Name Pronounced: BITH - ah - nee
Appearance: Byth is slender in appearance with a heart shaped face and a slightly pointed chin, with long dark matted hair and blue eyes. Her eyes are darkly shadowed with the events of her past. She's about 5' 5" tall but she's not likely to grow any more. Stick-thin with minimal curves, she wears heavily worn clothing and is usually dirt-streaked. She no longer cares about her appearance, there's no-one to see.
Personality: A cheerful soul when with her parents, Byth became more moody and easily upset when they transferred to Arolos. She didn't like hearing M'rak's other children talking nastily about her parents and she thought their viewpoint was wrong and unjust. She's an animal lover and hoped to have her own feline, but this never came about. She regretted not going with her parents when they asked her to although she loved her aunt very much too. She became spirited and independent once she got to Arolos. Her sweet appearance hid a quick mind and a liability to hold a grudge if someone crosses her.
History: Byth is M'rak and Linsa's older child, and half sister to M'rak's other children. She was conceived during one of Erith's flights and therefore is extra special to her parents, as Linsa didn't really want any children of her own while she had her step children to keep an eye on. But when Byth was born Linsa's maternal instinct turned up in full force and she kept her with her for as long as she could before having to return to duty. It was with huge regret that Byth was handed over to M'rak's sister, but she spent as much time as she could with her. Byth loves both her parents' dragons but is especially close to Erith. Dragons fascinate her and she was often late for meals and lessons because she was dragon-watching.
Information about Bythany's pets
Pet Name: Iluka
Pet Type: Green Firelizard
Appearance: Illy is a tiny flit whose pale sparkling hide has surprised both her pet and the girl who gave her the egg. She'll fill out somewhat as she gets older but she'll always be on the small side for her colour.
Personality: Quiet and unassuming, Illy doesn't make her presence felt, she's just there. She's compliant by nature but will become very uncooperative when she reaches maturity and rises. She does a good job of being Byth's letter carrier and is currently living mainly with Byth's parents.
Information about Bythany's dragon
Dragon Name: Quayinth (deceased)
Age: 18 Months
Wing (Weyrling Group): Ignore
Appearance: In size, as in most other things, Quayinth will be average. He is a pale blue, but he will have one distinguishing mark. Along his back, between his wings, runs a rather ugly mark. It's a dark blue, and more than anything looks like a massive bruise.
Personality: From Hatching, the little blue will be horribly jealous and possessive - not just of his rider, but of anyone in authority too. He won't be able to bear anyone else getting praised - be it by a Wingleader, a WeyrlingMaster, or simply a more senior dragon. For small things, such occasions will result in no more than a small persistent ((But I did well, didn't I?)) which will be repeated until he too is complimented.
Weyr of Origin: Arolos
Abilites and weaknesses: He'll never be a good loser, and won't forgive those who beat him easily. In adulthood though Quayinth's reaction will be much more dangerous than in babyhood. He may not kick and scream so much any more, but he will hold grudges, and those are a bad thing to have in a Wing. It takes only a moment of temptation and bad judgment, and a wingmate could be injured or worse, dead. Quayinth may be sorry afterwards, but it will be too late then.
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