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Linh Hai Song (pronounced Lin-Hi-Song) is a sixteen-year-old elf (fourteen when introduced) and a member of the Black Swan. At the age of eleven, she was banished from the Lost Cities to Exillium with her twin brother Tam, where she stayed as a Wayward until the age of fifteen. She is a Hydrokinetic, and is known for being the infamous "Girl of Many Floods," after she flooded Atlantis. As of Legacy, Linh resides in Choralmere with her parents and is attending Foxfire Academy. The name "Linh" is a Vietnamese name, along with Tam and her parents. It means "spirit" or "soul." The name "Linh" also has a lot of other meanings. "Hai," her middle name, means "ocean" or "sea" in Chinese— a fitting name for a Hydrokinetic.
The family's last name was originally Tong (in Vietnamese, it's spelled Tống", but her great-great-grandmother changed it to Song in honor of her profession. Song is the Chinese variation of "Tống".
Linh has waist-length jet-black hair with silver tips, created by melting her registry pendant chain after she was banished to remind her what happens when she loses control, silver-blue dramatic eyes, soft pink lips and a creamy complexion with soft pink cheeks. She is implied to be more beautiful than the average elf.
She often looks quiet, thoughtful and serene, though she has a feisty side.
- Girl of Many Floods
- Water Girl
Personality and Traits
Linh Song had a more difficult childhood than most elves. Her parents were ashamed that they had twins, which is a rarity in the Lost Cities that is seen to be a curse and a disgrace. As a result, they did not like her nor her brother very much and tried to convince other elves that Tam was actually a year older than Linh. Both twins bravely refused to go along with this lie. She was banished from the Lost Cities and sent to Exillium after she almost flooded Atlantis. She was still new to her powers as a Hydrokinetic at the time and was not yet in full control of her powers, as stated by Mr. Forkle. The incident that almost flooded Atlantis was after a few other previous ones, and at that point, her parents decided they had to let her go. Tam, her brother, disagreed with this and says in the books, "They had a choice, all right." This is why she had difficulty with underwater breathing lessons held in Exillium, even though she is a Hydrokinetic. She kept muttering "I can't, I can't" whenever Tam encouraged her to hold her breath underwater. Tam was not sentenced to Exillium, but instead did not want to have his parents lie about him being an only child, also not wanting Linh to go through it on her own. This is one of the reasons their bond is so strong.
Tam, her twin, was angry at their parents, who would attempt to pass him off as an only child. He went with her to Exillium and left their parents. Linh and Tam both melted their registry pendants, and they dipped the ends of their hair in the liquefied substance, creating silver streaks in their hair. For Tam, it was a sign of rebellion, while Linh wanted a reminder of what can happen if she loses control. She states this in her first meeting with Sophie in Neverseen.
Linh is shown to be very fond of animals. In a bet started by Grizel, the boys and girls had to compete to find something important left by Keefe in Candleshade. Because the girls won, Tam knew that he had to go to Claws, Wings, Horns and Things to get Linh a pet, a murcat, whom she named Princess Purryfins. Linh is seen to be excited about owning this murcat, even though Tam states that it is poisonous and can be deadly. In fact, Linh could "lose a few fingers" in the process of training one. In the book Flashback, Linh begged Sophie to let her ride on Greyfell when she saw Sophie preparing to fly on Silveny.
Hydrokinetics are elves with the ability to control the element of water. Hydrokinetics describe themselves as being drawn to water. Sometimes those who have not yet mastered the ability find it hard to visit Atlantis, as Atlantis is surrounded by water. They can draw mist from the air and use it to camouflage themselves into the surroundings. Hyrdokinetics can also create objects out of the mist in the air such as water balls and are able to walk on the surface of water. Linh Song was able to stop Atlantis from flooding in Nightfall using her ability.
Linh and Tam are students at Exillium. When Sophie accidentally burns the Arch of Dividing, Linh uses her powers as a hydrokinetic to put out the fire. When Sophie sees her struggling with breath control, she inflicts positive emotions to help Linh get through the activity. To return the favor, Tam and Linh invite Sophie to Wildwood Colony. There, they introduce themselves and tell Sophie what they know about the plague. Later, Sophie brings her friends to see them, and Mr. Forkle sets them up to stay with the dwarves.
In Lodestar, Linh entertains Wylie while he is recovering from his interrogation with water figures.
 Linh helps calm Tam down with 'Happy Shadow Thoughts.'
Linh, along with Marella and Maruca came to Havenfield, to visit Sophie. Linh said she came to support Maruca in her decision to tell Sophie her ability (as a Psionipath) and join the Black Swan. While Maruca was talking to Sophie, she was playing with Silveny and Greyfell's two baby twin alicorns, Wynn and Luna. After that, she asked to Sophie to try and telepathically contact Tam who was captured by the Neverseen and forced to train, and do what the Neverseen wanted. This upset Tam, and he told Linh "stay out of the water", and to "go to Choralmere" which Linh said was code for when she was in trouble. In order to deter suspicions, she, with the guard of Bo, went to back to Choralmare.
Later in the book, she sneaks into Loamnore with Marella and Keefe (and her dwarven bodyguards). She asked Tam to stop following the Neverseen, but he couldn't since his hands were bound by Etherine bonds (made by Glimmer). Later on, when Tam was back home from the Neverseen, she mentioned that they had reconciled, but that he was "difficult to read right now"
Linh decided not to stay with Tam at Solreef and instead to continue residing at Choralmere with her parents. Tam tells Sophie it is because she thought it was crowded, but it truly was because she disliked Glimmer.
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- TAM (twin brother)
Tam and Linh are incredibly close and protective of each other. Though their parents were ashamed of having twins and tried to pretend that their children were a year apart, Tam and Linh told people that they were twins despite the prejudice against twins in the Lost Cities. When Linh flooded Atlantis, Tam chose to be banished with her instead of remaining in the Lost Cities. Tam attended Exillium with Linh before the Council lifted their banishment. In Lodestar, both twins join the Black Swan.
Tam and Linh also have a way of discreetly communicating using shadow-whispering and a secret code they invented while they were fleeing. They chose two "I'm in trouble" phrases in case either of them were in danger, made up of code words so that the Telepaths on the Council wouldn't be a threat. The code for when Tam is in danger is some variant of "ocean", and the code for when Linh is in danger is "Choralmare."
Sophie first met Linh while they were both Exillium attendees, and Sophie later told Mr. Forkle about the twins' situation and convinced him to find them a safer place to stay than Wildwood. The two of them are good friends and have gone on several missions together, most notably when Sophie enhanced Linh so Linh could save Atlantis in Nightfall.
Fitz and Linh are friends. Fitz is often impressed by Linh's hydrokinesis, and he is quick to help her when Linh is pushing herself and her ability too far.
Dex is often impressed by Linh's hydrokinesis. The two of them are friends and get along well.
- MR. FORKLE (benefactor)
Keefe and Linh are friends and are on good terms.
- WYLIE (friend/foster brother/possible love interest)
Linh and Wylie are close friends and foster siblings, as Tiergan is their guardian. In Lodestar, Linh helps heal Wylie after he was attacked by the Neverseen. Wylie often informs Linh of what Team Valiant is up to in Legacy.
Biana and Linh met in Neverseen. They are friends and are on good terms. When the team goes down to Atlantis to look for Vespera's Nightfall, Biana trusts Linh in going below the waters, even though she is known for flooding half of the city.
Marella and Linh are good friends. They often do ability training together, as both of their abilities, Pyrokinesis and Hydrokinesis, are elemental. The two of them are trying to find a way to merge their abilities.
- QUAN (father)
Quan is Linh's father. He was very embarrassed to have twins, and often tried to make the twins tell people that they were a year apart. When Quan was in the Tribunal because Linh had flooded Atlantis and she was being sent to Exillium, he didn't argue, which lead Linh and Tam to believe that he wanted her gone, so he could have the appearance that he has one child.
- MAI (mother)
Mai is the softer of the parents. She didn't protest against the banishment, and let Tam follow Linh to Exilium, but in Book 6: Nightfall, when Alvar was found and Tam, Linh, Biana, and Sophie dropped him of at Choralmere (where Quan and Mai lived), and it was revealed that Mai missed the twins, and had a painting with Linh on one side and had Tam on another.
- JENSI (acquaintance)
Jensi meets Linh in Lodestar. He is very energetic and friendly to her.
“The water doesn't get to command me anymore. Only I command it. And I think I can save the city.”
“This is fun--I never get to see Tam blush!”
“Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reason. And bad can be misunderstood.”
- Linh has two bodyguards named Urre (dwarf) and Timur (dwarf)
- In Nightfall it was mentioned that she likes listening to Wylie's Elvin Music.
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
Linh may be the soft-spoken, easily blushing counterpart to her twin brother’s surly moods—but that doesn’t make her any less of a force to be reckoned with. In fact, she’s one of the most powerful characters in the series—which sometimes causes problems for her. But she’s moved beyond her days of being the Girl of Many Floods and is ready and willing to prove her incredible control whenever the need arises, whether it be with awe-inspiring tricks or life-saving rescues.