A sharp, talented soldier in the Salamander Army, and later the commander of the Phoenix Army, Petra is one of the only girls in Battle School. She’s often singled out for being a girl, and seems to work extra hard in the battleroom to prove to her male rivals that she’s every bit as talented as they are. It’s suggested that Petra wanted to hurt Ender after he defeated her in battle, but in the end Petra becomes a loyal follower of Ender in his final battles.
The timeline below shows where the character Petra Arkanian appears in Ender’s Game. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Salamander
Ender walks with the other soldiers to his new barracks. Inside, he notices Petra, and joins her. Petra explains that she’s a talented soldier—the finest sharpshooter in Salamander—but hasn’t... (full context)
...by pointing his legs at Condor soldiers—this way, he’s a much smaller target. Ender sees Petra shooting many enemy soldiers. He feels himself being shot and frozen, and watches as the... (full context)
Chapter 9: Locke and Demosthenes
...nine years old, and a toon leader in the Phoenix Army, which is led by Petra Arkanian. He’s respected and admired by nearly everyone in Battle School—but this sometimes frustrates him.... (full context)
Chapter 11: Veni Vidi Vici
...day, Ender wakes up to find that he has another battle scheduled, this time with Petra Arkanian’s army, Phoenix. He’s disturbed to see that he’s already late: the battle is scheduled... (full context)
Chapter 12: Bonzo
...there are too many Salamander soldiers nearby. Suddenly, Ender hears someone calling his name. It’s Petra, asking if she could talk to Ender. Ender is reluctant to stop, so he keeps... (full context)
Chapter 14: Ender’s Teacher
...smooth relationship with him. Strangely, Ender’s friendship with his commanders weakens during this period: Alai, Petra, and Bean respect Ender and become excellent at understanding his commands, but they cease to... (full context)