Character type: Dragonrider
Appearance: Cathern has inherited her father's blue-grey eyes, which change depending on her mood, but otherwise is almost a carbon copy of her mother, Larissa - 5'4", blonde hair (somewhat darker than Larissa's) just past her shoulderblades, and a petite frame. Easily the more ladylike of the twins, before Impressing Altalath, she was almost always in a short, sleeveless dress (with reinforced shoulders, for her flit) that showed a lot of leg, except when riding runners or performing some of the ickier chores which Candies are assigned. Now a full goldrider, the clothes she wears indicate her more mature state; skirts now reach almost to her knees, and she can often (especially at Telgar, where it's not quite as warm) even be found in *gasp* TROUSERS!
Personality: In a word: mercurial. She's generally a happy sort, and when she *is* down about something, it's usually for just a brief period, after which she simply shrugs, grins, and says "Oh well!" and all is good again. She likes men (though she has been known to claim that "the only ones worth anything are older ones and bronzers!") but is generally more of a tease than a flirt. Despite her once-skimpy clothing and having more or less grown up in a Weyr, Cathern can still be quite self-concious regarding men and nudity; while she rather enjoys sex, she'll never be the type to chase a partner (not that she generally needs to) or swim in the nude. And though she accepts homosexuality as it applies to other people (helped, perhaps, by the preferences of her own twin), she gets rather squicked by the idea of sleeping with another woman herself. As she once remarked, "Hey, there are people who couldn't fathom riding a runner; doesn't mean they have a problem with those who DO enjoy it!"
History: -Born: 11.23, 7 years before the current Pass
Information about Cathern's pets
Pet Name: Obnok
Pet Type: Flit (blue)
Appearance: Obnok is a medium-sized, cobalt-blue flit. He has lighter splotches on his wings and back, and a dark blue blaze on his muzzle. Banded in a red-gold-red pattern.
Personality: Obnok comes by his name honestly: it's short for "obnoxious", which he is. It's not that he's clumsy - although he often appears that way - it's just that he sometimes forgets that there're objects around that are easily knocked over. Either that, or he simply doesn't *care*; Cathern isn't quite sure which is the case. He also has a habit of curling up on Cathern's pillow after taking a swim, and walking across her clothing with inky/muddy/oily paws. But he doesn't MEAN any harm, honest!
Information about Cathern's dragon
Dragon Name: Altalath
Wing (Weyrling Group): Gold Spark
Appearance: -Hatched: 8.09.07.01 (Sandstormers)
Personality: Despite her smaller size, Altalath will be well aware of her status as a gold. She will expect to be looked up to, even by those who must hunker down to do so. 'Show-off' is a label she will quickly earn, though she won't quite understand it; she _is_ that good, and everyone _should_ watch her, in her opinion. Whether it be trying to learn some skill before her clutchmates do (perhaps so she can lord it over them), or simply holding forth at length on a subject (even if she has to make half of it up as she goes along, just to keep up the narrative), she will leap head-first into any opportunity to be the first, the fastest, the best. Some may be tempted to compare her to a stereotypically gossipy green for the way her mouth runs, though they'd best not do that in her hearing. It's not that she has anything against greens; it's just that she's gold, and gold is the very best thing to be.
Weyr of Origin: Arolos
Abilites and weaknesses: Smaller than most golds, Altalath displays a grace and agility that earned her the nickname of "Golden Dancer". She may not be as speedy as her lesser cousins - as she tends to think of blues and greens - but she can perform aerial maneuvers that could almost put even a green to shame. Or at least a blue. And even on the ground, she shows a sinuous grace, her lithe limbs moving with the surety of a feline's stalking its prey.
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