Branwen Blaidd, of Tralee Descent is a Spiorad Ainmhithe, one of the very few born in the 2000s. Since 2019, she is a student of literature at the University of Fortham (as well as member of the Swordsman Team) and, totally unrelated, a Bicíní Industries Model.
Early Life (2000-2019)
Branwen was born in 2000 as the daughter of Llwyd Blaidd, of Tralee Descent and his wife Meave, being a Spiorad Ainmhithe like her father before her. She was born 20 minutes after her older twin sister Elin. For both twins, their cousin Nia Sneachtúil, of Cefnffordd Descent performed the Bedydt.
The two sisters went to school in Riverwood starting in 2006 and began Middle School in 2011. Branwen had her first kiss in 2013, with a boy behind the sports equipment shed during a track and field day. A ball thrown with too much enthusiasm bounced off the building and hit the back of the lad's head, which knocked both of them out. The relationship never went anywhere.
Branwen started to write in 2013/2014, starting with science fiction in 2017. Her interest in that genre awoke during a holiday in the Oileánra-Archipelago, where she and Elin got to see one of SDY's tests of the combination of a Cosmos-class Sea Launch Commander and Odyssey-class Sea Launch Platform from afar. Despite the deafening sound, the entire spectacle fascinated her to no end. Her first book, Gwarcheidwad: Hunter and Prey, was published a year later.
During the 2019 Cuan Spring Festival, she met by coincidence her big idol, Shizuka Gozen, a fellow writer from AHSCA.
She graduated from the Doire Girls' High School in 2019. A few weeks later, in September, she and her sister posed as Impromptu Grid Girls at the first Riverwood Motorcycle Rallye. She did not get the autograph of Berkant Bonn of the Tribe of Westmeath or any other racer. While there, she and her sister were discovered by Bicíní Industries and invited to attend that year's Archipelago Shooting as a test of their modeling capabilities - the two passed with flying colours and began to work as models part time, a nice addition to their studying funds.
After a short vacation, applied to study Literature at the University of Fortham. On the 27th of August, she got a letter of approval, starting her studies in December 2019. In one of her first seminars, she was tasked with analyzing David Réalta of the Tribe of Antrim's Reaching the Promised Land on Horseback, a classic of Selkie-Jewish Literature.
- 2018: Gwarcheidwad: Hunter and Prey.
- 2019: Gwarcheidwad: Repair Yard Blues.
- 2020: Gwarcheidwad: Experience of Ages.
- 2022: Gwarcheidwad: In the Dark of the Eternal Night.
- 2025: The High Kingdom: Seren-Girls.
- 2027: The High Kingdom: Glory and Fame.
- 2029: The High Kingdom: The Great Guide to High Kingdom under the Sea.
- 2030: The High Kingdom: Freedom or Death.
- 2031: The High Kingdom: Short Stories.
- 2033: The High Kingdom: The Last Swim.
She tries to be cool and mature like her older sister, but she does not (yet) manage to do that. She also has an inner poet, who forces her way out at times, especially when she writes.
She loves to swim, but does not do so competitively. While she does own a small collection of swimsuits, this is mostly the doing of her older sister. In competitive sports, she is very much into swordfighting, taught to her by her father, preferring sword and shield.
Branwen admires Shizuka Gozen, a writer from AHSCA, greatly. She is fluid in four languages, Selkie, Tafod, English and German, but unlike her sister, she postponed her learning of new languages until she has time to dedicate to that.
Branwen is a follower of the Reform-Movement.
- "Good characters drive not only the story, but they make the characters relateable. If the reader can't relate to the story, the story is not going to be effective."
- Branwen Blaidd, 2019.
Branwen mostly writes Science Fiction, using the genre to tell tales of the human condition and of the condition of the Spiorad. Especially that difference, between the mortal humans and immortal Spiorad fascinates her as a concept, which finds itself in the focus, especially of 2020's Gwarcheidwad: Experience of Ages.