Everest, mother of the half-breed Black Wing Corrigan from Blue Moon Rising Trilogy.
I’m considering introducing her into the prelude as a teenage fledgling. That being said, it’s time to come up with some background for her.
When we first meet Everest, she’s basically been converted into “human” by plucked facial feathers and cut wings. Now, we must see what she was like as a youngster and her chance meeting with the human kind.
In the chapter I’m currently writing, a few of the humans are traveling south. Within the group is the Healer Windchester, the doctor Nickademis, Mr. Phine (yes, we get to see his younger years!) and a couple of random others. They’ve just settled in for the night in a field of tall grass, which Windchester has made a path through by manipulating Nature.
While the path he’s created stretches all the way to the borders of Trully, it opens a way for something to start following back their way. That something was going to be a Black Wing. I never guessed it might be Everest until recently.
But now that I think about it, it makes sense.
Everest was born with a crippled wing and was soon rejected by her mother. However, the fledgling is determined to survive and eventually learns to glide, as her climbing skills are not affected in the least. The muscles stretching from shoulder down the back never fully developed, so she lacks the strength to fully lift the wing.
Black Wings are built for strength and size, but due to Everest’s disability, finding the proper food “stunted” her normal growth. She will only ever be the size of the human when fully grown. Still, she can use her wings for other purposes, such as shielding from rain and sun, keeping warm at night, and camouflage within the shadows.
The recently created path through the tall grass is quite interesting… and so she decides to follow it…