“Auurora Hale. Top of the class. Excels in everything, physical, mental and using the force. Any challenges we throw at her, she gets through them like they’re nothing. The perfect Agent. The girl is a damn genius, and frankly, terrifying. It makes me wonder what she’s been through to get like this – she must have seen some stuff. She’s pragmatic to a fault too; except when it comes to Ehrenn Storm. Incredibly dangerous individual – if she were ever compromised, we’d have to rely on Ehrenn to bring her back from the edge and frankly I can’t take that risk…” – Overseer Jaeger’s notes
Name: Auurora Hale
Little is known of Auurora Hale’s life before she joined the SIS. Even though she grew up with Ehrenn Storm and his family, he seems to know as little as the next person about her origins. According to Ehrenn, Auurora appeared on his family’s doorstep soaking wet from the rain and covered in blood that wasn’t her own. Ehrenn’s parents took her in upon the boy’s insistence and she remained with them. It was evident from an early age that Auurora was an incredibly gifted force sensitive and a genius. She found it difficult to make friends beyond Ehrenn and it appeared she had little desire to do so. The two of them originally sought to join the Republic army, but shortly after starting their initial training, they were approached with the prospect of joining the SIS instead. There are rumours that initially only Auurora was approached with the opportunity but she outright refused to go without Ehrenn – not wanting to lose such a valuable candidate, the SIS agreed to take them both. Auurora stuck by Ehrenn’s side and always vouched for him but wasn’t afraid to confront him when she disagreed or when he was in the wrong. They joined a team of six other young candidates, three of which were also force sensitives. Auurora and Ehrenn befriended fellow Agent Meridiia and the trio became inseparable. Auurora and Meridiia defended Ehrenn when it was discovered that his family were of Imperial origin but had defected.
Auurora’s feelings for Ehrenn were evident from very early on, but for a long time, Auurora assumed her feelings were unrequited and although this upset her, she was willing to accept it. However, after joining the SIS, it rapidly became evident that Ehrenn reciprocated her affections, although the two of them didn’t act upon these feelings and even denied being a couple for the longest time to avoid their relationship interfering with their work.
During her time with the SIS, Auurora also discovered that she had an older half-sister, Aureylya, who was part of a senior SIS team. Aureylya and Auurora actually worked together before they realised that they were siblings. Aureylya was initially dismissive and distanced herself from her sister, but Auurora was determined to get to know her and persisted. With a little intervention from Ehrenn and Meridiia, Aureylya agreed to give Auurora a chance, and the two sisters became close as time passed, to the point where Aureylya was directly involved in her niece and nephew’s lives when they were born.
Despite her audacity and great mind, Auurora was one of the first of the team to fall under the influence of the cursed holocron that they discovered, and as easily the best in the team, she was not easy to take down. Ehrenn brought her around, and when she returned to normal she was incredibly ashamed of her weakness and wouldn’t really talk about it. Auurora encouraged the team to demand answers from the SIS after the mission and created a rift between the other team members and Helyo and Sapphyre, who had other plans for the dark artifact that they had discovered. The team would disband as a result, but the rivalry remained. Unbeknownst to either Auurora or Ehrenn at the time of the mission, Auurora was pregnant, and when the two of them found out, this cemented their decision to leave the SIS entirely.
Auurora is a highly capable individual but known to be ruthless at times, often encouraging the team to go to any lengths to complete a mission. Perceived as the unofficial leader, her team mates would often rely on her for guidance and answers – whether she would give this or not was another matter entirely. Despite seeming rather cold and calculated, Auurora’s heart is in the right place. Her stand-offish behaviour obfuscates the caring and well-meaning individual underneath.
Tomorrow’s Notes: Auurora is like no other character I’ve ever designed before. At first glance, it’s like, she’s pretty, intelligent and incredibly capable…and then you dig deeper and she’s actually kind of scary. I wanted to put across that she’s a generally good person but she will go to great lengths to achieve her goals, and that she herself doesn’t really see her as a good or bad person, just as existing. She’s a very cynical character and doesn’t really trust anyone or anything in the world – not even herself. She’s somehow perfect, yet flawed – and I’ve never had a character like this. I like when a character evolves organically from a concept, and that certainly happened with Auurora. I wanted her to be a character in her own right, not just “Auuryyn’s mother”, and I think she’s earned that – although understanding Auurora helps to see where August and Auuryyn get some of their aspects from…
PS: Finally settled on a look for her – I like the pigtails, practical but disarming!