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Zhalia of green Maranth

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Zhalia of green Maranth

Well now, that does sound like a personal problem!


RETIRE INFO: Retire Zhalia, Maranth's art can go back into the adopt pool, but I encourage it to be used for a Wyzeth bab
NAME: Zhalia
GENDER: female
PRONOUNS: she/her/hers, they/them/their on occasion
ORIENTATION: Demiromantic bisexual

BIRTHDATE: Late Winter 2737
AGE: thirty-three as of Winter 2770
LOCATION: Semaca Weyr
OCCUPATION: rider, search rider, local flirt
WING: Minuet

EYES: gray, set under heavy lids
HAIR: brown, glossy and wavy down to her shoulders
HEIGHT AND BUILD: six feet even, with rich curves and strong muscles
PLAY-BY: Kat Dennings

Zhalia is Trouble with a capital 'T'. She's a knockout with lush curves and a well-honed skill with cosmetics. She dresses for battle every morning with tailored gear. If she was a holder or a crafter rather than a rider, she might grow her hair down to her hips. But since she is a rider raised by riders, she keeps her hair trimmed to her shoulders. That her hair is usually left down rather than pinned up is testimony to her own vanity.


Zhalia is smart, almost too smart for her own good. She puts disparate pieces of data together in ways that shouldn't make sense, but do. In self defense, she often disengages from other people's problems. Just because she can see the connection between event A and consequence triangle doesn't mean that she wants to spend her time explaining the relationship.

But because she can see the intangible connections, she's often seen as too perceptive, or odd. So she tends to play up her image as a beautiful airhead. Faranth forbid she ride green and have a brain. After her forced transfer, she learned to cultivate a shallow persona. It's not terribly hard sometimes, given her vanity.

FAMILY: birth - Massive, but lost
adopted - Bless of blue Myrth (mother), Sheffe of bronze Julith (father), Anaen of green Xyrnth (auntie)
SIGNIFICANT OTHER: M'loma of bronze Hanilith (adoptable NPC)

Zhalia of green Maranth was born Ladreki, the second born child of a family that would one day also spawn Blaze of gold Nornth. She was lost in a raid during the war and raised at Benden Weyr. Her family became a triad of riders who raised her like the daughter they could never have, with an eye towards setting her loose on the Sands when the proper time came.

Well, the proper time came. And went. And came again. Zhalia was one of a handful of female candidates that was left standing, time and time again. She watched Vilketh hatch and choose Taliri over Risae. She saw Sido Impress Nuuth, again leaving Laretta's eldest daughters unattached. Her friends in the candidate barracks Impressed and left her behind for weyrlinghood.

It was Risae's last clutch before she aged out, the last gold. Zhalia stood with Laretta's eldest as they faced Nuuth's first gold egg, The two weren't friends - neither of them would claim that title - but there was a certain understanding. Risae was old blood, and Zhalia had been raised old blood. Golds were rare, and more likely to pick holdborn girls than weyrborn.

Wyzeth picked a petite little redhead, and Risae vanished shortly thereafter. Zhalia continued to stand, having lost track of many former candidates-turned-weyrlings. She was nearly aged out when the most peculiar thing happened. There had been no celebration when the most recent gold graduated, which was odd. It was, in fact, as if Wyzeth and her rider had completely disappeared. But the next clutch - the last clutch she would be eligble to Stand for - was much larger than it should have been. Vilketh had never been known to produce particularly large clutches, but there were at least seven eggs that were . . .

Well, whatever the reason, Maranth was the second dragon to have of that clutch, right behind her brown sister. Secondhand Serenade wasted no time in spilling a bundle of green limbs onto the sand.

Well, well, well. What do we have here?

Zhalia was sick during the fire stone training, so when Maranth unexpectedly Rose - early, the first of her clutch - she produced two eggs. These eggs were folded into the next gold clutch, and the greenpair were forcibly transferred to Ista Weyr. It was the easy, almost practiced way Benden's leadership folded Maranth's eggs into another clutch made Zhalia suspicious. When High Reaches was revealed to have a hidden queen, those suspicions took form.

Zhalia put in for a transfer to Semaca Weyr when the first mystery egg appeared. She had never forgotten the discrepancies at Benden, but this was the first time she had more evidence towards her theory. Her request wasn't approved until After. After a Fortian bronze rider rescued a traumatized gold and her rider from the weyr Zhalia had once called home. After Junior Weyrwoman Emma returned home to Ista to plan for the next move in their bid to keep the peace. After a friend, long thought dead, reemerged with her faded gold.
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  • Summer 2767 - The transfer to Semaca brings old friends long missed. In addition to finally learning the fate of Alayna and Wyzeth, Zhalia meets up with one of her clutchmates, Yasmin of garnet Tenjouth. They have a girl's night in, complete with wine!
  • Late Fall 2767 - Maranth tries to show off a little bit during Threadfall and gets her wingtips caught in the canopy. In the resultant crash, she wrenches her flight muscles,
  • Early Spring 2768 - Having learned their lesson, Zhalia and Maranth behave themselves during Fall, and escape without injury.
  • Early Fall 2768 - Due to a bit of bad luck, Zhalia and Maranth mess up their formation. Luckily, nothing bad happens from it.
  • Winter 2768 - Zhalia loses some of her belongings in the extensive flooding that renders Semaca uninhabitable, but otherwise she and Maranth pull through.
  • Late Summer 2769 - Even though the late Fall had a number of riders on edge, Zhalia and Maranth don't take any damage.
  • Late Sping 2770 - Pern may be falling into disarray again, but Semaca forges on. Zhalia and Maranth are unharmed during Threadfall.
  • Late Spring 2771 - Bad news from home has Zhalia packing her bags. One of her three parents did not get off Fall as easily as she and Maranth did, and Zhalia wants to be closer to family in this difficult time. She transfers back to Benden.
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NAME: Maranth
BIRTHDATE Early Spring 2762
AGE: nine as of Early Spring 2771



LENGTH: twenty-seven feet (27 ft)
HEIGHT: seven feet (7 ft)
WINGSPAN: forty feet and six inches (40.5 ft)
COLOR: green
HEX CODE: #013821
To those who know her actual parentage, Maranth takes after her bronze father more so than her golden mother. She is built thick, with heavy muscles that traditionalists will deem unseemly on a green. Despite being more or less in proportion - her neck is just a little short, and her tail more or less 'long' - she seems more like a wher than a dragon. It's not a fair assessment. If her hide was brown or bronze, she would be 'powerful', 'imposing', and 'leadership material'. But her hide is a glorious, sun-touched green. The variance in her color could almost be attributed to the natural play of light and shadow, except some shadows never change.

You might think that a green that looks like Maranth would be unpleasant and pugnacious. After all, she takes after bronze Obitusith in looks, and a more unpleasant bronze it would be hard to find outside of Benden. But Maranth is an ambitious soul. She prefers to make alliances over friends, and uses gossip as a tool. In all honesty, she would have made a good Harper.

Maranth loves people, but she especially loves people who can be convinced to do favors for her. Yeah, she doesn't have anything against work, even hard work, but why work herself down to the wingsails when she can convince others to share the load?


Clutch: Augmented Delight (Delights)
Dam: Gold Wyzeth
Sire: Bronze Obitusith
Hatching Number: two of twenty
Details: Maranth's egg was one of several folded into one of Vilketh's clutches. She was the second to hatch, in a tumble of green limbs. Impression was swift and unimpeded.
Why: They're just enough alike to clash, while different enough to allow for growth, if they let each other.

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