Inara Serra is played by Morena Baccarin. Born in the late 25th century on Sihnon, Inara is a Companion, a high-society courtesan licensed by the Union of Allied Planets (the “Alliance”). In Alliance society, Companions are part of the social elite, often accompanying the wealthy and powerful. There is considerable ritual and ceremony surrounding their services, which appear to extend beyond sex to nurturing psychological, spiritual, physical, and emotional well being. Companions do not view themselves as prostitutes and are insulted by the suggestion.
One of the interactions that Inara has with the captain in the show is him calling her a whore, mostly to annoy and shame her. I decided to play with this in my drawing. “That’s the last time you get to call me whore” is something she said to him on the day they met. It seemed a fitting quote, as that is the fine line between the characters.