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Persona Profile: N'vanik

Writer: Devin


Name: N'vanik
Age: 40
Birthday: m9 d22
Rank: Weyrleader
Location: Dolphin Cove Weyr
Craft: Woodsmith
Craft Rank: Junior Apprentice
Face Claim: Josh Holloway

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Physical Description of Persona:
N'vanik is just over six feet and well-built with lean muscle he began to develop even before becoming a rider. A small Threadscar on his left cheek does not detract from his good looks. He has dark blonde hair that grows straight and is kept a little long. Most often he has a day or two of stubble on his face. His hazel eyes can sparkle with mischief as easily as they smolder with anger.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Once angry and aloof, N'vanik has grown into a confident, even warm, man. Doubts and feelings of unworthiness can still trouble him from time to time, the legacy of a difficult early life. His sense of humor can be self-deprecating or biting toward others, though it’s most often playful.

Where he once he bedded as many women as frequently as he could, he now focuses most of his attentions on Talryne and other close relationships. That certainly doesn’t stop him from indulging here and there, and many women have found themselves in the arms of the Weyrleader when the mood strikes. He’s still an incorrigible flirt and will even tease men.

He is casual, almost too casual, and has little use for formality outside of what is necessary for Wing discipline. When provoked he has a fiery temper, and woe to those who cross him. N'vanik fiercely protects those he cares for and is willing to bend or even break rules for their sake.

History of Persona:
Born at Jade Harbour Hold, his early life was not a happy one. N'vanik's mother died when he was young, and his father was abusive. When he was 14, he ran away from home and lived holdless. For turns he drifted, traveling with caravans or working at various holds. When a Searchrider offered him a chance to Stand, he was hesitant to give up his independent life. But the lure of an easy life as a dragonrider was too good to pass up. Only sevendays later he Impressed Loseth and for the first time in his life he felt love and acceptance. He quickly became the bane of the Weyrlingmaster, defying his authority at nearly every turn. Later as a wingrider he was lax in his duties, frustrating his wingmates and causing them to wonder how he ever Impressed bronze. He transferred to Dream's End shortly after it reopened, but the move did little to improve his attitude.

When Thread began to fall, there was a sudden change in him. With a menace to fight, his performance in drills improved dramatically. His Wingleader, V’surin, saw potential in him despite N’vanik’s attitude problems. If V’surin had not died in Fall, things might have turned out very differently. The Wingleader who replaced him saw nothing but trouble in N’vanik, and antagonized the grieving man until their clashes grew physical. Punching a Wingleader was the last straw, and it was decided that he should again be transferred to another Weyr.

At Dragonsfall, he began to repeat the same old patterns: fighting, drinking, and volatile relationships. Then one night Talryne showed up at his door, newly dragonless and lonely. Feeling responsible for her dragon's death, he took her in. Over time he fell in love, and for both of them it's their first stable relationship. People kept referring to them as weyrmates and after a while N’vanik stopped correcting them. Even though they still have separate weyrs, their lives are intermingled and they are weyrmates in every sense that truly matters.

One day a girl showed up and declared herself to be none other than his daughter. She wanted little to do with him aside from a ticket into the Weyr, but N’vanik pushed to become part of Cosani's life. They’ve grown a little closer, but Cosani maintains a distance.

When Traelyn, his on-again-off-again lover, threw her flight open at Dolphin Cove, N'vanik took the chance. His surprising win meant a huge adjustment in his life, and after Turns he has finally settled into his role as Weyrleader.

After a sweeprider rescued a prickly, wary, holdless young man, N’vanik took him under his wing. He sees a lot of himself in J’ackt and is determined to give him a better life than N’vanik himself had.

N'vanik kept his position even after the Senior Weyrwoman changed twice. While they had a contentious early relationship, he and Cyradis are now close friends, sometimes lovers, and true partners in leading the Weyr.

Family and Friends
Cosani, 22, Wingrider, Cyclone Wing, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Daughter)
R'enh, 35, Acting Weyrleader, Dragonsfall Weyr (friend)
Traelyn, 34, Wingrider, Volcano Wing, Dolphin Cove Weyr (ex-lover)
Rhosyn, 37, Wingrider, A NP, NPC Weyr (ex-lover)
Talryne, 28, Senior Apprentice Weaver, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Weyrmate)
Cyradis, 44, Weyrwoman, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Weyrwoman and sometimes lover)
J'ackt, 22, Wingrider, Hurricane Wing, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Protege)
Nisheyl, 4, Weyrbrat (Daughter)

Dragon's Name: Loseth
Dragon's Age: 23
Dragon's Colour: Bronze
Description of Dragon:
Proud and competitive, Loseth is also friendly. When his rider was at his most prickly and defensive, Loseth brought out the tenderness in N’vanik and was often the voice of reason to counter his quick temper. In the last few Turns, N’vanik has grown to be a little more like his bronze.

Loseth is massive, though he has a bit more in height and length than in bulk. His hide is a light coppery bronze with minor scorings on his right flank and left forearm.

After Talryne lost her dragon, Loseth began to speak to her and he shares a close bond with his rider’s weyrmate.

Approved: August 15th 2005
Last updated: March 11th 2024

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