Character type: Dragonrider
Appearance: A'lain is pretty in an androgynous sort of way. He's not especially tall, standing at 5'9" and though he has developed some muscle tone, he's still fairly slender. His hair is long and pale blond, and is thick and luxuriant. His eyes are a warm hazel, fringed by long lashes. There are lines around his eyes and mouth, and there's something about the way he carries himself that suggests a certain weary resignation.
Personality: Sometimes even A'lain doesn't know what his actual personality has been like, since he's had to suppress much of it over the past decade or so. As a result, these days he's rather cautious with most people. He'll happily chat with just about anyone, and is an extremely good listener, but he'd prefer to keep the conversation surface-level and superficial. That said, he seems most comfortable around women. He's the type who's always had an easier time making friends with women than with other men, because at least it's safe to develop emotional closeness with women.
History: A'lain's childhood couldn't have been more of a cliche if he'd tried. He was born in the Harper Hall. His father was a Harper, his mother a Healer. He was, unfortunately, the only child Aranok and Laina ever conceived, so they showered him with affection. From an early age, young Arolain had two dreams: to become a Harper and to ride a dragon. Befitting the cliche that was his childhood, he was Searched at twelve and sent off to Fort Weyr. During the next two years he learned that he wasn't interested at all in girls in the way everyone expected him to be, and that this would make his life in Fort difficult. He made the mistake of confessing his inclinations to one of the Fort ACMs, hoping for some sage advice. The advice he got was: "You'd better hope you Impress then, and if you do, for Faranth's sake don't advertise the way you are to anyone." Later he overheard a conversation he shouldn't have in which two older Harpers discussed one of their number who, like Arolain, preferred men. The harper had been indiscreet and banished to a remote hold and instructed to have nothing to do with any children he might encounter. As helping to teach had been Arolain's fervent wish when he finished Harper training, he had to accept that he'd either have to find some way to suppress his urges or, as the ACM had said, Impress.
Information about A'Lain's pets
Pet Name: Linus
Pet Type: Blue Firelizard
Appearance: Linus is a squat, dark blue flit. He will grow up to be fairly small in stature even for a blue, but his build is solid. He seems to have become quite attached to a purple cloth that covered the egg pot from which he hatched, and is always carrying around pieces of his "blanket" in his mouth, despite A'lain's best efforts to talk him out of it. When not carrying the cloth, he usually likes to wrap himself up in something warm.
Personality: Ultimately, Linus is smart, but lazy. If there's work to be done... he'll get to it eventually and try to cut every corner he can. He is fascinated by all foods, but particularly large legumes. He tends to be a bit of a dreamer. Despite his laziness, he'll pretty much make friends with anyone willing to pet him or feed him, provided he doesn't have to move very far and you don't take his blanket.
Information about A'Lain's dragon
Dragon Name: Jekorath
Wing (Weyrling Group): CandidateMasters
Appearance: Jekorath is a sturdy little green. She's on the small side, but well-muscled. Her hide is an emerald hue, with streaks of a lighter green throughout. She has earned her fair share of threadscores, which she wears proudly.
Personality: Jekorath isn't a particularly vain green. She's quiet, hard-working and generally fairly steady. She knows her own worth, and doesn't particularly feel the need to show off. Let people take her as she is. She's extremely protective of her rider, though, perhaps a bit more so than usual, and generally tends to distrust the people who want to get close to him.
Weyr of Origin: Fort
Abilites and weaknesses: For a green, Jekorath's endurance is higher than normal. She tends to be more of a plodder than a sprinter. Being on the small side, she can usually get to most places easily, but she is not nearly as agile or graceful as some of her fellow dragons.
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