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Hail to the Queen

"If your Emperor wants to speak to me so badly, why does he not come to the south himself? Is he afraid of—what is it he calls me? The "Tigress Queen"?"
Kizarasunga, "Six-Feathers" of Zizumbir.
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The tribal nation of Zizumbir has been fending off settlers from the Jaezian Empire to their north for generations. Kizarasunga, the current warlord of the South, has been invited to meet directly with the Jaezian Emperor to finally put an end to the bloodshed. The catch to the Emperor's plan for peace is that it requires a marriage alliance that no one is exactly keen on.

Tigress Queen is created by Allison Shaw, who also makes Far to the North. The comic updates Fridays and is an affiliate of Hiveworks.

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Tigress Queen Provides Examples Of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Lady Razendi.
  • Action Girl: Kizarasunga. She had to win a fight to the death to become "Six-Feathers", and before that she was one of Zizumbir's most effective warriors in the war with Jaez.
  • Adopted into Royalty: Kezkaramki, Kizarasunga's adoptive father, was King/Six-Feathers of Zizumbir.
  • Arranged Marriage: What the Emperor of Jaez has in mind to seal the peace treaty between Jaez and Zizumbir. Too bad nobody told Kizarasunga.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How you get to be "Six-Feathers" (Warlord) of Zizumbir. You challenge the reigning "Six-Feathers" to a fight to the death. It is not known if you have to be a chieftain first, or if anyone can make a challenge at any time.
    Kizarasunga: Do you know how I keep all six? I kill all the men who challenge me.
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  • Attempted Rape: Kizarasunga's biological parents try selling her to a goatherd to pay off a debt, and said goatherd tries doing this to her. Fortunately for Kizarasunga, a Tiger rescues her.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: His Imperial Majesty, Tuzaal Mriazosa, the Emperor of Jaez.
  • Berserk Button: Don't interrupt Kizarasunga when she's talking, and especially don't talk down to her.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Emperor Tuzaal Mriazosa has six sons note . The eldest (Rantu) has been effectively demoted, and the third-eldest (Jintu) has been promoted to Crown Prince.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Both Kizarasunga and Jintu speak several languages, including the "common tongue" of Jael and the "old tongue" of Zizumbir (which is basically Old Palladesian).
  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange between Jintu and Rantu.
    Jintu: Her name means "threat!" "Fire-colored threat!" I can’t—
    Rantu: "Lovely."
    Jintu: What?
    Rantu: Kizarasunga. "A lovely, fire-colored threat." Who knows, maybe you’ll like her.
    Jintu: Are you being serious?
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kizarasunga and Zusufala both have one.
    • Kizarasunga's biological parents sold her to a goatherd when she was a child, and said goatherd tried to rape her before a tiger killed him to protect her. Said tiger adopted Kizarasunga and raised her for some years before Kezkaramki found and adopted her as well, but then he was killed in the war against Jaez.
    • Zusufala's entire biological family was murdered by Jaezian soldiers while he watched from hiding.
  • Entendre Failure: During the ball, a very drunk Rantu tried the old "does the carpet match the drapes" line on Kizarasunga. Fortunately for him, she didn't get the joke and Jintu distracted her by asking her to dance.
  • Genius Bruiser: Jintu is the tallest and strongest one in his family, but he's also an avid reader. His bedroom resembles a library, and he carefully researched the war between Jaez and Zizumbir in order to prove that they were part of the Empire. He failed.
  • Great Offscreen War: The "Great War" that led to the creation of Jaez, roughly 300 years before the beginning of the main story.
    • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Zizumbir was an ally of Jaez during the "Great War", but the empire came to view them as a rogue province, not a sovereign nation. The current Emperor of Jaez has decided to reverse this policy and make peace with Zizumbir.
      • The Emperor is also concerned about Gahmia, which borders Jaez and Zizumbir to the west. Due to widespread famine, Gahmia is attacking its' weaker neighbors for food and slaves. Emperor Tuzaal would prefer to avoid a war with Gahmia, but he needs to secure his southern border first. Thus, the peace talks with Zizumbir.
  • Happily Adopted: Kizarasunga was adopted first by a family of Tigers, and then by the previous Six-Feathers Kezkaramki. She cares greatly for her adoptive parents and siblings, both Tiger and Human.
  • Hellish Horse: Kizarasunga and Zusufala both ride supernatural mounts that resemble horses, have many rows of teeth, and are demonic in nature. Their name in the Zizumbir language ("Thrreins") literally translates to nightmare.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Zusufala and Kizarasunga.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Kizarasunga was effectively "raised" by tigers for several years. In return, she adopted them as siblings.
  • I Have Your Wife: Kizarasunga takes High General Khotsu's son as her hostage, even though Gomi was the one who was supposed to offer himself as a hostage. Khotsu is not happy about this at all. Later, after fighting off a failed assassination attempt by traitorous Palace Guards, Kizarasunga initially assumes Khotsu and Tuzaal are behind this and threatens to harm the former's son. When she calms down and decides that they were not involved in the plot, she feels guilty for making this threat.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Kizarasunga during the attack at the ball.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Zusufala and Kizarasunga. Technically they are siblings, since they were both adopted by Kizarasunga's predecessor, Kezkaramki.
  • Mama Bear: The Tigress that adopted Kizarasunga; try to harm her human cub at your own peril.
  • Meaningful Name: In Zizumbir, children are not given permanent name at birth, but just a nickname until they are old enough to develop a personality and/or do something memorable.
    • "Kizarasunga" means "a beautiful, flame-colored threat". This probably refers to her actions during the war with Jaez, or perhaps how she fought her way up to become "Six-Feathers" ("Queen") of Zizumbir. Her friends just call her "Kazhra".
    • "Zusufala" apparently means "shark", since he killed one, and wears a shark's tooth on a cord around his neck. He also has a design of a hammerhead shark on his sword sheath.
    • Subverted with Jintu and his brothers. While each name is the word for a Jaezean virtue, they were only given these names because it's considered good luck for a man to have a son for each name.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: During the ball, the senior maid calls Rantu out of the main hall. Once they're in private she accuses him of trying to seduce Kizarasunga (who by this point is betrothed to Jintu), berates Rantu for seemingly being so irresponsible, and uses blackmail to get Rantu to stop it. Word of God is that Rantu was actually trying to get Jintu to like Kizarasunga more.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Kizarasunga pulls this on Gomi during his visit to Zizumbir. It seems like she was just trying to mess with him. Either that or scent-marking him (she was partially raised by tigers, after all).
  • Pacifist: Averted with Zizumbir. It's religion teaches that killing a human's life is punishable with going to Hell for an amount of years stolen from the victim. In any other setting this would make the Zizumbir people pacifists, but they are more than willing to use lethal force to defend themselves and to accept the consequences of that.
  • Prince Charmless: The three eldest Mirazos brothers qualify.
    • Rantu, the eldest son, was disinherited for having sex with maids.
    • Kentu, the second son, was disqualified from succession because he has a bad temper. Additionally, he is actively trying to sabotage the marriage alliance his father planned.
    • Jintu, the third son and the heir, spends the first part of the story moping about his arranged marriage and being rude to the woman he's supposed to marry.
  • Raised by Wolves: Or in Kizarasunga's case, tigers.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The story has a few of them.
    • Emperor Mriazosa. Rather than continue a meaningless and unjustified war, he decides to make peace with Zizumbir.
    • High General Khatilo Khotsu. He doesn't like being diplomatic towards Kizarasunga because she is holding his son hostage, but he does his job.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Zizumbir, the "Six-Feathers" has to fight to gain their rank, and has to fight even more to keep it. Also, they are expected to lead their troops in battle, not delegate the responsibility.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Zizumbir believes in this, which is why Kizarasunga doesn't try to take revenge against her father's killer when she encounters him in the Jaezean Imperial Palace. It also makes it all the more egregious when Jaezean guards tried to assassinate her. Said guards were all ethnically Gamhian, tried to kill Prince Jintu as well, and acted without Emperor Tazaal's permission or approval.
  • Shameful Strip: When Kizarasunga was fifteen, she did this to (then Captain) Khotsu after taking him and his men hostage. Years later she still teases him about this.
  • Shipper on Deck: There are two of them in the Mirazos family.
    • Tazaal and his eldest son Rantu are both shipping Jintu and Kizarasunga, the former so the marriage alliance goes through and the latter so Jintu will be happy.
    • Kentu, the second son, is shipping Jintu with Razendi.
  • Story Reset: The author had done quite a bit of work on this webcomic several years ago, but was unhappy with the art and the story. So, she decided to start all over again. The old comic is still available as a free download.
  • To Win Without Fighting: Lampshaded by Kizarasunga when she tells Jintu a story about herself and (then-Captain) Khotsu.
    Kizarasunga: ...The only truly victorious battle is the battle unfought. The less I fight, the longer I live. It is much better to intimidate your opponent into forfeiting.
  • Worthy Opponent: Kizarasunga regards High General Khotsu as this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: High General Khotsu (during the war) and the drunk ex-soldier from the marketplace. Well, they tried, anyhow.
  • You Killed My Father: The previous High General, Khotsu's predecessor, killed Kizarasunga's adoptive father and held his severed head up like a trophy. In retaliation Kizarasunga shot him through the eye, and they still hate each other for this.
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