Nova

Name: Zinovia Silverfield aka Nova
Place of Birth: Silverfield Hold, Southern Continent
Place of Residence: Silverfield Hold
Age: 26 (Born 182 AT)
Mate: None
Children: Zaimika (C’aol), Zio (Akio)
Craft: Healer
Craft Rank: Journeyman (not journeying)
Hold Rank: Lady Holder
Played-by: Lashana Lynch

Description
Defined by soft curves that are not so generous as to overwhelm a frame that leans undeniably more towards sturdy than slender, Zinovia stands at 5’6″, though holds herself as if she were taller, her bearing more a matter of natural, steady grace or training than overconfidence. Black hair holds a natural curl and is apt to become frizzy if not arranged and treated as she often wears it, usually pinned up in the style of a crown or neatly braided down her back. An oval-shaped face holds high cheekbones and a well-defined jaw, her large, dark eyes often lined with kohl and a smudge of metallic, earthy colours. In her ears sit more than one pair of delicate silver studs, contrasting with the gold of the simple rings she wears – one on each hand.

Though some may consider it impractical, she wears dresses more frequently than trousers, often heavy, floor-length affairs in rich colours with elaborate embroidery, paired with simple, slipper-like footwear.

Background
Born into a reasonably large family who owned a prosperous holding in Honshu Weyrhold’s territory, Zinovia grew up knowing that, as one of the middle children, she would likely never inherit her home. This, it turns out, was something that not one of the children was allowed to focus their thoughts on, for all were encouraged to apprentice to a Craft as soon as they were old enough, so that they might have a means of supporting themselves and learn not to take for granted that they had a comfortable life and living. Many of her siblings chose to apprentice as Farmers and Miners, knowing that these were the skills that would most help the family with their holding and exports, but what connection Zinovia felt to the land led her to apprentice as a Healer. Early on, she earned herself a reputation as being possessed of a good bedside manner, able to put patients at ease with few, if well chosen, words, and her progress through the ranks of apprentice to Journeyman was quiet and steady – until that Journeyman knot was in her hands.

A gathering at home to celebrate her success turned out to be the beginning of the worst days of her life. Though feeling unwell, her mother had insisted that the party would continue, and through the few days that Zinovia had off following the celebration, sickness spread through her immediate family one by one. No matter how she tried, it seemed she could not save a single one of them, only a niece here and a nephew there spared owing to being left at their respective parents’ postings. Eighteen and a Journeyman who had yet to journey, Zinovia found herself the heiress she had been taught not to be, with all of her family’s possessions and savings at her feet – and not one of her family left to help her.

Operating on auto-pilot, she did what she could to see the hold sterilised and put as much to rights as it could be, then hired workers to maintain what crops and resources needed to be maintained until harvest. Next, she saw her nieces and nephews settled with members of the extended family. And then… too run down, what had been lurking in her system all along finally reared its head and struck on the day she intended to return to the Healer Hall and hand in her knot, too engulfed in shame and grief to consider continuing with the craft that had let her down so badly. A High Reaches rider took her Between to Fort Weyr first, where she meant to pay her respects to one of her Journeymen, only she never got any further. Upon exiting Between, it was clear that she was unwell, unable even to clamber down straps, and, by the time the rider had carried her down, Zinovia was unconscious. Quarantine in Fort’s infirmary followed, and though she was to wake when her family did not, she was informed it would be at least a couple of months before she had made a full recovery and could return to work. If she wanted to return to healing at all. How could she, after it failed her to such an extent? And why should she, with so much money at her fingertips?

Following her physical recovery at Fort, Zinovia returned to Silverfield Hold and took the reins as its Lady Holder, paying off the Healer Hall for the right to surrender her rank and no longer be a practising Journeyman Healer. It was when she attended the hatching of Amorenth and Roreliuth’s first clutch at Honshu Weyrhold that green Yukijiath chose her from the Stands and further complicated her life. While going through weyrlinghood, there was the matter of dealing with the fate of Silverfield, eventually secured by making a deal to secure her bloodline within five years. Provided she could produce two children in those five years, one of them her legal heir, she would be permitted to return to Silverfield with Yukijiath and retain her title. Against the wishes of many, she signed a contract with Honshu’s Weyrsecond, C’aol, to sire two children on her, the first conceived when Yukijiath rose for her maiden flight. The result, a daughter she named Zaimika, was acknowledged as her heir, C’aol’s legal rights to any power over her future signed away at Zinovia’s request.

Grey Whippet
Originally given to her father for a recent birthday, he was brought from Silverfield Hold with Zinovia after the family’s passing. Still a youth, he has become a placid companion and, in essence, a therapy dog for her during her physical recovery and as she tries to put herself back together after so much loss.