Place of Birth: Telgar Weyr
Place of Residence: Ierne Weyrhold
Craft: Journeyman Harper
Parents: Ebeny and E’dre
Siblings: Eden, Eryn, Beau
Played-By: Lana Condor
Tall for her age, standing at 5’5″, Elayne seems to be all limbs, the gangly, awkward phase of youth mostly cleverly concealed by measured, artificial grace and the willowy nature of her figure. She’s a slender creature, yet there remains a sturdiness to points of her frame, such as shoulders and hips, that suggests she’s no fragile lady. Large, dark eyes sit in a heart-shaped face, her nose a little thin for her features, made up for by lips that curve easily into a smile. Her black hair usually falls in a straight sheet to below her shoulder blades, but is apt to take on a wave in the right humidity.
She normally wears well-tailored trousers paired with plain, knee-high boots and smart shirts in pale shades, a brown leather jacket to hand when the weather calls for it. At her shoulder sits the knot of a senior apprentice Harper.
Elayne (Elle-aye-nee) owes her existence to an arrangement between a greenrider and a brownrider, best friends, who decided that they would have a child for the brownrider and his weyrmate to raise. Ultimately a flight baby, Elayne was given to her intended parents at birth and her greenrider mother walked away, back to her own weyrmate, to sink down into post-natal depression. For the first turn of her life, she was raised by her biological father and his blueriding weyrmate – not that Elayne remembers a single bit of it.
As far as she’s concerned, her biological parents have always been together and she was raised by them from the very beginning. The messy, unkind months that passed during her first turn is a series of events that she is completely oblivious to. Ultimately, that time is something that Ebeny and E’dre have chosen not to share with her, rarely discussing that facet of their pasts themselves, but the fact remains: weyrmates were left, weyrs were left, and a mother, Ierne Weyrhold and new twin siblings found themselves in Elayne’s life.
She’s lived a charmed and somewhat sheltered life, doted on by both her parents, a nanny, and guarded fiercely by two rather bad tempered dragons. The records say that Elayne was apprenticed to the Harpers at ten, but the truth of the matter is that she was put to the piano much younger and grew up surrounded by music – both her mother’s and that of all the artists and performers at Harmony – returned to Ierne to be apprenticed to her mother to focus on the performance arts at twelve. She’s grown into a reasonably even temper, protective of her mother as she’s grown to believe that the greenrider ought to stand up for herself more. But then, as a child, it’s so easy to only see one side of the story.
At fifteen, there were those who wondered that she should be considered a senior apprentice, murmurings of nepotism and unfair advantages flooding the corridors whenever she visited the Hall. There’s no telling whether Ebeny finally tried to leverage her status in the vocal world and pulled some strings, or the higher-ups decided it was time that Elayne see some more of the world, but, either way, she was posted from Ierne to Xanadu Weyr. Surely Ebeny wouldn’t have chosen Xanadu. But at least Elayne was vaguely familiar with the Weyr, having spent several months there as a child. Following a time apprenticed to another Journeyman and as a Candidate, she returned home to Ierne, relieved to have not Impressed, having found Xanadu incompatible with her own views and attitude, re-apprenticed to her mother and her focus on her studies renewed. Such was her focus on her craft that she earned her Journeyman knot just after her seventeenth birthday and found herself the teacher, not the student. She moved into her newly-built home and began looking towards a life with Xander, who had become more than a friend, only to have an Igen rider to invite her to Stand for the desert Weyr’s latest clutch.
For the best or a mistake… she accepted.