Petra Arkanian

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Petra Arkanian is a main character of the books Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card. She is also a minor character in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Petra is an Armenian.

In Ender's Game, Petra was one of the few female students at the Battle School. As something of an outcast herself, she acted as a older sister towards Ender Wiggin, and taught him how to shoot. In Shadow of the Hegemon, it's mentioned that one of her teachers found her so aggressive that they actually had her genome scanned to make sure she wasn't a boy.

Throughout the Shadow series she serves to be a point of insecurity and necessity for Bean. He feels compelled to protect her, due to his failings to protect other important people in his life. In his early life he left his friend Poke alone, and she was murdered by Bean's continual nemesis Achilles de Flandres. When later Petra is captured by Achilles, Bean strives to rescue her. The following death of his long time caretaker Sister Carlotta, drives him even more to rescue Petra.

Petra is a very strong character in her own right. While believing she was a weak link in Ender's team, she continually fights Achilles when in captivity, and is able to use his insecurities to both keep herself alive, and expose him to danger. Her actions also end up preparing and aiding several other captives of Achilles, once Bean finally comes to rescue her.

She was married to Bean and conceived his first child in the book Shadow Puppets.

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