Name Pronounced: Vah-lure
Appearance: V'ler is tall, dark-haired, and handsome. He has chiseled cheekbones that lead up to deep hazel eyes that tend to sparkle with amusement. His nose and lips are proportional for his face, but his nose has a bit of an arc from being broken in a fight. If you look closely at his ears, they're not quite even. The left one is slightly higher than the right. He can wiggle them too, a trick he learned as a kid playing with his siblings. He's handsome in the face, almost overly so. If he was arrogant and pretentious, the effect would be too much. As it is, his crooked half-cocked smile is constantly there, making it hard to hate him because he's beautiful. He has a casual confidence about him too, the kind where he just looks naturally good, as if he doesn't have to try to hard. Which is partially true; he's not one to put much work into his looks, but he's also a bit vain about them. He likes to think he just takes care of himself.
Personality: V'ler is naturally a fun-loving easy-going guy. He has an easy-going attitude that masks a more serious underlay. He understands that people perceive him in a particular way, and uses that natural tendency of perception to his advantage. People tend to underestimate him, so that the pressure to succeed is nearly completely internal. When he succeeds in a splendid fashion, he enjoys the surprise he sees in others. He also enjoys a sense of adventure, or doing something just because he's expected not to. He tends to move through life with confidence and a casual air of indifference. He doesn't consider himself magnetic or charming, rather he just is who he is, though the terms certainly apply. He lacks true arrogance, and usually only compliments himself in a self-deprecating way.
History: Valeron's father, Alderon, was a shipbuilder and his mother, Viviana, a creche worker at Ista Hold. He has several siblings including two brothers, A'ver, and V'ctor (deceased) and three sisters, Vivaldi, Vivia, and Avera. He grew up especially close to Vivaeldi, who was 2 Turns older than he was, in part because his two older brothers left for Igen Weyr to live with an uncle there. He never really understood why they left, and as a kid, it deeply troubled him. After Viv apprenticed to the healers, he decided to apprentice in his father's craft.
Information about V'ler's pets
Pet Name: Sunshine
Pet Type: Green Firelizard
Appearance: Though quite large for a green, she’s not the prettiest. She’s one of the few creatures to hatch that will almost match her egg, though her hide is a darker shade of lime green than the shell she hatched from. She’s almost uniform in colour except for a big, unattractive splotch of swampy-green across her neck and left shoulder that clashes horribly with the rest of her. She’s solidly built, clearly made more for stamina and strength than is usual for a green.
Personality: Some might say this green has more in common with a wher than a dragon, and its true as far as her vision goes. She’s painfully sensitive to light, hardly able to stand being outside in the sun, though on a good day she can tolerate it when the sky is very overcast. She’s a temperamental and moody thing and often snappish when she’s feeling extra irritated by the pain light causes her. She will be very attached to her owner, perhaps because she will rely on them so much throughout the day if she’s out with them, or because she will miss them when she decides to shut herself away in the dark.
Information about V'ler's dragon
Dragon Name: Kiyosarath
Wing (Weyrling Group): Thunder Flame
Appearance: Kiyo is a simple average brown. He's average in size; average in color which resembles freshly-mixed mud; and average in capabilities. His biggest distinguishing feature is the interesting pattern of lighter spots that seem to decorate his left hind flank. When they were weyrlings, V'ler used to play "connect the dots" with the spots. Kiyo often stares at them, trying to see all the shapes that his rider has. He has minor Threadscoring on his right front shoulder and across his left wing sail.
Personality: Kiyo is very similar to his rider and a transcript of their running commentary would be a comedic play. At first glance, he is funny, sarcastic, and outgoing. But this covers a more protective nature. This is easily seen in his attitude towards Bajezeth. He is very protective of the green, often nurturing her and reassuring her of her value. His rider often calls him a big squishy (which Kiyo naturally feels is insulting). But the idea is that Kiyo doesn't immediately come off as taking things so seriously. He is very attune to his Rider's personal relationships and finds them interesting, often exploiting various aspects of them for his own amusement.
Weyr of Origin: Ista
Abilites and weaknesses: He's also good at reading dragons, and has been known to be quite a charmer of female greens. He tries to keep his rider busy by participating in at least one greenflight a week. He doesn't win them all, but he's pretty confident he's got a winning record (though he doesn't actually keep track).
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