Lions of Judah

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The Expulsion of Ishmael and His Mother.
The Expulsion of Ishmael and His Mother
The people raised the war cry, the trumpets sounded. When the people heard the sound of the trumpet, they raised a mighty war cry and the wall collapsed then and there.
At once the people stormed the city, each man going straight forward; and they captured the city. They enforced the curse of destruction on everyone in the city; men and women, young and old, including the oxen, the sheep, and the donkeys, slaughtering them all.
-- Joshua 6:20-21

Lions of Judah is a Mouse Guard hack set in the times of the Old Testament.


The characters are Old Testament Israelite soldiers-come-prophets of the Lord God. They are of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, but they are set apart to do the Will of the Lord God of the Israelites.

They are the Lions of Judah.

They travel from tribe to tribe, from land to land, across searing deserts and high mountains, to share the Word of the Lord God with His Chosen People, to smite His enemies with furious purpose, and to make sacrifice to the Lord God. It is a hard life and a hard road to walk. That is why no man walks it alone. Long months and sometimes years may pass between visits to the seats of the Twelve Tribes.

The Lions of Judah are opposed by the enemies of the Chosen People: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Hittites. The Lions must also contend with the weakness of the Israelites, for whom it is all too easy to turn away from worship of the Lord God. Every step on this road of faith and service is also ensnared with the devices of the Adversary, who seeks to destroy the Lions of Judah from within with temptation and doubt. The Lord God is often wont to test the hearts of the Lions of Judah.

The Questions

Luke Crane, the creator of Mouse Guard, posted a series of questions that aspiring Mouse Guard hackers should consider answering as part of the initial exploration of their hack idea.

Here are the answers to those questions for the Lions of Judah hack.


Creating a Lion of Judah is covered in Recruitment.

The Land of Canaan

The setting for Lions of Judah is the land of Canaan.

Canaan is the equivalent of the Territories from regular Mouse Guard. Naturally, there are dinosaurs.

Sample Mission :: The Exodus

Find here a sample Mission for the Lions of Judah hack. The players are cast as the leading lights in the Twelve Spies that Moses sent forth into the Land of Canaan after the long period of captivity by the Egyptians.

Further Resources

Bible Stuff

Public Domain Art