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Twenty-eight years before the Battle of Yavin, tucked away within the safe and utterly alienated confines of the Hapan border, Htaere became the fifth daughter of the ancient and wealthy Ka`a Sha`ar lineage. Her mother, Qeio`i Eschuu da Sha`ar was a prominent member of the nobility and the lead counsel and controller of economy and trade with the cluster. For thousands of years, the Sha`ar established and maintained rights to the superfluous wealth of the rainbow gem mines of inner region planet, Gallinore, harvesting the glowing silicon-based life-forms valued at the cost of a Calamarian cruiser after thousands of years of maturation. Careful and limited mining kept the demand high and the cost higher as bids for the living jewels often exceeded traditional value.

The empire the Sha`ar built earned them seemingly limitless wealth, the couture luxury of their estate, Iisombernahy, complete with 264 room palace and automatic invitation to all the prestigious and royal events.

Like most Hapan blue-bloods closely associated with the higher court, the Sha`ar were deeply engulfed in the scheming and manipulation that served as the backbone of corruption that plagued most political venues.

The rivalry among competitors looking to gain higher footholds among the ranks was as bitter in many households as it was in the audience halls of the grand estates. The Sha`ar were no exception, the back-stabbing abundant and on-going among Htaere's four older sisters in their desire to win a place among royal suitors. In a society of the excessively beautiful, the glamour and haute culture masked the betrayal and rampant wrongdoing.

While a poster child of good breeding, lineage and beauty, Htaere's similarities to the typical Hapan ended there. Where the female dominance and lust for self-promotion constituted the average mentality, Htaere chose a more passive mindset, obediently mindful of what was expected of her, yet unwilling to foster the greedy self-righteousness that drove those in her caste, including her sisters.

Because of the importance of image, Qeio`i Eschuu da Sha`ar insisted on having her daughters made readily identifiable and available as prospects for the royalty, their markings constituted by various tattoos and surgical additions of rainbow gems.

Qeio`i found Htaere to be lacking in the same ostentatious qualities found in her sisters, their cut-throat ambition all but devoid in her youngest daughter. Unanimously agreed among Hapans, submission and pacifism were flaws, ruling Htaere out as a future bride.

While the product of the finest academies, etiquette instructors and political icons, Htaere's reluctance to adopt the necessary ruthlessness of the nobility forced Qeio`i to make alternate plans for her reluctant daughter.

In recent years, the Hapans had established a highly selective "mail-order bride" program. Not only did it provide an outlet for pacifists within Hapes, but it planted seeds of amnesty in out-lying systems by establishing connections sympathetic to the Consortium.

It was in this grouping of political wash-outs that Htaere found herself at her mother's arrangement. While she may easily have been the best looking daughter of the Ka`a Sha`ar house, her lack of ferocity would impede her ability to move through the ranks, rendering her as a mere trophy. For a perspective dignitary outside of Hapes, this was ideal, and Htaere was made available as a candidate.

As much a disappointment as she may have been perceived by her race, Htaere was still a member of the elitist society and that warranted careful consideration in choosing a mate.

When an Alderaanian noble made a bid for Htaere's hand, Qeio`i Eschuu da Sha`ar was sold nearly instantly on the man's presumptuous arrogance and obvious penchant for manipulation. As the Duke of Delaya, Julius Rodney was a competent ruler, making arrangements for his son in efforts to guarantee their lineage would remain. Qeio`i appreciated the determination in Rodney, with the same disregard for the considerations of his offspring as the Hapans harbored, seeing only the need to ensure their place in the aristocracy.

In Qeio`i's mind, the Rodneys could in no way match the spectacular reputation and mass wealth of the Sha`ar, but she agreed to let Julius Rodney have Htaere, under the hopeful impression that her daughter's intended husband shared the same tenacity and machinating tendencies of his father. The submissive Htaere would either tire of being controlled by a man and develop the dominant matriarchal attitude instrumental in aristocratic success, or she would adversely collapse into the mental state of a glorified servant.

Keenly aware of the potential outcomes, Qeio`i Eschuu da Sha`ar finalized the agreement and shipped Htaere off in the care of the Attaché Corps head, My`Ahme Renault to be delivered to her husband, widower Claudius Rodney, Viscount of Delaya and Admiral in the Imperial Navy.

Silently aware of her failure in Hapan politics, Htaere sits quietly in the transport en route to meet her intended husband for the first time. Soft-spoken, dignified and unwavering elegance continue to define the young woman as she resolves not to be a further disappointment to her mother, or to Hapes.

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