Fiu, finally done, I guess I never spent so much time on a design and illus.
It's quite fantastical but I tried to keep it believable as the story is real.
Zumbi, last king of Palmares.
Palmares, or Little Angola, was a federal republic of villages built by escaped slaves in the Brazilian forests at the beginning of the 17th century.
Many leaders lived through the history of Palmares but the last one was the most veneered, even to the point of seeing him as an Orisha, the African god of war.
After nearly a century of survival, mercenaries and Portuguese soldiers ended up destroying the kingdom, using even a canon in the middle of the forest to break fortifications.
Zumbi managed to escape with survivors, but his closest friend was captured and tortured, until he lead the soldier to their last refuge.
There, hidden in a cave behind a waterfall (as cliché as it might seem it's apparently true) Zumbi took a last stand, protecting his last subjects as they were slaughtered.
He was then beheaded and his head brought to the capital of the region to show that Palmares was no more.
Nevertheless he became the symbol of the fight to break away from slavery in brazil.
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