Name Pronounced: va jall (ba lin)
Appearance: Balen isn’t a very large thing in truth, and would be more like to be pretty then handsome.
Personality: He is, to put it simple, a flirt. He will flirt with and even sleep with any woman, or if he knows he won’t hear about it later, man coming and going. He especially loves to flirt with male greenrider’s who’s mates are prody just because they are more like to be more ‘fun’ as he has come to think of his like of pain. He is careful not to tell anyone about it though after all he still isn’t sure what someone would think of it. It is this even that gets him found so often near flights as a moth.
History: He was the last child of his parents born the last turn before the start of the eighth pass, five days into the eleventh month in Igen Weyr. Having already had five children and two miscarriages before him his mother just couldn’t survive his birth and she died before he was even free and the healers were forced to cut him from her. So he has never known his mother as he killed her without even being born and his father died shortly there after. He was in the kitchens when he was about a sevenday old and ended up being careless and caught his sleeve on fire. By the time the fire was out he had sever burns on most of his right side and despite the best efforts of the healers he developed an infection that soon went to his bones and slowly ate away at him till it killed him. So he was a month and a sevenday old and without any parents, not that that is much of a problem in a Weyr, but it was the first loss in his so far young life.
Information about V'jal (Balen)'s pets
Pet Name: Patches
Pet Type: Feline
Appearance: Like her dame and hers before her Patches main colouring is black. Unlike her greatdame though she is not the pure black Blacky was. She is more like her dame in that with the splotches, or patches, of white here and there. These patches are actually where her name came from. Her fur is rather short and her right ear it flat rather then pointed over the top from a fight she got into with one of her littler mates when she was younger. Born: 08.14.12.xx
Personality: She is a happy girl for the most part, but a one man girl too. She loves Balen and will go to no one else, or at least no other human. Other felines she is usually more then willing to follow if they let her know that they want her too that is, or just attract her curiosity. She has her own mind though. While she will follow Balen to the end of pern he can’t make her do anything she doesn’t want to, but she can usually be persuaded to see things his way…if he asks nice enough.
Second Pet Name: Runaway
Pet Type: Feline
Appearance: This girl is actually the ‘runt’ of the litter rather smaller then all her litter mates, but she had been growing well so only time will tell if she will end up small or manage to get average size in the end. Her fur is a nearly pure black colour much like her dame’s, but like her dame she has white patches that mark it. Her back legs are white up to where her knees are and her entire chest is a big white patch almost like she is wearing a bib like the ‘baby’ she is. Really a bit of an interesting look, but she doesn’t seem to mind at least that is what her copper eyes sure seem to tell you when she watches you. Born: 08.20.03.04
Personality: V’jal calles her his ‘runaway kitten’. She isn’t quite a ‘normal’ kitten now that she is able to move farther and on her own. It didn’t take her long to discover Zuhelth and once she did she soon became oddly attached to the dragon and like to try and climb all over the green. If it is all dragon’s or is Zuhelth is yet to been seen, but as of now it is just one of those odd quirks that all creatures seem to have.
Information about V'jal (Balen)'s dragon
Dragon Name: Zuhelth
Wing (Weyrling Group): Thunder Flame
Appearance: Egg - Mud Puddle Egg: Some eggs shimmer and flash, some loom and frighten, and others paint pretty or bizarre pictures to grab attention. This egg looks like nothing more than a big mud puddle. It's not exactly pretty, with its shades of brown and grey, and it will never garner the sort of interest that its brighter, more flamboyant brothers and sisters demand. In fact, the egg sort of gets lost among the others, forgotten even though it's always smack dab in the middle of the clutch.
Personality: Little Zuhelth is a jittery, nervous creature. She feels emotion strongly, and none more so than worry. If surprised, she'll jump and bellow in fright. If upset, she might just throw a full-blown tantrum, though she'll be pathetically sorry afterward if her thrashing and stomping damaged anything. On the other hand, when Zuhelth is happy, she shines with it, and her jubilance is a sweet thing to witness. Hopefully her rider will be someone who can help her find more of those happy moments that occur so infrequently, and comfort her through the unhappy ones that come much more often.
Weyr of Origin: Fort
Abilites and weaknesses: Little Zuhelth is a hard worker and will do anything she is told to the bets of her ability that includes drills and ‘Fall. She has good control over her flame having learned well how to harness it into short bursts that waste as little as possible. She however is easily panicked if she or hers is injured and while V’jal is has learned to help her calm if he passes out before she can be calmed it could easily turn into a situation where a gold or bronze will be needed to get her to that calm. When upset she tends to get physical and while it is another thing that V’jal has learned to help her calm from quickly it can lead to things (living or none) being broken or injured if they are too close.
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