Wing: Sun Sear
Weyr of Impression: Eastern
Linauth's hide may be a uniform color, for the most part, but this gold certainly isn't boring to gaze upon. Her hide is a inviting, warm gold with reddish glints where the sun hits it. She's slightly over mid-sized for a gold, sizing at forty-two-and-a-half feet when full grown, with a sturdy, capable strength to her build and a strong, mature bone structure to her face. With a posture and stance generally seeking to walk the fine line between approachable and authoritative, during her less official or more distressed moments in life she is gripped by a softness and raw vulnerability that is surprising, and poignantly expressive.
Her voice is soft and throaty, and usually low and even when she speaks. This isn't a gold that yells or blusters. There's never likely to be much negative emotion audible in her mind voice. However, when this Gold is angry or frustrated, there will be an added firmness there.
The oddness in Linauth's appearance will come from her eyes. Nothing's wrong with them - they work perfectly well. But they will tend not to betray as much emotion as some other dragon's might, nor even as much as you would expect. Instead, no matter her true mood, they'll drift towards an appearance of tranquility. When she's in a rare and righteous temper, they may have a snap of orange making it clear that she WILL be obeyed.
Linauth is an eminently practical gold. Results-oriented and down-to-earth, this dragonet isn't a dreamer. She may wish she had the time to be one, but . . . well, she's a GOLD, isn’t she? She has the power to affect the world around her, to make a difference, and because the world is far from perfect, there clearly is work to be done. Linauth finds the supposed impossibility of achieving a perfect result a bolster to her spirits; it means that there is room to improve. And setting her goal out of reach means she'll never be out of a job, doesn’t it? Fancy that.
Linauth’s mind moves quickly when she is confronted with a problem, though its work does not always follow traditional or expected avenues. Her practicality brings her, not to familiar approaches, but to what seems like it will work. Sometimes her solutions are unusual; sometimes she cannot properly explain them until they have already worked. There is no doubt, however, that Linauth gets things done.
However, her practical nature is paired with a sense of oddly stubborn and often detached compassion. She walks the line between "just" and "kind": her idea of "fair" is that she would not impose something on someone else that she would call unfair if imposed upon her in reverse circumstances. The instinct to jump mentally into the opposing party's metaphorical shoes lends her the ability and drive to cut through biases. Although she has genuine passion for making life better for others, she often forgets herself. As friendly, pleasant, and witty as she is in person, she has some trouble conveying or responding to deeper emotions on a personal basis, an issue that can make her reactions to the interests of a potential suitor seem stilted or hesitant, and her reactions to loss or grief somewhat unhealthily stifled until she begins to grow moody and depressed. Her rider will be privy to a side of Linauth that most others will never see—a gold stressed and distressed by the vastness of what she feels COULD be accomplished opposed by the everyday constraints of reality; a queen who wrestles with doubt over her decisions, especially in Threadfall; a dragon who feels anxious because of that doubt, guilty of both the doubt and the anxiety, and tries to suppress all three. It will be up to her rider to see that Linauth takes time to herself to relax, to convince the gold (sometimes by mental force) that it's really the *responsible* thing to do to take a few candlemarks for herself now and then, so that she doesn't exhaust herself and become of no use to anyone. A break, even a small one, does wonders for Linauth's mood and stress levels, and one of her favorite ways to relax is to have her rider to read to her. She has a weakness for mystery. (The beauty of a dragon’s limited memory will allow a relatively small library to keep Linauth quite satisfied, though she will certainly have a favorite.)
Linauth takes more personal refuge in symbolism than she'd care to admit—and probably more than she realizes. Perhaps it's her attachment to the abstract and the symbolic that fosters her instinctive grasp of the power of ritual. There is a quiet, comfortable dignity about this gold, and a sense of intelligence and subtlety that can be put to very effective public use. While Linauth may personally think that pomp and protocol are fundamentally silly and rather tedious, when exercised correctly they are also fundamentally effective. Whatever comforts the people, soothes unrest, and improves morale may be boring (sometimes painfully so, sweet merciful Faranth almighty), but it can't be bad. And if pomp and protocol really aren't enough in a situation? In that case, this dragon happens to have a core of steel, and she WILL do whatever it takes to protect her rider and her home.