Name Pronounced: (tal-shay)
Appearance: He is a skinny young lad that's been tanned and tempered by a combination of routine physical work and the ever-changing, exciting environment of the Arolos protectorate. His skin is a light coffee color; after all the sun- and windburns he managed to pick up a very nice tan but the whipping scars on his back show up in a blatantly obvious contrast of colors.
Personality: He is a mentally tough boy who gives off a very relaxed and laid-back approach to almost any situation, but he is susceptible to worry and fear like any other person. His strange past has given him not only a strong hatred for physical abuse, but it has taught him a valuable lesson: keep going.
History: Talshai is Journeyman Seacrafter Sevaulin’s first son; his mother is Alawina, a common drudge and laundry worker. He was fostered into their care. When he came of age, Talshai Apprenticed into the Seacraft and joined his father aboard the Wildwinds where he endured hazing and initiation rituals, many of which left remarkable scars on his body. The lack of his father’s interference was not taken lightly and Talshai began to wonder if his father really cared.
Father: Sevaulin (59), Seacrafter - Arolos Seahold
Mother: Alawina (60), laundry worker - Arolos Seahold
Siblings: Yvaunda, deceased
Friends: Priiyah, Candidate; Meliana, Candidate; Lyrra, green Phinth; F'lox , brown Baerth
Lovers: Meliana, Candidate
Arolosian Timeline (T.M.D.)
(10.03.12) Talshai and Yvaunda both arrive at Arolos Weyr to be Candidates.
(10.11.25) Talshai fails to Impress from the FrostedSentinels clutch. He decides to remain on hand in the Weyr for the rest of his days.
(10.12.02) He decides to re-Apprentice into the Bakercraft so that he can make use of himself in the Kitchens while he waits patiently for the next clutch, each time trying his chance at Impression.
(11.03.12) Now as an Apprentice Baker, his Turn in the Candidate Barracks ends, and Talshai moves into the workers' quarters to live out the next few Turns of his life rather than return to his previous Craft on the seas. He rather enjoys Weyrlife and has adapted to it quite nicely.
(13.04.17) The Island Jewels hatching; Talshai very nearly doesn't make it due to Yvaunda being injured. He refuses to Stand at first but is coerced into it by his sister.
(14.10.22) Talshai takes part in the fifth simulation hatching with cloth dragonets, an exercise designed to help understand what it is like to care for a dragonet on the first day of Impression. His partner for the day is the gorgeous green Vionanth and his sim-AWLM for the day is bluerider T'rston.
(14.10.28) Together with Candidate Siobahn, Talshai gets the privilege of scrubbing Ormanth's gravid belly. Hopefully, he made some kind of impression on the queen and later he'll be able to make some Impression on one of her hatchlings.
(15.09.12) Talshai's sister Yvaunda is killed in the volcanic eruption and he receives the news a sevenday later. Grief overtakes him.
(16.04.10) Talshai meets Beldaran and Priiyah before one of the Candidate lessons in the classroom, and hopefully makes some new friends.
(16.04.22) After a talk with Assistant Candidatemaster P'olo, Talshai grows concerned about making the deadline for hatching. After mulling over it in his head, he decides to voluntarily leave the Candidate program and live his life as a Baker. Nine failed Impressions seems like more than enough for him.
(16.06.04) Talshai walks the tables and receives his Junior Journeyman knots.
(16.08.08) Talshai receives the Imperious, Distinguished, and Regal Egg, from which hatches his new companion, a blue firelizard that he names Nip.
(16.10.9 -10.13) Though he doesn't escape the quarantine, Talshai does manage to escape the plague. Thank Faranth!
(17.2.4) Talshai and Meliana spend Wendeth's flight together - wonder if they'll live to regret it?
Information about Talshai's pets
Pet Name: Nip
Pet Type: Blue Firelizard
Appearance: The Imperious, Distinguished, and Regal Egg
Personality: From the very start, this young flit will display an attitude that is suave, sophisticated, and debonair, to the point that he will roll smoothly out of his eggshell and take to his feet with perfect style and grace, with absolutely none of the clumsiness that so many draconics experience upon first Hatching, not even losing his footing for an instant. A cloudy grayish-blue in color, with darker navy-blue spots splotched all over his hide randomly like the spotted variety of the large Southern felines, this blue flit, long, lean and muscular in build, will always faintly remind his Pet of one of the great cats he resembles -- with a dignified, faintly regal demeanor, secure in the knowledge of his superiority over the riffraff in every way, but also possessing an edge of savagery beneath his seemingly cultured surface, an edge which can strike if provoked. And, very much like a great cat, this dignified-seeming blue flit will always desire revenge against those who have done him or his Pet a wrong, with a tendency to snap at the fingers of the person who has offended or harmed him or his Pet, something that the above human will have to watch out for.
Information about Talshai's craft
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