Because what this story clearly needed most was more minor characters with needlessly detailed backstories, I made some more people. One of them is here on the right, and her name’s Cynthia Peroni. Who would have guessed? I definitely did not steal the surname from a beer. No siree. The others are Princess Ashma - Pedro’s older sister - and Opal.
You might notice some similarities between Cynthia and Opal (at least, if I’ve done my job right) and that’s because Cynthia is actually Opal’s older sister. They grew up apart because Opal was taken in by the magi at a young age. Cynthia doesn’t have any magic herself. Their father was from Padanna, but he moved to Aiyur where he met and married their mother. They fell out after the mother agreed to send Opal away to learn magic, which the father didn’t want to do, so he left and went back to Padanna. He and the mother never truly reconciled - they stayed civil, if cold, towards each other and Cynthia would fly out to Padanna to spend the school holidays with her father.
Going back and forth between the two places, Cynthia grew up fluent in Padan and Aiyuran, as well as Aerith Standard, the language of the cities, which is taught as a compulsory second language on the moons. Since she had a knack for languages, she learnt a few more and began a career in translation and interpreting. Among the languages she learnt was sign language, and this got her a job interpreting for a deaf robotics expert, Rita Ditorro. After the job was over, Rita and Cynthia became friends and started working together designing translation robots. Cynthia then learnt to program - surprisingly well - and she and Rita became permanent partners. In more ways than one, actually; after working together for a few years, they eventually fell in love and got married.
Cynthia had never been especially fond of space travel, but after losing her right arm in a spacecraft accident, she developed a fear of flying and never left Aiyur again. Luckily, Rita made her a robotic arm as a replacement, and Cynthia was left-handed anyway, so she didn’t suffer too much from it. The fear came less from the loss of the arm and more from the effect of the shock on her already nervous disposition.
Opal is there to see her because Princess Ashma, who she has been protecting, has survived an assassination attempt by a robot which has been traced back to Cynthia and Rita’s company. She and Cynthia then realise they are related. It’s actually Cynthia and Rita that get Annika her robot arm.
So yes, the main point is that I get too into random minor characters and everyone being related.