100 theme challenge #95 - "Crossover with Another Movie"
Twenty-two layers, more when I had the title included. But it's FINALLY DONE!!!!
Started this a loooooong time ago and finally finished it!
Took sooooooooo long too. Based off of the movie poster for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. See it here: [link]
A couple of years after the events of the movie, Po finds out another little secret his adopted father has been harboring... Ping has come into the possession of an old, ebony and gold-embellished scroll. The goose's newfound friend - the recently promoted Grandmaster, Shifu - has his suspicions. Through investigation, he finds out that it is none other but the most powerful scroll of legend, a scroll that will give its holder long life. But, as it does, it slowly manipulates that same holder to madness. It was forged in the volcanic mountain kingdom of Siemong - a festering hole for evil. It is also only here where the scroll can be destroyed. Because he is the Dragon Warrior, Po is the chosen one to carry out this task. With the combined forces of him, Shifu, and the Furious Five, Chingyi-shu
- "the comradeship of the book" - is formed.
Yet through several trials and hardships, the group is split apart. Shifu, Crane, and Mantis find themselves ever on the trail for Monkey and Viper, who have been kidnapped by servants of Siemong. Po and Tigress continue their journey towards the volcanic kingdom, unaware that they are being followed by another pursuer of the scroll... A scraggly, malnourished snow leopard. Tai Lung has been wandering the mountains and making his living off the land since his defeat. When he finally does make an attempt to steal the scroll, he is easily overthrown and captured by his opponents. Tigress is intent on leaving the snow leopard right where he is, but Po takes pity on his foe and offers him freedom - IF he'll lead them to Siemong. Tai Lung swears his promise to Po and calls the panda "Master".
Shifu soon has to face a past he's been hiding from. He knows his kind is rare and many have died in the fight against Siemong. It is soon revealed that the old master is the last hope and heir to the throne of China.
Are Tai Lung's intentions as pure as he swears them to be, or is he simply after the power of this new scroll, even if it means leading his new master to his doom? Will Shifu succeed to his heritage and take his place as Emperor, or will the remainder of his breed die? Will Po remain strong enough to see his task through, or will he too succumb to the Lord of the Scrolls and the ever-watching reptilian eye of the dark lord, Huojing?
The more you know:
- Sauron (or Huojing as he's known here - "fire eye") is, appropriately enough, a nasty, unnaturally massive crocodile. Pretty similar eye, eh?
- The golden pendants worn by Po & the Five, although hard to tell here, each show the kanji symbol for "unity". Get it? Unity, like Fellowship? Oh, the cleverness of me.
- Shifu is sporting his father's robe, armor, and sword here. Recall my picture "Sanguine Sunrise"?
- No, Shifu and Tigress are NOT together in the story.
- There was not really room for it on the frame, but the Sword of Heroes is TOTALLY what Po would wield as Sting.
Background mountains stock found here ([link]
) by =Fairiegoodmother
Rocks stocks found here ([link]
) by ~SingularStock
and here ([link]
) by ~Asylum-Stock
Palace stock found here ([link]
) by ~dangerous-stock
Crocodile eye stock found here ([link]
) by =ftourini
Kanji, gradient design, light beam, and cloud brushes by ~redheadstock