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In the New Tales From Middle Earth Novel:

Kirimatao was born in Tharbad in TA 2903. Tharbad was founded by the Númenóreans in the Second Age to exploit the rich timber resources of Minhiriath. The people of Minhiriath were understandably upset at this. The Númenóreans responded by fortifying Tharbad and demonizing the people of Minhiriath. But the people of Minhiriath, who considered the Númenóreans to be recent upstarts, were a patient people. They bided there time until Arnor, the northern kindgom, fell and Gondor, the southern kingdom, retreated to their strongholds in the south. Early in the Third Age the land of Tharbad and the surrounding area became the domain of the Dunlendings, who were the descendants of the people of Minhiriath. Ultimately they were the descendants of the Haladin, who lived in Beleriand during the First Age. Outsiders doubted that the Dunlendings were descended from such a noble group. They saw the Dunlendings as ignorant hill-people. Others described them as a backward race. But the Dunlendings didn't care what the Númenóreans and their descendants thought of them.

Tharbad straddled the river Greyflood (Gwathló). The Glanduin and the Mitheithel also crossed nearby. The small village consisted of a great bridge and a few scattered buildings. Tharbad had never recovered from the Great Plague of 1636, which had hit the area very hard. But the stubborn Dunlendings had continued to hold on for many years. Kirimatao's parents moved north to Tharbad in the hopes that the fabled village would protect them from the terrors of the Third Age. And so Kirimatao was born in Tharbad in TA 2903.

But Tharbad had not protected them. The Fell Winter of 2911/2912 spelled the end of Tharbad. Great floods swept away the great bridge and the livelihood of the Dunlendings. Kirimatao's mother died of illness and her father died in the floods. At the age of nine Kirimatao was alone in the world.

Some of the Dunlendings headed north to live with their kin in Bree. Kirimatao was sent to her kin in a small fishing village on the coast of Dunland. Then she was sent to some of her mother's kin in the Druwaith Iaur, the Old Púkel-land, south of the Isen. The Woses had lived in Druwaith Iaur before moving inland to the Druadan Forest. Some said that her mother was descended from the Woses.

Finally, Kirimatao ended up in Dol Baran, a little village near Isengard in the so-called Gap of Rohan. The wizard Saruman was said to be a great friend of Rohan but he was also a friend of Dunland. The Dunlendings hated the Rohirrim almost as much as they hated the Dunedain descendants of the Númenóreans. The Númenóreans had been the first to dispossess the Dunlendings but the Rohirrim, or Forgoil ('Strawheads'), as the Dunlendings liked to say, had been the most recent people to steal Dunlending land.

Despite the hatred between the Dunlendings and the Rohirrim, which had peaked in the unsuccessful Dunlending invasion of Rohan in 2758, many people in the border areas had both Rohirrim and Dunlending blood. Kirimatao's father had been part-Rohirrim, although one could not tell that from looking at Kirimatao. Kirimatao had the dark hair and coloring of her Dunlending kin. But her blond Rohirrim kin didn't like the idea of little Kirimatao growing up with her Dunlending kin so they brought Kirimatao to Rohan. So in the end, Kirimatao grew up in the border areas of Rohan' Westfold area. Desperate to fit in she married a kind-hearted blond Rohirrim lad from Snowbourne. He belonged to a merchant family whose outlook on life had been broadened by travel.

In the fateful year of TA 2853, Kirimatao was 50 years old. Fréaláf, her Rohirrim husband, was the younger brother of the Lord of Harrowdale. The Lords of Harrowdale lived near Dunharrow, the ancient stronghold of the Woses. Fréaláf is currently a merchant in Edoras. Fréaláf's older brother, the (non-canonical) Déorwine, is the current Lord of Harrowdale and is the father of a young son, Dúnhere. This Dúnhere will be the Lord of Harrowdale during the War of the Ring and will die in TA 3019 at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Déorwine's wife is Hild. They also have a non-canonical daughter, Gléowyn.

Kirimatao had two sons, Dúnhere and Widfara, and a daughter, Hareth. Kirimatao's Dúnhere (born TA 2831), a young man of 22, was named after the fortress of Dunharrow. Kirimatao's mother had told Kirimatao many tales about Dunharrow, which was called Dunharg in the ancient tales. Kirimatao had an ancient talisman from Dunharrow that she wore around her neck. The talisman looked like a snarling Wose. She kept it next to her skin where the Rohirrim could not see it. Her other son, Widfara (born TA 2834), was 19 and her daughter, Hareth (born TA 2837), was 16.

Kirimatao's horse is Tharapata, the old (Sindarin) form of the name of Tharbad. The name also means "across the way". The horse takes has "across the way". Her husband, Fréaláf's, horse is named Naharie. The horse is named after Nahar, Bema's (Orome's) horse. The -ie ending was added to make the name sound fancy. Her eldest son, Dúnhere, has a horse named Thalion. Thalion is actually a Sindarin name meaning "strong" but Dúnhere does not know the name is Sindarin. Widfara and Hareth don't have their own horses.

Dúnhere will fall in love with Eilenaer, the Gondorian-born daughter of Nenuvariel.

Hareth will fall in love with Freothogar (born TA 2835), an 18-year old boy from the West-march. The West-march has historically been disputed land between the Dunlendings and the Rohirrim. Freothogar is a dark haired boy from a Dunlending family that stayed in the West-march after it was returned to the control of the Rohirrim in the time of Folcwine, Thengel's grandfather.

In the Zone : History Novel - Zealandia Thread:

Born: Kirimatao Ngamare

Anglo Name: Katie or Kiri

Born: Ahuriri (Napier) in 1861 (32 in 1893)
Moved to Wellington: 1889

Tribal Affiliation: father - Te Arawa (from Ngongotaha)
Tribal Affiliation: mother - Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane (from the area around Te Hakakino)

Father: Ngamare (Nathan)

Father's occupation: His father moved to Napier to work on fruit farms and grow pears, apples, peaches, komo komo (sweet pumpkins), and kumara.

Her brother Hone (John) Ngamare, was educated at Te Aute Anglican College in Hawke's Bay and became one of the Young Maori Party.

Mother: Ngahuia

Husband: Patrick (Padraig) (Patariki) Keenan born 1863 (30) in Dublin. Came to Napier in 1885, aged 23 when his parents died in Ireland. Moved to Wellington with Kiri in 1889 when the depression was lifting.


Annie (born 1890 in Wellington, aged 3)

Mary Hannah (Merehana) (born 1892 in Wellington, aged 1)

Husband's sister: Mary Jo (born 1870, was 18 when came to NZ, now aged 23) Now married to Anthony Turner.

Patrick's uncle came in 1858 (born 1840) to Napier as a young man with the Royal Irish Regiment. Patrick came with his younger sister when their parents died in Dublin. They came to Napier. Patrick met and married Kiri.

Kiri is following the actions of Meri Te Tai Mangakahia, who in May 1893 spoke to the Maori Parliament in Hawke's Bay and said that not only should Maori women have the right to vote but also they should have the right to have female Members of Parliament. Meri Te Tai Mangakahia belongs to the Te Rarawa and is the wife of Hamiora Mangakahia of Hauaraki, who was elected Premier of the Maori Kotahitanga Parliament in 1892. Meri Te Tai Mangakahia argued that Maori women owned their own land so they should be able to vote. Kirimatao finds this argument very reasonable.

A Maori saying comes to mind:

Mauri tu, Mauri ora,
Mauri noho, mauri mate.

He who stand up will live,
He who sits down will perish.

Kiri is torn between the world of the pakeha and Maori. She participates in Maori hui and is proficient in: (from Taonga Puoro; Singing Treasures)

Hue puruwai - medium sized gourds with seeds intact, are shaken
Hue puruhau - large dried gourds with seeds removed. Neck cut off. Blow over neck to produce deep bass notes of male kakapo
Te ku - bow wit a single string that is tapped while mouth cupped over string to amplify. Use dry springy kareao (supplejack) for bow. Albatross bone used as striker for string
Putatara - conch shell trumpet with a wooden mouthpiece - unites Tane and Tangaroa - earth and sea. Bound with leaves of sand sedge or pingao
Pupurangi - kauri snails or fairy flutes
Porotiti - humming discs - used as childrens toy but also musical
Purerehua pounamu - bullroarer
Koauau toroa from albatross wing bone (originally from moa bone) - fairies are best at koauau
Nguru - soapstone flute can be played with mouth but more status if played nose blown as breath of nose is more sacred
Double putorino
Tumutumu - a pounamu tumutumu pahu wit a whalebone striker
Pakuru - a percussive whalebone rod held in teeth, use now largely lost

In the Star Wars: The Saga Novel:

Kirimatao Ngamareli, a Ta'anata (descended from the Mirialan)

Born: Ngongotaha Island, Tehikamaui (a moon of Araparoha/Waipuna)

Parents: Her mother is Kearoa and her father is Tautoru (Orion's belt)

Background: She was raised on Ahuriri Island. Then she moved to Kupe, the capital city of Tehikamaui, on the island of Te Upoko. In suburban Wikitoria opened the Kaka-Kakariki (Green Kakapo). Her restaurant has Mirialan and Ta'anata dishes. Her tattoos reflect where she lived and her restaurant. (She will get a new tattoo on Coruscant.)

Before Coruscant she lived: In Kupe on the capital island of Te Upoko on the moon of Tehikamaui.

Hobbies: Poipoi dancing, neinei water flute, putorino flutes

Pets: Kirimatao has some dwarf aomus (flightless), dwarf ngareas (flightless), ngalo-ngalos (flightless), piwaitahas (flightless), mallees (aka little moundbuilders, flightless), kakapos (flying bird), a spiny puggle (an egg-laying mammal), and a southern diporo (like a giant wombat) named Wakatipu.

Husband: Rawi Ngamareli, born in the north in Kaitaia, moved to Te Upoko, the capital. His parents build wakas in Tamaki and now live in Takapuna, Tamaki.

Occupation: Works at the Kaka-Kakariki Restaurant (Ta'anata food) in Wikitoria, Tehikamaui

Hobbies: Astrophysics, pilistone and wood carving, church bell-like armonica, pahu water drum

-Ikaroa, daughter (galaxy), age 17
Hobbies: pilistone and wood carving, putara and toheroa conch-like shells -Tukupo, son (misty), age 14
Hobbies: koau flute, putorino flute, neinei water flute
-Kimiora, daughter (seeker of truth), age 11
Hobbies: astronomy, pahu water drum
-Kawainga, daughter (sign of the dawn), age 7, is taller but equivalent to Nohinohi
Stuffies: a ngormoa (the signature bird of the Ta'anata, a flightless Mirialan immigrant species), a kakapo, a hipi, and a dingoa.
-Rangiroa, daughter (long stretch of sky), age 3. Boys and girls aged 2 - 3.7 are tall enough to fledge if they were Kaiteri - Girls average 2.75

In the Early American Narratives Novel:

Name: Kirimatao de Lacey

Age: Kirimatao was born in 1756. She was 13 when Captain Cook came to eastern New Zealand for the first time in October 1769. She was in the section that Captain Cook passed through twice (he came in near Gisborne and headed south until Cape Turnaragain, where he turned around and headed north). She was 17 when he came the second time in 1773. She was 19 when she arrived in England in 1775. And she is 22 in 1778.

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: She is Maori from the Rangitane/Kahungunu and Te Arawa tribes.

Physical Description: She has long black hair and wears her mother's greenstone tiki necklace next to her skin and her mother's greenstone ear pendants. She likes to wear her kiwi feather cloak and black and white huia feathers in her hair.

Occupation: She is a wife and mother.

Political Bent: None

Religion: She is Anglican.

Where does your character live and where has the person lived in the past. Where would your character like to live?

Kirimatao was born outside of the ancient Otatara Pa or fortress near Ahuriri (Napier). Her parents had been on a fishing expedition and were heading south when Kirimatao was born. The Ngati Awa once held the double pa (fortress) of Hikurangi and Otatara. The double pa was on the Tutaekuri River in a rich area filled with kumara (sweet potato) fields and fish, eels, and shellfish from the nearby sea. First Hikurangi Pa and then Otatara Pa fell to the Ngati Kahungunu tribe under Taraia and Rakai-hiku-roa in the 16th century. The Ngati Kahungunu came from Turanga (near modern Gisborne).

Kirimatao was raised in Waimarama, a small, coastal village in the Te Apiti valley on what was later called Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Waimarama and Te Hakikino is south of what Captain Cook called Cape Kidnappers (by Ahuriri/Napier) and is north of Cook's Cape Turnagain.

Waimarama is in the shadow of the ancient pa, Te Hakikino. The Hakikino Hill pa or fortress was built in the 15th century and it faithfully protected the Rangitane people for many years. The Rangitane came on the Takitimu waka or canoe from Hawaiki and had lived in the area since the 14th century. Tunui and Taewha were two important tohunga priests who came on the Takitimu waka (canoe) and who made Waimarama into an important center for the region. The Rangitane were descended from Kupe, Paikea, Tara, Whatonga, and other early Maori explorers. Then, in the early 16th century, the Kahungunu moved into the area and defeated the Rangitane tribe at Hakikino, Matanginui, and Karamea. They forced Hinengatiira (Hine-ngatiira), the high-born daughter of the Rangitane chief, to marry the son of the Kahungunu chief, Te Aomatarahi. Te Aomatarahi was the general of Taraia (Taraia had defeated the inhabitants of Otatara Pa). The high-born people of Waimarama are descendend from Hinengatiira and Te Aomatarahi's youngest son, Rongomaipureora. Kirimatao's father, Mangoroa, is one of the descendants of Hinengatiira and Rongomaipureora. The Rangitane continued to live in the southeast part of North Island and the northwest part of South Island.

Kirimatao's mother, Ngahuia, was born in Ohinemutu on the west side of Lake Rotorua (New Zealand). She was the daughter of a Te Arawa chief but she was captured in a raiding party and brought to the area of Otatara Pa near Ahuriri. As a slave she pounded the tough aruhe fern roots into cakes and did other menial tasks. In time she became the slave wife of Mangoroa.

As a young woman Kirimatao wore a kuta or maro kopua (apron-skirt) made from rushes or woven flax. If she had not been a slave she could have decorated her apron with feathers and worn feathery down in her ears or wear necklaces of feathery down. After her mother died she wore her mother's greenstone tiki necklace and ear pendants.

When Kirimatao was a young woman, Captain James Cook circumnavigated New Zealand in 1769. The Maori had never seen wakas (ships) as large as the Endeavour and they had never encountered muskets and cannon that could kill from such a great distance. Muskets and cannon could reach much further than taiaha spears or the short clubs of the Maori warriors. And the men looked like the pale skinned, red haired fairies or patupaiarehe of legend. Were these gods? But then Captain James Cook and his giant waka (ship) left and life returned to normal.

Then a young man of the Tuhoe began to court Kirimatao. His name was Honemoana. He was from Uawa Nui A Ruamatua (Uawa), which Captain Cook called Tolaga Bay. Honemoana gave Kirimatao yellow kowhai flowers and downy feathers of the torpa, albatross, and titi (muttonbird) to wear behind her ears. And he gave her a necklace made from the feathers of the kakapo or giant green parrot. She loved feathers. He wore a rapaki or kilt loin cloth and had a lovely ngore, or cloak with dyed flax pompoms. Ngore cloaks were common in Taranaki and on the west coast of the island but not in the east where they were. Where her calabashes or storage gourds on strings were plain, his were carved and lovely. He also had a lovely carved taiaha spear and a patu or short club. He wore a comb and albatross feathers in his hair and wore his hair in a top knot. The albatross is a sea bird so the rain did not ruin his feathers.

But then Captain Cook returned to eastern New Zealand in October 1773. This time he was in a waka called the Resolution. When Captain Cook again stopped at Tolaga Bay on his way to Ship's Cove in South Island, Honemoana wanted to go on Cook's ship and be with the gods. Honemoana also wanted Kirimatao to go with him and be his wife. Kirimatao loved him and was eager to not be a slave so she agreed. Through sign language they indicated their intentions to Michael de Lacey, one of the sailors on Cook's ship. Michael De Lacey knew a woman would not be safe on a long-term exploration vessel. So he took Kirimatao on as his servant and dressed her in male Western clothes and put her hair in a male top knot. Kirimatao's husband-to-be came in his traditional garb.

Kirimatao went by the male name of Toroa when she was dressed in Western masculine attire. Honemoana called Kirimatao "Whakatane" ("turn into a man"), after the tale of Wairaka, the daughter of Toroa, who saved the waka called Mataatua when the men were unable to. The Tuhoe, Honemoana's tribe, were descended from the crew of the Mataatua.

She thus took part in the last part of Cook's second voyage. She was near Antarctica in January 1774, on Easter Island in March 1774, Marquesas Islands in April 1774, Otahiete (Tahiti) in April 1774, Tonga in June 1774, New Hebrides in July 1774, New Caledonia in September 1774, Queen Charlotte Sound (New Zealand) in October 1774 (when she enjoyed meeting distant Rangitane cousins), Tierra del Fuego, South America in December 1774, went to Cape Town (Africa) in March 1775, the Azores in July 1775, and England in July 1775.

And so she came to England in July 1775. Kirimatao's first husband, Honemoana (whom the English called Hone or John), died in England in November 1775.

After the death of her first husband, Kirimatao turned to Michael de Lacey, the sailor who had helped her so much. They married in 1776 after the birth of Kirimatao and Honemoana's son, John. Kirimatao calls her son, Hone.

In England Kirimatao is a friend of her husband's aunt, Aelfwynn Tierney, nee Suffield. Kirimatao calls her Arawhina or Turehu-tapui ("friends of the fairies", ie "elf-friend").

Her other friends are Daisy (Papatani-whaniwha or Parani, a type of New Zealand daisy) Boffin, Peony (Hutukawa, a red flower) Burrows, Katherine (Katarina) of Aragon, Anne (Ana) of Brittany.

Sir Joseph Banks, who was on Cook's first voyage, brought back New Zealand wild spinach or kokihi, which he planted in his garden. Sir Joseph Banks was now a big name in England but he met with Kirimatao and gave her some kokihi to grow in her garden.

She dreams of returning home one day and would love to visit Ohinemutu, where her mother was born.

In England she wears English dresses and has a fondness for cloaks. She wears three huia feathers in her hair, which is something she could not do in New Zealand because she was a slave. But her mother was the daughter of a chief so she feels entitled to wear the feathers. The huia feathers are black with white tips.

Hobbies: She likes to play her carved wood koauau flute.

Stated dream, secret longing, fears: She wants to return home to Ahuriri (New Zealand) one day and would love to visit Ohinemutu, where her mother was born. She fears that she will bring dishonor to her English husband, that she doesn't fit in to English society, and that everyone will discover that she and her mother have been slaves.

NPCs you want to keep track of (family, friends, associates):

Father: Mangoroa "Milky Way" of the Kahungunu/Rangitane near the old pa of Te Hakikino (40 km south of Napier, New Zealand)

Mother: Ngahuia "the huia bird" of the Te Arawa from Ohinemutu on the west side of Lake Rotorua (New Zealand)

First Husband: Honemoana of the Tuhoe. He lived in Uawa Nui A Ruamatua (Uawa)/Tolaga Bay. He died in England.

Husband: Michael de Lacey. Kirimatao calls him Mikaere (the Maori form of Michael). He was on Cook's first and second voyages but now works for the Royal Society, which sends out expeditions. Michael de Lacey is the nephew of Robyn de Lacey and Aelfwynn Tierney (nee Suffield).


John or Hone is the son of her first husband, Honemoana of the Tuhoe. The Tuhoe lands border the lands of Kirimatao's mother's kin, the Te Arawa. Her son, Hone, was born in 1777.

Anne or Nan, the daughter of Michael de Lacey, was born in early 1778. Kirimatao calls Anne "Ngana" ("persevering").

Pets: Michael de Lacey brought back a pair of huia birds. Kirimatao has named them Arohaina ("object of love") and Whakaheke ("ride the waves"). Michael calls the birds Arohaina and Frederick. The birds have one surviving chick, Puhihi ("rays of the sun as they stream through clouds").

(Huia birds are now extinct).

Sources include:

Choosing a Maori Name For Your Baby, Miriama Ohlson, North Shore, New Zealand: Penguin, 2008.

A Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend, by Margaret Orbell, Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 1998

Cook: The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James Cook, Nicholas Thomas, New York: Walker and Company, 2003.

Maori Music, Mervyn McLean, Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1996.

In the Babylon 6: A New Era Novel:

Kirimatao is one of the Ealoni of Nalichenua. The Ealoni are the scientists, philosophers, designers, and architects of Nalichenua. The other two races that live on Nalichenua are the Ihippi and the Hroseri, who live in the more sheltered areas of Nalichenua.

The Ealoni are humanlike but are very tall and thin. They can be up to fifteen feet tall. "Short" Ealoni are more likely to travel off-world than tall Ealoni. Kirimatao, for example, is only nine feet tall. The Ealoni have seven fingers on their hands. They also like to wear coats or cloaks of pale feathers. Kirimatao's cloak/cape has creamy white feathers that are tinged with light brown at the edges.

Traditionally the Ealoni were herders. They still herd giant iraffa in great depressions and oceanic trenches in the cold north. The Ealoni are the hardiest of the races of Nalichenua. They are not as vulnerable to radiation as the others and their oxygen requirements are less than that of the big Ihippi. So they live high up in the cliff faces of the oceanic trenches and at the upper reaches of the habitable zone. Because the Ealoni are scientists and because they can best survive the worsening climate, they bear a special burden; they know they will be the last race standing on Nalichenua.

Nalichenua is a small, Mars-sized planet that is slowly dying. The planet's magnetic field is fading as the core solidifies. This has led to increased radiation and a stripping away of the atmosphere. There is still some atmosphere left in the deep valleys of what used to be the planet's ocean bottoms. Hot springs near the oceanic river trenches help to heat the waters and keep the purple plants alive.

Kirimatao is fortunate to live in the Greater Ahandrama. Greater Ahandrama, which is centered around the Deep Valley of Nalichenua, is a place where all three sentient races can live. Ahandrama has the second lowest land in the habitable zone. The Valley of Ahandrama leads directly into the old ocean bottom, whose southern region is still habitable. The southern region is called Panantseyo, "Where the Birds Used to Sing". Three other valleys also open up to Panantseyo. There is the narrow valley of Jonol, which also has a small spaceport, Ni'it Hnawna, a narrow valley that is so high that only the Ealoni can live there, and Kihinimaya, the long ancient river trench that connects the ocean bottom/crater of Iterae with Panantseyo and Greater Ahandrama. Both Kihinimaya and Iterae are only inhabited by Ealoni. Kihinimaya is too high for the other races and Iterae is too cold.

Meldilan is the ancient capital of Greater Ahandrama. At the center of Meldilan is an island park with a monument to the civilization of the ancient ocean bottoms. They recall a time when great birds still filled the air with their song. But now the birds are gone and all life has retreated to the bottoms of oceanic trenches and shorelines that are confined to the tepid warmth of the tropics. The monuments of Meldilan and the brave songs of the Hroseri recall an even more ancient capital called Mandora. The songs of the Hroseri speak of Mandora as if it were lost and unreachable. The Ealoni know it lies far to the north at Piyazu Hnawna at the edge of a deep ocean bottom. The intense cold and airless void can be breached by a good inter-oasis ferry. But Mandora represents a time that has passed. The Ealoni leave the remembering of history to the Hroseri. The Ealoni are concerned with the present and with the future.

To the west of Greater Ahandrama is Piyazu Tzepeh. This community lies to the west of three ancient volcanoes and a single, gigantic, volcano. The volcanoes are reflected in the community's name, "Ancient Fires". The Ealoni have studied the volcanoes by spaceship but no one visits it now.

The other two settlements on Nalichenua are Apaxaina and Yol Invak. Apaxaina, the Great Oasis to the south, is a giant crater which includes the lowest point on Nalichenua. Although there is more atmosphere at Apaxaina, its proximity to the southern polar regions makes much of the region too cold to be habitable. Nevertheless, Woomera, Nalichenua's spaceport, is built at the northern edge of Apaxaina.

Yol Invak, the last community, lies to the northeast of Apaxaina. Yol Invak, like Panantseyo and Piyazu Tzepeh, is a settlement in the old ocean bottoms of the northern hemisphere. The Hroseri live closest to the equator while the Ihippi and Ealoni live further north. The Ealoni live in some of the higher rims.

As if the deteriorating climate were not enough, an even greater disaster came to Nalichenua in 2140. Centauri warships landed on Nalichenua near Jonol in Greater Ahandrama and offloaded Narn prisoners. The Centauri had conquered the Narn homeworld in 2110 and they needed somewhere to send the rebels who continued to fight for independence from the Centauri. The Centauri shot the Ihippi and Hroseri on sight, thinking them to be no better than animals. The Hroseri and Ihippi survived by hiding in the caves and tunnels linking Ahandrama and Iterae and by making more tunnels in caves in the Greater Ahandrama area. The Ealoni, who looked more like the Centauri, were considered primitives worth enslaving. So the Ealoni were forced to give up their lands and work in the Centauri prisons. The Centauri wardens built themselves nice oxygenated, pressurized living quarters while the Narn subsisted in barely adequate prisons. More prisons were set up at Yol Tinvak, Piyazu Tzepeh, and Apaxaina. This lasted until 2251 when Emperor Turhan freed Nalichenua from Centauri control. The Narn prisoners were eventually repatriated to Narn and the Ealoni, Ihippi, and Hroseri tried to recover from the occupation.

In 2259 a revived Centauri Empire reconquered Nalichenua. Some of the Nalichenuans who had moved into the nicely oxygenated, pressurized domes left beind by the wardens had enough warning to escape. The old prisons, which had been used as pens for native iraffa, imported Narn grout, and Centauri leeb, were repopulated with Narn prisoners. Nalichenua was not free again until 2279. Emperor Vir Cotto freed Nalichenua in the second year of his reign. The more important planets were freed in his first year.

Now it is 2331. Some Narn have stayed and helped build Woomera, the spaceport of Nalichenua. Woomera is more cosmopolitan than the rest of Nalichenua. There are a few Narn restaurants serving G'Quan Soup, Grout Head, Leeb Loaf, Breen, and Narn Spoo. There are also a few restaurants that call themselves Narn but that serve some Centauri food like Zoolow Fish and pinaldi (a savory pastry dish). Still other Narn have become pilots of the inter-oasis ferries and a few herd iraffa, grout, and leeb in the outlying communities. A few have moved to Meldilan, the ancient capital of Ahandrama. Few other races are interested in Nalichenua. The Drazi have opened up a restaurant at Woomera that sells Skron, a six-tentacled creature served under pasta and a thick, white sauce, and Y'tzeem, a Drazi candy.

But the Nalichenuans are interested in the outside world. The Ealoni, who have the most experience in dealing with outsiders, are leading a delegation to Babylon 6 in the hopes of finding help for the problems of Nalichenua. The delegation will contain some Narn, some Ealoni (Kirimatao and Iphianassa), Ihippi (Hylonomeia and Menalippe), and Hroseri (Korora and Ngakirikiri). They will scour Babylon 6 for technical know-how and resources that are desperately needed back home. Kirimatao specializes in designing atmosphere plants and is especially interested in learning about some of the technologies of Babylon 6.

Kirimatao's husband is Rawiri. Her children are Ikaroa (galaxy), age 16, Tukupo (morning mist), age 13, Kimiora (seeker of truth), age 10, Kawainga (sign of the dawn), age 6, and Rangiroa (long stretch of sky), age 2.

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