A character I played on The Lion King MUCK in 1997 to 1998
Ishaxa was an female adolescent Cheetah. Her parents were Nakita and Khana, and she had three litter-siblings--a sister, Raziya, and two brothers, Komi and Kandera. However, by the time she reached adolescence, Ishaxa, or Ish'a as she called herself, wandered alone. She had always been somewhat nervous and unsocial, even with her immediate family.
Name: Ishaxa is pronounced [ Ish-ax-ah ]. From a cub, first from neccesity at the difficulty of speaking then name, then from choice as a kind of identity, it was shortened by its bearer to Ish'a.
Ishaxa is a young Cheetah, seeming to be only recently into adolescence, an impression which is increased by her lanky, delicate build. Her pelt, somewhat shaggy in places still, is of usual enough coloration for her species: orange gold, blotched with a dense patterning of round black spots, smaller along her flanks where the base color gently fades to a somewhat lighter cream.
The lighter color on her underside extends from the inner side of long limbs along to throat and muzzle. Above are a black blotch of nose, set of white whiskers, a scattering of dark spots, and then, in contrast, an area of off-white encircling her eyes. These are a deep brown amber, and hold slightly nervous expression, emphasised by the dark tearlines extending downwards from their inner corners.
A pair of flicking black-backed ears provide insight into the feline's emotions, as does, behind her, a long tail, spotted and ringed in black before ending in a fluffier white tip. It is in constant motion, a reminder of the faintly hesitant way that Ishaxa holds herself, balanced on toes. Although the white claws are always extended, they are blunt, and hardly seem any kind of threat--especially considering the placid nature of this one. She is young, swinging between self-assurance and uncertainty...and although alone, she is slowly beginning to find her way forward in life.
My portrait of Ishaxa. [72 K]
Medium: Computer paint program
Date: November 5, 1999