Portrait of a Character – Yimar
I wanted a Star Trek fanfiction character who would be kind of compelled to do certain things, even if she didn’t want to. As a child, Yimar fits the bill, particularly in Bribery and then in Reversal, where she’s forced to accept her father’s lover, Polloria, as a family member, even as she and her brother, Treve, despise Polloria and she frets for the fate of her critically ill mother, the Calafan High Priestess, Yipran.
Yimar, as an adult, is played by Charlize Theron. I haven’t decided who plays her as a child or a teenager.
I love this smart, beautiful, Oscar-winning actress who has been through a lot in her life.
Dutiful and intelligent, Yimar is an obedient child. But the appearance of Polloria is too much for her, and she and Treve quickly figure out the score. Yimar in particular wants to protect their mother, but she’s essentially helpless. After all, she’s just a kid.
When she becomes a teenager, she starts working as a babysitter for first Joss and then Marie Patrice and, eventually, Declan. Her existence and her willingness to work hard make it possible for Lili to return to work as the chef at Reversal. This also makes it possible for Doug to have a career again. Yimar is particularly helpful during the events of Together.
During the alternate timelines in Temper, Yimar takes on the High Priestess role (she doesn’t do this in the prime universe, in the correct timeline), and is also the leader of the Calafan government in exile. When the line is restored, she’s able to resume her regular life.
As an adult in the correct timeline, she marries and has a daughter, Yinora, who is named for Leonora Digiorno. With Yinora in the role of nighttime woman to Neil Digiorno-Madden, Yimar and her family forge a permanent connection to the Beckett-Digiorno-Madden–Reed clan.
During Together, Brian and Yimar bond, as she is stuck caring for Joss and he’s sympathetic to her plight. They are also fairly close in age although she’s only sixteen, and he’s twenty-one. Her frank talk about sex does make him nervous, though.
In the Mirror Universe, Yimar and Josh meet during the events of He Stays a Stranger. As much older people who are both alone, they find each other attractive. The colony entity known as Branch Borodin confirms that they end up together.
In the Mirror Universe, Yimar loses her mother as Polloria’s murderous ways garner some success. But Jennifer Crossman has also named her (Yimar) to be the next High Priestess. Polloria originally believes that she will be able to control Yimar and act as a regent, with Yimar as her puppet.
But the headstrong teenager has other plans.
One of the mirror Yimar’s first acts is to permanently throw open the doors between the two universes. Calafans are able to shuttle back and forth without any further assistance. This serves as a plot point in Temper and allows for a mixing of the two closely-related species that had been denied for centuries.
Later, in the HG Wells stories, it becomes known that Yimar is behind plans to sell Constitution-class starship plans and parts to the Terran Empire’s enemies, as a means of assuring some measures of protection for the Calafan people. As matters are resolved with Empress Hoshi, Yimar’s main concern is, as always, for her people. She’s a good ruler, even as her system is subjugated and overrun, and does her best to keep her people safe and well-fed.
“He’s the cleanest human I’ve ever known.”
I really like this character but I haven’t explored her much as an adult in the prime universe. I’ll have to try to rectify that in the future.