore a few minute things.
Meh... Makes sense, I guess. She still looks more like a male to me, though, especially with how she looks so much like Scar, not to mention her freaky eyes... Like I said, she has a cool design, don't get me wrong, but I guess it just looks like (to me) one of those weird, over-the-top unrealistic designs that wouldn't ever really fit in the TLK universe, let alone as a daughter of a canon character (in this case, Scar). Of course, at least she's not crazily-colored, like bright purple, green, blue fur or something like that, with jewelry/clothes/other accessories. I've seen TLK OCs like that, and to each their own, really, but man... lol
Eh, not really my business, anyway; your character, your theory, your rules. I was just expressing my opinion, but I don't have any other questions. Sorry if I offended you.
Ummm... This is an old conversation, and we already discussed how it could work, so I don't really see the need for you to get involved. Not to mention, reply in such a snippy manner. It sorta seems like to me that you're just wanting to start an argument, which I'm not interested in, so if that's your intention, then please, don't even bother replying to this message. It's my opinion, anyway, so you'll just have to deal with it. I'm entitled to my own opinion, as you are your own. And quite frankly, I don't care about whether or not your fursona has a mane and elbow tufts. From what I understand, a fursona is supposed to be an animal representation of yourself, so if you see yourself as a lion/other big cat with a mane and elbow tufts, more power to ya. ^^