Updated: Jun 26
Today is a very special day that I usually keep to myself, but since I have started writing my novel again it is time to give you all something that is 22 years in the making; today is Ilaina van Lynn Sylvester’s birthday. The creation of Ilaina, the daughter of Merlin, started when I was 10 years old. She began from a character that I created while LARPing with my sister and some friends. Since I was the oldest and more mature of the four of us, I became the beautiful and powerful enchantress Ilanea Lynn. The first story I wrote was called Adventures in Fairyland and is now will be a chapter in my future novel: The Book of Ilaina, part 2 of The Merlinian Saga.
(Ilaina + Sly 2002 From the Fanfiction Wizard to Wizard)
History of Adventures in Fairyland
The exact date of the creation of my first story has been lost to the 22 years I started it, but I know I was in fifth grade or 10 years old. I wrote it for class projects up until eighth grade then my stories began to change as I matured. Adventures in Fairyland turned into a Backstreet Boy fanfiction This is when I decided Ilanea needed a sister, so she became Amanda’s sister from my fanfiction. At 16 years old I trunked my story due to being bullied at school and by family and not only did I trunk my story, I stopped writing all-together. After 22 years of worrying about what people think of me, I’m at the age where I just don’t care anymore. Last year at the beginning of 2021 I knew this was the perfect time to pick up writing again. As hard as I tried, I could not start with Iliana’s story. Therefore, after much internal conflict I concluded to start with Merlin’s story and The Wizard’s Bible started December 6th, 2021.
(Battle with Sly August 30th, 2001)
Over the years I never stopped daydreaming of my stories or characters and out of all the characters in my stories Ilaina is the only one that feels alive. The character arch I gave her is beautiful and realistic, but as I matured Ilaina matured and changed drastically. I hope you enjoy the biography of this beautifully done character meet Ilaina van Lynn Sylvesters.
(The Merlinian May 11th, 2020)
Name: Ilaina van Lynn Sylvesters
Name significance/meaning: Ashni (Lightning) is her adopted name.
Birthday: March 17, 1000 AD
Deathday: September 2, 1939
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Southern Wales inside the Bubble.
Physical Appearance: She loves to be adorned with ribbons and laces. Her long Raven hair touches the backs of her knees. She dresses in Hindu and Fairy attire.
Skin Tone: Fair
Eye Color: Brown
Natural Hair Color: Raven Black
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 120 lb
Body Type: Fit
Scars: Small scar on her chest from the dagger that tried to kill her as an infant.
Dominant Hand: right
Age Character Appears to Others: 28 years.
Usual Hairstyle: Wears hair long and straight, in ribbons and/or braids.
Clothing Style: Indian or Fairy, wears a Blue wizard robe, embroidered with silver celestial objects, given to her on her 28th birthday from the Fairy Queen
Features: Wears a ladybug as her bindy in the middle of her forehead. After she is married to Sly he gives her a silver tiara with a dangling sapphire teardrop.
Extrovert or Introvert: Introvert
Personality Traits: Shy
MBTI Personality: INTP: The Thinker (Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving)
Optimist or Pessimist: Pessimistic
Attitude: Strong willed
Flaws: doesn’t have magic
Mannerisms: Talks very fast and tends to talk Hindu or Elven.
Habits: very hyper
Morning Person or Night Owl: Will stay up all night reading.
Pet Peeves: Being bullied
Favorite Virtue: Patience
Weakness: Earth Element
Expressiveness: keeps to herself.
Ruled by Heart or Mind: both
Philosophy: Everyone can be good.
Motivated by: Knowledge
Everyday Speech: English, but speaks in Hindu when upset and in Elven when in contemplation.
Energy Level: Energetic
Memory Level: Perfect
Disabilities: Cannot do magic without help.
General aptitude: Genius
Mental Strengths: Linguistics
Physical Strengths: Swordsmanship
Accidents: Poisoned by a witch in 1600s:
Favorite Foods: Chocolate
Favorite Drinks: Tea
Favorite Book: Fathers Spell books
Favorite Place: Sovereignty River banks
Favorite activities: Inventiveness
What makes them happy?: Reading and creating new technologies
What makes them sad?: Loneliness
Hobbies: Going on Adventures
Interests: The future
Favorite animal: Ladybugs
Loves to do: learn
Hates to do: Being told she can’t do something.
Inspired by: Her parents.
Raised by: Hindu Princess Sari
Parent Status: Father Widower
Mother’s Name: Gwendolyn (dies at the same time as Ilaina.)
Mother’s Age: 1600
Mother’s Background: Celtic
Father’s Name: Emrys
Father’s Age: Over 5000
Father’s Background: Born of a human Woman and Elven Father
Relationship her parents: She is close to both her parents
Only Child? First Born, Middle Child, or Youngest? Oldest of Identical twins
# of Siblings: Amanda van Lynn Sylvesters
Relationship with Siblings: Separated at birth
Do they have kids of their own, or do they want them in the future? Unable to have children due to the Merlinian curse.
Extended Family: Great GrandFather King of Elves: Ambrosia Castiel
Family Relations: Are they generally close-knit or distant? How has family life shaped the character? Do they have any sibling rivalries, or are they best friends with a particular sibling?: Ilaina has never met her sister Amanda, but The Merlinians are all very close and loved by everyone.
Best Friend(s): Ilaina is a clever linguist and can converse with even animals. Making her very loved by all.
Worst Enemy: A witch that poisons her in the 1600s
Many acquaintances or few close friends? She is loved by all.
Sexual Preference: Men
Marital Status: Married
First Love: Sylvester Light Richardson
Top 3 Loved Ones: Who does your character love best in terms of their friends and relations? Sly, Uriel, and her parents
Top 3 Disliked Ones: Who does your character dislike in terms of enemies and acquaintances? Derrick Mabson, Mordred, the priest that tried to kill her as a baby
Who knows the character best? The Fairy Queen Merriel
Who is closest to your character? Sly and Uriel
Childhood: What was their childhood generally like? She grew up in a dungeon in Jerusalem
Did anything significant happen? The fairy blessing she was given as a newborn saved her when a priest tried to kill her as a baby.
Adolescence: What were their teenage years like? Did anything significant happen? Her adoptive mother Hindu Princess Sari died when Ilaina was 16. Leaving her alone in the dungeon for 2 years.
Young Adult: What were they like as a young adult? Did anything significant happen? She was rescued by the Knights Templar at 18.
Coming of Age: This happens for all Fayains who live to see their 28th birthday. They become immortal.
Moments/Experiences that shaped them: List any important experiences here.: With the help of Sly, she successfully traverses the Universe Temple to acquire Escalaburn.
How have they changed as a person throughout their life: Were they raised as a spoiled only child, but later became a Buddhist monk?: With Ilaina growing up alone she learns to accept her life when she is returned to her true family. She is educated by the fairies and her parents in knowledge and technology.
Major regrets: List any major regrets the character has from their life. Falling for a witch's trickery that led to a hundred year sleep.: Being jealous of her sister Amanda.
Biggest life lessons learned: Did they learn not to take life for granted when their best friend died?: Ilaina nearly kills Sly after they meet, because she decides to use her sword rather than talk herself out of the conflict. She learns violence is never the answer.
Religious Beliefs: Hindu/ God fearing
Upbringing: Lived in a dungeon for 18 years.
Core Values: Love and be loved
Morals: What does s/he believe is evil? What does s/he believe is good?
She knows there is good and evil.
Risks Worth Taking: What would your character risk their life for?: To acquire magic. (Gets her poisoned by a witch.)