Serenity: Who's running this Asylum?
A beautiful Companion with an exotic background and exotic tastes
Two households, both alike in dignity,
On fair Santo, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers make new life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their passion ignite their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their love-mark’d spawn,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s affair, nought could remove.
Thus we usher into the ‘Verse the girl-child known as Ravenwing Cloudwalker. Or Yuriko Takahashi, depending on which parent you are talking to. Born of two feuding families on the moon of Santo, the unfortunate spawn of a moment of passion. Her mother, Hoshi, and her father Laughing Dog, fell in love, trysted, and were torn apart by their families. Once Raven was born she became a pawn, a thing to use in the power plays of the two feuding families. Each family looking to make a bigger name for themselves amongst the glitz of the casinos. Our protagonist was raised in the best schools the moon had to offer, she was given the finest things and yet somehow Raven never ended up spoiled. I think early on she realized that she in many ways was just an object, a piece to be won or lost in the game of power. There were ‘kidnappings’ and legal actions threatened. At the age of 10 her father was killed in an ‘accident’, orchestrated by the Takahashi family of course. Fate smiled kindly on the girl when she was asked to join the Companions Guild at age 12. The Cloudwalker Family opposed her going, the Takahashi’s where thrilled. Let us now gloss over the details of her training, some of which actually are closely guarded secrets. In the academy Raven excelled in her learning and rose to the head of her class easily. Beautiful, graceful, smart, with a body to die for. But more on that later. Raven graduated with honors and began to work her way through the Core worlds. There she was toasted for her charm and beauty.
She travels with her current crew, seeking out exclusive clientele in the Outer Rim. After all, she is a rarity and those with enough money find their time with her well worth the credits.