Name Pronounced: Cal-ah-ran
Appearance: With copper-colored hair that falls straight around his handsome face, Calaran is a broad-shouldered boy, standing at 6'", with a sprinkling of freckles decorating his nose and shoulders. He's taken to working out quite a bit in hopes to help fill out his frame, so he has a slightly toned look to him. His shoulders seem constantly sunburned - perhaps someday he'll peel and tan, but so far he's had no luck. Something about how he smiles from behind his hair and the way his eyes seem to shift between that brilliant green and a deep turquoise, as well as the confidence in which he holds himself, makes the girls swoon... and even some of the boys, too.
Personality: Rather stoic and sometimes quiet, he does make friends - when he speaks - with his quick wit and clever tongue. There's a streak of stubborn honor and chivalry in him, and he's honest to a fault. He's quick to stand up for what he believes in, and this has resulted in a few brawls and a couple nice black eyes on his 'prettyboy' face. More often than not, however, all is mended within a few days, as Calaran really does hate to leave things on a bad note.
History: Born to a single drudge mother in Telgar Hold, Calaran has never met his father. Ever since he was old enough, he's been helping his mother with anything he could - be it cooking, or, once he was old enough, helping in the care of his younger brother, Baterry. In fact, Calaran was eager to help everyone...often found either alongside the healer... or scrubbing in the kitchen... or cleaning out the firepits... Calaran was everywhere in the Hold, constantly learning - and when his brother was old enough (which didn't take long, really), the two were constantly seen side-by-side, neither of them even remotely afraid to get their hands dirty. It was a rather peaceful life - Calaran had his brother to wrestle with and his mom to talk to.
8.10.05.13 - arrives at the weyr.
8.10.05.14 - Incapable of sleep on his first night/second morning at the Weyr, Calaran sneaks out of the Barracks and makes his way to the Rim, to think. He's startled out of his reverie by the approach of Athea, another Candidate having the same issue he is. The two become fast friends.
8.10.05.15 - On his third day at the Weyr, Calaran assists the ACM, Stryka, in moving from one office to another, along with Whytny, Trevyn, and Phylyp. The group is the next afternoon off that week for their troubles.
8.10.05.16 - Phylyp's brilliant idea takes Calaran, Whytny, Trevyn and Oltarya up North for their afternoon off. Calaran, who has never seen snow before, can't really think much of it, other than 'cold'.
8.10.05.17 - Another sleepless night on the Rim. This time, a girl named Liachel interrupts Calaran's silent musings. (Doesn't anyone sleep at this Weyr?!?)
8.10.07.14 - Having spent a lot of time with Athea since his arrival, he finds her in his arms and his lips on hers. It takes that moment for the two of them to realize that they're more than friends...
8.10.08.04 - It's a good thing calaran and Athea are officially a couple, because it turns out Athea is pregnant.
8.10.08.09 - Athea decides to keep the baby. Calaran is secretly thrilled.
8.10.09.09 - Athea and Calaran tell Stryka that Athea is pregnant, and that neither of them will be Standing at the next Hatching, but that they will remain Candidates.
8.10.09.16 - Athea miscarries at three months along. Calaran is devastated, and unconsiously blames her for it, though he does his best not to.
22.214.171.124 - Calaran and Athea Stand together for the FrostedSentinels Hatching. Athea Impresses - Calaran does not. Later that night, after the feast, he calmly tells her not to wait for him, doing a fantastic job of hiding his inner turmoil.
8.11.01.13 - Baterry is (finally!) Searched. He and Calaran celebrate by doing...nothing. It's a fun nothing, though.
8.11.06.07 - Calaran Stands for the EarthShaker's Hatching, and again fails to Impress. His downward spiral into depression is nearly complete.
8.11.07.01 - At the urgings of his brother, calaran begins regular visits to the mindhealers. He is relieved to know that many Candidates suffer depression after failing to Impress, especially after Standing for multiple Hatchings.
126.96.36.199 - At the recommendation of the mindhealer, Calaran leaves the Weyr, taking a break from his Candidacy.
8.15.01.09 - Upon receiving word that his brother has Impressed, Calaran ends his travels and returns to the Weyr, where he resumes his Candidacy with all the vigor and passion he'd started with, so long ago.
8.16.12.01 - Ormanth's clutch brings 29 eggs! The queen calls Calaran to see her Pillars of Fire egg.
8.17.01.15 - While protecting his friend Hebeca from the Holders of Symphony Hold, Calaran is brutally murdered by Holder Tiedav.
Calaran is a candidate. His colour preference is Bronze/Brown
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