Shev Xae'ra was born the illegitimate daughter of the aging emperor of a dying planet, so far down the line of succession that the first time she set eyes on any member of her royal family was on her twenty-first birthday. She celebrated that birthday by poisoning every one of her honored guests and waiting until her useless bastard of a father was choking on his own bile and begging for rescue before driving a knife into his throat. She celebrated the day after by adorning her mother in gold and then opening the imperial storerooms to her armies. She let them take anything they wanted. She swore to them her unending devotion. Then she tore a rip through the universe and led her armies through. Their planet was dying, after all. They were going to need a new one.