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"I wasn't always a house bird. [...] And I'm not completely a house bird yet."
—Lark after she told Daja of her travels with Traders[src]

Lark is a Earth dedicate in Winding Circle temple and a great mage of the Winding Circle Initiate Council[1] as well as an ambient thread mage. She was the primary teacher of Sandrilene fa Toren and foster-mother to her as well as Daja Kisubo, Briar Moss and Trisana Chandler. Lark is gay and polyamorous, and has a confirmed relationship with Rosethorn.[2] After Sandry moves out of Discipline cottage and into Duke's Citadel she's teaching a young novice weaver named Comas[3]. By 1042 K.F. she is sharing Discipline cottage with Rosethorn, Comas, Evvy and Glaki[4].


Her name before dedication was never revealed, but it's known that she came to her magic late in life. Before becoming a dedicate she was a traveling entertainer, dancer, tumbler and costumer. While a tumbler, Lark spent some time in Tharios's Khapik district as a yaskedasu. She wore the traditional yellow veil as a neck-scarf. Yazmín Hebet is a friend of hers from her performing days. In her time as an artist she also travelled a lot. Thus she accompanied also Traders like Caravan Qurilta, with which she travelled on her way to Yanjing. On that occasion they also passed through Aliput.[5]

During her many travels she once tasted horse urine[6].

When she developed asthma she was no longer able to perform, and she lived in the Mire in poverty before her ambient magic was discovered and she came to Winding Circle. There, she has been taught about her magic and eventually took the vows, becoming an Earth Dedicate. By 1035 K.F. she is not only a dedicate but also a great mage and a member of Winding Circle's Initiate Council. Together with Rosethorn she lives in a small cottage, Discipline, where they care for children who don't fit into the dormitories and for young ambient mages.

Her charges include Briar Moss, Trisana Chandler, Daja Kisubo and Sandrilene fa Toren. The latter is also Lark's student as she, too, possesses ambient thread magic. But Lark also teaches the other three how to spin on their own requests[7]. After Sandry gets her mage's credentials and moves out of Discipline cottage and into Duke's Citadel Lark takes the shy Comas on as her charge and student. Later Glakisa Irakory and Evumeimei Dingzai also move into Discipline.

Physical description

Lark has brown eyes[8] and her skin is golden brown. She has short glossy black curls[9] and is described as being tall.[10] She has a face like a cat, with broad cheeks[9], short straight nose, and a sharp chin[9]. Lark has slender fingers[11]. She normally wears an Earth-Temple-green habit. Her voice is soft and warm as honey[12].

Personality and traits

Lark is not only a great mage but she is very patient and kind and likes people. Even short-tempered Tris succumbs to Lark's gentleness and goes so far as to request Lark's company when the four young mages go out to cool off one hot night. When the senior mages are required to defend the south gate from the pirates in Tris's Book, the mages are arguing noisily. Lark moves among them smiling, touching and talking quietly and calms them all down.

However, even Lark has her limits at times. When she discovers that the Water Temple is running out of bandages, she doesn't understand how temple supervision could be so lax but she uses the opportunity to teach Sandry magic weaving. In Briar's Book she starts to get cross when she thinks that the Water Temple is starting to run low on masks and gloves. But Dedicate Crane really wants her to add a magic layer of protection on the masks and gloves they need to deal directly with pox samples. So she teaches Sandry how to spell oil and work it into cloth. The cure is finally developed but Rosethorn does not recover from the pneumonia she acquired after the blue pox. Briar dives into the shadows after his dying teacher, the person he loves best in the world, and the girls help to anchor him. When they finally succeed in bringing Briar and Rosethorn back, Lark is so upset at the thought that the four could have died that she carries on, shouting and crying even while she is kissing Sandry. Niko and Moonstream are also in shock and Moonstream tells them all not to talk about what happened.


Lark is skilled with ambient magic and various kinds of thread-work: spinning, weaving and sewing, possibly embroidery as well. Unlike Sandry, she cannot manipulate pure magic as thread. However, she is skilled enough to let her magic speak through her even when she doesn't know a spell for the situation. In Sandry's Book, Tris tries to help stop a fight and ends up with a 10-foot tall water cyclone that she has trouble controlling. Lark uses her spindle to reverse the spin of the water spout to collapse it. In Tris's Book the four young mages merge their powers to beat the pirates and are unstoppable until Tris hears the whining voice of her dead cousin in her mind and starts to lose the bond. Lark's spindle appears in their minds, unwinding the pattern of their magic so they all come back to themselves. Rosethorn is furious since the four were so caught up in the pattern that they could have used themselves up and died. When the four and their teachers battle the mage Enahar on the pirate ship, Tris is the focus of battle. After Enahar is defeated, Tris's spirit is drifting over the aftermath of the battle. Lark's power enfolds Tris and brings her home.

In Daja's Book the power of the four is beginning to leak out of control. Sandry's and Briar's magic erupts in lightning and Daja creates a growing metal plant that traps her and Tris. Lark tells Sandry that their power has to be mapped and guides the four, especially Sandry, through the process after making sure that the mapping loom is covered with protective spells. The four do not want completely separate powers so Sandry maps their magic with a little border stripe so the four have control over their powers but still have traces of the others' magic.

Notes and references

  1. Magic Steps, Cp. 4 (p. 59; Scholastic paperback)
  2. Sheroes-Central; "TP, I heard that in your new book that you have a gay c..."; January 2004
  3. Magic Steps
  4. The Will of the Empress
  5. Sandry's Book, Cp. 7 (p. 141; Scholastic paperback)
  6. Briar's Book
  7. Sandry's Book, Cp. 11 (p. 202 - 204; Scholastic paperback)
  8. Tris's Book, Cp. 5 (p. 64; Scholastic paperback)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Tris's Book, Cp. 1 (p. 6; Scholastic paperback)
  10. Sandry's Book, Cp. 4 (p. 57; Scholastic paperback)
  11. Sandry's Book, Cp. 5 (p. 98; Scholastic paperback)
  12. Sandry's Book, Cp. 5 (p. 97; Scholastic paperback)

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