Kiran is a restless and changeable personality. Plans don't exist for her; she's very much a play-it-by-ear and wing-it person. She loves to dabble, but quickly gets bored with almost everything. She might be fascinated by something one day and the next day, or next hour, or even next minute be completely bored by it -- and she won't hesitate to let everyone around her know. The best description of her is probably dilettante. There are four things she is rarely bored with: Javan, drawing, swimming and riding. Anything else ... well, she'll try it once but don't expect it to amuse her for long.
Despite her apparent flightiness, Kiran is a superb student. Her favourite word is "why?" and she will endlessly debate even the teachers, even if she actually agrees with their opinion. Kiran flourishes on ideas, with a mind that is ever so quick and curious. She loves talking and is amazingly difficult to beat in a debate. She remains aware of all that is going on around her, and she wants to understand and participate in it all. Unfortunately, that doesn't keep her from getting into a LOT of trouble, trouble she can't always talk her way out of.
Extremely friendly, she loves her many friends and doesn't like to be alone. Conservative types that can't make a decision or agree with your need to impose change bore her silly and often spark debates. She seems highly shallow and mercurial, but that hides a deep well of stubborn will even Kiran doesn't access very often. Still and all, "I'm bored" from Kiran usually sparks a laugh from anyone around; it's her second favourite phrase.
She usually sets the mood for her group and tries to keep harmony among its members. She has a huge heart, and loves to spend money on others as much as herself. To those who do like her, Kiran is a lovable goof who is very hard to stay mad at. But not everyone can get along with a flighty, argumentative, bubbleheaded, intelligent dilettante, and by this time Kiran has pretty much made friends with all the people she can. She has her enemies, and her favourite method of getting even is some prank that leaves said enemy highly embarassed and more furious then ever at Kiran.
It's curious to her that the Materia she recovered summons a power named for an Aztec god, instead of a familiar Hindu god from her homeland. Kiran finds the idea of being a magical champion for a mysterious power fascinating and challenging -- for now. Who can say how long this interest will last? Or is there a deeper well of determination within Kiran that remains untapped?
Aishinia Kiran Lin is the elder daughter of Sushoban Lin, a translator for the Royal Indian Army, and Rohana Lin, the half-Irish daughter of the Captain of the regiment Sushoban is assigned to. Rohana's father was a cheerful, dashing Irishman who swept a poor Indian girl off her feet and into his bed and life. Sushoban is simply a highly intelligent Indian man who serves as translator, interpretor, and general culture-explainer to the 35th Indian Regiment staioned in New Delhi.
Translators get a decent wage by British standards, which in Indian culture goes a pretty long way, so the Lins are well off -- and well able to spoil their two daughters. Kiran grew up tagging along behind her father. The soldiers all adored her, and her flaming red head soon became a familiar sight, even without the dark figure of her father alongside. Being so constantly exposed to the British soldiers, Kiran picked up fluent English, along with a smattering of other languages, and discovered a talent for linguistics. It is a talent she chooses not to indulge at the moment.
Consequently, Kiran is rather spoiled when it comes to males. Fortunately for her, she met Javan very early in her Atma career, and he spoils her just as outrageously as any other male she's charmed. But I get ahead of myself.
Kiran began to mature into a very lovely young woman, and between the British soldiers' reputations, family history on Rohana's side, parental over-protectiveness, and Kiran's natural penchant for getting into trouble, Sushoban and Rohana began to worry about their daughter's ... safety. When she was discovered happily betting on a strip-poker tournament with the foot soldiers, though, matters came to a head.
Once the matter was explained to her, Kiran was quite ecstatic about attending boarding school in Europe. While the Lins had not intended to take advantage of the opportunities offered to employees of the Royal Army, it seemed the only solution. Kiran thought it was a wonderful idea. Thus, at the age of fourteen, she packed up her saris, favourite jewelry, and Britich clothing, shipped it all off to Atma, and boarded a train West.
Kiran regarded the entire idea as a huge adventure, and experienced not a moment of homesickness. Her quicksilver personality and sense of fun quickly gained her a wide circle of friends and admirers. The single time she diverged from that reputation was when she met Javan, four days after arriving at Atma. The connection was instant and incredible, and the two of them have not been romantically separated since.
Kiran enjoys thwarting the rules of Atma and promoting change. While there, she learnt riding and swimming, her two favourite physical activities, and a host of other things. A favoured occupation is to gather a group of people and go sit somewhere debating politics -- usually the right of the British Empire to rule India.