Under the Steel Web
Safiyyah al Malik
Even in her advancing age, Safiyyah retains a noble grace and authoritative air of command that parts crowds without a word. Her skin retains an echo of suntans and the frequency of her smiles are evident in the laugh lines that mark her face.
Safiyya al-Aylon charmed (or stole) her way into Tariq al-Malik’s heart over thirty years ago. Though Tariq still mourned the death of his first wife, Safiyya’s adventuresome tales of other worlds enchanted him and drew him out of his years-long depression. After a whirlwind courtship, the al-Malik welcomed their distant cousin into their Arad family.