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Author Topic: Samira al-Hague  (Read 879 times)

Description: Witch. Opal to Green. Played by Gavin.

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Samira al-Hague
« on: Jul 03, 18, 11:09:11 PM »
The Basics
Character Name: Samira al-Hague
Nicknames: Lord al-Hague, Mira
Age & Birthyear: 31 (b. 163 AP)
Race: Short-Lived (Pruulian)
Caste: Witch (Warlord)
Birth Territory: Pruul
Home Territory: Pruul

Birthright Jewel: uncut Opal
Offering Jewel: uncut Green

Role: Escort
Faction: Hague Tribe

Appearance

Play By: Summer Bishil
Distinguishing Features:

Samira’s hair is long, dark brown and often bound into a braid to keep it out of her face. She wears a long ribbon with six rings (three silver, three bronze) to denote the number of people she has felled during her time as an escort. She favors loose-fitting clothing that offers her full range of motion.

Personality


Personality:

Samira keeps her word. Whether it is the protection of a charge, completing a task for her Queen, or merely obtaining the evening’s dinner, once she has given her word she succeds at her tasks. One would sooner drain the endless desert of sand than force her to break her given word. A reliable woman, Samira knows that every time she fulfills her promises, it builds her reputation and makes her a sought-after protector. Tribe Hague’s symbol is the serpent, which associates them with duplicity, fairly or not. She delights in watching people reconsider their biased opinions about her tribe each time she follows through better than they expect. The more that people rely on her, the harder she is to replace and Samira desires, above all else, to be irreplaceable.

This drive to set a positive example for the Hague stems from a desire to purge her parents’ treachery. Samira fears that she carries their weakness inside of herself, leading her to adhere to a strict moral code that she deems the only way to be her best self. She must be the most reliable person that her tribe knows. She will have enemies, but perhaps she will earn their respect by standing for her principles and the people she protects, even when it hurts her personally.

Her instincts demand that she protect and defend her tribe, her family, and the people who seek her aid. Protecting others gives her purpose and strength. Leave glory-seeking and blood-hunting those with something to prove. Samira kills only to preserve life. When lethal force is necessary, she makes it quick and clean because cruelty shows a weakness of spirit. Killing wears on her soul, and she dreams that the people she's killed wait for her in the afterlife.

Disrespect also shows a weakness of spirit and Samira tolerates no disrespect to herself or those she protects. Attacking people under her protection disrespects her and is met with swift and brutal force. She would rather be seen as prickly and defensive than someone who can be challenged and attacked with impunity.

Working as a Healer’s escort makes Samira nearly fanatical about taking care of herself. She exercises daily, eats well, and gets as much sleep as possible. She also visits a Priestess regularly to pray and maintain her connection to Mother Night. She cares deeply for Qadira and shows it by making sure that her Healer doesn’t forget to rest, eat, and sleep as much as possible. She fears, deep down, that she means nothing to Qadira outside of their working relationship. The idea that Qadira could wake up tomorrow and replace her with someone who doesn’t know her or how to navigate her moods leaves Samira cold.

So she strives to be as dependable as possible so that the thought never occurs to Qadira herself.
 



Likes:

  • 1. Early Mornings: Samira is the dreaded “morning person” who is at your tent and prodding you to get out of bed so that the day can get started. The problem is, she often arrives at the crack of dawn while the rest of civilization is hoping for just a few more minutes of peace.

  • 2. Qadira: She and Qadira did not get along at first. She snaps at her less now than she did in the beginning, but Samira has learned to navigate her friend’s moods. Pruul’s xenophobia has wounded her and she takes her Craft and Caste deadly serious. But Qadi is also intelligent and funny when she lets down her guard. These things make Samira enjoy her company and have kept her at the Healer’s side when others would have long-since walked away.

  • 3. Keeping Her Word: Samira prides herself on keeping her given word. Her parents betrayed the clan when she was young, a burden that she carries with her even now. She believes that keeping her word, even when it’s inconvenient, is a small way to change the narrative that her parents set when they dishonored themselves and, by extension, her.

    Dislikes:

  • 1. Xenophobia: Due to her friendship with Qadira, Samira has become more attuned to the subtle and blatant prejudice exhibited by native Pruulians to those considered “outsiders”, even those who have completed their trials. The digs that people have thrown at Qadira are the most personal and the quickest to earn her ire, but she’s also heard the vitriol aimed at the Voices of the Sabbah and Bali, as well as the Mineborn. All of it sickens her. Samira won’t stand for it if when she sees it.

  • 2. Illness: Though she deals with illness regularly, Samira hates being ill. She's fanatical about taking care of herself, but when she does get sick she is nearly as grumpy and off-putting as Qadira. She says that it's one way that Qadi has rubbed off on her, but the truth is that Samira would be a really bad sick person even without her Healer. Even her moontime makes her miserable and she's not above letting people know it.

  • 3. Black Widows: Samira considers Black Widows the strangest and most unsettling of the Blood's castes. Years ago, she acted as an escort for one who ventured too often into Twisted Kingdom. Her insights made Samira’s skin crawl and that was before she watched the woman knife someone for “insulting her”, despite their calm discussion just moments before. Samira requested reassignment that day and never looked back.

    Fears:

  • 1. Sandworms: Up until the attacks started, Samira was content to believe that sandworms were a problem in the deep desert for people who were foolish enough to live out there. Their recent attacks have horrified her and made her worry for the safety of her tribe. They can attack anywhere, at anytime, and there’s no known way to fight them. She fears that Pruul won’t exist soon if someone doesn’t find a way to kill them or put them back to sleep.

  • 2. Being Replaced: Samira is a proud woman and likes to tell herself that no one can do what she does. Deep down, however, she’s afraid that Qadi will tire of her and request a new escort. Or that Qadi will be courted by some Warlord Prince who only cares about marrying up in the world and making her have children without getting to know her. Samira works hard every day to prove that she deserves everything she’s earned and that replacing her is more trouble than it’s worth. 

  • 3. Betraying her clan: She still wonders what possessed her parents to attempt to steal more water than they deserved. Water-theft is the gravest crime a person could commit in Pruul and her parents tarnished their names with their actions. Samira worries that her parents’ weakness of character exists inside her, waiting for the right moment to rear its ugly head. She prays for the strength to resist that temptation when it arrives, but no man or woman is perfect. If that day ever comes, Samira hopes that whatever she seeks to gain is worth throwing away her entire life and reputation to achieve.



    Craft Strengths:

  • 1. Physical Enhancement: Defending others sometimes means being able to draw a weapon faster or fight longer than everyone else. Samira can increase her speed, strength and stamina for three hours before she must rest and recover, usually leaving her ravenous afterward.

  • 2. Jewel Shielding: Working as a Healer’s escort has shown Samira the definition of someone giving until it hurts. To that end, she’s learned to help shield a witch’s jewels in order to keep her from sinking too deeply into her own power and depleting herself, whether accidentally or intentionally.

    Craft Weaknesses:

  • 1. Craft Enhanced Sight: Despite Qadira’s attempts to teach her, Samira can't improve her eyesight with this Craft. One notable incident lead to Samira being unable to focus her eyes for two days and left her with a splitting headache when all was said and done.

  • 2. Battlefield & Triage Healing: She’s been an escort for the Court Healer for years, but one wouldn’t know it upon seeing Samira’s utter inability to use even rudimentary healing spells. She can’t seal a wound or stop bleeding with Craft. She has to use bandages and apply pressure just like everyone else.


    Life Story

    Family:

    Mother: Indira al-Hague, Blood Female (d. 174 AP)
    Father: Ahmad al-Hague, Blood Male  (d. 174 AP)


    Aunt: Fatima al-Hague, Yellow to Rose Hearth Witch  (Age 64, b. 130 AP)

    Uncle: Boutrous al-Hague, White to Tiger Eye Warlord (b. 125 AP, d.192)


    Cousin:

    Qasim al-Hague, Yellow to Tiger Eye Prince (Age 27, b. 167 AP)


    Mentor:

    Aziza al-Hague, White to Rose Black Widow (formerly Witch), (Age 60, b. 134 AP)



    History:

    Ahmad and Indira al-Hague tried for several years to start a family, conceiving their daughter Samira when they’d finally relinquished hope. Adventurous and curious, Samira was often found watching the warriors practice drills whenever her parents weren’t looking. She made a habit of annoying older children in the tribe whenever she stood up for those that they tormented for sport. She began warrior training in her sixth year and often received her own share of torment, but it only made her more determined to succeed. Combat intrigued her, though she learned some painful lessons about defending herself over the course of her first two years.

    Gaining the Opal at her Birthright ceremony should have been a joyous occasion, but Samira's parents were accused of stealing water from the tribe just hours after she left the temple. Found guilty, Ahmad and Indira were sentenced to the salt mines and were not seen again. Samira was taken in by her aunt and uncle, who worked to make the orphaned girl a part of their family. Samira was raised alongside Fatima's and Boutrous's son, Qasim, and the pair are still close today. At nine, she was chosen by Lord Aziza al-Hague for training as an escort for members of the Hague Court. Association with Lord Aziza granted Samira some insulation from the taunts of others, but it did not eliminate them in full.

    Samira spent the next eight years in a grueling training regimen designed to shape her into well-rounded combatant instead of a glory-hound. She learned from Aziza how to weave security spells, scout a location, and tend to an injured charge. At night, Samira maintained Aziza’s weapons as well as her own in case their skills were needed on a moment’s notice.

    She earned her khanjar at seventeen, becoming a full-fledged warrior among the Hague. Her khanjar tasted blood two years after she earned it, when a drunken male attempted to harm a Black Widow she escorted. This earned her her first ring and five more followed in the next two years. She escorted Black Widows during her first assignments, but the women (and men) of that Caste unsettled her with their keen insights and ethereal natures. Eventually, Samira sought reassignment after clashing with a particularly ill-tempered Black Widow of the Sayyadina. This lead to falling out with Aziza, who had begun training into that Caste and expected Samira to be her escort. Their relationship suffered and they have not spoken since. Samira accepted other assignments and found that she enjoyed working with Healers.

    A few years ago, Samira was assigned to ward the Court Healer of her tribe, Qadira al-Hague. They got on poorly at the outset, between Qadira’s grumpy demeanor and Samira’s insistence on schedule and organization. It took nearly a year for them to fall into their current rhythm, with Samira learning greater patience as she learned more about Qadira’s life. Samira has also learned of her poor treatment at the hands of the more xenophobic elements of Pruulian culture. Her vigilance has only increased in recent times, and Samira is ready to lay down her life to ensure Qadira’s safety.


    Show Us What You've Got

    Character in Play:

    Samira al-Hague knelt on the floor of the temple and prayed, as she did each morning after her exercises. This was her time to be alone with herself, to sort her mind and her heart so that she was not distracted when the time arrived for her to do her duty. She protected others so often that it was easy to forget that she also had to take care of herself. She whispered the first liturgies she’d ever learned, from her mother, and steeled herself against the torrent of memories that threatened to overwhelm her. Her mother’s laughter. Her father’s strong, nearly crushing hugs. The way they danced late at night when they thought she was asleep.

    The sorrow on their faces when they were marched away to the mines, never to be seen again.

    Samira finished her prayers and rose from the altar, heading back to her tent. Lord Bomar, a member of the her tribe’s guard fell in step beside her along the way. She and Bomar worked together often and the man told a good story over drinks. They often sparred together off-duty and sparred together on duty. He even passed on good information now and again.

    Heads up, Samira. I heard talk that Lord Aziza recommended you as an escort for our new High Healer. The Steward wants to see you straight away.” Bomar said.

    That brought Samira to a halt, turning to look at Bomar. “Aziza hasn’t recommended me for anything in years. We don’t even speak anymore.

    I’m just telling you what I heard. Lady Qadira’s last escort was reassigned. Personality clash, I hear.

    Samira didn’t care about hearsay. She was more interested in why Aziza had suggested her for this assignment when she was certain that the other woman had blocked her on several others over the past few years. She’d heard that Qadira al-Hague was somewhat grumpy, but Samira worked around difficult personalities all the time. And Qadira wasn’t a Black Widow, so that was a strong point in her favor.

    Our first round this evening is on me, Bomar. Thanks for letting me know.” Samira said.

    Bomar grinned. The only thing he loved more than a cold drink was a cold drink that he didn’t have to pay for. He took his leave and Samira considered her plans.  She headed to her tent to dress and and gather her gear. The Steward wanted to see her and Samira wanted to go and take Lady Qadira’s measure. If this assignment was more than a few days in duration, Samira wanted to ensure that she knew how to help the Healer when she needed it. Even still, Samira was looking forward to returning to work.

    And really, how difficult could this Healer really be?



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Re: Samira al-Hague
« Reply #1 on: Jul 04, 18, 01:38:06 AM »
May I please have cut/uncut rolls for the Opal to Green roll from  Qadira's sheet, purchased here ?

May I also have four family rolls, please and thank you?









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Re: Samira al-Hague
« Reply #2 on: Jul 06, 18, 11:07:15 AM »
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And really, how difficult could this Healer really be?

I mean...


(I, and grumpypants, love her! Zen approval here~)





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Re: Samira al-Hague
« Reply #3 on: Jul 06, 18, 11:58:54 AM »
Sorry, I missed this request!

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Opal Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Green Jewel at your Offering.

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Congratulations!

1. Yellow - Rose
2. White - Tiger Eye
3. Yellow - Tiger Eye
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Re: Samira al-Hague
« Reply #4 on: Jul 06, 18, 02:18:02 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 13, 18, 11:12:52 PM »

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Re: Samira al-Hague
« Reply #8 on: Jul 14, 18, 03:21:18 AM »
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