|No. 7 – Restricted Free Agent|
|Species||Brandt's Hedgehog ( Erinaceidae )|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|FBA draft||2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall|
|Career highlights and awards|
|(OOC) Creator||Herr Wozzeck|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Ruqayya Barakah was born to parents in Tehran who were more secular-minded than the leading powers of Iran. It was to such an extent that Ruqayya's father took part in demonstrations against the Ayatollah and others: his resulting arrest left Ruqayya's mother with little choice but to leave Iran. Thus, when she was only four years old, Ruqayya and her mother fled to a small town in southern Lebanon.
It was out of the frying pan and into the fire for little Ruqayya, who was thrust right into the center of sectarian violence. Worse, they were refugees who had given up everything to leave Iran: life became very difficult for both Ruqayya and her mother. Even as sectarian violence ceded and became a non-issue, Ruqayya's mother found it difficult to support her daughter due to her status as a poor refugee. There was very little she could provide for her daughter, who quietly took in everything that happened.
There was some relief for Ruqayya: when she first arrived in Lebanon, she found a basketball court, and there she saw a game being played by a group of boys. She found herself utterly mesmerized by the sport they played, though she dared not approach the court until they left for fear of reprisal. She was lucky in finding an old, tattered basketball, and at night she snuck out and began to shoot hoops. Eventually, she worked up the courage to play with a group of girls who played before the boys came in, but even then she was considered something of an outcast due to her social standing. Nevertheless, she kept at it, and slowly improved her game.
As she grew older, she began to watch the Lebanese basketball federation games as they appeared on a TV in an electronics shop. When she figured out she could play professionally, she resolved to get onto a team at the national level, no matter what. Thus, she began to train herself as best she could, sneaking out onto the court at night (against the wishes of her mother) and observing how the boys in her school would train for basketball. This continued into her adulthood, when she finally got a chance to try out for a team at the national level.
In the end, she did not make any of the national teams. However, she had impressed one person who had been present at the tryouts: one Lukasz Abrahamowicz, an ambitious agent who typically sought out talent for the EFBL. Seeing Ruqayya's try-out, Lukasz saw something few others did: her drive.
Thus, after the try-out, Lukasz approached Ruqayya, and grew even more impressed when she told him she was almost entirely self-taught. Thus, Lukasz gave Ruqayya an offer: he would do whatever it took to take her to the FBA. Ruqayya had never even heard of the FBA, only having known the Lebanese teams and maybe a few EFBL teams. However, when Ruqayya heard about the FBA from Lukasz, she was instantly interested.
Thus, she allowed Lukasz to make the arrangements to submit her name into the FBA Draft. She was hungry for any opportunity to play her beloved sport, and eventually she convinced her mother to let her pursue her dream, but not before her mother made a comment about how much like her father Ruqayya had become. She only hopes the FBA is everything Lukasz said it was...
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