Hama of the Lamp

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ALIASES
Hama
ORIGIN
Hama of the Lamp
OCCUPATION
Roommate, and classmate of her best friend, Zain, Genie girl, keeper of the Lamp, spirit of the vessel, servant and creature of magic, Zain's slave
Powers and Abilities
All of the phenomenal cosmic powers of an all powerful genie, Granting wishes upon being summoned, flight, reality bending, knowledge
HOBBY
Herself, Having fun with Zain, spending time with Naylee, magic carpet rides, the scholar’s codex, studying, reading, dancing, her smiles, controlling the universe, her joyful laughs, playing, helping all of humanity, being told truthfully, genies
GOALS
To escape from her mortal life and find her immortal self; a Jinn, and surprise Zain (Succeeded)
To be best friends with Zain forever (Succeeded)
FATE
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TYPE OF CHARACTER
Playful Genie Orphan

“I am a wish-granter, so to reach my full potential, to grow and mature as a genie, I need someone's wishes to grant - I need to find a master, and I want that master to be you. I see the whole of you. Everything that you are and everything you might be. Your hopes, your dreams, and your wide imagination. I see your kind heart, and that makes me happy, because I wanted it to be you who found my lamp. I wanted it to be you, kind and sweet and open, whose Light I would guide with my own Light. All you have to do is make a wish upon the lamp. Then I’ll be yours, and you’ll be my Master. I’d be bound to you, and anything you ask of me I’ll do. Not because I’m forced to, but because as your genie I’ll want to.”
—Hama of the Lamp to Zain

Hama of the Lamp whose real name is Hama Galland or Hama is a magically, beautiful genie girl of the lamp who serves as the main protagonist of the four-part short story of the same name and one of the main characters of An Oasis for Djinns. She is mostly a best friend of Zain Al-Mushtari, until Zain Al-Mushtari also became Hama's master.

Character description

Hama was recently just Hama Galland, a French-born orphan attending university in the fictional island nation of Azuljubai. Depressed and socially awkward, her only friend was her roommate Zain, with whom she developed a close and pseudo-sisterly relationship. It helped that both were studying in the same field - architecture, and that was the passion into which Hama poured her energies, and rather than party or socialize she would rather walk around the city or trawling its shops and markets in search of inspiration for her next class assignment.

One day, she made a purchase that would change her forever. In a small back-alley bookshop she found a handwritten journal by an unnamed scholar, documenting the ruins and ancient structures that dot the landscape of Azuljubai. Each was beautifully rendered in hand-drawn elevations and sketch studies, and Hama knew straight away she had to own this book. She got it cheap, not knowing that some of the ancient magic of those ruins had carried over into the sketches and plans that captured her imagination.

When that magic awoke, it looked into Hama's heart, saw something worthy, and pulled her into itself, and the being that emerged was a Hama that had been transformed into a powerful and cosmically-endowed spirit of flame and smoke, a jinn. And with all of her anxieties and fears suddenly made redundant as a result of her new status as an immortal magical being, Hama's personality suddenly erupted into the excitable, fun-loving, playful girl she always was deep down. She's quickly settled into her new lifestyle, and even found a willing (if somewhat wary) Master named, Zain, but has yet to understand the full consequences of what it means to be a genie, and the purpose she was reborn to fulfill...

Alternate Bio

French-born orphan Hama Galland was attending university in her mother’s Middle-Eastern homeland when a chance encounter with a magical book saw her transformed into a powerful being capable of containing and wielding vast cosmic power - a spirit of fire and light, a genie.

However this power came with the classic price. Hama’s soul now resides in a lamp created at the same time as her transformation, obliging her to serve and obey whomsoever possesses the lamp. Fortunately for Hama, the person to discover her lamp was her best friend and fellow student, Zain Al-Mushtari. Their friendship proved so strong that even when Zain became her master, Hama retained her basic human personality and many of her memories, typically lost when a genie is first bound to a master.

In her transformation, Hama has found her truest self. Freedom from the fears and anxieties that governed her life have allowed her inner light to shine forth, and while her energy and love of creation might make her reckless in turning her magic loose, she possesses a kind heart that seeks to use her new powers to help others as best as possible. This is the core of her being, and one she holds onto even as she grows in experience and confidence as a genie, as a wish-granter, and as a friend.

Background

Lamp

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“Dear Zain, Speak the words and you will find me. Have fun, I know I will.”
—Hama's message for Zain to awake her from her lamp.

Hama lives trapped inside her oiled Dharmic Lamp or Dharma lamp resting on a carved wooden stand made out of her wooden chair, with a giant pink clear cloth underneath a red pillow, emblazoned with the star of the ancient kingdom of Azuljubai. Those who peer within its jeweled facets may just see a female figure dancing within, but the true worth of this treasure is revealed when one gives it a rub...

Personality

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Hama is a playfully magical, and lovely genie girl who spends a lot of time with her master, roommate, classmate, and best friend, Zain. She is kind, sweet, pure good-hearted, respectful, peaceful, calm, and she keeps her touch on humanity. If you get on her bad-side, or make a wicked wish, she might just find a way to turn it back upon you.

Appearance

Mortal State

In Hama's former human state, she wore her usual baggy whitish light green sweaters and loose blue jeans, and she is slender, has fair skin, pink lips, brown hair flowing down her back, and dark eyes.

Genie State

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“...I was given a chance to be that change, to do amazing things for the good and health of people everywhere. And to fill that role I would be changed myself, into a form better suited to the task, a bearer of light, shining bright against the shadows of evil and darkness, wielding cosmic power that would let me bend and transform reality like a painter does a blank canvas.”
—Hama of the Lamp

In Hama's current genie state, she's dressed in what could only be described as a harem dancer’s bedlah, a strapless bra made from a shimmering shade of rose silk, and exposed the whole of her midriff. Her shoulders were bare drawing the eye up to her neck, which was accentuated by a choker tailored from the same rosy material. Both were trimmed with tinkling coins. She wore a pair of thick bracelets on her wrists, stud earrings connected by loops of velvet thread, and a metal circlet upon her brow. All of this jewelry, from the bracelets to the coins sewn into the bedlah, looked like real gold, radiant and luminous, and a gleaming pink gemstone was set in the center of the tiara.

Her entire skin was bubblegum purple, and she was floating two feet off the ground, bobbing slightly in mid air, her weight supported by a smoky tail. It was the same color as her skin, and extending down from her waist towards the lamp, flicking and twisting languidly.

Hama's eyes are a brilliant gold, gleaming with an inner fire that made her new jewelry look dull and tarnished by comparison. The same light seemed to shine from out of Hama’s entire being, lending a radiant glow to her plummy body, which was firm with new muscle. Her hair had grown darker and glossier, with a fullness and volume Zain had never seen outside of fashion magazines. It was tied back in a high ponytail that cascaded down Hama’s back like a dark waterfall.

Powers and Abilities

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“...power poured into me, settling deeper than flesh and bone, into the very core of my being, burning everything else away until there was no difference between me and it – that power was my all, and I was one with it.”
—Hama of the Lamp about her powers.

In Hama's dream, She became even more powerful than any other genie. She commanded, and controlled the center universe, by bending all reality around her with a cheerful smile. Like all genies who are summoned, they can grant people wishes and desires. She also moves a float like genies with tails, especially Shahra, the genie of the ring. Her powers would always carry away an element of danger.

History

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An orphan since childhood, French-born Hama Galland was attending university in her mother’s Middle-Eastern homeland when she discovered an ancient treatise on holy temples and churches in the depths of a dusty market shop. She purchased it thinking it might help in her studies as an architect, never realizing that the divine architecture described in its pages had kindled the birth of a small but powerful spirit within the fabric of the book, one whose purpose was to pass on that power to one it deemed worthy. In its new owner, it found that worthy soul, and transformed her into a being capable of containing and wielding the cosmic power it would bestow upon her - a djinn of fire and light, a genie..

This power comes with a price however. Hama’s soul now resides in a lamp created at the same time as her transformation, and although she is powerful, only the keeper of that lamp can unlock her true powers. In so doing, that keeper would become her Master, and Hama in turn would lose her human memories and identity.

Fortunately for Hama, the person to discover her lamp was her best friend and fellow student, Zain Al-Mushtari. Their friendship proved so strong that even when Zain became her master, Hama retained her basic personality and all memories relating to their friendship, which makes her a unique case.

Like all genies, Hama now commands immense power; sustained by the cosmic web of energy that underpins the universe, she is able to tap into that energy and bend it to her whim, reshaping minds, lives, and whole worlds if so commanded, and her training as an architect has translated into an extraordinary skill at manipulating these threads of reality.

However, unlike other genies, Hama's unique circumstance mean she has not completely lost touch with her humanity, and remembered what it was like to suffer from loneliness and want, of uncertainty and fear in the face of a seemingly uncaring universe. This makes her unique amongst genies, and possibly, uniquely dangerous ...

In her transformation, Hama has found her truest self. Freedom from her mortal fears and anxieties has allowed her inner light to shine forth, and while being energetic and eager to turn her magic loose, she possesses a kind heart that seeks to use her powers to help others as best as possible. This is the core of her being, and one she holds onto even as she grows in experience and confidence as a genie, as a wish-granter, and as a friend.

Hama had once been to the Club Oasis bar with Naylee, the hypnodjinn.

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Trivia

  • Having to be transformed into the genie she was meant to be, she was absent for class the afternoon before Zain came to her house looking for her.
  • Hama's birthday is July 23, 2016
  • Unlike female genies who live trapped inside bottles, Hama lives trapped inside a lamp, like male genies do.
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