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Persona Profile: Iskara

Writer: Estelle

Name: Iskara
Age: 23
Birthday: m11 d9
Rank: Wingrider, Cyclone Wing
Location: Dolphin Cove Weyr
Craft: Seacrafter
Craft Rank: Junior Apprentice

Physical Description of Persona:
Iskara is a dragonrider from her head to the tips of her toes. She is tall, lean and athletic in build, with short, straight dark hair cut to fit under a riding cap. Her features are sharp and elegant rather than pretty, with a wide mouth and vivid green eyes whose gaze holds a hint of mockery. When not in riding gear, she favours bold colours and close-fitting styles, and prefers trousers and boots to dresses and slippers.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Strong-minded, daring and fiercely competitive, Iskara inspires strong reactions in her fellow wingriders - though not always positive ones. She gets bored if everyone gets along comfortably, and can't resist stirring up trouble, but she's also smart enough to stay (mostly) on the good side of her superiors. Iskara is ambitious and does not suffer from over-modesty, but she is hard-working enough to back up her high opinion of herself.

Not many people realise that Iskara is continually comparing others to herself and finds it hard to bear when one of her peers achieves more than she does. She can be outwardly charming and exciting to be around, but she knows how to use her words to wound with icy precision when she wants to. Although she gets a lot of attention, she has few trusted friends.

History of Persona:
Iskara grew up at Windswept Islands Weyr. Her mother was a greenrider, but she doesn't know (or care) exactly who her father was. As a weyrbrat, her goal was to become a dragonrider, but she began an apprenticeship with the seacraft, a common path for young people at the island Weyr. At first, this was to get the occasional break from Weyr chores, but she enjoyed learning to sail small boats with the other apprentices and the sense of freedom and challenge it gave her. She Impressed green Hylith when she was 15 and was just old enough to join the Wings straight from graduation.

During weyrling training, a bitter dispute developed between Iskara and another, holdbred greenrider, which started as a rivalry over the affections of a bronzerider from their class but spiralled out of control. After graduation the other young woman first tried to ignore Iskara and then requested a transfer to another Wing, but when she was given a coveted spot in the Weyrleader's Wing it only made Iskara's envy worse. Eventually, following yet another public confrontation and the failure of any kind of punishment to make a difference, Iskara's Wingleader's patience ran out and he sought a transfer for her to Dolphin Cove Weyr.

Dragon's Name: Hylith
Dragon's Age: 8
Dragon's Colour: Green
Description of Dragon:
Hylith is a smaller green, but sleek, fast and agile in the air, making up for her lesser strength and stamina. Her hide is a vivid jade green, unmarred as yet by Thread injuries. She loves aerial acrobatics, teasing and showing off for the male dragons of the Weyr, and delights in flaming clumps of Thread which are out of reach for her larger wingmates. Outgoing and friendly, she shares her rider's confidence, if not the darker side of her nature.

Approved: October 3rd 2022
Last updated: October 7th 2022

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