Physical appearance Edit
A native of Ndebele, a heavy-gravity planet in the Mfecane System, Palane was a Solarian citizen only by proxy. Citizens of planets under the jurisdiction of the Office of Frontier Security could join the Solarian military, though they rarely did so, but few were officers and all were generally promoted slowly if at all. Most found their careers stalled at relatively low ranks. Palane joined the military to escape Ndebele and chose the Solarian Marines in preference to Frontier Security's military as the better of two unattractive choices. She was an outstanding performer and was recruited into Captain Luis Rozsak's detachment prior to its covert operations assignment to Erewhon.
Because of her ancestry, she was very tall, very strong, and very fast and agile. When combined with her Marine training, she was in many respects a super soldier. Her own capabilities include superhuman strength and agility as well as her Solarian Marine Corps training on nearly every individual weapon in the Solarian inventory.
The mercenaries recruited for the Hieronymus Stein assassination, a Masadan renegade crew, in turn found and incorporated a contingent of Scrags (descendants of the genetic supermen of Earth's Final War). The Masadan theology of female inferiority caused the female Scrags to break away, and they were picked up by Rozsak's people and assigned to Palane as an unofficial strike group. She established herself as their leader and was awarded the, somewhat affectionate, title "Great Kaja" by her charges. She, in turn, dubbed them "Amazons".
Rozsak assigned the team to eliminate the Masadans and they became entangled in the scheming aboard The Wages of Sin, leading to the plot to liberate Verdant Vista from Manpower Incorporated. After a big promotion and taking a major role in liberating the planet, ostensibly leading the Torch Liberation Army (actually a combined force of Solarian Marines and Audubon Ballroom personnel), she resigned her commission and became the Commanding Officer of the Royal Armed forces of the (newly dubbed) Torch.
During the events leading to the creation of the Kingdom of Torch, with the encouragement of Virginia Usher, Palane began a romantic (and somewhat kinky) relationship with Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat. (CS1)
Service Record Edit
- acting Commanding Officer, Company B, Second Batallion, 887th Solarian Marines Regiment, 1918 PD
- Commanding Officer ("Great Kaja"), "Amazons" special unit, 1918 PD
- Commanding Officer, Torch Liberation Army, 1918 PD, during the liberation of Verdant Vista (aka Congo)
- Commander-in-Chief ("Great Kaja"), armed forces of the Kingdom of Torch, since 1918 PD
- First Lieutenant
- Major (1918 PD)
- (resigned SLMC commission in 1918 PD)
- ↑ Captain skipped