Birthing Date: 01.10.2745
Craft: Farmcraft (Apprentice)
At 100 lbs and 5’, Shifra is a small girl. Though she is thin, she isn’t scrawny and more often than not she is looking up at those around her. Because of this she sincerely hopes that the next few years will give her at least a few more inches. She is a pretty little girl but in a plain manner. Her hair in a plain brown and it’s a little wavy and reaches her shoulder blades. She has bright blue eyes but they are nothing special and between those eyes is a nose. It’s a nice nose but really it's just a nose; a plain, straight nose that is rounded at the end. Her eyebrows are plain and normal, more straight than curved. Her lips are thin and pink and often spread in a nice enough smile that reveals straight teeth. All these features that are rather plain when looked at alone do, in fact, combine in a rather pleasing manner. So she may not be beautiful but Shifra is pretty.
She may be 15 already but Shifra has not been blessed when it comes to womanly curves; another factor than she hopes will change at least a little in the coming years. Her breasts are not big and her hips are not wide and because of this her figure is more reminiscent of a board than an hourglass. This is, however, something that she has accepted and if she doesn’t grow in any way before she becomes an adult, she will not be crushed.
For a southern girl, Shifra is actually quite pale and she doesn’t tan, not really; she burns, red as a lobster. And to add insult to injury after the burn goes away, she doesn’t remain tan. So in the sunnier months the light clothing that she wears usually serves to protect her skin as best she can from the sun and is far more function than form. She wears clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in. She doesn’t wear pretty clothing, she wears clothes that are much more suited for being outside and getting dirty in. Lately though, she has been able to get the slightest bit of a tan, though barely noticeable to anyone who doesn’t know her she is still very excited about this especially since she is also finding that she doesn’t burn as bad.
Shifra is not usually a quiet girl as one might expect a girl from a small cothold to be. Perhaps she is overcompensating for her small stature but she has quite the big personality. In fact, sometimes she is so loud that it borders on obnoxious but usually she is only loud around close friends so they tend to not mind as much. Sometimes she doesn’t have to be loud though, she talks enough to be a bit obnoxious at times. She is more than willing to walk up to a complete stranger to talk their ear off.
She is happy more often than not but when she is angry she sulks or yells. She tends to overreact and be a little oversensitive, even when it is someone close to her who is merely teasing. She knows that she overreacts and because of this she also has a tendency to heap the blame onto herself, even if she isn’t truly deserving of blame. She got upset because her emotions are volatile not because someone else upset her. That other person didn’t deserve her outburst, she was just overreacting.
She is for the most part extremely cheerful, confident, and social but when she gets to the point of upset where she blames herself, she sets herself on a very self-destructive path. She can’t stop thinking why everything that she has just done or is doing is wrong.
Shifra also has a tendency to be extremely gullible. She will believe next to anything that someone says to her until she finds information that says otherwise. This often is a result of her naivety because if she doesn’t know much about something she will believe what she is told regarding the subject.
Shifra is entirely too nice and trusting of those she considers friends. Someone whom she trusts may stab her in the back and while she will be angry for a short amount of time, ultimately she will forgive them and give them multiple ‘second chances.’ This said, after a few chances she will come to her senses as long as someone else points out that she shouldn’t continue to be friends with such a person.
Having grown until in a small cothold, where she was fairly sheltered, she can be a bit naive at times. This is a part of her that she is rather sensitive about. If her naivety is pointed out she will likely become angry. She is trying to become less naďve but it is very much a part of who she is and with her gullibility and trusting attitude she will most likely never get rid of this part of herself.
When she is alone or around family, Soifra is usually far more quiet and calm than when she is with friends or those she doesn’t know. However, if they are doing something active or fun, she is just as loud around family. She does have the ability to be quieter around friends but unless the situation calls for seriousness she doesn’t bother with it.
Shifra can also sometimes be a bit reckless. She never really looks for the danger in a situation and can therefore back herself into some pretty tight corners. She is very headstrong and thinks that she can handle just about anything. She doesn’t see the reason to be scared until that reason smacks her in the face.
For all her flaws, Shifra is exceedingly kind and caring. She is a very sweet girl and she very easily makes friends when she is in the right mind to do so. She is a very likeable person and she will be friends with anyone, which can sometimes lead to some of her trust issues if she falls in with the wrong crowd or befriends the wrong person.
Shifra adores dragons and absolutely loves being able to be in the Weyr. She is very humble and level headed about being able to live with dragons and dragon riders and simply cherishes every moment she gets to spend with a dragon. She would be thrilled to impress her own dragon but she would be happy if she just got to be around dragons for now.
Trait snapshot: loud, talkative, gullible, oversensitive, over-trusting, reckless, kind, caring, sweet
Shifra was born the second and last child of two minor cotholders. Her parents had set up near East Bay Hold. Her birth had been difficult for her mother. However, had her mother still been able to bear children after Shifra was born, she probably would have had at least a few more siblings. However, as it is, Shifra’s mother was unable to conceive after she birthed Shifra. The healers always thought it was due in part to the difficulties faced when Shifra was birthed. Her father and mother always held she and her elder brother dear and her family was always very affectionate. She grew up happy and healthy.
Her mother made sure she knew how to read and write but it was her brother her taught her the most about figuring numbers. She always adored her older brother and followed him everywhere that she could; he didn’t seem to mind. As soon as she was old enough, she was out with her father and brother tending to fields and crops though this shouldn‘t have been the role that she learned to play. She very much enjoyed being outdoors, despite being prone to looking like a lobster after a day in the sun, with her father and brother working the earth. Early on her mother had tried to keep her indoors and teach her how to run the hold and attract a husband but Shifra resisted and eventually got what she wanted. She was a hard worker and her parent decided that it was best if she was happy, everything would work out in the end.
When her fifteenth birthday approached, her parents then decided that she needed to focus more on the proper feminine role of being a wife and running the household. Never being a truly girly person, Shifra hated this and the few months she spent working toward this goal were torture. However, the day that the search dragon arrived came. Having always loved dragons but never really being able to see one up close, she was the first to greet the rider and dragon. It was just her luck that the dragon thought that she would be perfect to stand for the next clutch. If she had stayed she most likely would have been married by now but with or without the prospect of marriage she was ecstatic to be able to go to the Weyr.