Name Pronounced: Zah-NEAR
Appearance: Zanir is tall for his age at 6' 0'', and he's still growing. Most of his height is in his long legs, and he has equally long arms/fingers. His torso seems too short in proportion. Though lanky, a lifetime of hard physical labor has given him enough muscle to give him a lean and wiry appearance. Although he has height enough to top most people, Zanir has a tendency to slouch when he's relaxed, giving him the appearance of a lazy, uncaring teenager. Zanir's green-hazel eyes are set under arched eyebrows, and he has a strong jaw, and full lips. He always has a half-smile on his face, and his eyes twinkle with curiosity. His skin is tough and well tanned from living in the south all his life, and he has a mop of unruly black hair that refuses all attempts at taming. His thin nose has been broken in two places, and healed awkwardly.
Personality: When it comes to Zanir, most people automatically think of a loyal guard dog. He is always alert and curious, but pulls off an easy-going air that makes people like him at the same time. Zanir is usually quiet, self-effacing, and efficient. He doesn't mind talking, though he finds it harder than most to socialize, and is a great listener. Although slow to make friends because of this lack of interest in socializing, Zanir is unwaveringly loyal to those who earn his trust and is quick to defend those he chooses to protect. Similarly, he is stubborn to a fault, holding to his beliefs or assumptions until given solid proof that contradicts his belief. To strangers Zanir is polite but distantly kind, while to friends he will always be laughing and talking.
History: Born to traveling traders, Zembol and Gretchen, Zanir grew up on the firm belief he would one day lead caravans of his own, and take charge of his father's train. He was taught his numbers and letters and grew up learning the different skills of haggling and bartering. He is very travel-savvy, and knows a few details about each Hold his family has ever visited, mostly about what that particular Hold likes to trade.
Information about Zanir's pets
Pet Name: Raid
Pet Type: Feline
Appearance: [Age: 3] At the age of three, Raid is a handsome taupe-white colored tomcat. He is a fairly large cat, and his tail is rather long. Overall his fur is white, with a layer of taupe-brown on his back and the top of his head. Raid's nose is black velvet and his eyes are a light blue, and he has dark-taupe points on his feet, ears, and tail.
Personality: Raid earned his name working as a mouser in Zanir's family's barn. He raided all the mouse holes until none were left, as he is a skilled and self-sufficient hunter. Like all felines, he can seem insufferably independent and proud, but Raid has a soft spot for Zanir, as the teenager was the one to raise him when he was found in the runnerbeast pastures. He is affectionate to "his" human, and smart enough to complete a task or order - when he feels like doing it, of course. Raid also has the knack of showing up wherever he is least wanted, often pouncing on his owner or stalking him. These actions often lead to embarrassing consequences for Zanir.
Second Pet Name: Blue Midnight
Pet Type: Runner
Appearance: [Age: 4] Blue is a tall mare, standing at 16.5 hands at the withers. She has a long arched neck that gives her an elegant bearing, and she has a chiseled head with short, perked ears. Blue has sloping shoulders and hindquarters, but her barrel can seem too thin for a horse her size. This slim appearance only adds to her elegance, however. Her coat is a solid glossy black-blue, and she has feathery hocks, while her hooves are a shiny ivory. This mare’s mane and low-set tail are lustrous and long, and the hair has a tendency to curl. Overall her body is strong and compact with long legs, but one can still she has a fine-boned appearance of a fast racer. A distinguishing feature of Blue’s is her high-stepping kick when she trots, making it more of a prance than anything else. More than anything else, Blue has the build of endurance, and not a little speed.
Personality: Blue is a life-loving mare. She is both gentle and calm while still enthusiastic about everything in the world. Curious and fairly intelligent, if you don’t find something to occupy this mare’s mind, she’ll find something for herself. At times Blue can be fairly stubborn and has, for lack of better words, spunk. If a stallion she doesn’t like comes near her, she’ll kick him all the way back to Earth. She can be fiercely loyal and protective of her owner as well. Blue also has a sense of humor – if a wind blows a gust of leaves around her feet, she’ll prance and whinny as if startled, just for the fun of it. Not much can scare this mare, though she enjoys acting skittish at times. When Blue deigns to join the races, she will startle and amaze the crowd with seemingly impossible comebacks, to steal the first place from the favorites.
Zanir is a candidate. His colour preference is Bronze, Brown, Blue
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