"I did exactly as you said, Pa, I held my head up high"
on the chubbier side
short box braids, somewhere between chin and shoulder length (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/02/fa/97/02fa973aeb42b80692fda3ca24d73278.jpg)
Dark brown, cool undertones
heart-shaped face, still has some baby fat - dimples in both cheeks when she smiles. one slightly crooked front tooth. will often have a few colourful beads or ribbons in her braids.
Friendly, bright, curious, likeable, open to the world but unsure of herself.
wants to make her family proud (especially her parents) by being the best sculptor she possibly can.
sometimes wilfully blind or ignorant when it's more comfortable for her. she doesn't think that she has any issues with seeing other people's perspective on things and that's why she often doesn't, which can lead to tension + hurt feelings for everyone.
generally positive - while she can be thoughtless, she generally has good intentions and a strong sense of what the right course of action is for her personally. but she's only beginning to think about morality on a larger scale outside herself and it's uncomfortable for her.
she is self-conscious but less self-reflective, if that makes sense - often she'll be deeply uneasy or uncomfortable, or embarrassed, but she doesn't think all the way about why that may be or what to do about it.
when she looks at something it's a whole-body motion - she never moves just her eyes or head
she doesn't like the dark
strong talent for sculpting, which is why she was apprenticed to Teya. in general she has steady hands and a good sense for crafts and handiwork.
she enjoys singing, especially during other tasks, and is pretty average at it. loves poking at/playing around with fire.
gotten pretty good at cooking
one much older brother who renamed (=disowned) himself and became a mercenary, one younger sister who is set to take over the family business. Yhioma is determined to be the best sculptor she can be and make her family proud.
Deeply loves both her parents, had an especially close relationship with her mother growing up. Moving away to become apprenticed wasn't unexpected, and she was excited to see the world, but it was difficult to leave her family.
She doesn't remember much of her brother since she was very young when he left, but she resents him for the pain he caused her family and is deeply ashamed of what he did. partially her determination to succeed is the desire to overcompensate for what he did.
Her sister is about six years younger than her, so they get on reasonably well, and her sister looks up to her a lot.
she was educated at home on a general level by her father (which is quite normal for upper working class/lower middle class kinda folks) until she was apprenticed at 14 (also quite normal).
Grew up in a small town/village community that's relatively rural. Her mother runs the local store, so Yhioma grew up right in the heart of the community, with a few tastes of the outside world in the form of stories from merchants. Her family apprenticed her to Teya when she was 14. She thought it was a logical reaction to her proclivity for sculpting and didn't think much more about it, though her parents seemed more tense than usual. in fact, they chose this apprenticeship mainly because it would cause her to be constantly on the move and more difficult to find if someone was to look for her 👀
she was friendly with most of the folks back in her old village, and she was good friends with the middle sister of the rich family on the nearby estate.
growing up away from home + the process of discovering that things were always bigger and more complex and a bit darker than she knew
something something vision + perception
what if Teya had to confront the damage her cynicism and resentment can do to herself and others. what then.
ah but what is her family trying to protect her from? 👀