Sarva, is a female human warrior from Akkadia. Raised as a princess, Sarva’s life was turned upside down when her family fell from favor.
Born in Year 12, Sarva is 28 years old when Emperor Kordaava is assassinated.
Early Years. Sarva was raised as part of the extended royal family of Arwia, formerly the queen of Akkadia, in the capital city of Eriku. At the age of 7 (year 19) Sarva was 7th in line for the throne. As a royal, she was born to the upper echelons of aristocracy and enjoyed the privileges of being amongst Akkadia’s Elite. She was wealthy, popular, loved by everyone, and groomed for a life of luxury and lived in the Queen’s palace.
It should be noted that Akkadia is a female-dominated society. Men are kept uneducated and are essentially slaves to the women who own them. Men are used as laborers and soldiers, but the officers of the military and government officials are women. Religion plays a huge role in Akkadia with temples to the various female Babylonian gods everywhere. The priestesses of Ishtar, Ereshkigal, Ninlill, Damkina, and Nanshe pull the strings of power.
When Iltani, demigoddess of Ishtar (and daughter, also) descends from the heavens and demands to sit on the throne of Eriku, few dare to question her. Queen Arwia dares. For daring such heresy, Arwia, and all the females of Arwia’s family of the age of womanhood, are executed. Arwiya’s lands and holdings are stripped, including the palatial estate, and the family name becomes relegated to that of a minor noble family. Sarva and her sisters and cousins who have not flowered into womanhood are placed under the regency of the Church.
Adolescent Years. Sarva was raised into adolescence by Babylonian priestesses. Here she continued her martial studies but also found a friend and mentor figure in Erishti, a priestess of Damkina (Babylonian Goddess of Nature, mother to Marduk). Even though the church of Ishtar became ascendant in what was now Akkadia, the religions to other Babylonian deities were not thrown out, just kept secondary.
Here she continued her martial studies but also found a friend and mentor figure in Erishti, a priestess of Damkina (Babylonian Goddess of Nature, mother to Marduk) and learned the gift of animal speak. Even though the church of Ishtar became ascendant in what was now Akkadia, the religions to other Babylonian deities were not thrown out, just kept secondary.
Sarva excelled at swordsmanship and showed signs of leadership at an early age. By age 16 (year 28) she was released from her regency as an adult and by age 18 (year 30) she earned a military commission as a Pa-pa (roughly equivalent to a captain) and was given command of a band of males. In the following years she would repeatedly be faced with the “glass ceiling”. Options for advancement were limited for someone of a family who had opposed the Queen.
Sarva’s hatred for Iltani festered.