Background - On Samarra
Born as a slave on Planet Samarra in the early 790 A.S, Bassam spent his entire life as either an indentured servant or in forced labor on oil rigs and construction sites. His life only took a turn for the "better" when he was taken away from his work camp and conscripted into the Temple Zealot order of Samarra. He was taken to their temple deep inside the inhospitable wastes, and "gifted" with a "seed" of their "Gods". While their true motives for selecting this particular individual remained unknown, he was unleashed to freely roam the wastes of Samarra, covertly deal with the people and seize more power for the Temple. Along the way he met two raiders, Jared Nomak and Adrian Thrax, who were deemed useful and worthy vessels to aid him in his quest. Eventually, he became one of them, spreading fear and death alongside them, as they pillaged and stole from the wealthy merchants all over the deserts.
Having to extinguish a rebellion comprised from disloyal elements of the priesthood, who assumed secret control over one of the Samarran tribes, and rebelled against the Gods, Bassam manipulated his Raider "brethren" into joining in the defense of the Black Gold Fortress, Samarra's only spaceport. Intoxicated with promises of glory and riches, the Raiders, led by the trio of Nomak, Thrax and Hussaini flocked to the defense of the Fortress and joined with its forces, ultimately tipping the scales and leading them to victory in the bloody battles that followed.
After the apparent victory over the Akkadian Clan, and their rebel priesthood, the Fortress was left without authority to run it. To prevent further bloodshed and infighting, the now famous trio seized control of the fortress, with many willing to follow the lead of the heroes that saved them. Jared Nomak arose as the Grand Overlord and Lord Protector of the fortress and the surrounding settlements, with Hussaini and Thrax as his Reavers, loyal advisors and the embodyment of his army's fury. Bassam was able to access the resources of the fortress, and operate without limitations. He quickly established a loyal following in the fortress, where many of the people flocked to the comfort of the Anunnaki's divinity. The only immediate threat to him was Thrax, and his defiant nature towards the "Gods" was an instability he could not afford.
However, unbeknownst to the trio and everyone else, the rebel priesthood was not eradicated, but only went into hiding, and just a few years after their defeat, they rose again, many thousands strong, with the nomadic tribes from the wastes conscripted to aid them. The pain of death echoed through the mindshare, as every infested figure in high places fell one after another, along with their holdings. Filled with rage, Bassam mustered a guerilla force to fight the advance, but was ultimately unable to stop the flames of revolution that engulfed the planet. Only a year later, a massive army amassed at the gates of the Fortress, and the populace panicked, many surrendering or escaping into the wastes. The trio and their loyal following however, boarded the best ships in the Fortress' spaceport, and launched into space, leaving the last stand of the "Gods" to the rebel forces, seeking to escape to Sirius to have a fighting chance later on.
But what they found there, was even more appealing...