A Tale of Two Brothers is the first book in The Lion King: Six New Adventures.
Kopa is eager for his father to take him to the top of Pride Rock, but when kingly business gets in the way, Simba is unable to fulfill his promise. Upon hearing the problem, Rafiki tells Simba and Kopa a story of long ago, when Mufasa was just a young prince.
Before becoming chief adviser of the Pride Lands, Rafiki was a wanderer. After he is saved from hyenas by Ahadi, the king of the Pride Lands, he is taken to Pride Rock for safety. There, he gets to know Mufasa and his younger brother, Taka, who is resentful of his older brother for getting the title of future king. After overhearing Taka's plan to get Mufasa in trouble with his father, Rafiki rushes to set things straight. Before long, however, Taka has convinced a buffalo named Boma to attack Mufasa, who was merely trying to help his father. While Boma is busy with Mufasa, the other buffalo in his herd attack Taka and give him a ravaging scar across his left eye.
After trapping Boma in a ravine, Mufasa rushes back to help his brother. At the same moment, Ahadi comes with a group of Pridelanders and takes Taka back to Pride Rock. Under Rafiki's care, the young lion heals, though his scar remains. Take is now renamed "Scar" because of it. Relieved that his sons are safe, Ahadi decides to appoint Rafiki as chief adviser of the Pride Lands and Zuzu as majordomo. When the story is complete, Simba decides to take Kopa to the top of Pride Rock to fulfill his promise.
- In Order of Appearance
- Pimbi - a hyrax who is friends with Kopa
- Zuzu - a gossipy hornbill who is the mother of Zazu
- Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed
- Boma - an antagonistic buffalo
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