Name: Ebeny (Ben)
Place of Birth: Telgar Weyr
Place of Residence: Ierne Weyrhold
Weyrmate: E’dre, rider of brown Wroyth
Children: Elayne, Eden, Eryn and Beau
Craft: Harper (Journeyman)
Specialty: Voice and composition
Played-by: Laura Michelle Kelly
Standing at roughly 5’10”, Ebeny manages not to appear thin and lanky thanks to her elongated hourglass figure. Mostly lean, she’s not quite curvy enough to achieve the look entirely and it might be more that her tiny waist becomes wide hips that don’t do her many favours. Her facial features are a little more angular, with a thin nose and sharp jaw, her deep green eyes muddied by brown to shade darker in most lights. Dark hair falls to below her shoulders in kinked waves, showing no particular pattern or desire to be tamed.
What is Known About Ebeny:
* Ebeny and Laurieth seem like polar opposites. While Laurieth is aggressive and quick to anger, Ebeny is gentle and endlessly patient.
* She has an incredibly powerful singing voice and makes using it even for the most complex pieces seem effortless. She is usually in high demand for Holder events and can command high fees.
* She is one of the few Harpers who specialises in compositions for piano. Her portfolio for advancement to Sr. Journeyman was composed of a range of piano pieces, including a concerto for Xanadu’s Sr. Weyrwoman (who had gifted her a piano some years before).
* Laurieth’s flights are notoriously violent.
* For someone of her talent, Ebeny appears to have next to no confidence when she’s off the stage.
The first of seven children, Ebeny was born to a Telgar Weyr caverns worker of sixteen turns old, Elyanna. Her mother claims not to know who her father is, whether this is due to circumstances or the number of men she slept with in so short a time, nobody knows. She did raise the girl herself, though paid little attention to her – certainly Ebeny didn’t ask or call for much. More than capable when it came to reading and writing, the girl daydreamed through much of her classes and though she developed quite a vocabulary, she rarely used it or let on that she might be able to do more than she bothered with, until, that is, the teaching Harpers approached her with the idea to apprentice. Primarily, it was her literacy skills that they thought recommended her, but as the turns passed, her focus soon changed, and it was a speciality in voice and music that she developed, after a rather shaky start that saw her lack of confidence nearly destroy her chances entirely. At 19, then a senior apprentice, her first proper posting saw her return to Telgar.
She accepted Search more for the experience of Standing than any true belief that she would Impress, and so she was more stunned than overjoyed when green Laurieth found her and claimed her as hers to do with as she pleased. Laurieth was and is, to most extents, nothing like her rider. Unbalanced and often ill-tempered, the green made her life a living hell for much of her weyrlinghood, though Ebeny always tried to cover up the fact that Laurieth took her moods out on her and attempted to pretend that everything was fine.
Ebeny weyrmated a brownrider from her class the morning after she graduated. Through her early turns with Laurieth, and her desire to continue with her craft and strengthen her vocal skills, his love and support were what was kept her from falling apart. However, as she neared the end of her twenties, earned her Journeyman status, and found a steadiness with Laurieth that she had not before, she also found more than she expected with her best friend, also a brownrider. A promise to give him a child for he and his weyrmate to raise ultimately ended up with a bout of post-partum depression and the breakdown of both weyrmatings, and sooner than might have seemed appropriate, she found herself living with and weyrmated to her best friend – and less than two turns later, mother to the child she gave up, as well as newborn twin girls. Though it’s a difficult balance to maintain, the family try their best to carry out their duties to dragons, crafts and children without letting one dominate the others, as many conflicts as they may face to do so.
It was illness in E’dre’s family that brought Ebeny and their daughters to Ierne, though they have decided to remain at the Weyrhold, following the construction of a new home and a music venue, which Ebeny has named ‘Harmony’. Less than a turn after Harmony opened, the greenrider gave birth to a son, though the blood loss and trauma resulting from his birth rendered her unconscious for two weeks. While she slept, E’dre gave him the name ‘Beau’, as the healers present told him more than once that the new baby was beautiful, and both parents later decided he should keep the name.
Warring Soul Green Laurieth
Long and well-proportioned, this green might seem sturdy were it not for the angles that make up her frame. Faded carbon sweeps through the chrome green of her hide, leaving deeper strokes of garnet in its wake similar to creases and ripples brushed over her form. Her sharp muzzle leads to narrow, hooded eyes that lend her an air of perpetual displeasure, her neckridges neat and clean cut. Slim wingspars match joints so plain to see as to seem almost unprotected, the same smoky haze that smothers her wingsails drifting over the underside of her limbs. Only her large paws and the very tip of her tail permit any trace of light to touch her, glossy opal splashed haphazardly over both.
Laura Michelle Kelly – All That Matters
There are days when I feel so afraid I
Can hardly remember to breathe
When reality crashes is wave after wave
Pulling me farther beneath
So what’s the point in planning for a future
If it all can be stolen away?
It’s all I can do to hold on and survive
When the colors have faded to grey.
But my children need so much more from me
And they give me the strength to go on
Whatever may come.
Laura Michelle Kelly and Matthew Morrison – What You Mean to Me
Lang Lang – What You Mean to Me (Piano)
Turning in circles
And blurring the lines.
The unspoken is calling us tonight.
I won’t lie
I’m a little bit frightened
Of my imagination.
Swear I’ll try
I’m feeling enlightened
You’re my inspiration.
We can fly if we want to;
I promise that faith will give you wings.
Just take the second star on the right
Straight ahead till morning light.
Laura Michelle Kelly – What’s It All For?
This is the game you play,
Hoping I’ll heal again,
Before the sky brings
The thunder and rain.
And I can’t say.
It could be today.
It’s so strange
The way it always comes around.
Hanging by my fingernails, I try
Letting the words that you preach pass me by
Only to start again.
What’s it all for?
The Light Princess – Gravity
Gravity, I am feeling
Free of fears,
Drowning in the sorrows,
Fading in the shadows,
Fears no more.
Free of ropes and
Ribbons of wonder
Tears of joy
I should have cried before.
This is love, I am feeling