Niamara Bancanor, or Nia, is a member of a wealthy Kugiskan mechant family. She has three siblings, Jory, Peigi, and Eidart, and is the daughter of Kol and Matazi Bancanor. She is an ambient carpentry mage and is discovered by Daja Kisubo in 1039 KF. She is quite shy. Due to her uncontrolled magic she is also afraid of fire.
When Daja comes to stay with the Bancanors in Kugisko, she makes friends with the twelve-year old twins Nia and Jory, who take it upong themselves to teach her to skate. When Daja discovers Jory's cooking magic, she and her teacher Dedicate Frostpine deduce that if Jory has magic, then Nia must as well, being twins. Nia learns that she is a carpentry mage and worries that other merchant clans will not find her a suitable fit for their sons. Her worries are put to rest by her mother, who says that shipbuilding families will be jockeying for Nia's hand. Since Daja and Frostpine tell the Bancanors that the girls must be the ones to choose their teachers, Daja takes them to visit different teachers. Nia only visits one: Camoc Oakborn's shop, and tells Daja that this is the place for her because it feels "right". Daja, although exasperated, realizes that she can't go against Nia's hunch. Nia is placed with Camoc's apprentice Arnen.
So far Nia only appears in Cold Fire, where she is a major character due to her being Daja's student.
Tamora Pierce plans on writing another novel centered around Nia and her sister, which will also be situated somewhere in Namorn. However, it's still a while until she will get to writing this book.
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