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Persona Profile: Elana

Writer: Yvonne

Name: Elana
Age: 20
Birthday: m9 d14
Rank: Hold Resident
Location: Emerald Falls Hold
Job: Drudge

Physical Description of Persona:
Elana is of average height and rather shapely, with long legs and an hourglass waist. She has coppery red hair with a bit of a curl that falls to the middle of her back when she lets it down. Her skin is pale and lightly freckled, and her eyes are a dark brown. Her features are sharp in a heart-shaped face. Overall she’s rather pretty in an ordinary way.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Elana is the older sibling of twin girls. She is charming and outgoing, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued. She can also be a terrible gossip and has a bit of a vindictive streak.

Elana is used to being the centre of attention and having her doting sister at her side. She knows that she’s pretty, and she firmly believes that her appearance entitles her to great things in life. It’s made her a bit lazy and self-centred as a result. She is used to getting her way and can be petulant or cruel when her people don’t act like she thinks they ought to.

History of Persona:
Elana was born to Palinon and Elibra at Nadol Cothold, in Emerald Falls territory. Palinon was a farmer, born and raised to the Farmcraft, but her mother Elibra had been the cousin of a minor holder in Amethyst Cliff territory. Elibra had been fostered at Emerald Falls Hold when she was younger, and had met Palinon at a Gather. They'd fallen in love and Elibra had made a love match.

Elana and her twin Alina were inseparable from birth, but where Elana is bright and bold, Alina is dark and sharp. Alina was her sister's shadow, confidante, co-conspirer and follower, while Elana led, protected her, and got her into mischief. Elana was also the favoured child as both the eldest and the prettiest. Although the favouritism wasn't overt, both twins knew it and understood it to be the natural way of things—until their younger brother was born and Elana was suddenly usurped.

Given that her father was a farmer, Elana knew from early on that her destiny was to marry and have children. But being raised on her mother's stories of love and life at Emerald Falls Hold, both Elana and Alina dreamed of something more glamorous than a farmer for a husband. A good marriage could mean an easier, better life.

When the Searchriders came to Nadol Cothold they Searched Alina but not her twin. Elana was shocked when her father sent Alina to the Weyr, and her sister had the audacity to Impress the second time she Stood. Elana felt that having a greenrider as a blood relation would severely impact her chances of a good marriage, and much to her (lack of) surprise the offers haven’t been streaming in. After turning down the one - and only - offer of marriage from a local man, Elana finally persuaded her father that fostering her at Emerald Falls Hold with her mother’s Aunt Panna was the only way to secure a good marriage and prosperous future.

Family and Friends
Alina, 20, Wingrider, Cyclone Wing, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Twin Sister)
Palinon, 49, Farmer (Father)
Elibra, 43, Farmer's Wife (Mother)
Palbran, 14, Cothold brat (Brother)
Panna, 74, Retired (Great Aunt)

Approved: December 13th 2017
Last updated: January 27th 2018

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