Jaal Ama Darav (true mother)
(Suggest not reading until finished with Jaal’s romance.)
Can I just say how wonderful Sauhna is? She is so warm and inviting. The scene where she’s talking about how wonderful Jaal is is so precious. And when if you choose to hug her (like my lady Ryder naturally did) she doesnt shun it, or try and step away or make a disgusted face like “Ew. This alien is hugging me.” Nope. She hugs you back and even smiles. In fact its Ryder that pulls away, almost like she’s worried she might have overstepped her boundaries with the hug. At least thats how it seemed to my eye.
And after she finds out that you’re in a relationship with Jaal, she isn’t worried about what your influence will have on him. She’s worried about what everyone around the two of you will think and do upon seeing this new, alien relationship. She’s not worried ABOUT you. She’s worried FOR you. And not just for her son, but for both of you. She advises you to give everyone else no thought, and that what you have with her son is basically a wonderful gift.
She is so loving and accepting of this new alien being with her son, even though she is a resistance fighter and has likely seen the worst of the kett. She has so much reason to mistrust you, but she doesn’t.
Hell, the woman makes you pie. Plus she asks about the human birthing process ‘for obvious reasons’. I’m assuming she’s already concerned about if you and Jaal ever wanna have kids and what it would be like for Ryder. Dunno if angara and humans can crossbreed, which i hope not since that would be reduculous, but Ryder IS a huge part of the Andromeda Initiative and like as not everyone is pribably expected to have at least one kid while there. Ryder could just do it artificially.
But Sauhna’s willingness to so openly welcome you into her family, not as a human but practically like one would welcome a wayward angara with no home, is so touching. She even asks about earth so she could make havarl more comfortable for Ryder. Clearly she is fully prepared to open up her home and family to you as she would if Jaal was with an angara. Moreso even, since she shows a willingness to go out of her way to make human food and learn about earth and what humans find comfotable all for Ryder.
This woman’s selflessness and caring knows no bounds, including the bounds of species and galaxies. Being so open with their emotions as angara are, she’s likely just thrilled to pieces that Jaal, who has been living in the shadow of his siblings and trying to match up with them his whole life, has finally found his place and himself with this person. Her race doesn’t matter because she makes her son’s heart sing.
And this probably means so much to Ryder, having lost her mother to illness. Not only that but her father was always distant, so she probably never had the familial connection that Jaal does. And now, this woman she has only met once is accepting her into the family without hesitation. Likely willing to be as much a mother to her as she is to Jaal. That has to mean so much to Ryder. In a short time she left everything she knew behind, lost her father, and wasnt sure about what would become of her brother.
Now, because of Jaal and Sauhna, she’s going to have more family members than she knows what ti do with. She can never replace thebparents she had, but I’m sure having Sauhna as a new mom and being surrounded by this large angaran family is going to help heal the wounds.
This game is so special.