Name Pronounced: Tass-in-va
Appearance: At the fairly good height of five feet and six inches even, Tasnva falls into the category of one of Pern's average looking women. While she is not the tallest of people, she is also not the shortest of people either. Like most women, she is one that posses obvious curves in her body, but does not flaunt them nor hide them. Her breast are the perfect size for her curvy but slim form, easily being a medium C cup in breast size. While her form is curvy, it is also slim while holding all of the lean muscle in all of the places that she needs it to be for her job as a dragonrider. While she has the muscles that can make it obvious that she is a dragonrider, she does not have too much that makes her look body look awkward or slightly out of place. So the muscles flow well with her body type and do not stand out. As the eyes travel down her body, her left thigh has a horrible scar stretching from the inside of her knee up to the outside of her hip. Though the scarring is obviously old, it is still a very obvious mark on her body, but it does not hinder her leg's function in any way.
Personality: Though many people would not be able to tell from looking at her, Tasnva can easily be hurt by the things people say about her. What may seem to be a small harmless joke about her could actually make her feel harmed by it whether they meant for it to hurt her or not. Even when people are blowing off steam around her, she'll become very sensitive to they're rantings, which sometimes leave her feeling like they were yelling at her for something instead. Most of the time, she will not let anyone see that their words have hurt her and will normally cover it up with anger. Snapping back at them or yelling at them for how inappropriate or uncalled for it was. She'll often settle for declaring it not funny and storm off to go and be by herself. Nursing the unintentional and the intentional wounds.
History: Born on the seventeenth day of the third month, Tasnva was the last child born to a Cook and Guard couple in their late thirties at Ista Hold. Though she came into the world kicking and screaming in rebellion at her sudden birth, she never grew up to be the rebellious child in the family as many thought that she would of. Growing up, she was never very close to her parents since they worked as many candlemarks as they could in order to bring more marks in for their family. Due to this, she ended up spending more time being taken care of by her older siblings. In their spare time, Tnas and Meyreat would teach her the basic things they felt every child should know. With Tnas helping her learn to read and write while Meyreat helped her figure numbers, she was a little further along in education that most other children her age.
Information about Tasnva's pets
Pet Name: Houdini (Who-dean-knee)
Pet Type: Green Wher
Appearance: Easily coming in at a little over six hundred and seventy-five pounds, it is quite clear that Houdini is on the over weight side as far as whers are concerned. She has none of the visible angles or cut muscled look on her that one is suppose to see on a wher. Instead, she has a smooth layer of pudge over her body. Even all the way down to her feet. Though it doesn't mean that the extra pudge she has on her does not look good on her, since it actually seems to fit her very well. Making her look more like the mothering wher that she is, but yet also making her look more like the powerful creature she really is. After all, under her layer of pudge lays all the thick, bulky muscles that all whers have. Even if her's isn't as visible as most whers' are. Other than her being slightly over weight, there isn't much else that is odd of her appearance. Her stunted wings and tail are slightly longer than what would be desirable in a wher, but it's not really something that is noticed real easily unless your looking for other oddities that she may have. Everything else on her body, like her head and her legs, are all perfect in proportion for her size.
Personality: There are many reasons why Houdini stands out as an oddity for her color, but the biggest one would be her strange mothering nature. She is a green that would love nothing more then be able to mother her eggs and the little pups in them. Though she won't be the best mother in the world like the rest of the whers her color, she will definitely be the most caring when it comes to taking care of eggs and even sometimes taking care of small firelizards. It wouldn't be hard to get her to take care of an egg that wasn't her. Weather it would be another wher's egg or even a firelizard's egg, she would try to do her best to ensure that its well taken care of. She has even been known to try and mother eggs that don't belong to her, even though she was convinced that, because it was an egg, it did.
Second Pet Name: Zarif (ZAH-reef)
Pet Type: Blue Firelizard
Appearance: Taking one look at Zarif, one can not doubt how small he is for his color and breeding. From the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, this little guy barely comes in at ten inches in length. His length is not the only thing that makes him small. His whole body looks rather tiny and thing; almost as if he was nothing but hide and bones! If one was to take a closer look at him though, they would easily be able to see that there was more to him than just his hide and his bones. Underneath his hide he has an astounding amount of lean muscles. Not too much, but yet just enough to make him quick and nimble, giving him the ability to move around gracefully and at an astounding speed. His wings, while thin, are also very long and well formed for a firelizard his size. One would even say that they were perfectly formed just to carry his small body around. While his wings are long and thin, his tail as whipcord thin as it is long. Some would even dare to say that it appears to be almost twice as long as his actual body is! Most of this is just an illusion from his coloring, but there is a bit of truth to it. His tail is a lot longer than what one would expect from a blue of his breeding, but he does not seem to mind. In fact, he seems to take it in stride and does not even notice that his tail is abnormally long.
Personality: As if the coloring on his hide did not make him unique enough, Zarif is rather intelligent for a firelizard and especially for one of his color. While he is not the smartest firelizard on Pern, he is capable of figuring out a wide array of situations. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to get out of a certain situation or how to get something that he does not have access to. He is very clever for a firelizard but his intelligence does not stop there. He is also very capable of understanding his owner's request for him to do certain tasks and has proven that he is able to complete them almost perfectly. There does come a bit of a down fall when it comes to his intelligence as he will only show this ability of his when it is his owner that asks him to do something. If someone else asked him to do something or figure something out, then he would act like he is no smarter than the average blue and refuse to do the task that was requested of him as if he did not understand what they were asking of him.
Information about Tasnva's dragon
Dragon Name: Perminth (Purr-men-th)
Age: 10 Turns
Wing (Weyrling Group): Wind-dance Fury
Appearance: From the day that he burst out of the Light Beacon Egg, Perminth was quite clearly one of the largest blues, if not the largest to hatch, in Arolos's time. Just as easily as he towers over several other blues and all of the greens, he easily matches the size of the smallest brown in the Weyr. Even though genetics is responsible for the majority of his huge appearance and his length of thirty feet long, it's not just that which makes him look as if he's bigger then a small brown at times. Though his wings are longer than what would be considered perfect for his size, they are obviously a powerful part of his body. His wings are not the only long part of his body, for his neck and tail are also longer than what would be considered desirable. While they're not as long as his wings are, they are still long enough to help give the illusion that he is larger than what he actually is. His slender body type would normally not add to this illusion, but since he has a very nice amount of lean muscle displayed under his hide, it adds to the illusion. Especially when he moves, making it just seem like a sea of muscle was rippling under his hide with each powerful movement. When everything is mixed with his strangely lanky hind legs and fore legs, one would think that he would be an odd looking dragon. Instead, it gives the opposite reaction since, in some strange way, everything seems to just flow into one other.
Personality: Though he may not be the perfect example of a blue, Perminth is rather easy going like the majority of blues are and is not one to get upset easily. There doesn't seem to be anything that life can throw at him that will upset him. Though in all honesty, there really is not in life much that can upset him at all. He takes every twist and turn in life as they come in stride. Over coming them all as if they were no more then the wind beneath his wings. To be honest, there isn't much that life throws at him in the first place. After all, why would one want to make this gorgeous blue fly though a bunch of hoops?
Weyr of Origin: Arolos
Abilites and weaknesses: Being whipcord fast in the air, Perminth is able to quickly move though the air with the speed of a small brown. His speed in the air is one of his greatest abilities. Where his lankiness would make a lot of the maneuvers he can pull off in the air rather awkward for other dragons, he will be the master of being able to making it look easy. His amazing control over his long limbs will show others that he can pull off the maneuvers even better than most without long limbs like he has. His slim and long body build will definitely be a big help with his great speed and agility. Coupled with the fact that he will waste very little time in the air, he is quick to prove in every fall that he is a dragon worth being in a wing.
Information about Tasnva's craft
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