EDIT: Fixed a few things about the image that were bothering me. Also, Samira made into 'Fooled'! If you're not reading already, check it out at fooled-story.blogspot.com. (You can spy Samira in Chapter 8, Part 2. )
Wickfield is hosting a 'Royal Challenge' to create a character that could be featured in her story 'Fooled'. See more at Fooled-Official!
Western culture overlooks the much more complex details of the harem. In the Ottoman Empire, the harem typically housed the Sultan’s mother, wives, daughters, and other female relatives, as well as slaves- at certain points in history the Sultan’s sons also lived in the harem until they were of age. Royal women of the harem used their wealth to patronize important public building projects and charitable works. Because of their proximity to and influence on the sultans, they also played an active role in important political matters.
Also, if you can make out the map in the background, at the time the Fooled story takes place, the reaches of the Ottoman Empire weren't too far from Italy.
So here we have Samira - a favorite companion of the Sultan, and one such influential lady.
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