Name Pronounced: Nih-KOO-uh
Appearance: Nikua is not terribly tall, standing only 5'1”, but she's solid from her work as a smithy apprentice. It's clear she's a bit of a late-bloomer, but she's showing a fair number of curves these days. Things caught up pretty well in the past year, and all that awkwardness of adolescence is falling away rapidly, like a butterfly's cocoon, and she's emerging to be a lovely young woman. Her complexion is dark, with a tiny smattering of darker freckles, and a small nose and high cheekbones calling to mind her potentially Inuit ancestry. Her eyes are nearly as black as her hair, which she keeps cropped short to her earlobes at the moment, lest it get caught in gears or singed in the forges. She has several small burn scars on her hands and a few more less-small ones on her forearms and elsewhere—marks of education with hot glass, mostly—but she heals fast and looks quite healthy, overall.
Personality: Nikua's got the spark and wit of her harper mother and the fearless creativity of her smithy father. It takes a certain level of bravery to put your hand (wherhide gloves notwithstanding) into a hot furnace with a blowing pipe to lift out a lump of molten glass, and skill to turn it into something beautiful without ever directly touching it... Oh, and a lot of willpower not to burst into tears in front of an awful lot of male peers as a young teenager when the piece you've spent days on breaks on the cooling rack.
History: Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, in the vicinity of Telgar Hold, a harper lass and a strong, kind smithy, discovered each other. The two Crafters produced their first child, who came by her passions and proclivities honestly. She's had good schooling (her mother made sure she knew how to read and write, and her father insisted she learn mathematics properly, even though it was more difficult for her), but her real love is in the more creative things, an inclination from both sides.
Information about Nikua's pets
Pet Name: Bramble
Pet Type: Green Firelizard
Appearance: Bramble is a rich forest green, with a few lighter swirls here and there like sunlight filtered through a leafy canopy, making her look almost dappled, especially in strong light. She's very small, even for a green, but she's never shown any indication of being less than healthy. She's just tiny.
Personality: Even for a green, she's affectionate. She's barely ever shown hostility toward anyone (except maybe a few of the male apprentices that Nikua has worked with that she didn't take a fancy to), and can usually be found curled up around Nikua's neck like a scarf. She does enjoy a good game, though, and Niki has procured her a tiny leather ball that she is completely fixated on. You can talk about toy-driven canines, but Bramble beats them all hollow as far as what she'll do for that ball.
Information about Nikua's dragon
Dragon Name: Veranoth
Wing (Weyrling Group): MelodyMakers
Personality: The accident she had in Hatching left Veranoth with a sober outlook on life. For a moment, she is certain, she died.. and it wasn't all that bad. She will do her best to convince her lifemate not to be afraid of death - which might at times lead them to suicidal-seeming maneuvers.
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Information about Nikua's craft
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