Meet the latest addition to my list of characters: Badger-King Rikhard.
The land of Tirzah is known as an "Impenetrable Paradise", due to the fact that not only is it a very fertile and very beautiful land, but it is also completely surrounded by a range of mountains, all entry-ways gaurded by badgers who have been sworn to protect the land.
All badgers on the Tirzinian Mountain Range are ruled over by a Bager-King, who resides on Mt. Tabor, the tallest mountain in the Tirzinian Mountain Range.
Now, as you can see, there are similarities between these badgers and the ones from the "Redwall" series, but I'd like to point out the many differences:
These badgers all live amongst each other, whereas the "Redwall" ones often lived apart from one another.
While the "Redwall" badgers were gifted with prophetic powers, the "Tirzah" badgers have no such ability.
The "Redwall" badgers are cursed with a thing called "bloodwrath", but the "Tirzah" badgers have no such condition (although they are no less able fighters).
The badgers of "Redwall" rule over an army of hares, whereas hares don't even exist in "Tirzah."
In "Tirzah", the badgers are ruled by a *king*, whereas in "Redwall", they have the title "Lord".
So yeah, there you go.
And now for a little info on this particular badger:
Badger-King Rikhard is a wise, experienced ruler, who takes the saftey of Tirzah and his subjects very seriously. But let's not say that he's without a sense of humor.
He is old friends with some of the Elders who live in the castle down in the valley, and is always invited down to the festivals that Tirzah has every summer.
He has only one child, a daughter named Korah, of whom he is very proud of, and I hope to have a picture of her up too.