July 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder
Tairiekie has long black hair which she wears, generally, in a relatively simple double-plait. Her skin is a warm olive color, close to this. Her eyes are so dark a brown as to appear black.
She has a short nose with a bit of an upturn, a very pointed chin, and a high forehead – in short, she looks ethnically like the epitome of the Calenyena. In keeping with that, she’s broad-shouldered, wide-hipped, but not all that tall – five foot seven, most of the length in her torso, not her legs.
Her father and mother are high-ranking engineers in His Majesty’s Army; they met while planning out a new road system for Lanamer. She grew up affluent, and took the qualifying tests early for higher education. Her parents assume she, too, will be an engineer; at the moment, so does she.
Tairiekie is scholarly, not so much shy as uncertain of herself in new social situations. In each new school, she found herself with a couple close friends, but she’s been moved up in level so many times, and many of her friends were scholarship sorts. That makes her a bit uncertain about many things about the world. She’s inquisitive, and likes to know how things work; her adventurousness has always been balanced by her desire to be a good student.