Yngvi and Aelgifu
I know that giving full descriptions of characters in text is not something I’m very good at; while I tend to know exactly what they look at, I’m not always good at getting that all into the story. So I'll post one of these any week there's no bonus story.
Yngvi (ING-vee) sh'Amanda*
The tall, handsome, slightly overdone friend-by-circumstances of Shahin and Aelgifu. As much as he likes to tease Shahin for her obsession with her clothing, Yngvi is always well-dressed and immaculately groomed.
His hair is sun-kissed blonde, straight, and hangs down past his ears. His eyes are brilliant sky blue; he has a long, straight nose, a wide mouth with thin lips, and a pointed chin with just the slightest hint of a cleft. He’s clean-shaven, and his skin is lightly tanned.
He stands around 5’11” (1.8 meters) tall, and has the lightly muscular build of someone who is active but not a full-time athlete. He tends to stand, not ramrod-straight, but not slouched either, as if generations of grandmothers are whispering in his ear to “stand up straight!” and his gestures can be just a hair on the dramatic side.
Although we’re sure Yngvi owns a couple t-shirts, and maybe even a pair of jeans, his clothing at Addergoole tends more towards prep-school casual: khakis (pressed) and button-down shirts.
Aelgifu (ale-GEE-fu) sh'Marienne*
The crowd-shy friend-by-circumstance of Yngvi and Shahin, Ayla is not so much unaware of her beauty as distressed by it. While she is by no means a slob, she tends to dress down, preferring jeans and baby-doll t-shirts to the more complex or ornate clothing of her friends.
Her hair is a shade lighter than Yngvi’s, a bright sunny blonde, and straight. While she often keeps it in a ponytail, when down, it hangs in a slightly layered cut halfway down her back. Her eyebrows are barely darker than her hair, framing cornflower-blue eyes and a pert nose. Her face is oval, without sharp angles, but her chin is as adorably pert as her nose; between them, her lips are just a little full. She avoids make-up for most occasions, but her skin is clear and has the remnants of a summer tan.
She is nearly 5’8” (1.73 meters) tall, with a model’s build – slimly curvaceous, with long, toned legs. She has a habit of curling around her notebook, slouching forward, when nervous, but when relaxed, she leans back, arching her back. Her nails are short and well-trimmed, usually painted with a light pink or rose-coloured polish.
Although Ayla and Vee are by no means twins (Vee is more angular, Ayla a little softer), the set of their eyes, the shape of their foreheads, and their very similar colorations led Kailani to posit (early in Chapter Two, and half-correctly; see Interlude One) that the two could be siblings.
* What’s this sh’?
The sh’ that Regine and her staff use in Interlude 2 is a matronymic; “Yngvi sh’Amanda” is “Yngvi, child of Amanda.” As Conrad explains very briefly to Kailani in Chapter 8.5, the Law used by the inhabitants of Addergoole states that a child belongs to its mother until it becomes a student; while they are no longer children in the world they grew up in, until the Fifth Cohort chooses Mentors, they are still considered children by this Law.