Yamin has been tricky ever since I started putting more actual character into faces. Getting the same sharp features as Nimay's face but on a soft character like Yamin is hard. Mostly it's the eyebrows. Pointy desert eyebrows work best on dark desert skin.
NAME Madame Yamin
WHO IS THIS PERSON OTHER MAIN CHARACTER! Also the current head healer of the healing house at the Raykinian palace.
BRIEF BIO Yamin's profile gets to start earlier because she can actually remember her early childhood. She was born and raised in middle-class Ni-Yana, where her father owned a pretty awesome pub and her mother, a desert woman, was a launder at the palace. She and Nimay had never spoken a word, though they laughed and cried with voice, which concerned their father but not so much their mother. Riona taught them both desert magic, which they could use to communicate ideas, if not yet actual words, with their mother and any other desert people they'd meet.
Yamin's was a happy childhood. She and Nimay got to go to the palace every now and then to look at the horses and maybe even watch a challenge to the King's Own, meet curious animals--especially snakes in wire cages--at the markets and generally just exist as typical, if non-speaking, Raykinian girls.
Unfortunately, though, as main character plot had to happen to them. Shortly after their seventh birthday, undead King Yan appeared at their house. He killed Yamin's parents right in front of her (or so he tells me, to be honest I'm dubious about that these days) and kidnapped both the twins, taking them into the desert where they had no choice but to accept his 'gifts': an yrae feather each. Touching the feathers turned Nimay's olive skin dark brown and washed Yamin's pasty pale, which she now hates because she lives in the goddess-damned desert and sunburns like that without getting so much as a half a shade of tan. Anyway we're skipping. Yan wiped Nimay's memory and made Yamin promise not to let her twin know of her existence until their hrai-dani, their 20th birthday, when they're officially recognised as adults.
Weeks later, Yamin woke in one of the intensive care rooms in the healing house at the palace, where she'd spent much time and so knew most of the healers, but she was terrified. She was given a room in one of the disused defence towers at the palace, from which she didn't dare venture just in case Nimay saw her and Yan came back. It was eventually young Prince Nolryn who convinced her to let herself have a life. He'd help keep her secret, along with everyone else in the palace. And so, more than a year after waking up at the palace, Yamin began training at the healing house.
Unlike Nimay's army training, Yamin's partners all encouraged her to use her magic as soon as she could. While she was learning all about venomous snakes and spiders and broken bones and diseases, she was also experimenting with her yrae feather and finding out just what it could do to help her heal people. The more she learned about anatomy the easier she found it to see inside people, seeing their broken bones or inflamed flesh and, even more importantly, how it should look. She learned how to move broken bones around and encourage the body's own natural healing, speeding up the process for as long as she flowed magic into it.
Yamin earned her gold healer's band when she was fourteen, but her crowning glory came when she was seventeen. It was then that a distraught Gylepi, archer in the King's Own, ran into the healing house with his bone-limp son in his arms. Poor little Ruyn had been bitten by a thrai. Yamin had never attempted to cure anyone of a snake bite before, but if ever there was a time to try, this was the kid to do it for. Thrai's would ordinarily kill a kid within ten minutes, and Gylepi had run all the way from his villa. Yamin did all she could, drawing the poison from Ruyn's system while leaving as much of his actual blood as she could manage, but she knocked herself out cold before she could see if she'd succeeded. She woke up (I forget how long exactly) weeks later, exhausted but otherwise fine, to learn that Ruyn was alive and happy. Blinded now, but alive. Go 'Min!
The next summer, during a particularly bad heatwave, the head healer, Auin, died of heatstroke. Yamin was named her successor at eighteen, not unusual since the healers like their head to be in the job for a long time, and also she has freaking magic and is also a fabulous leader.
Finally, after thirteen years, more plot happened. Yamin's hrai-dani happened, during which she re-introduced herself to her long lost twin sister, lost her yrae feather, got dumped in the desert again by Yan and learned that King Mithé was dead. Since then she's gone to Kazin, been freezing cold, met a scary tiny empress and really had her healing skills tested.
CHARACTER Yamin is shy through necessity. She’s scared of being too noticed and having people talk about her too much, and have news of her reach Nimay. Living her life in hiding for so long has made her quiet and reserved. She’s more likely to smile than to laugh out loud and attract attention, and she doesn’t like to go out with the other healers for fear of being noticed.
She’s very nostalgic over her childhood, but remembers it fondly now rather than sadly. She began writing down all the desert stories her mother told her and Nimay, initially as a personal reminder, something to keep her mother close, but now she realises the value such stories could have to the wider community. If children could hear the stories, a new generation of Riverfolk might be less prejudice towards the desert people. She’s hopeful about the future in that regard.
Yamin hates feeling useless and will always strive to please others.
Pubs and socialising outside her close group of friends have never been her scene, though the other healers have been slowly bringing her out of her shell when Nimay isn’t around. She enjoys these outings as long as they’re only on rare occasions.
As head healer, she prefers that the other healers take the initiative and work for themselves, but she will give orders if needs be. She is exceedingly patient, so that others feel guilty if they’ve actually managed to irritate her. She never chides or questions her patients as Auin did, she just heals them and listens if they want to talk to her.
Yamin doesn’t deal well with stressful situations, unless it’s something she knows she can deal with, like an influx of people into the healing house at once. Situations she knows nothing about, like Yan or the recent relationship breakdown between Nimay and Nolryn, are situations she’d rather hide from. She does her best, but at the end of the day she knows she’s not strong and wishes she could leave those to other people to deal with.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Nolryn is one of Yamin’s close friends. She almost thinks of him like a brother, since he so often comes to her for advice. She admires his sense of responsibility and loves how he always makes the effort to give her company. She wishes he and Nimay could have been together, however much she can’t see Nimay as queen.