Name Pronounced: Tah-rah-lay
Appearance: Taralae slips easily into the background of any crowd, mainly through choice. She achieves this by wearing muted colours. If you look at her your eyes will quite possibly slide past without paying much attention to this young dark-skinned woman. 5' 5" tall with chin-length wavy mid-brown hair and muddy brown eyes, Taralae has facial features which, if they were just that slightly bit different in size and shape, would have made her a beauty. But her mouth is a bit too wide, her nose a little too long and pointed and her eyes are too widely spaced to be classed so. Instead a good word for her would be ordinary. Apart from that, she has well-muscled limbs from turns of outdoor work, and is well-proportioned between body and leg length. Broad shoulders and underdeveloped curves complete her shape.
Personality: Taralae is pleasant to be around if you like people who don't say much. She speaks little because she has a stammer and is very self-conscious of it. It doesn't completely hold her silent but turns of teasing from her many siblings have curbed a naturally chatty, friendly personality. Frequently she bites her tongue with frustration because although she wants to comment on various topics, she prefers to avoid the ridicule that, in her eyes, invariably comes when she speaks.
History: Taralae is eighth in age of eleven siblings. Her parents Laetal and Shatalya, on their small hold, always needed lots of able-bodied hands around the place and her eldest siblings are now having families of their own, being in their latter twenties. This all helps boost the hold's production and the children are set tasks appropriate for their age around the hold. Brustar, two turns Taralae's senior, and Alishar, a turn her junior, were Taralae's principal tormentors over her speech problem. From the age of three she can remember being taunted when she tried to introduce herself. "Her name's T-t-taralae!" Sadly this did nothing for her self-confidence, nor did the stammer diminish during her childhood.
Information about Taralae's dragon
Dragon Name: Ansarth
Wing (Weyrling Group): FeastCrashers
Appearance: Ansarth is a very light colored green, long, elegant, and feminine. She'll always seem a bit on the well, not fragile side, but if she was a human she'd be more suited as a Lady who never had to suffer under the damaging rays of the hot sun, or perform anything close to physical labor. As a result she'll be quite fast and agile, but will suffer when it comes to stamina or flame strength.
Personality: Initially as haughty and entitled as her appearance suggested, she'll become more bearable as the realities of life start to hit her. In the beginning she'll strongly resist anything but being pampered and will make it clear that there are siblings that she can't stand. Eventually she'll take less prodding and punishments to get her to do such things as drills, anything involving exercise, and the like. She'll come to see it as her duty, even if a distasteful one.
Weyr of Origin: Arolos
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