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“I was wrong to fear this. The water doesn’t get to command me anymore. Only I command it. And I think I can save the city.”
—Linh Song, in Nightfall
Linh Song (pronounced Lin Song) is a sixteen year old elf 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 Tam Song, her twin brother, and is attending Foxfire Academy.
The name "Linh" appears to be a Vietnamese name, along with Tam and her parents'. It means "spirit" or "soul." The name "Linh" also has a lot of other meanings.
Her last name was originally Tong, but her great-great-grandmother changed it to Song in honor of her profession.
“I became the Girl of Many Floods. And after too many mistakes, my parents had no choice but to let them banish me.”
—Linh, in Neverseen
Linh is a Hydrokinetic, meaning she has the power to manipulate the element of Water. She often has trouble keeping her ability under control due to the fact that she has never received proper training, and this in turn has led her to fear it. The fear was brought upon her when she accidentally flooded a part of the rich underwater city of Atlantis, at the age of eleven. Her fears were only elevated after her banishment, which is shown when Sophie noticed she had difficulty with the underwater lessons during her time in Exillium, despite the fact that she is able to control water. Linh kept muttering "I can't, I can't" to her brother, Tam, whenever he attempted to encourage her to hold her breath underwater. By Flashback, Linh has gained more control and understanding of her ability.
Linh's personality itself tends to be one of a kind nature, but she tends to be strong-willed when faced with certain situations. For example, in Lodestar, when most of the Collective and Tam were doubting Keefe's intentions, Linh firmly told her brother that she did not agree with his thoughts, saying, "Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reasons. And bad can be misunderstood." She is also not comfortable with violence, gore, blood, and war, as seen in Neverseen, when she screamed after she accidentally knocked the ogre off the cliff in Ravagog (she hadn't wanted to kill anyone), and in Lodestar, when she became frightened and disgusted when she learned that she was very close to dead human bodies buried beneath her.
She is shown to care deeply about other people, especially her allies, and puts their needs before hers. Several times throughout the series, Linh has mentioned another character in need of help when everyone else forgot about them And she is always willing to help her friends in times of need.
In Flashback, Linh and Sophie joked about Tam saying "happy shadow thoughts." Linh even made a bright pink tunic for Sophie with the words embroidered on it along with a few smiley faces. The words "Angry Echoes - Beware!" are written on the back.
In Flashback, when Tam was doubting his capabilities in helping Sophie, Linh grabs her brother by the shoulder and reassures him that she'll "stand by [him] through whatever comes" just as he stood by her through her banishment. Linh is a great sister to Tam and always helps him. The two have a strong connection of mutual trust and love.
Also, Linh has mentioned several times through the series that she is frightened or uncomfortable with some of the things her friends do. But still, along with her brave attitude, she sticks with them and helps them to the end.
Even though Linh may not seem strong at first glance, her spirit is not easily broken. She’s also willing to risk her life in dangerous situations and fight for her friends.
In Neverseen, "The Boobrie Dude", as Keefe calls him, reveals that by saving Sophie from the fire, she "should've gotten...ejected", and was only pardoned because she put out the rest of the fire. Linh is willing to take risks for a complete stranger, which shows that she follows her own morals, and isn't swayed by anyone.
Linh is quite humble.She does not brag about her ability and is immediately willing to join Sophie’s friend group without complaint.
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, and that is seen to be a curse and 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 that "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 chose to go with her to Exillium and leave 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. 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.
Physical Appearance Edit
Linh has waist-length jet-black hair with silver tips, created 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.Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 2: Linh and Silveny by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 3: Linh by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 4: Linh by Courtney Godbey
Photo 5: Linh on the cover of Nightfall by Jason Chan
- TAM (twin brother)
Tam is very protective of Linh, and although he didn't have anything to do with the almost-flooding of Atlantis unlike his twin sister, he still chose to be banished from the Lost Cities with Linh, foiling their parents' plan to make Tam an only child so they wouldn't have to be ashamed of bringing twins into the world. Tam attended Exillium with Linh before the ban was lifted from them by the Council.
Since they grew up together and wanted to rebel against their parents, they have an incredibly close brother-sister bond. Their parents wanted people to think they were not twins, but they chose otherwise - even if it meant going away from the protection of the Lost Cities. They also have a way of discreetly communicating using a secret code they invented while they were fleeing. They replaced the meaning of a few words and chose two „I‘m in trouble“ phrases. One for Linh, one for Tam.
Sophie attended Exillium with Linh when she was banished from the Lost Cities. When Linh couldn't keep calm enough to breathe underwater, Sophie helped her by inflicting calm across the water to tranquilize her. Sophie was also the one who told Mr. Forkle about the twins' situation and made him offer Linh and Tam a proper place to stay at Alluveterre.
Fitz, along with Dex, stares at Linh and says "Wow" when Linh crosses the river at Wildwood, when they first meet her, or whenever she uses her ability. It is unknown whether he is impressed by her ability to raise up the whole river, or whether he truly has a romantic interest for her. He also catches her when she trips from concentrating on forming a bubble around them to keep them dry from the rain, and then compliments her abilities. He helps steady her when she lifts the river in Ravagog.
Dex, along with Fitz, stares at Linh and says "Wow" when Linh crosses the river at Wildwood or whenever she uses her ability. It is unknown whether he is impressed by her ability to raise up the whole river, or whether he truly has a romantic interest for her.
- MR. FORKLE (benefactor)
After hearing from Sophie about Tam and Linh's situation, he said that they should probably keep themselves serrate, but as Tam and Linh continued to prove themselves, he immediately offered them a place to stay in Alluveterre, where they could be safe, and at the same time avoid facing their parents until they were ready. After hearing about their organization, Linh became interested in the Black Swan and even took the initiative to ask Mr. Forkle what she could do if she wanted to join the Black Swan. As of Lodestar, she has officially joined the Black Swan with her twin, Tam.
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 (friend/possible love interest)
- QUAN (father)
Quan Song is Linh's father. The two do not have a healthy relationship due to many years of abuse because of Linh and Tam being twins, as well as Linh's incident being "The Girl of Many Floods" and accidentally flooding Atlantis. He seems to care about his reputation more than his own kids, even going so far as trying to convince everyone Linh and Tam were not the same age, and even going so far as to tell the twins they had their inception date wrong.
In Lodestar, he appears to try and reconcile with his children but is still harsh.
- MAI (mother)
Mai Song is Linh's mother. The two also don't have a healthy relationship due to many years of abuse because Linh and Tam are twins, as well as Linh's incidents that led up to her being known as "The Girl Of Many Floods", including flooding Atlantis. She cares more about her reputation than her children, going as far to tell everyone Tam and Linh were not the same age, and trying to convince the twins they had their inception date wrong.
In Lodestar, she appears to try and reconcile with her kids.
- Jensi Babblos (Friend/Possible Love Interest)
Jensi and Linh first meet in Lodestar, and Jensi immediately complements her hair. He bombards her with lots of questions, such as, "Are you from Exillium?" and, "Is that real silver?". He also tells Tam and Linh about the Ultimate Splotching Championship. He then asks Linh if she can go to Foxfire. Linh mentions Flooding Ravagog, and Jensi comments, "Whoa, that was you?".
- "The water doesn't get to command me anymore. Only I command it. And I think I can save the city." -Linh Song, Nightfall
- "No, it's the code of who I am." -Linh Song, Legacy
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger Edit
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.