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Character notes for "To See a Doll of Yourself"

These are the character notes for "To See a Doll of Yourself."


Taran Robertson -- He has caramel skin with dark brown spots, almond-shaped black eyes, and short shaggy black hair. His heritage is Asian. He speaks English and Mandarin Chinese. He is 2 years old. Taran is deeply loyal to his family, even though some relatives reject him. Generally cheerful, he still feels self-conscious about his spots. His parents have fought ferociously to have Taran's sensitive hearing and smell recognized as superpowers and not misdiagnosed as sensory processing disorder or worse. During a dollmaking party at the Finn house, he gets a lookalike doll with honey skin, brown spots, and black hair.
Origin: Taran was born with his abilities. His eyes and ears were sealed at birth, and did not open for several months.
Uniform: He wears toddler boy clothes. He likes dogs and other animals, so he often wears images of them.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cheerful, Good (+2) Zhōng
Poor (-2) Self-conscious
Powers: Average (0) Dog Traits
His Dog Traits include Super-Hearing and Super-Smell.
Motivation: To stand by his family.

忠 (zhōng) refers to loyalty, which means unswerving allegiance in everything you do. So, government officials should not be corrupt and should be devoted to their duties. In other words, you should make the strongest effort to be dedicated and honest in all your relationships.


Lilyanna Norling -- She is an albino with pale skin, lavender eyes, and long straight hair of white-blonde. She has a pear-shaped face. She is 4 years old, almost 5. She speaks English and Swedish, and has started learning Irish from her stepmother. Lilyanna is the natural daughter of Birk and Eliane, and the survivor of a twin sister. After Eliane's death, Birk remarried to a widow, Flanna, with an infant daughter, Henna. They live in Portland, Oregon. Serene and graceful, Lilyanna enjoys dancing such as ballet and ballroom dance. She likes people, but has a tendency to overshare personal details. Her soup mentor is the Archivist (Constance Clarke) and the family often travels to visit her in Rain City, Washington. Lilyanna meets Shiv in a dollmaking party at the Finn house and latches onto him too. She gets a lookalike doll with pale skin and white hair.
Origin: Eliane had just entered the ninth month of pregnancy with twin girls when she was struck by lightning. Eliane and one of the girls died, but the other survived and developed superpowers. The plan had been to name the girls Lily and Anna, but after losing one, Birk decided to name the survivor Lilyanna.
Uniform: Lumberjack fashion. Lilyanna loves brightly colored flannels, whether as dresses or button shirts, along with blue jeans and boots.
Qualities: Good (+2) Calm, Good (+2) Existential Intelligence, Good (+2) Graceful
Poor (-2) Oversharing
Powers: Average (0) Control Electricity, Average (0) Enhanced Sight
Because of her electrical powers, her hair tends to stand on end, which bothers her. It can be damped down with a dab of shea butter. Her Enhanced Sight makes her eyes very sensitive. She usually does fine indoors, but outdoors she needs sunglasses and/or a wide-brimmed hat.
Motivation: To make sense of the world.

Albinism in humans takes various forms, range from low to no pigment. Skin is pale to white. Hair is blonde to white. Eyes can be blue, pale gray, lavender, or pink. The pink color is less common in humans than other species.

See Lilyanna's butterfly knife pendant open and closed.


Birk Norling -- He has fair skin, blue eyes, and short hair streaked in shades of blond. He speaks English and Swedish, and has started learning Irish from her stepmother. Birk first married Eliane, who was pregnant with twin girls when struck by lightning, of which only their daughter Lilyanna survived. After Eliane's death, Birk remarried to a widow, Flanna, with an infant daughter, Henna. They live in Portland, Oregon. Birk works at a park where he presents recreational and nature programs. The loss of his first wife and daughter still casts a shadow over his mood, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Games and Sports, Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Park Staff
Poor (-2) Complicated Grief

Neela Ramachandran -- She has cerulean skin, black eyes, and long curly black hair. Her heritage is Indian. She speaks English and Hindi, and is learning Sanskrit. She is 6 years old. Her family lives in a mostly Indian neighborhood of San Jose, California. Patient and reflective, Neela knows herself very well. However, she often responds to problems with resignation instead of industry, and puts up with things she should not. During a dollmaking party at the Finn house, Neela gets a lookalike doll with blue skin and curly black hair.
Origin: She was born with her abilities.
Uniform: Neela likes Indian fashions for girls, most often a dhoti suit (top and loose pants) or Lehenga Choli (top and skirt).
Qualities: Good (+2) Intrapersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Patience, Good (+2) Student
Poor (-2) Fatalistic
Powers: Good (+2) Crayon Soup
A pujari (Hindu priest) has predicted that Neela will develop some sort of Moon Powers at puberty, so she gets special temple training in anticipation of that.
Motivation: To learn things.

Read about Indian fashion for girls.


Ebi Debenham -- She has dusky peach skin, brown eyes, and long coily black hair streaked with blue, green, and purple. Her heritage is African-American. She speaks English and Spanish. She is 8 years old. Her family lives just west of Casa Grande, Arizona not far from the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Ebi loves science, and that's how she got her superpowers. She excels at coming up with cool ideas, but she has trouble remembering to stop and think first. She has lots of friends in a science club for girls -- even the ones who are still trying to figure out how to make their hair come back after a science project gone wrong. During a dollmaking party at the Finn house, she gets a lookalike doll with tan skin and dark hair streaked with soft colors.
Origin: Ebi belongs to a science club for girls. She and some friends played with a cosmetic lab kit during a sleepover, making what was supposed to be temporary hair colors. Instead, most of the girls lost their hair -- some permanently -- and Ebi developed superpowers.
Uniform: Ebi wears practical girl clothes. She likes dark neutrals, earth tones, and soft desert colors like mauve and sage.
Qualities: Good (+2) Girl Stuff, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) STEMZ Student
Poor (-2) Thinking Ahead
Powers: Average (+2) Crayon Soup
Motivation: For science!

T-America offers a wide range of masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral toys including science kits. The cosmetic lab kits are much more interesting than most of the ones sold here. They explore things like why bath bombs fizz, how hair color binds to hair, how to measure skin pH and design products to match, melanin content and sun sensitivity, product safety concerns, and other hard science that underlies cosmetology.


Brighton Ikenberg -- She has pinkish-fair skin, blue eyes, and long wavy hair. The base color is blonde, but random streaks of pink and turquoise appear and disappear over time. Her heritage is German and American. She speaks English and French. She is 7 years old. Her family lives in the San Francisco suburb of Westbord, California. Brighton loves to read and belongs to a book club for grade school girls. She hates loud noises, though. During a dollmaking party at the Finn house, she gets a lookalike doll with fair skin and turquoise hair.
Origin: Brighton got her Super-Immunity from the Aegis vaccine base, then slowly began to develop pink and turquoise streaks in her hair.
Uniform: She wears play clothes for girls. She favors dark neutrals to set of her pale complexion and bright hair.
Qualities: Good (+2) Bookworm, Good (+2) Girl Stuff
Poor (-2) Tolerance for Loud Noises
Powers: Average (0) Crayon Soup, Average (0) Super-Immunity
Motivation: Curiosity.

Carney MacKay -- He has pale skin with freckles and blue eyes. His short hair was originally ginger, but now has streaks of yellow, orange, and red. His heritage is Scottish and American. He is 6 years old. His family lives in Borrego Springs, California in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Carney has Fire Powers and loves watching things burn, which is sometimes a problem. He is energetic and outgoing. He enjoys playing outside and learning about nature. He hates cars, though, and every trip in one turns into a battle. He's a picky eater, too. During a dollmaking workshop at the Finn house, Carney gets a lookalike doll with fair skin and multicolored orange hair.
Origin: At 5, Carney survived a car accident in which the car caught fire before he could be rescued. He shifted into Fire Form to escape, but hasn't been able to do that since. He has Fire Powers but their accessibility and nature is erratic.
Uniform: Carney wears play clothes for boys. He prefers fire colors of bright red, orange, yellow, or gas-blue. He loves big, chunky jewelry.
Qualities: Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence
Poor (-2) Hates Cars
Powers: Good (+2) Fire Powers
Carney's control is tenuous at best, but he practices as best he can in hopes of learning to do more things on purpose.
Motivation: To learn about fire.

Abilene Lapp -- She has dusky skin covered with short, pale, velvety fur, brown eyes, and long straight blond hair. She has an equine face, ears, and tail. She is an obligate vegetarian and can't digest meat. She is 14 years old. She lives in Reno, Nevada at Mustang Sanctuary, a group home for survivors of the sex trade. The sanctuary uses equine therapy to help the girls cope and teach them useful skills. Abilene excels with horses and gets along well with the other girls. She loves watching football. However, her difficult past has left her very skittish, with a tendency to run when spooked.During a dollmaking party at the Finn house, she gets a lookalike horse doll with white skin and cream mane and tail.
Origin: A victim of human trafficking, Abilene was drugged with Hopp-R to make her horny, and developed horse traits as a result.
Uniform: Abilene wears cowgirl fashions, cute but practical.
Qualities: Good (+2) Horsemanship, Good (+2) Football Fan, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Teamwork
Poor (-2) Spooks Easily
Powers: Good (+2) Horse Traits
She has Good (+2) Super-Speed and Super-Hearing, along with Average (0) Super-Strength.
Motivation: To rebuild her life.

Read about the wild horses near Reno. See a map of their territory. This map shows Nevada cities.

Because Abilene didn't like any of the other accessories, she got a whole capsule wardrobe for her doll. See the boots and hats, brown cowgirl outfits, pink cowgirl outfits, red and purple cowgirl outfits, and patriotic outfits.

This is Abilene's own cowgirl capsule wardrobe.
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