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Persona Profile: R'fal

Writer: Estelle

Name: R'fal
Age: 17
Birthday: m5 d13
Rank: Junior Weyrling
Location: Dolphin Cove Weyr

Physical Description of Persona:
R'fal has unruly, dark curly hair, mischievous brown eyes and a cheerful, innocent smile. He's slender, dark-skinned and around medium height for his age. There's a faint scar on his arm which he got falling from the roof of an storage shed when he was eleven. Despite this incident, he's usually agile and can move very quietly, a skill he learned from hunting although it also comes in useful for exploring places where he shouldn't be.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Bright and curious, but a bit impulsive and reckless, R'fal doesn't really mean to be a troublemaker but often finds himself getting into scrapes of one sort or another. Luckily, he's practiced at inventing excuses and talking his way out of tight spots. As one of the youngest in the family and for a long time the only son, his experience of discipline has been patchy and as a child he often avoided hard or boring work, but being fostered away from his family when he was a teenager kept him from becoming too spoiled. He loves being outdoors and enjoys hunting and gathering supplies as well as his work as a herder.

History of Persona:
Renfal grew up in a small farm hold in Emerald Falls territory. His mother was one of the holder's daughters, and his father a herder who'd travelled between holds seeking work before marrying and settling down. His grandparents disapproved of the match as Renfal's father, though charming, tends to be lazy and not entirely honest. He would sometimes disappear for long periods, always coming back without the marks and goods he left with. The return of Thread and the infirmity of his father-in-law meant that he had to stay at home and take over the running of the hold, where he taught his son to gamble, cheat at cards and tell tall stories.

Partly to get him away from this undesirable influence, Renfal was fostered with some of his mother's relations between the ages of twelve and fifteen, after which he returned home to assist his father. Being Searched and Impressing Marlath at his first Hatching came as a great surprise, but R'fal was thrilled, seeing the life of a dragonrider as glamorous and romantic.

Family and Friends
Lirena, 47, Herder's wife (Mother)
Terren, 45, Herder (Father)

Dragon's Name: Marlath
Dragon's Age: 0
Dragon's Colour: Brown
Description of Dragon:
Marlath is an enthusiastic and inquisitive dragonet, always impatient to get to the next stage in his training. Much like his rider, he's not as cautious as he might be and R'fal sometimes has to work hard persuading him not to try things he's not ready for yet. He is dark nut-brown in colouring, shading to lighter under his wings and belly.

Approved: October 28th 2017
Last updated: December 4th 2017


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