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The Works of Haradion

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  • Consisting of the trilogy "Judgement", and the sequel series "Legacies", "The Saga of the Broken Throne" (or The Judgementverse) takes place in a shared universe, created by the author, Haradion.
  • The Series has been Revised and Remastered since it's original publication.
  • Originally a single standalone story set around the fate of the soul of Scar in the aftermath of his defeat by Simba, that stand alone story was expanded into a trilogy surrounding the events of Scar's life and death - incorporating the events and lore of the Lion Guard when it was released. A sequel series set in the same universe bloomed into a sprawling saga that goes tells the tale of an epic war between the Pridelands, and a foreign power known as the Shai'tan Imperium: A boundless Empire from the East, who's devastating blitzkrieg cripples the Pridelands and kills many of its inhabitants. It tells the story of its survivors and the descendants of characters from the Lion King, in a bleak but fantastical and ultimately hopeful tale of rebellion and sacrifice. Both Judgement and Legacies have undergone extensive rewrites.
  • In 2017, after the completion of the 4th Book, (Legacies - Book IV: Inferno) the Author placed the series on hiatus, whilst he rewrote its prequel Judgement into an trilogy. This led to the subsequent publication of Books 1 (2018), Book II (2019) and Book III (2020) of Judgement, and the subsequent rewriting/remastering of Flood (2021), Tremors (2022) with Storm due for publication in (2023). Based on this pattern, Inferno will receive its rewrite in 2024, and the series will eventually pick up where it left off in 2025 with what WOG has tentatively called - Book V: Apocalypse. He has been continuously active ever since, and there is no indication the series is or will be abandoned.

The Lion King: Judgement

  • Comments: Right. So the premise here, is that Scar is dead. He's not entirely sure what to do about that, but can't dwell on it, because he's trying to save his immortal soul from damnation.
  • The format of the story, loosely resembles a trial. Scar is faced with two Spirits, who is sympathetic, kind, understanding and helpful, the other cruel, sadistic and murderously callous over Scar's actions. They act as a sort of "Prosecution" and "Defence" lawyers, in a trial for Scar's soul. The story filters between present day interactions with these two spirits, and flashbacks that show Scar's cubhood, adolescence and young adult life. These flashbacks are witnessed by Scar, who attempts to clumsily tell "his side" of the story, all in a desperate gambit to delay the ultimate destruction and damnation of his soul for his many heinous crimes.
  • Many fics have attempted to rewrite Scar's Past, or show his backstory. This is a fresh take on the "Expanding Scar's backstory" idea.

  • Judgement - Book I: Cubhood
    • Status: Complete. (First Published 2012; Rewritten as Part One of "The Judgement Trilogy" in 2018);
    • Synopsis: This fic takes place in the immediate aftermath of Scar's death. Scar is dead. And this doesn't sit very well with Scar. However, his death is the least of his problems, as he finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to explain his actions to two less than sympathetic spirits of Judgement. With his soul on the line, Scar needs to employ every trick, every con and every lie he's ever learnt in an attempt to avoid a fate worse than death. At the same time as being confronted with every past mistake, and every terrible choice. Book I focuses on Scar's early childhood, when he still goes by the name of Taka, and also tells how he became the first in several generations to lead the Lion Guard.
    • Comments: Expect to see plenty of Scar, Mufasa, Sarabi, Sarafina and Zira, as well as new characters. The trilogy takes place before, during and after the Lion King, though this part of the story is primarily around Scar's childhood.
    • Also on AO3

  • Judgement - Book II: Taka's Guard
    • Status: Complete. Created as Part Two of "The Judgement Trilogy" in 2019);
    • Synopsis: In the aftermath of the calamitous incident that left Scar both maimed and having abandoned his former name of "Taka" in favour of "Prince Scar", Scar continues to lead the Lion Guard down a somewhat darker path. Decisions made cannot be take back however, as new and familiar enemies strike at the Pridelands. As the losses and terrors mount, Scar begins to lose himself to the darkness he battles. Or so his present self maintains to his erstwhile companions in the Spirit World. A less charitable interpretation is that he simply became the lion he always was. The state of his immortal soul, may hang in the balance as to which holds more truth.
    • Comments: Although the lore of the Lion Guard might lead one to suspect the fate of Scar's Guard is a forgone conclusion, this is not the case. The series makes liberal use of the Unreliable Narrator trope, to suggest that Scar might not have been entirely truthful or straightforward with the facts as to his guard. Or that at the very least the account given in Lion Guard was a gross simplification. Telling the story of Scar's young adult life, this entry in the series takes a darker tone as Scar's eventual fate creeps ever closer.
    • Also on AO3

  • Judgement - Book III: Dark Star
    • Status: Complete. Created as Part Three of "The Judgement Trilogy" in 2019);
    • Synopsis: The third and final entry of the "Scar Trilogy", in Haradion's universe, This volume tells the familiar story of Mufasa's death and the unfamiliar story of Scar's reign. Scar attempts to justify actions even he can tell were callous and cruel, and finds himself changed by the events. Or perhaps by the threat or annihilation. Because even he cannot stall forever, and the final judgement awaits.
    • Comments: Even at the eleventh hour twists and turns abound. It's always a challenge when writing these kind of stories not to make the villain under criticism less of a villain. Somehow, the author explores Scar's mental state, without ever losing the elements that make him such a good villain, or completely altering the character.
    • Completely missing from the 2012 iteration was any mention of the Lion Guard or the additional lore present therein. Haradion makes good use of the Lion Guard and somehow manages to make it fit in existing lore, whilst telling a new and original story.
    • Also on AO3

The Lion King: Legacies

  • Synopsis: This series is the long awaited sequel to the popular fic, Judgement, (since expanded into a trilogy). The divisions and instability caused by Scar's actions in the first fic, Judgement, and explored in The Lion King II, lead to the Pridelands being attacked by a vastly superior foreign power. The Shai'tan Imperium has invaded and occupied the Pridelands, killing most of the Pride. Its up to a few survivors of the slaughter, to defeat the Shai'tan, and reclaim the Pridelands. But this is difficult. The enemy is larger, more experienced, more powerful and are assisted by a former friend and contemporary of Rafiki. Marsade, the Shaman has brought dark and powerful magics to bear against the Pridelands.
  • What happens when you mix The Lion King, The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones? Answer? A really awesome fic. The "Quest" Format, means this fantastic series has a dozen well rounded, and entertaining characters. Fantastic villains. It takes what Judgement did in expanding and developing the world of The Lion King and ramps it up to eleven. Well worth the read.
  • Comments: This series if chock full of plot twists, suspense and action, as well as genuinely gripping characters. It loses the framing device of Judgement for a more traditional method of story telling showing the POV of a bunch of characters of different ages.

Tales from the Spirit Lands by Koai
  • Recommended by beeruckzII
  • Status: Complete
  • Comments: There are four separate stories in the same verse: Escape to Pride Rock, Run or Learn, Mark of a Prisoner and My Pride Sister. Chronologically, "My Pride Sister" happens first and "Escape to Pride Rock" comes second. "Run or Learn" and "Mark of a Prisoner" come third and both happen at the same time. And I HIGHLY recommend them all.

The Future of our Past series by albinoraven666

The First King series by Nadra

  • Recommended by Crimson Shogun
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Great-great-grandfather Simba reveals the origin of their family — ages ago, a pride on the brink of death found sanctuary upon Pride Rock, away from the brutalities of other lions. To protect his family, Nkosi sought to find another way to survive... thus, he became the first king of the Pride Lands.

Missing Pieces, by Audrey Cosmo

  • Recommended by JBriskin
  • Status: Book 1 and Book 2 are complete, and Book 3 is in progress.
  • Synopsis: "Starting from before The Lion King and ending after Simba's Pride, this comic will try to fill as many plotholes as it possibly can and explain why some characters disappeared or were never seen in the movies while you can find them in TLK-related merchandise." (author's description)

Bleh's Misadventures by NostalgicChills

  • Recommended by N8han 11
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Comments: This is a Webcomic mocking all the Original Character clichés and playing them quite hilariously to boot, with so many twists and turns to ensure you won't stop laughing.


The Lion King The Freak by TL Kfan

  • Recommended by Tigerdovefan34
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The sad story of a li-tigon in a world where he's utterly alone from his first day alive. He struggles to survive in a world that hates him, so will he ever be accepted? What adventures will he have?"
  • Pairing(s): Scar/OC, Vitani/OC,
  • Tags: Angst, Adventure.
  • Also: Deals with the life of a Li-Tigon whom is the nephew of Simba and it deals with his struggle as he begins, or at least attempts, to have a normal. It slowly shows his progression from savage thing that does not feel or love, to a creature who can be somewhat sympathetic to others.

Before and Beyond the Beginning by Breech Loader

  • Recommended by Tambov333
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: While in the long-term it's The Lion King with a Perspective Flip to the hyenas, it starts before the movie, showing a young Shenzi being taught by her stern mother how to become Matriarch, Banzai's attraction to her, and how Ed became insane. Other hyenas are introduced in the story, including Banzai's competition. A Darker and Edgier Fix Fic, it uses canon where available, but with a character study based on real hyena society and their very real conflict with lions. From their point of view, they are the ones being oppressed by elitist lions, and they become La Résistance. A Foregone Conclusion becomes an incoming Tear Jerker.
  • Pairing(s): Shenzi/Banzai, OC->Shenzi, Scar->Shenzi
  • Tags: Fix Fic, Grey-and-Grey Morality, Foregone Conclusion, arguable DILP and RTDE.
  • Also: Interspecies Romance - Played disturbingly - the increasingly crazed Scar repeatedly flirts with the revolted Shenzi (but doesn't remove his attraction to Nala), but she's in no position to tell him her true feelings. It plays on how as much as lions find hyenas ugly, hyenas find lions ugly right back.

Royal Journey and A Single Step by Kiara 32

  • Recommended by Ironic Mouse
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
    • Royal Journey is a direct sequel to The Lion King 2 and follows Kovu and Kiara as they prepare to one day take the place of Simba and Nala as rulers of the Pride Lands. During the story, battles are fought, characters die, and those who live go though a great deal of character development. The beginning chapters suffer from some typical fan fic mistakes, but overall it's a well-written story that takes the time to expand on the setting's culture.
    • A Single Step is the Spinoff Babies to Royal Journey, focusing on Kiara and Kovu's son, Kivu, and the half-dozen other cubs that have been born since the last story. Over the course of the story, the cubs grow into young adults, new lions join the pride, conflicts internal and external are dealt with, and young love blossoms amongst many of the characters. Of particular note is the enormous cast of characters that inhabit this story, and that despite the quantity of characters, there is no shortage on quality character development.
  • Pairings: Simba/Nala, Kovu/Kiara, lots of OC/OC, lots of implied OC/OC
  • Tags: Expanded Universe, Spinoff Babies, Cast Herd

Mother's Eyes by Fromthedeepsea

  • Recommended by Pichu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Kiara's newborn cub proves difficult, she thinks she has failed as a mother. Nala disagrees.
  • Comments: It's sickly sweet and short. It's quite cute and well-written.

The Pride That Never Was by Akirl 15

  • Recommended by Namacub 95
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Simba's Pride rewritten to fit the original ideas for the Lion King Sequel. Following the journey of the royal twins Chaka and Shani.
  • Comments: A brilliantly detailed and well written Simba's Pride AU with Chaka and Shani instead of Kiara. The plot is very very well thought through and interesting whilst relying on scrapped production notes to build the characters. It's definitely worth a read. It even includes a 'Making Of' page which is also great to read.

When Did I Become A Parent by Bookworm Gal

  • Recommended by Treeclimber 42, Roo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "When did he go from wanting him around for protection to realizing that the cub was their responsibility to raise? Somewhere between rescuing him and watching him stand on Pride Rock, Simba became more than just their friend. He was part of their family." Just because Timon and Pumbaa serve as Plucky Comic Relief doesn't mean they aren't more than that.
  • Comments: It is easy to forget that Timon and Pumbaa really did raise Simba. The movie did tend to skim over that part, even though the 1 1/2 one focused a little more on it. But you could really see the events of this story happening in canon. Everybody is kept in character which makes the story seem very believable and there is a real attempt to connect all three movies into a comprehensive whole (including 1 1/2). Now with trope page.

The Lion King Adventures

  • Recommended by: Looneyman 1933
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A collection of stories about Simba and Nala as cubs. The two do much more than fall in love, as they battle evil wizards, horrifying monsters, and just plain lions who want to kill them.
  • Comments: ThatPersonYouMightKnow is an amazing author. He has a way of making a story flow together perfectly. Don't take my word for it, though. Go check it out yourself.


  • Recommended by: N8han 11
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Well, I suppose the stampede was technically meant for his brother... There's just, I don't know, one small problem with that: the cub died instead.
  • Comments: This story is amazing. It does a great job of introducing plot twist after plot twist, and manages to succeed in keeping everyone in character. Saying anymore about it would spoil some major plot twists, so just go read it.

Kopa's Legacy by Incarnate Firefly

  • Recommended by Haradion
  • Status: Ongoing (Formerly Complete, Undergoing a rewrite)
  • Synopsis: Post-LK II, Kiara and Kovu are preparing to reign, and Vitani is leader of the Lion Guard. But when an allied Pride friendly to the Pridelands is attacked by a ruthless lioness with plans of her own, that tranquillity is shattered. Especially with her eyes seemingly set on the Pridelands as her next conquest. Standing between them, is a lion named Kopa, far from the Pride he was born into, and on a path that may take him to a place all but forgotten: home.
  • Comments: Exiles abound. The series is full of plot twists. The dialogue is very tightly written, and the world building is exquisite.
  • Plenty of people have done the whole "Lost Prince of the Pridelands" schtick before. This is possibly the best version. The villains are complex, and there are uncountable references to other pieces of LK Media that are somehow all tied together in a way that just works. The series also works on the assumption that you know who Kopa is, it doesn't drag out a non-existence mystery as to who this "Kopa" is, and instead focuses on the interpersonal relationships. Features an ensample cast of great characters.
  • Book I: Pariah

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Timon proposes as a distraction tactic, but Shenzi has always thought a bit too much. Can one hyena change her ways, and can love reach her, or are Timon and Pumba dead meat? Well, let's find out. Complete crackshipping.

Tarzan: Two Worlds, One Family by TheLastSurvivor14
  • Recommended by: Vulgar Bee
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Tarzan
  • Synopsis: In this Disney Crossover, Tarzan is discovered by Sarabi and is adopted by the royal family of Priderock. When a British expedition enters the Pridelands, Tarzan encounters the beautiful Jane Porter and realizes that, like her, he's human. Falling in love with Jane, Tarzan must decide whether to leave with Jane and her people, or stay and live the lions he has called his family.
  • Tags: raised by lions, family, romance, brotherly bond
  • Comments: This fic is about our 2 favorite jungle heroes as brothers. The way Sarabi, a lion, is so motherly towards Tarzan, a human being, is so cute that you just want more interaction between them! The same goes for Mufasa and Simba accepting Tarzan as their son and brother. This author knows how to pull one's heartstrings!

Genius Villains and Heroic Idiots by Bobby South

  • Recommended by: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Johnny English, The Thin Blue Line, Rat Race, The Witches (1990) and Scooby-Doo
  • Synopsis: When Simba disappears from the Pride Lands, Zazu enlists the help of Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Johnny English, the Gasforth Police and Mystery Inc.
  • Comments: A rather fun to read mashup of various different movies and TV series that have featured Rowan Atkinson.

Honest Trailers: The Lion King

''The Ultimate ''The Lion King'' Recap Cartoon by Cas van de Pol

  • Recommended by: RaineyH
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An extremely abridged version of the first movie, using wacky animation and minimal dialogue.
  • Comments: "Simba"

‘’Dust Bowl Dance’’
  • Recommended by: Bluesamurai1720
  • Status:Complete
  • Synopsis: This video focuses on anger, and all of Simba’s memories, the remorse he felt, all the relationships he could have destroyed.
Comment: An amazing video, extremely well edited, and the song Dust Bowl Dance was surprisingly perfect for the movie!

Lion King: A Tale of Two Brothers

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A Tale of Two Brothers is a fan-fiction series with the first two episodes being released on May 27th, 2020. The series is a prequel to Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King. The series' storyline is set before the events of the original film. Long before the reign of the Lion King, Simba, his grandfather Ahadi held the throne of Africa, and bore two mighty son; The eldest Mufasa, was destined to rule the Pride Lands, whilst the youngest, Askari was destined to lead the new Lion Guard. Unlike many other fan-fictions about Scar's past, this is the first known fan fiction not to use "Taka" as Scar's birth-name due to the name itself not being under Disney's creation, whilst Askari was confirmed as Scar's original name by Lion Guard director Ford Riley. The series, according to the creator will base the prequel off of the original film's content, as well as the 1998 sequel, the 2004 midquel, and the 2015-2019 spin off film. Any new characters will not be inspired by the "Lion King": Six New Adventure" stories from 1994. Episode 3 is currently in production and is slated to be released in late 2020/early 2021.
Comment: After almost half a year it’s here!! This was fantastic! Amazing job guys!! The maskings and effects were great, beautiful story, lots of emotions. I can’t wait for episode 3!! Things have just begun. Needs more Ed tho...classic Ed ;)

Alternative Title(s): The Lion King 1994