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A child prodigy, a patriot and an idealist, Ryder Nergüi Kedar was a man born in the wrong time. Born during the beginnings of the , Kedar managed to escape many of the War's repercussions since his homeworld of New Carthage was never discovered by the . Growing up with a family, an education and many commodities that few had at the time, Kedar's status as a prodigy led to many social and academic accomplishments early in life. However, the young man set these aside at the age of sixteen to serve humanity in the , flying through officer school and then rising to the rank of Lieutenant before being recruited by . Operating as a tactical supervisor under the moniker Codename: VENTURE, Kedar was soon enough reassigned to , where he once again distinguished himself among the recruits with his tactical mind and intuition.
A gentleman and a scholar
Born in 2533 to high class parents on the Inner Colony of, Ryder Kedar - or Kedar as he preferred - managed to escape the suffering that wracked the majority of human space during the Human-Covenant War. Sent through private school and personally tutored from a young age in music, arts and literature, Kedar's parents Sulaiman and Elisa groomed him from birth to be a sophisticated, influential member of New Carthage's cosmopolitan class. Training their child in the hopes that he would one day take over Sulaiman's banking empire, the realization that Kedar was a prodigy filled them with pride and joy.
The first signs of Kedar's intellect came when he was seven years old, having managed to achieve an uncanny mastery of piano, violin and clarinet. Outclassing his modest teacher within a year, Kedar's mother soon found out from his school teachers that the young boy's grasps on other subjects were far outpacing the other students as well, putting a strain on his relationships with them. It was here that Elisa first imparted Kedar with a lesson that would start to shape his future.
- "You're special, Ryder. You can do things nobody else can. If you want to do something, you can always do it. So you don't have to care what other people think about you: you're better than them."
- ―Elisa Kedar
Continually pushing Kedar to achieve more and telling him he could accomplish anything, the boy managed to make leaps and bounds in his learning over the next few years. By the age of ten, Kedar had become fluent in Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese - alongside his native English - and by thirteen he had graduated from his high school. A few months later in the fall of 2546, Kedar entered college at the prestigious Meriweather Institute of Learning and Arts, and quickly rose to positions of authority within the student body through his persistence and vast array of skills and knowledge. Becoming part of social circles mostly due to other student's desire to be close to power, Kedar spent the next three years working on a double major in Engineering and Economics; in his spare time, he managed to publish an academic paper, learn four more languages, and assist professors in the writing of textbooks for sociology, mathematics and literature. Graduating at the end of 2549 with summa cum laude, Kedar seemed set to become one of the top business moguls of New Carthage.
However, despite his family's beliefs, fate took a different turn for the young genius. After hearing that one of his few, intimate friends had died in the Covenant invasion of, Kedar became very troubled about his place in the galaxy. So troubled, in fact, that after discussing with several counselors, the entrepreneur-to-be visited a military recruiter: spurred to action and a sense of vengeance, Kedar enrolled in a one way trip to officer school at the . Though his family felt very apprehensive about this decision - feeling Kedar's future would be much better off if he continued to focus on studies and business - they nonetheless wished him the best of luck and once again encouraged him to be the best at what he did.
At Earth's service
Arriving onshortly after , Kedar found himself in a much different world. With the students at the school composing the best that the UNSC had to offer from a wide array of backgrounds, the young, sheltered man was initially taken aback. However, quickly adapting, Kedar took to this studies with the same fervent effort he applied to all his previous endeavors: pouring himself into the academics with the ease his intellect had always granted him, Kedar found his main challenge to be physical training. Having never participated in sports throughout his school years - seeing them as a "frivolous waste of time" and unnecessary for his future career plan - Kedar found himself woefully outpaced by his fellow trainees, and began forcing himself to take steps above and beyond the standard regimen to train himself faster.
Deep in ONI's shadows
Earning his Spartan wings