Character type: Harper
Appearance: Isabra is tall for a woman, of a height with most men, and lanky. She has small breasts and slim hips, enough so that she could pass as a young man with little effort, were her face not so feminine. Her jaw is narrow, tapering to a pointed chin; her mouth is full and round; her nose is what can best be describe as 'pert,' though not in her hearing. She takes no pains to either accentuate or obscure that femininity-- her cheeks are more likely to be smudged with ink or wood varnish than with rouge. Her dark brown hair is usually tied ruthlessly in a knot, and her medium brown eyes are just a slight bit squinty from nearsightedness. For clothing, she generally wears standard apprentice-issue tunics and skirts or trousers, but every Turn's End she sports a new Gather dress. They're not exquisite works by any means-- she's a Harper, not a Tailor-- but she did learn a few tricks of the needle at her mother's knee, and she spends the entire Turn making each one in her free time. The newest dress is usually given away after the Gather, because she does not wish to wear them twice, and her storage space is too limited to keep six fancy dresses.
Personality: While not without friends, Isabra does not go out of her way to make new ones. Acquaintances, yes, for those are often useful, but there simply aren't all that many people she'd like to be chummy with. She *despises* stupidity, and the definition of "stupidity" is ever-expanding. Crying is something she abhors, and will curse herself worse than anyone else on the rare occassion she's driven to it. When calm, she is well versed in the Harper skills of diplomacy and tact. When highly emotional, she has a tendency to become snappish, and must work on detaching herself from the situation as to avoid disgracing her Craft. Not the best of teachers, she is better at individual tutoring than group instruction. This is probably related to the fact that she learns well in small groups, and best when given something to puzzle through and experiment with.
History: Born the youngest girl and second-youngest child of five full siblings, fifth-youngest if you count her three half-brothers, Isabra had a fairly normal Pernese cotholder childhood. She and her siblings got along well, and they usually had enough to eat except in the hardest Turns. Her life is not without trauma-at age ten she witnessed her motherís fatal heart attack. Her father and brothers were hours away at market, and her sister was out being courted by a local boy. Isabra could do nothing to stop the attack. It was late in the afternoon when her sister returned, to find Isabra sitting on the floor, silent and nearly as motionless as the corpse she sat beside.
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