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Persona Profile: K'tu

Writer: Estelle

Name: K'tu
Age: 24
Birthday: m6 d23
Rank: Wingrider, Skybroom Wing
Location: Barrier Lake Weyrhold
Craft: Smith
Craft Rank: Junior Journeyman

Physical Description of Persona:
K'tu keeps his hair short, but as a result it curls into brown locks furiously. They do not obscure his clear blue eyes though which he'll use to look you straight in the eye. As a boy he was gangly, but grew to average height and filled out to a stronger build as he pursued his craft.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Simple and straightforward are the two words that describe K'tu. He lives his life day to day, and rarely has an original thought. He took up the Smith Craft because his father was a Smith. He agreed to be a candidate because Tokallya convinced him, and transferred to Barrier Lake to stay with his closest friend.

K'tu is very carefree, and certainly not a private person. A moment alone is a very rare thing for him. He isn't outgoing, but he likes being a part of the crowd. Study groups, poker games, anything sociable he'll try to be there, enjoying the company.

History of Persona:
Kiaowtu is the third of seven children born to Loatu, Journeymen Smith and Kisaeyl. He was a sweet child, and had a rather ordinary childhood. He didn't get along with her brothers completely though. Being the gentlest of the boys he was excluded a bit. One of his mother's friends, the wife of another Smith, had a daughter closer to his age then any of his siblings. They were fast friends, and grew closer as they grow older. When he apprenticed (at his parents' urging), he began finally found himself in a peer group he could associate well with. As he grew more comfortable with people he became a social-holic. But he still always made time to be with Tokallya, who complained _endlessly_ about learning womanly duties, and wished for their harper classes once again.

As they grew older, it was obvious they cared for each other. Their mothers were thrilled they would eventually become one family. Kiaowtu was more then willing. He thought Tokallya was growing into a fascinating and passionate young woman. Their first explorations were with each other. Tokallya admitted, only to Kiaowtu, she didn't think they were quite right for each other though. Kiawotu was simple, and comfortable, but she wanted someone with as sharp a mind as hers.

Kiaowtu didn't mind, even when their parents began planning for their eventual marriage. Neither said a word, for they were both fond of each other, and if it had to be someone... why not?

When a female Craftmaster took over the Hall Tokallya jumped at the chance. Her father couldn't argue, afraid it would insult the new Master, and her mother simply thought it was just a phase to be closer to her betrothed.

Things soon changed in the hall again and Tokallya was sent packing back to her family's home. Kiawotu could see how disappointed she was. He couldn't understand how she could feel so deeply, but he recognized she was in pain. One night they were talking, and she said how she wished she could just run away to the Weyr, but how her parents wouldn't let her go. They were afraid of how her willfulness would make her father look. Kiaowtu then said, too bad she wasn't searched, instead of him. It turned out there were eggs on the sands at River Bluff Weyr. She urged Kiaowtu to accept the Search, taking her with him. He doubted he'd impress, so he agreed, and her parents consented as she had guessed they would.

He didn't Impress at his first Hatching, but continued to stand to support the fiction for Tokallya's sake, suspecting that if he stopped standing their parents would want them both back and start planning for the wedding. Eventually, much to his surprise, he Impressed brown Kadidyith.

Seven Turns later, the new Weyrhold was opened at Barrier Lake. Tokallya was keen to grasp the opportunity to use the Craft skills she'd developed over her time at the Weyr, and her enthusiasm was contagious enough that K'tu applied for a transfer to go with her.

Family and Friends
Tokallya, 25, Junior Apprentice Smith, Barrier Lake Weyrhold (Friend)
Loatu, 63, Sr Journeyman Smith (Father)
Kisaeyl, 60, Hold resident (Mother)

Dragon's Name: Kadidyith
Dragon's Age: 7
Dragon's Colour: Brown
Description of Dragon:
Kadidyith has a calm, placid character, not unlike his rider's in its openness and easygoing nature, although he is sometimes more sensible and down-to-earth than K'tu. He is fascinated by his rider's craft, and loves to watch the activities of the smithy through K'tu's eyes when the young man has the chance to practice it outside of his duties. He is a rusty reddish brown in colour, shading to darker around his head and limbs.

Approved: March 31st 2007
Last updated: October 4th 2021

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