UD’HAR (FRARIE VII) – The Ud’har royal family confirmed today the birth of a daughter to Neechemantra Shekhar and his wife Aurelie. The girl, named Farishta, is the first child for the couple and becomes second in line for the throne of the Ud’har colony after her father.
News of the birth broke first on the social media accounts of famous Gallente actress Brigitte Léglise, who is Aurelie’s mother. “2 young 2 b a grandmother!” the messages read.
Less than an hour later, the press office of Majamantra Jav’ri II issued the following statement:
“It is with greatest joy that his most royal majesty Majamantra Jav’ri II announces the continuation of the Ud’har’s dynasty with the birth of Neechemantri Farishta, first born child of Neechemantra Shekhar, heir apparent.”
Ud’har royal watchers have suspected that a child could be coming, as Aurelie has been largely absent from the public eye for the last six months. The wife of Ud’har’s prince has maintained an unusually high profile since joining the royal family in YC114 and when she missed fall fashion week in Luminaire, “baby bump” rumors began to circulate. Officially, Aurelie has been overseeing a children’s charity on Ud’har during this time.
On Ud’har, the mood is festive, as many residents of the colony are proud of their dynastic monarchy which reaches back nearly to its founding.
“It’s great,” said Sajni Karak, a student. “I’m especially pleased that the child is a girl. It’s been too long since we’ve had a Majamantri on the throne.”
Not everyone is celebrating the new arrival, however. Dushyant Chakrabarti, leader of the Swaraj Party (a group calling for the end of the monarchy and a transition to democracy), issued a statement minutes after official confirmation.
“For far too long our people have been subjected to the rule of a single family,” the statement read. “The birth of another anointed member of the house of Vashti serves only as reminder that the monarchy is an outdated relic of an ancient time. The time has long since come that the people of Ud’har have a modern and representative form of government.”