Nadgkema was the third character I created at SWRPG, after my Jedi Satkia and my Sith Baska. It was kind of a natural order with the existing factions back then. Indeed, when I joined, the New Republic and Sovereign Galactic Empires hadn’t been resurrected yet as existing and accessible groups. I found the concept of Dark Jedi interesting and a possibly challenging middle ground between Jedi and Sith, though they are also dark siders. Until this day, Nadgkema remains my only active character in the Sovereign Principality of Ruusan faction on the board. I still use the same image claim I picked for her when I created the account, i.e. the actress Aishwarya Rai. Her grace is perfect for the character.
Nadgkema was born at the Onderon court in Iziz, where her noble bloodline had her picked to be trained as a royal handmaiden since she was a child. Having been very interested in the Naboo handmaidens in the prequel trilogy, I thought it was a great opportunity to explore such an occupation for one of my characters. I like how such a position saw her go through combat training and that some of it was kept rather secret, besides how she was educated to be a courteous and elegant lady. It still is part of who she is even as a grown up and despite how her world collapsed when she was a teenager.
Her Force sensitivity manifested at puberty and whenever she was under a strong emotion, telekinetic outbursts happened. Until this day, combat and telekinesis are still her forte as a Dark Jedi. Her family considered the Force sensitivity a disgrace and locked their daughter up, coming up with lies as to why she wasn’t seen anywhere anymore. During this time, the future queen Nadgkema had known since she was a child, attempted to find ways to help her. In her seclusion, Nadgkema was able to curb her telekinetic issues through fencing and dancing. It gave the future queen the idea of helping her friend escape to Coruscant, where her talents could be of use at the Opera. The plan was a success, though Nadgkema ignored that the night she left Onderon would be the last time she saw her friend, as the future queen would be poisoned within the next year.
Nadgkema spent a couple of years as a solo dancer at the Coruscant Opera, where her talent was praised and she became one of their star performers. Dancing allowed her to keep focus and not risk losing the faint control she had over her potential, once deemed malicious. Yet, she kept much to herself, save for a friend she made when both women met by chance. One day though, Nadgkema’s life changed again as a Dark Jedi discovered her potential and took her away to be considered as a candidate on Ruusan. Despite her surprise and distrust, she made the best of the offered chance and joined the Penumbra, soon beginning her training.
In the past few years, Nadgkema has been flourishing as a Dark Jedi and finally befriend the potential living in her. Yet, dancing and fencing remain some kind of art to her and still hold a therapeutic dimension in her life. It still brings her peace and balance, making her more confident and grounded. She has no problem reveling in her inner darkness though, such as when she finally took her revenge on her parents and went to kill them herself, or whenever killing is the most viable option for herself or her fellow Dark Jedi. That also makes her fiercely protective of the few people that matters to her. And of course, her noble rank and her celebrity as a star dancer allows her to go to many places, which can help her play spy or ambassador for the Court of Ruusan, depending on the settings. Political schemes and backstabbing are ingrained in her and she enjoys being able to pull strings from the shadow.
- Do you write characters similar to royal handmaidens, if not actual ones?
- Did you ever use art as therapy for any of your characters?
- Do you believe that being rescued and self rescuing are mutually exclusive?