Profile – Senator Kahina Tijani Loren
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A lot of people will now be familiar with Elite: Reclamation, but just in case you haven’t read my first official Elite novel, there are some spoilers ahead!
Senator Kahina Tijani Loren
Early Life – 3275
Lady Kahina Tijani Loren was born in 3275, the third daughter of Senator Algreb Loren of the Haoria system. Kahina’s early life was little different from other children within the privileged upper echelons of the Empire. She was indoctrinated into Imperial style, intonation, dress and decorum as befitted her father’s rank. Little expense was spared in her upbringing.
She was attended by palace slaves from a young age and like many Imperial families, had little direct interaction with her parents other than at ceremonial events where she was strictly required to perform her role as a dutifully respectful daughter of an esteemed Senator. All three daughters were planned to be used as marriage ‘material’ to further Algreb’s political allegiances.
She was described as cold and aloof, and reputed to have a sharp and cutting wit. Her only weakness seemed to be a fondness for trumbles.
Trained in sword play and a measure of hand to hand combat as was traditional within the Loren lineage, she proved the most adept of her sisters despite her relative lower standing. This standing was further re-inforced by a curious family tradition within the Loren’s that dark hair was a sign of weakness. The middle sister, Tala, was likewise ‘afflicted’ but had her genes modified to alter her hair colour. Kahina refused this treatment much to her father’s anger. Relationships between them, never strong, broke down leaving Kahina isolated within the family. Her older sister was jealous of her physical and mental abilities and never ceased to use an opportunity to belittle her.
Invasion of the Prism System – 3297
In 3297 Senator Algreb Loren forcefully annexed the Prism system, which had been a peaceful agrarian culture up until this point, due to discovery of sizable deposits of Tantalum, the demand for which had risen dramatically due to the change in hyperdrive technology.
This new hyperdrive technology had significantly altered the balance of power across the galaxy, allowing ships to move between systems in minutes, rather than the hours and days required before.
Senator Algreb sanctioned the obliteration of the original colonists of the only habitable location in the Prism system, the water moon of Chione. This was carried out by Admiral Brice, commander of the Senator’s warfleet. Whilst noted by the Federation, the move was not challenged at the time.
The entire Loren family was later moved to Chione after the construction of a heavily fortified Imperial Palace on the island of ‘New Ithaca’ in Chione’s southern hemisphere. A large refinery, built by Mastopolis mining, was placed in orbit, known as ‘Hiram’s Anchorage.’
Slaves on Chione were poorly treated, resulting in an uprising that was severely put down by Senator Algreb.
Most of the original settlers perished in the attack, later known as the ‘appropriation’. Some survived however, and formed an underground resistance movement.
The ‘Reclamation’ – 3300
A coup in 3300, led by these self-styled ‘Reclamists’, led to the assassination of Senator Algreb, his wife, both daughters (Corine and Tala) and most of the household servants. It was assumed that Kahina had been killed too. She went missing for many weeks. A number of people were recorded as seeing her dead body within the remains of the Imperial Palace on Chione.
Specifics on her experiences during the intervening time can be researched in the official Elite: Dangerous novel – Elite: Reclamation.
What does seem likely is that she was embroiled in a complex political cobweb, promoted by shadowy powers around the Prism system.
She came to public attention when a wide-band message was received by the Imperial Herald purporting to be from Kahina, demanding that Admiral Brice ‘reclaim’ the Prism system. A significant naval conflict between Federation and Imperial forces took place as a result.
Some have deemed her a warmongering fool with delusions of grandeur. Thousands of lives were lost in the reclamation of the Prism system. Others have pointed out that she did not order the conflict itself (though she certainly precipitated it); with the hostilities being a result of posturing by Federation and Imperial forces.
Politically she supported slavery, as most traditional Imperials do, and appeared to have little hesitation in resorting to violence. It is reported that she personally executed the leader of the ‘Reclamists’ after she regained the Chione moon.
At 26, she was one of the youngest Senators in the Empire.
Overtures to the Federation and the Empire – Early 3301
She completed a tour of the Sol system, garnering unexpected popularity from the Federation population and the ire of officials.
She was summoned to the core of the Empire, the home system of Achenar in her new Imperial Clipper starship.
After making a handful of public appearances during her stay on the Imperial homeworld, Senator Kahina withdrew from public sight whilst various other Senators made bids for power.
Disappearance and possible link to the shadowy organisation known as the ‘Dark Wheel’ – Mid 3301
A security alert was received from the Imperial suite where Senator Kahina Tijani Loren was thought to be residing. The entry to the residence was found to be locked, and no response was received from inside. Security personal were authorised to break in.
The interior of the suite was found to be pristine, with no evidence of habitation. In room holofac consoles were found not to have been used throughout the duration of the Senator’s apparent occupation. Various subsequent searches have revealed no sign of the Senator’s whereabouts.
Ambassador Cuthrick Delaney made a brief statement to the press at the time. “Senator Kahina has previously empowered me to represent the Prism system on her behalf, I will do my best to discharge that duty according to her instructions. Senator Kahina is a very private individual, and has not sought mine, or any other counsel, in the last month. We do not know where she has gone. Naturally we are concerned about her safety and would urge anyone who knows of her whereabouts to contact the authorities immediately. Her disappearance is very disturbing indeed.”
Reaction across the Empire was muted, but many speculated that something underhand happened to the visiting Senator.
“Doesn’t matter what Delaney says,” said a commentator from the Imperial Citizen. “Prism belongs to Patreus now, Kahina’s just abandoned it and all the citizens she professed to care about. She’s a coward and an irrelevance.”
“Did she get too close to the fires burning in the Empire?” asked the chief editor of the Imperial Herald. “Or is she pursuing some other objective? She was always determined and bold. Wherever you’ve gone, Lady Kahina, farewell.”
Lady Kahina’s Imperial Clipper, the “Seven Veils”, still at the Capitol spaceport, was impounded and examined. It was found to be completely stripped of all valuable equipment, with the modifications made at Avalon shipyards discovered to be carefully crafted fakes.
Lady Kahina’s Imperial tiara was found in the cockpit, along with a small emblem bearing an ancient symbol on one side and the word ‘Salomé’ on the other.
The symbol is believed to belong to an organisation some refer to as ‘The Dark Wheel’.
Association with the “Children of Raxxla” – Late 3301
Three months passed with no news of Lady Kahina, until a group calling itself the ‘Children of Raxxla’ claimed to have a woman called ‘Salomé’ as their leader.
A holofac was leaked by one ‘Alessia Verdi’ (who claims to be one of the official spokepersons for the group) – the holofac appears to show a woman matching Lady Kahina’s description in conversation with two Commanders.
A transcript of the alleged events was provided by the group, which appears to indicate that Kahina has abdicated her Senatorial duties in favour of furthering the aims of the group. Precisely what these aims are remains unclear at present, though the scant information available indicates they are an independent group, not aligned any existing factions or powers.
Salomé has issued a proclamation to the citizens of the galaxy encouraging them to join the ‘Children of Raxxla’ to “Fight for freedom, fight for peace and fight for a stable and prosperous future for your children and your children’s children.”
A member of the “Distant Worlds” Expedition? – 3302
Reports from the “Distant Worlds” Expedition indicate that a certain “CMDR Salomé” has, on occasion, been seen in flight and at various waypoints along the route taken by the explorers. Holofac images of her greeting CMDRs at the Beagle Point rendezvous site have been received from the far side of the galaxy.
The organisers of the Distant Worlds Expedition neither confirm or deny her involvement and she does not appear on the official list of participants. However, unconfirmed reports from the Distant Worlds expedition indicate that she was seen amidst a convoy of other vessels belonging to the secretive “Children of Raxxla” faction.
Articles in the Imperial Citizen – August 3302
For reasons which are unclear, the Imperial Citizen decided to write a pair of editorial articles about Senator Kahina Tijani Loren. Both of these articles painted the missing Senator in a poor light. Quite why the Imperial Citizen took this line is uncertain, but it may be due to her granting an exclusive interview to the Imperial Herald (major rivals of the Imperial Citizen) in 3301. The articles can be reviewed here and here.
Interdiction in the Cemiess System? – August 3302
Reports forwarded by CMDR Nodus Cursorius suggest that he received a distress call from a CMDR Salomé in the Cemiess system at approximately 08:00 on August 20th. A brief message was received, the transcript can be reviewed here. No wreckage was found, nor was any further trace of CMDR Salomé.
Implicated in an attempt on the life of Fleet Admiral Patreus – September 3302
The reasons for CMDR Salomé disappearance became clear on the 19th of September when it was revealed that she had been arrested and charged with the attempted assassination of Fleet Admiral Denton Patreus. Details can be found here.
Two weeks later she was ‘overheard’ by reporters from the Imperial Citizen, clashing with Princess Aisling Duval on the subject. The transcript is here. Now revealed as Lady Kahina Tijani Loren, she is under house arrest on Achenar.
Arrest and trial – October 3302
As a Senator, Kahina could only be tried directly by the Emperor herself. However, it was deemed by Imperial lawyers that she should not be entitled to the protection that office allowed due to her being ‘in absentia’ from her Prism system jurisdiction. As such she was tried as a Lady of the Emperor. The verdict was swift. Kahina found guilty of the attempted assassination of Fleet Admiral Patreus and sentenced to life imprison at the Imperial penal colony, Koontz Asylum in the Daibo system.
Destruction of prisoner convoy – November 3302
The prisoner convoy that was transporting Kahina and other criminals convicted by Imperial justice was interdicted and destroyed whilst enroute to the Daibo system. No escape capsules or even flight recorders were recovered from the scene. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Kahina is presumed dead. Nothing has been heard since from official sources or any factions loyal to her.