Samira Kernher (Character)

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Name Samira Kernher

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Samira Kernher (born December 8, YC86) is a Sebiestor capsuleer and former slave who has chosen to remain loyal to the Amarr Empire. Her choice to stay in the Empire despite being released from slavery has resulted in both praise from Amarr, who believe that Kernher is an example of successful Reclaiming, and derision from Minmatar, who consider Kernher a traitor.

Kernher was born a slave in city of Dam-Sertene on Thebeka III in Amarr. The high generation and success of her family afforded Kernher many education opportunities, and she earned a degree in Environmental Geoscience. Kernher's family were emancipated YC107 and moved to the Republic, where she entered Republic University's capsule program.

Kernher returned to the Empire shortly after becoming a capsuleer and joined Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris. She later flew alongside Caldari fleets such as Pyre Falcon and Ishuk-Raata in an effort to improve Amarr-Caldari relations, and also fought against Nauplius after his slave sacrifices.

Kernher spearheaded PIE and SFRIM efforts to collect sleeper components for the Empire's research drive in YC116, which resulted in the release of the Confessor-class tactical destroyer and the awarding of the honorary rank of Fabricator-General to Ascentior of PIE. Kernher has also participated in several humanitarian efforts, including Morwen Lagann's Hearth and Home relief for Caldari Prime, the evacuation of IRED workers during the Tsuruma Incident, transportation of refugees for Aurora Arcology, and the Pakhshi Peace Conference.

Early Life, 86-107[edit]

Childhood and Education[edit]

Kernher was born in servitude to the Numayr Family on the planet of Thebeka III, at the edge of the Ardishapur half of the Domain region of the Amarr Empire. Though not a true oceanic planet, Thebeka III had only very few land masses with the majority clumped together at the poles. Kernher and her family lived in the slave district of Nauon in the city of Dam-Sertene on the continent of Numayriyah. Numayriyah was situated at the equator and so was known for very warm temperatures.

Kernher and her family were owned by Lord Khalil Numayr, the Holder of Numayriyah, but for all practical purposes they belonged to Lord Numayr's niece and the Governor of Dam-Sertene, Adila Numayr, by Custodial Servitude Contract. Kernher's father, Aarif, worked as head technician for Adila and had previously been in Lord Numayr's maintenance staff. Kernher's mother, Reshawna, was an accounting manager for the Holder of Thebeka, and had met Aarif during business conferences between their masters. Reshawna was bought by Lord Numayr after asking for permission from the two nobles to marry Aarif.

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Thebeka III, with Numayriyah centered.

Kernher was the youngest of three children, born shortly after her family had been contracted to Adila. Kernher had a positive relationship with her siblings, but she regularly butted heads with her brother, Mikal. Mikal, who strongly opposed the slavery of the Minmatar, did not understand how his younger sister could be taken in so fully by the Amarr faith. Mikal argued that they should take pride in their heritage, but Kernher came to despise that heritage.

Kernher was allowed relative freedom for her first seven years, though she was given extensive education from both slave and Amarr lecturers. These lessons established fundamental principles that Kernher would carry for the rest of her life, and included traditional religious education and training in proper manners and etiquette. Foremost among the lessons that Kernher received was that the Amarr were God's Chosen, blessed with bringing his message to the rest of the universe. Very little information was provided of the world outside of Ardishapur space during these lessons, and even less about the world beyond the Empire's borders. It would not be until many years later that Kernher would begin to learn that the societies beyond the Empire were anything more than primitive faithless in need of guidance.

As a child, Kernher had something of a wild streak that was encouraged by her siblings. Though she paid attention during her lessons, she had a habit of wandering when she wasn't watched, and toying with objects that weren't hers. She was routinely disciplined for these transgressions, though this only encouraged her to hide her activities.

Kernher eventually took up needlework, which was considered a more appropriate hobby.

The high status of Kernher's parents--11th generation and favored--provided her and her siblings better opportunities than many other slaves in the Empire. While Kernher did work as a domestic servant at Adila's estate in the early evenings and weekends, she was also enrolled in an Amarrian school to continue her education into her teenage years. Despite the good prospects for her future, Kernher had a difficult time in the school. As a Minmatar and a slave she was a focal point for bullying by some of the other students, all of whom came from commoner families and some with worse fortunes than Kernher's relatively pampered upbringing. This had a formative effect on her personality and resulted in Kernher shutting herself inside instead of retaliating. Her religious education served as a validation for the attacks, resulting in Kernher internalizing them.

Kernher's brother, meanwhile, took a more hostile response and was suspended from school on several occasions. After a particularly violent encounter with another student he was flogged and dismissed entirely, contracted out instead as an apprentice to a construction company in the city. Only Kernher and her sister actually managed to finish school, though Asiya performed much better. Kernher was envious of her sister's abilities, and she attempted to emulate her as she grew older.

Kernher found few friends during her time at the school. She fell in mostly with other slave children and the odd commoner willing to associate with them. Few of these relations persisted past graduation, and none remained by the time Kernher's family moved to the Republic. Kernher's closest relations remained with her siblings, especially her sister.

Higher Education and Emancipation[edit]

Kernher was sent to higher education at a college in the city of Dabara shortly after finishing her primary schooling. She was temporarily contracted to Murad Numayr, a cousin of Adila and the Governor of Dabara, for the duration of her stay, and she lived in a dormitory in the city's slave district. Similar to her time in primary schooling, Kernher was given custodial work during the majority of her free hours. Her place of work was an office owned by Murad. Murad took an interest in Kernher, who had developed into an attractive young woman by this time, but his religious beliefs regarding class and ethnic separation convinced him to suppress his desires. He did, however, endeavor to treat Kernher well and gave her many free hours to study along with a gold-coated personal datapad as a gift. Kernher ended up becoming enamored with Murad and even longed for his intimacy, though it never came. The datapad she came to treasure, and she took it with her wherever she went.

Emperor Heideran VII passed away in YC105 from his long battle with Turit disease, triggering sorrow across the Empire. Kernher had attended several local vigils held by slave clergy of the Salvation Church of Blessed Servitude when news had spread of Heideran's falling health, and she set up a small memorial in her dormitory after his death. During the Succession Trials in the next few weeks, Kernher expressed support for Heir Idonis Ardishapur and was saddened by his loss and subsequent ritual suicide.

Kernher was pushed through an accelerated three-year school-to-work program at Dabara College that ended with an Environmental Geoscience degree and an apprenticeship at a thermoionic desalination plant owned by the Numayr Family. The plant was one of many in Thebeka's water industry, which worked to provide potable water to many worlds and stations within Domain and the greater Amarr Empire.

Kernher would have little time to actually work at the plant, however, as her family was released shortly after her graduation. In the pattern of Emperor Doriam II's slave emancipations, and in recognition of their long generations of service, Lord Numayr was encouraged to free the Kernher bloodline. He was strongly opposed on this by Adila, who argued that she had put a significant investment into the Kernher children's educations which would not be returned if they were released. She demanded compensation or a delay of the emancipation until they had made up the cost. Murad, due to his affections for Kernher, eventually settled the dispute himself by paying the education expenses out of his own pocket.

The release came as a surprise to the children, though Aarif and Reshawna had been hearing plans for it for some time before. The two had been considering moving out of the Empire, reasoning that they would have an easier time starting fresh somewhere where they were not discriminated against. They had initially considered moving to the Federation, where they believed they had some relatives already, but Mikal made a strong argument for moving to the Republic. Samira alone expressed a desire to stay in the Empire, believing moving to be both frightening and sinful, though Asiya took her side out of sympathy.

The decision was made for the Kernhers in early June of YC107. After Omir Sarikusa's Blood Raiders released an Insorum prototype over Mabnen I and triggered a slave uprising, riots broke out across the Empire as Amarr mobs took out their fear on slave districts. Though Sertene-Nauon was largely unaffected by the rioting due to Thebeka being a deep core world and one where Vitoc was only rarely used, the panic helped Mikal convince his parents that the family would be better off in the Republic.

Settling in the Minmatar Republic, 107-115[edit]

Immigration Difficulties[edit]

Kernher's family used what little funds they had to purchase a one-way ticket to the Republic. They were unable to afford passage deep into the Republic borders and so were forced to settle on the Brutor Tribe Treasury station orbiting the sixth planet in the Rens system, a popular trade hub that was only two jumps away from the Republic's border with the Ammatar Mandate. And though it would not reach its peak capacity until after Jamyl Sarum's slave emancipation decree, the system's proximity to Amarrian space made it already a popular refugee port and it regularly took in immigrants and freed slaves (legal or otherwise) from the Empire and the Mandate.

Once arriving, the Kernhers were processed at a RJD office and given citizenship cards. Republic law dictated that any former slave who entered Minmatar space would be granted automatic citizenship, though this basic citizenship meant little as it lacked the tribal membership that actually cemented an individual's place in the Republic. Without tribal membership the Kernhers lacked access to all but the most limited civil services. They were however given basic food and shelter at a Sebiestor tribal dormitory after registering with the local Sebiestor Tribe Center. They were also given free naturalization courses, which included tutoring in Modern Standard Matari, Sebiestor spirituality, Matari culture, and basic education for slaves who had received little, so that they would be able to pass the rites required to earn their Voluvals and full tribal membership.

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Mikal Kernher, Samira's brother.

The tribal dormitory, located in a Rust Quarter in the Kaihu habitation module, was small and afforded Kernher and her family little personal privacy. They were provided a one-room tenement, one of dozens of similarly-sized rooms on their floor. The poor living conditions, worse than their small apartment in Sertene-Nauon, lead to domestic disputes. Kernher and her brother argued frequently, as Kernher blamed him for forcing the family to leave the Empire for their current situation. This period was stressful enough that the assassination of Doriam II, which took place not a month after Kernher and her family had arrived in the Republic, was hardly ever mentioned. Kernher even ceased attending to her daily prayers after a few months, a practice she would not again pick up until moving back to the Empire eight years later.

Kernher found her biggest difficulties outside the home, however. Her continued adherence to the Amarr faith, which included attendance at a small religious center in the town, resulted in stigma from other Minmatar in the dormitory and naturalization program. Other freed slaves were especially hostile, as many had been subjected to traumatic incidents or served in difficult labor jobs like mining and despised the Amarr. The golden datapad that Murad had given Kernher while she was attending Dabara College proved to be especially provocative, as it blatantly expressed her affiliation through its embroidered Imperial Seal. She was frequently asked to leave it at home and told that it was disrespectful for her to carry it around with her. When Kernher asked to have the datapad blessed by the Kaihu Sebiestor shaman as her talisman, a part of Sebiestor spiritual traditions, she was refused and told to select a more culturally-sensitive item. The datapad was eventually stolen by the 4th Street Holders, a local gang of former slaves who regularly harassed Kernher and other Amarr faithful and who were later responsible for a stabbing at the Amarr religious center. These incidents prompted Kernher to stop working towards tribal membership.

Becoming Minmatar[edit]

Kernher's family eventually found jobs and earned enough to move out of the dormitory to a larger apartment in Kaihu, outside the Rust areas. Kernher gained employment with station environmental services, though she received only minimum wage due to her lack of tribal membership. Despite this, employment had a positive effect on Kernher and her life was able to stabilize. She was proud to have her own income, and she developed a habit of spending much of her small savings on hoarding collectibles, decorations, and electronics. During this time Kernher even established a limited social life with some of her coworkers, though she remained distant to most. She did however develop a close friendship with a Brutor, Nafisa, whose influence eventually convinced Kernher to begin naturalization efforts again. Nafisa though also introduced Kernher to dryweed and mindflood.

As the Rens VI Brutor Tribe Treasury Station was a major trading hub for capsuleers, Kernher gradually became aware of the business being conducted by the pilots in the station's capsuleer sections. Her work in environmental services allowed her limited access to the area for maintenance inspections, and she was startled at the extreme amounts of money that capsuleers used for even the most basic of goods. Following prompting from Nafisa, and in the hopes of earning enough money to never have to work again in her life, Kernher began researching capsuleerdom. She set aside some of her savings to take a genetic screening, which showed her as a positive match for capsule compatibility. The test results were sent to the three Republic schools that offered capsuleer programs, and each sent Kernher invitations. Kernher was discouraged by the many other requirements for entry however, which included high education fees and levels of physical fitness, and she planned on not pursuing it, but pressure from Nafisa as well as Kernher's siblings eventually persuaded her to make the effort. She began daily exercises and submitted grant requests, and she took a second, part time job.

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Kernher's voluval mark.

While preparing for making a formal application to the capsuleer schools, Kernher was able to finish her naturalization. For the final test she took a week off from her busy schedule to travel to Mikramurka on Matar, where she was required to live off the land for several days. She passed this test without incident, despite her dislike of the cold weather. Following this test, she returned to Kaihu and undertook her voluval ritual. She received the Arched Door on her back, symbolizing a rejection of one's previous life. Most of her peers and especially Mikal and Nafisa perceived this as a sign that Kernher had finally turned away from her Amarrian upbringing and learned to embrace her Matari heritage. This sentiment disturbed Kernher, however, and brought into renewed focus the recognition that she was living in a nation actively opposed to her homeland, and that her embracing of this nation and its culture was a betrayal of what she believed in. Ironically, rather than the voluval ceremony closing the door on her past it instead reopened it. The voluval and the Sebiestor naming tattoo she was finally granted, signifying Kernher's acceptance into the Sebiestor Tribe, would ultimately became sources of shame as well as pride.

Republic University[edit]

Through a combination of working two jobs, a grant from a Circle established to help former slaves adjust to freedom in the Republic, and a loan to cover the remainder of the cost, Kernher was able to acquire the funds to enroll in the Republic University's capsule program. She moved to the Hulm VIII Republic University School station. Kernher overall performed well in the capsule program and she was considered as having only a low risk of mindlock. Her upbringing and genetic compatibility made her better able to endure the demanding physical portions of the program than many of her peers. She began faltering significantly by the end of the program, however, as a result of a frentix addiction starting in her second year.

Kernher sought out several extracurricular activities during her time at the university. In her first year she participated in the university swim team, where she managed times fast enough to participate in the annual interplanetary competition but failed to place in the top three. She additionally took part-time employment as a receptionist at a local salon, and she joined a local Circle protesting cloning development after becoming aware in her first year of how closely linked capsuleerdom was with cloning. Most of these activities did not last into her third year, as the difficulties of the capsule program coupled with her frentix abuse resulted in dismissals.

During Kernher's time at the university, large changes were made to the political state of the cluster as a result of the developments of YC110 and YC111, which included the Republic attack on CONCORD, the outbreak of war between the Empire and the Republic, and the murder of Amarrian preachers of Matari ethnicity such as Abel Jarek and Uldas Dreeter. Kernher was greatly distressed by these events, though she experienced little hostility for her affiliation in comparison to her earlier years as she had by this time almost entirely ceased associating with Amarrian elements in the Republic in order to avoid discrimination. She retained her Amarrian beliefs in private, however, and she was frightened by what she saw as a radicalization of the Republic.

Kernher concluded the capsule program in late YC114. By this time the Republic University was beginning to transition towards a mandatory euthanization and cloning requirement for graduation, but Kernher was able to license under the old regulations.

Pod Pilot, 115-present[edit]

Kernher did not spend long in the Republic after receiving her capsuleer license. Having never wanted to move from the Empire to begin with, she had in her eight years in the Republic come to miss Amarr and saw an opportunity to return with her new economic freedom. Kernher met with her family for a last time and cited her concerns with Republic life, which had been exaggerated by Shakor's administration. Kernher's parents and sister were disappointed but understood her reasons, however Mikal was greatly opposed to Kernher's choice and the two engaged in another heated argument. This resulted in a negatively charged departure, and Kernher has almost entirely avoided contact with her family in the time since aside from an annual ISK gift during the holiday season.

Kernher returned to Thebeka once back in the Empire and sought out her former custodians. Adlia Numayr offered to employ her, but Murad suggested that Kernher join the famed capsuleer organization Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris, which had recently begun a sister corporation that allowed for members of Matari ethnicity. Despite PIE's focus on combat operations as a member of the 24th Imperial Crusade, the Empire's capsuleer militia, Kernher applied to and joined the organization. For her first several months she served the organization solely in an industrial and domestic capacity, mining and producing laser turrets for PIE ships and working as a manager for the PIE-owned AVCL Connection, a capsuleer restaurant tailored towards supporting Amarr-Caldari cooperation.

Despite her attempts to avoid cloning Kernher had her pod destroyed in February YC115, only a few short weeks after her graduation from Republic University. Kernher, in a salvage vessel, joined a PIE fleet operation, but acted independently as a scout when the fleet divided to defend a novice complex. When a member of the Republic militia, the Tribal Liberation Force, came upon Kernher's ship, she panicked and blind warped to the nearest celestial. She came out of warp in the middle of a Republic fleet, which swiftly terminated her ship and her pod before she could regain her presence of mind. Due to Kernher's beliefs about cloning, the event traumatized her and she refused to interact with anyone for several weeks.

Kernher eventually began operating combat vessels in spite her earlier experience in the warzone. The Tribal Liberation Force had achieved a high level of success, with only Sahtogas remaining in the 24th Imperial Crusade's hands. Captain Aldrith Shutaq, Kernher's superior commanding officer, persuaded Kernher to join the war effort after revealing that he had discovered Kernher's frentix abuse. Kernher would go on to become a skilled skirmish pilot, flying primarily Slicer-class frigates in support of PIE fleet operations. Her entrance into the war was too late to participate in the reclaiming of Arzad, a major TLF stronghold that had resisted assault many times before, but she joined PIE in its efforts to hold onto the system and push back the TLF offensive elsewhere in the Bleak Lands.

Early in her capsule career, Kernher learned that she had a capsuleer cousin, Astera Zandraki. Zandraki was only distantly related, from a branch of the family that had settled in the Federation generations earlier, and the two had little in common, but Kernher's fallout with her family in the Republic resulted in her pursuing closer ties. The two largely remain distant however, though this connection had the lasting effect of bringing Kernher closer to Pieter Tuulinen, a Caldari capsuleer who had been previously dating Zandraki. Kernher was attracted to Tuulinen, but Kernher's bashfulness and Tuulinen's previous association with Kernher's cousin resulted in her not pursuing a relationship. Tuulinen and Kernher instead became close friends, though Tuulinen's later marriage to Desiderya Kyiokkinen and his corporation's dealings with Sansha's Nation-loyalist corporation True Slave Foundations caused significant strain on their friendship.

In late YC115 PIE faced attack by the Stormcrows mercenary organization. The Stormcrows' services had been purchased by Duchess Odelya d'Hanguest, a Khanid Kingdom Royalist and supporter of the Order of St. Tetrimon, who opposed PIE and the Imperial government. Though Kernher retained strong opinions against the Stormcrows for several months after, she eventually became close with Stormcrows commander Jude Kopenhagen. Through their friendship Kernher was able to persuade Kopenhagen to open dialogue with PIE leadership, allowing for a normalization of relations between the two organizations. As a result the Stormcrows and PIE would later work together in the fight against the extremist Nauplius.

Kernher had several disciplinary incidents during her capsule career as a result of her frentix abuse. In fall of YC115 she was ordered to undergo rehabilitation and was as a result interned at a Holder's estate for two months. During her time working on the estate she was additionally flogged as a punishment for her continued adherence to some aspects of Matari spirituality and her refusal to allow her voluval to be removed. Though raised as a slave, this was the first time that she had been shockwhipped. Later, in mid-YC116, Kernher was discovered to have relapsed during an encounter in which she drew a firearm on Holder Erin Savanarola in response to a perceived threat. Kernher was again rehabilitated, this time at Mercy's Keep under the oversight of the Order of the Weeping Suns.

YC116 was overall a distressing year for Kernher, beginning with her revelation and exposure of Pyre Falcon's dealings with True Slave Foundations and including her rehabilitation at Mercy's Keep. More significantly for Kernher however were the activities of Khanid capsuleer Nauplius. Nauplius, an Amarrian extremist, provoked a stir among the capsuleer community for his large and frequent sacrifices of slaves in the name of the Red God of the Sani Sabik faith. Kernher's upbringing left her feeling empathy for the slaves and she acted as one of Nauplius's most vocal opponents; Kernher was the first capsuleer to take offensive action against him even despite the standings loss she received for attacking another member of the 24th Imperial Crusade. Kernher's activities against Nauplius would however be greatly reduced following his successful termination of Kernher's capsule, resulting in her second cloning. This has caused Kernher to cease actively hunting him.

In late YC116 Kernher spearheaded PIE's efforts in acquiring Sleeper components for the Empire. The Empire was competing with the other three CONCORD signatories to acquire the components after the Sisters of EVE discovered new developments in Sleeper activity. PIE's efforts helped Amarr achieve victory in the race, and PIE director Admiral Ascentior would go on to be named Honorary Fabricator-General of the Imperial Navy by Grand Admiral Kezti Sundara.

Appearance[edit]

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Kernher in a typical outfit.

Kernher is visibly from a warmer climate, with dark skin and eyes. Her wavy black hair is sometimes described as a mess; it is thick and coarse and comes down to just past her shoulders. Kernher usually keeps her hair loose, though she occasionally will tuck back her locks behind her somewhat large ears.

Kernher is pretty, though her curves are possibly better described as bony rather than slender. Her scrawny and sunken features give her somewhat prominent cheekbones and brow, and what little fat she has only thinly covers her hipbones, which can be seen poking out at her waist. She once had some lean muscle in her, toned from years of custodial work as a slave and later from participation in the Republic University's swim team and the physical demands of capsuleer training, though recent years of inactivity has atrophied these muscles.

Kernher has almond-shaped eyes, framed above by thick sloping eyebrows and below by dark circles. Her hooded eyes and frowny lips contribute to giving her a weary appearance despite her youth. Between Kernher's eyes sits a thin round nose.

Kernher speaks with an Amarrian dialect. She has a soft voice which is rarely raised in public.

Kernher's hands are noticeably scarred across the palm, as if they were cut deeply and then left to heal without stitches.

Tattoos[edit]

Kernher received Minmatar cultural tattoos during her time living in the Republic, though she later removed these upon returning to the Empire in deference to the ban on Matari tattoos. The tattoos that she formerly possessed were the Voluval and Naming Tattoo, which marked her as a member of the Sebiestor Tribe.

Kernher's Voluval appeared on her back in the shape of an arch or n. The shape and location reportedly symbolized a life path and the rejection of it. When viewed positively it could be seen as the closing of a door to a past life in order to embrace a new beginning, but a negative interpretation could view it as a stubborn refusal to accept change. Kernher's known devotion to the Amarr and the Amarrian religion lead to a negative intrepretation of her Voluval by some in her clan, and Kernher would later claim that it was this message that convinced her to leave the Republic.

Personality[edit]

Kernher has a meek and ingratiating presence, developed over her youth while she was a slave to the Amarr. This is not to say that Kernher does not have opinions of her own, but she makes an effort to quash her emotions to avoid making enemies or upsetting her betters. Her experiences being discriminated against throughout her life have taught her to withdraw inside herself, and she has a very negative self-image. This has caused her to develop a dependent personality, and she is characterized by her service-oriented demeanor. This made her appreciated as a slave and later as an employee, but has limited her ability to function independently. She fears taking responsibility for herself and can be poor at making positive decisions when left on her own. She desires above all else to be needed and fill a purpose, both in the practical sense and on a universal scale in service to a higher cause like the Amarr faith.

In public discourse, Kernher comes across as pleasant and intelligent but quiet. She has indelible manners and rarely raises her voice, and she places high value on propriety in herself and others. This can make her detached in conversation and she struggles with small-talk, preferring to only listen and leave the spotlight to those more socially capable than she is. In private with friends and family though Kernher's tendency towards dogmatic beliefs can make her demanding, judgmental, and spiteful, primed to point out flaws and mistakes. She gives herself even less leeway than she gives others, as she has internalized the Amarrian contempt of her Minmatar heritage, and this severe self-loathing and general negativity has damaged many of her closer relationships.

Kernher's gentility can make her awkward around men, to whom she may be attracted to but unwilling to voice her interest for fear of seeming too forward. She often harbors deep crushes which are rarely realized beyond evasive leering and flustered stuttering.

Like many Sebiestor, Kernher is known for having an explosive temper, though it is rarely seen. As Kernher attempts to suppress her emotions in her daily life, she rarely allows herself an outlet for negative feelings. This pressure instead builds up until stress and frustration trigger a violent release. Kernher has been directly witnessed screaming at other capsuleers on the Summit communication relay, and her neighbors have reported sounds of breaking furniture during her aggressive episodes.

Perhaps worse than the Sebiestor temper is the Sebiestor tendency to cruelty, and Kernher has demonstrated this trait in increasing frequency since becoming a pod pilot. Though she vocally expresses a respect for life in public communications, she seems to reserve much of her compassion only for slaves. She has rarely been seen to offer much attention to baseliner crew lost in combat actions and she is quick to promote violent action and cruelty against her opponents. This aggression has at times surprised her superiors and close relations.

Family[edit]

As an area where both Amarr and Minmatar cultures intertwine, Kernher places high value on family life. For most of her life the family was Kernher's most stable element, though this has changed since she left them to return to Amarr. This separation represents a major area of turmoil for Kernher, and she has at several times sent isk donations back to her family in effort to make up for what she views as abandoning them. Despite this she has avoided contact with them out of fear of their judgment regarding her decision to move back to Amarr.

Though she has expressed a fear of the responsibility, Kernher wants to build a family of her own. She is however opposed to marriage to anyone who is not a faithful True Amarr out of a desire to give what she views to be a proper heritage to her children, in the hope that they would be able to live a better life than she had. This requirement makes her consider a family of her own to be a distant and uncertain goal. She has in the meantime pursued relationships with men of non-Amarr ethnicities but without the expectation of lasting companionship or offspring.

Religious beliefs[edit]

As a slave raised in Ardishapur territory, Kernher was raised from a young age to be an adherent of the Amarr faith. She is a member of the Salvation Church of Blessed Servitude, a branch of Amarr oriented towards slaves and the descendants of slaves. As a Salvationist, Kernher believes in the potential for non-Amarr to be forgiven of their sins and find salvation before God. These beliefs resonate with modern orthodoxy, but with an increased attention to the necessity of service to the Amarr in purifying the soul. From this base Kernher has come to view the Amarr, especially the True Amarr, in an almost divine light, and only after many years of freedom has she begun to interact with True Amarr with anything but blind reverence. In contrast Kernher has an extremely negative opinion of her own ethnicity and any other race that has not gone through and successfully ascended from blessed servitude. This has lately come to include even the Khanid, who did not go through slavery in the manner of the Udorians and Ni-Kunni and so, in Kernher's view, have not truly purified themselves of their sins and earned their place at the side of the True Amarr. Kernher instead views the Udorians as the most distinguished of the Reclaimed, as they have merged in a literal sense with the True Amarr and thus become True Amarr themselves.

These beliefs, where the ultimate goal of those fallen from God is to cease to exist as a separate and independent people through conquest, forced servitude, and eventual ethnic suicide, have caused Kernher to on several occasions be accused of fanatacism and zealotry. In Amarrian religious politics she falls on the side of unpopular racial fundamentalists such as Derak Tanar and is opposed by most liberals and theological scholars such as Nicoletta Mithra, who promote belief that becoming Chosen is something accomplished instead through living a righteous life in fear of God.

As a whole, Kernher's beliefs represent both a source of strength and a source of distress. In the Amarr faith Kernher is able to fulfill her need to be part of a higher purpose, but her negativity surrounding her ethnic heritage, inspired by Amarrian ethnocentrism, have frequently colored her view to that of God as a hateful instead of benevolent deity. Kernher's extremist beliefs arise principally out of a desire to correct what she views as an uncorrectable deficiency.

Despite her demonstrated hatred of her Matari heritage, Kernher has incorporated several aspects of Matari spirituality into her beliefs following her life in the Republic. This included belief in a spirit world intertwined with the physical world, in which natural spirits and ancestors could exert their influence and in turn be communed with by experienced mediums such as shamans. Kernher has attempted to justify these beliefs within the framework of Scripture through the existence in Amarr orthodoxy of other semi-divine figures such as the sefrim, Garrulor, and Frisceas. Kernher has continued to carry talismans blessed by Matari shamans even after becoming a capsuleer and returning to Amarr, though punishments by a Holder, which included the forced removal of Kernher's voluval mark, have greatly diminished these hybridized beliefs.

Cloning[edit]

Kernher has regularly expressed a severe hatred of cloning, noted during her time attending Republic University by her membership in an anti-cloning Circle and in an academic essay she wrote on the subject. In that essay Kernher remarked on the fallacy of defining hard cloning as a transfer of consciousness, though her paper received a poor grade from her Minmatar instructors for citing Amarrian Scripture as a scientific source. Since becoming a capsuleer, Kernher has become noticeably more hostile on the subject of cloning and she has frequently claimed it to be the most abominable invention in recent history. She believes that it drives capsuleers to throw away their lives, and the lives of their crew, on frivolous, destructive, greedy, and suicidal endeavors such as the Empyrean War, which is often referred to as the Pendulum War for its tendency to swing control back and forth with no meaningful or lasting conclusion.

Kernher's own existence as a clone has been observed to be a source of great discomfort, with her frequently claiming that the real Samira Kernher died the day her capsule was destroyed and that the person she is now is a soulless abomination. This belief has its roots in her Amarrian faith, where many adherents view clones as nothing more than empty shells.

Slavery[edit]

Despite having been raised as a slave Kernher holds a very high opinion of the institution and reacts defensively to attacks against it. The prominence of Kernher's family, who lived an urban life in Dam-Sertene's slave district, offers an explanation towards some of her support of slavery, though Ardishapur Domain is known for its harsher punishments and Kernher was witness to the flogging of other slaves which has included her brother and more recently herself. Kernher has been equally defensive of these punishments, and she has been observed engaging in victim blaming of slaves who have endured corporal punishments. She instead takes pride in having endured slavery, and rationalizes and diminishes its negative elements.

Kernher has also demonstrated a sense of solidarity with other slaves that she does not show towards either other Minmatar or Amarr, and so finds companionship easier among other slaves more than with free people. Since joining Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris, this solidarity has extended to include a strong sense of guardianship of other slaves and she was one of the first capsuleers to take action against Nauplius following his public demonstrations of ritual torture and murder of the slaves in his possession.

Political Positions[edit]

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Kernher is an Ardishapurite, though not all of her beliefs align with the House.

Kernher's position on Imperial political affairs resides within the orthodox and conservative blocs, falling somewhere between Ardishapur and Sarum ideals. Officially Kernher maintains fealty towards the Ardishapur Family and she has backed the Family in its efforts for the Imperial Throne. She supported Idonis Ardishapur after the death of Emperor Heideran VII and frequently voiced her hope that Yonis Ardishapur would succeed the assassinated Emperor Doriam II during the reign of Chamberlain Dochuta Karsoth. Following Yonis Ardishapur's various social welfare programs in Ardishapur and Ammatar territories, Kernher seems to have developed a great affection towards the Heir that goes beyond that of regular political support.

In line with Ardishapurian politics, Kernher believes in strict adherence to Scripture on daily life and policy, in opposition to the secular governments of the other empires and the Khanid Kingdom. She has expressed the belief that the separation of church and state inevitably leads to corrupt governing. Kernher also supports expanding the role of the Theology Council to include cases normally heard by the Civic Court, an opinion that has increased since she became aware of the Civic Court's widespread sale of slaves to capsuleers through CONCORD's Secure Commerce Commission.

Having grown up under slavery, Kernher's strongest opinions are in regards to the treatment of indentured servants in the Empire and abroad. Her outlook on slavery is considered orthodox; she believes that as an institution slavery can only work when it is built on a spiritual foundation that allows for the recognition of the base dignity of human beings as creatures of God. Kernher considers any slave enterprise that operates solely on economic or exploitative principles to be greatly immoral, such as foreign slave rings, Sansha's Nation, Blood Raiders, the Angel Cartel, and mismanaged Holdings. She is especially opposed to breeding farms, the Human Endurance Program, and any form of slave sacrifice. Though believing in the basic dignity of slaves, Kernher does not share liberal ideals of single-generation-only enslavement or refusing harsh punishment, and maintains that personal salvation, not personal emancipation, should be the ultimate life goal for the average slave. In line with Ardishapur beliefs, Kernher advocates traditional punishments for transgressions, such as revoking of benefits, Glaive-collars, isolation, and corporal punishment, which she considers necessary for promoting good behavior among slaves and free people alike. She has been uncharacteristically vocal about her disapproval of both transcranial microcontrollers and vitoc, which she believes deny the fundamental spiritual component of Amarrian slavery, and she has expressed great pride in the fact that Ardishapur territories have banned TCMCs on a widescale. The support of TCMCs by the Tash-Murkon Family and the Khanid Kingdom has inspired Kernher's disapproval towards both of those houses.

On foreign relations Kernher has alternated between advocating a renewed Reclaiming and sustaining the Pax Amarria of Heideran VII. While Kernher considers it a religious imperative to bring the other empires into the Amarrian fold, her participation in the Empyrean War has eroded most of her previous support for violent conquest. This has been further stymied by CONCORD treaties which limit the ability for member states to engage in war. Though Kernher has derided CONCORD's restrictions on the autonomy of member states, she approves of the organization as a medium for intergalactic cooperation and expresses desire for Amarr to honor its obligations in order to maintain a reputation for reliability in clusterwide politics. Kernher is however greatly opposed to the open market of the SCC, which she considers a threat to Amarr culture.

Kernher favors the existing hierarchical collectivism of the Empire and as a general principle opposes most bottom-up civil disobedience or other forms of social unrest. This lead her to express support for Tibus Heth's Provist regime in the recent uprising in the Caldari State, and she spoke out against her friend Pieter Tuulinen when he engaged Kaalakiota Home Guard vessels despite that they had opened fire on a protesting civilian transport. She has also on occasion made disparaging remarks against the Khanid Kingdom due to the events surrounding King Khanid II's refusal to commit Shathol'Syn and the subsequent violent secession of his territory from the greater Amarr Empire, which she considers a grave heresy.

Kernher divides sharply from Ardishapur politics in her support of Empress Jamyl I. Kernher has regularly rejected the theory that the Empress is a clone, despite the lack of proof of divine resurrection, though it is unclear whether this is due to true faith or simply an unwillingness to express any form of opposition to the Imperial Throne. Jamyl's Emancipation Decree of 9th generation slaves and above solidified Kernher's support of the Empress. Like many Praetorian members Kernher is considered a staunch Imperialist and she has engaged in several vocal debates with Tetrimon supporters such as Odelya d'Hanguest.

Though opposed to cloning and having membership in baseliner anti-cloning organizations, Kernher is an advocate of transhumanism and especially immortalism. She has professed support instead for traditional Amarrian cybernetics research, which she believes is threatened by society's increasing reliance on cloning technology. Kernher also approves of genetic modification as a means of expanding human potential, an area where she splits from mainstream Amarrian belief.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Amarr Service Medals
File:Cross ribbon.png Righteous Cross
PIE Combat Decorations
File:Merit ribbon.png Meritorious Service Medal I
File:Tap ribbon.png Admiral's Prize
File:Sog ribbon.png Sword of God
PIE Service Medals
File:2y ribbon.png Two Year Service Medal
File:24ic camp ribbon.png 24th Imperial Crusade Campaign Medal