Name Pronounced: Ell-eeds
Appearance: Standing at 5'9, Elides at least has the height to match some of the men, even if she doesn't have the build. Naturally a slim woman, the constant exercise and work that she puts herself through means that fat never really has a chance to stay on her.
Personality: Work is everything in Elides' life. She focuses intently on it, on trying to be the perfect rider. The more stressed and upset she gets, the harder it is to get her to take a break and go easy on herself. If she's drilling, or exercising, or doing flight-work with Araseth she can clear her mind, find a peace she rarely finds anywhere else. She's an intelligent woman - bright enough that at another Weyr, perhaps, she might have earned herself rank of some type. There's no chance of that at Fort, but still she does her best.
History: When she was a child, Elides' parents ran a small cothold which functioned as a runner station for those who needed to rest from long journeys. There weren't many children calling at the runner station, and that suited Elides just fine. She got on better with adults anyway.
Information about Elides's dragon
Dragon Name: Araseth
Wing (Weyrling Group): Thunder Flame
Appearance: An impressively-sized blue, Araseth has definitely never given Elides any reason to worry about proving *his* abilities. There's not a scrap of fat on his strong, steady frame, and his muscles seem forever tensed and twanging with nervous, restless energy. Araseth never really looks at ease resting or lounging around in one place; he's a dragon built to always be in motion, and his appearance reflects that in the awkward, tense way he holds himself. When allowed the activity that he craves, however, Araseth is a stunning sight, particularly in the air, as if nothing could ever challenge his perfection in flight. His hide is a soft, deep navy, with midnight shadowing his lower legs.
Personality: Araseth is a dragon that keeps to the edges, watching. Except in Fall, when he's a perfect Thread-fighting machine, he's not given to approaching anything directly. His preference for fully sussing something out before making his move has probably served Elides more than once, keeping her from diving right in when her focus and passion gets the best of her. Not that Araseth doesn't have his own drive. While not addicted to work the way his rider is, he does prefer to always be doing *something* even if it's something silly and useless. He has an overactive mind and a body built for activity, and his abundant stores of energy will set him to twitching and sniping if he doesn't have something to occupy himself with. At least he's never had trouble keeping up with his rider. Araseth wants to do things *right* and he believes if he pays enough attention to what a situation is telling him, then he'll be well-informed on how to react.
Weyr of Origin: Fort
Abilites and weaknesses: Araseth needs to do things *right*. Give him time to do that and he'll do brilliantly. Ask him to give you an answer on the spur of the moment though and he'll struggle.
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