Evumeimei "Evvy" Dingzai is an ambient stone mage, originally of a Yanjingyi family. She meets Briar Moss while living as a street rat in Chammur, and being the first to discover her magic, he's compelled by his former teacher Rosethorn to take her on as a student. She later leaves with Briar and Rosethorn and accompanies them on their further travels. Upon their return to Winding Circle Evvy stays at Discipline cottage and later accompanies Dedicates Myrrhtide and Rosethorn to the Battle Islands.
Evvy's family left Yanjing when she was about six years old. She had at least two older brothers and was the youngest child of the family. Her family sold Evvy in Chammur for two silver dav's because the family needed the money and she was a financial burden to them. For about three or four years, she lived on her own in a cavern in the Old City of Chammur. There the stone walls responded to her ambient magic, hiding the entrance to her room and becoming tensile to allow her to sink rocks she'd collected into them. She raised six cats, providing for them and herself by shining gemstones for Nahim Zineer, who paid her small coins for the work. Her magic strengthened the potency of the stones, allowing him to sell them more easily. By 1039 K.F. Evvy has already lost some teeth.
Learning her magicEdit
Briar discovered her when she was shining stones, when his ability to see magic revealed the effect she had on them. He lured her to his house and gradually gained her trust by giving her food. Although he tried to convince her to accept Jebilu Stoneslicer as her teacher, she refused to consider it, effectively forcing Briar to become her teacher himself, teaching her meditation, reading and, much to Rosethorn's amusement, table manners.
Once Briar had taken her as a student, she caught the attention of Zenadia doa Attaneh, who wanted to use her skill with gems to benefit her gang, the Vipers. Lady Zenadia attempted to trick Briar into letting her adopt Evvy and, when that failed, ordered her gang members to kidnap her. Briar tracked her to Zenadia's villa and extracted Evvy, destroying the house in the process.
Shortly thereafter, Evvy and her cats joined Briar and Rosethorn in their trip east to Yanjing and was present during their escape from the war in Gyongxe. Upon their return to Emelan she moved into Discipline cottage with Rosethorn and Lark, taking up residence in Briar's room.
Soon after Briar and the rest of the circle go to Namorn, Evvy gets into a fight with boys who were bullying her friends. Since she beat them up after she disarmed them, she is in disgrace with Winding Circle, and a lot of people are mad at her. In order to keep her out of trouble, Rosethorn and her strange friend Luvo (the heart of a mountain) take her to the Battle Islands where she discovers the beginnings of a volcano, and meets two fire/magma spirits, whom she names Flame and Carnelian. She helps prevent many people from being killed, and creates a new island/volcano in the battle islands.
Evvy's ambient magic causes her to think of stones and rocks as alive, and treat them as such; in Briar's presence she's referred to plants as "rock killers," because of the ability of mountainous trees to set roots into cracks in the rock-face, cracking the rock as they grow. When tested by Jebilu Stoneslicer she was able to differentiate stone from petrified wood, although she didn't know what it was. She can also affect the solidity of rock, and make crystals hold light as well as heat, so much so that she shatters diamond.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Street Magic, Cp. 6 (p. 109; Scholastic paperback)
- ↑ Street Magic, Cp. 6 (p. 111; Scholastic paperback)