Adopted from Esme, thank you so much!
Name: Tessa ("harvester")
Species: African lion
Love interest: Baliyo
Personality: Funny, sarcastic, brave, smart, friendly, loyal.
Story: Tessa was born in a small pride in poor conditions far up in the north. Ever since she was a young cub, her parents would tell her stories about the "Tree of life", and that she should travel there when she was old enough. And then, when she had reached her teens, and when her parents had passed away, Tessa finally started making her way to the Tree of life. It wasn't an easy journey, and she faced many foes and obstacles, but her biggest stand off was in the mountains with a snow leopard called Chuluun. The two fought a fierce fight, after which Tessa was left badly injured, just laying in the snow. She was found by a group of lions, lead by a lioness around her age, and they brought her back to their home, where she awoke some time later. Beside her, there was a young male lion, who introduced himself as Baliyo. He had been instructed to keep an eye on Tessa, but after realizing that she wasn't going to be any harm to their pride, Baliyo took her to his sister Rani, the leader of the pride, for better judgement. It was only then when Tessa realized that she had arrived to the Tree of life, the place her parents had always talked about, yet she'd never thought she'd actually see it herself. The problem was that Rani didn't seem to trust her, and ordered Baliyo to follow her around and watch out for her in case she would turn out to betray them. But the more time they spent "tied up" together, the more the two young lions started growing fond of each other - and eventually they started falling in love. After a while, Rani saw how much Tessa and Baliyo cared for one another, so she finally welcomed Tessa at the Tree of life.
Bases (c) Kitty Of Doom (UNTIL I FINISH HER REF SHEET.)
Relation to TLK: Friend to Kion, Rani and the Lion guard, falls in love with Baliyo.
Voice actress: Kaley Cuoco