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Noël Winter is the older sister of Crystal Winter, and attends Ever After High on an engineering scholarship. When she's not working on her applied robotics project (affectionately nicknamed "The Eternity Code") Noël's been preparing for the day she takes up the frosty mantle of The Snow Queen...

...But she's not without a little competition.

The vast number of Snow Queens currently attending Ever After High has made the school nervous over exactly who's going to take on the coveted destiny and the Ice Throne, although Noël's going to fight tooth and nail to prove she's the most logical choice.

Character

Noël's smart. Brilliantly, chillingly smart. She's been fixing calculators before most kids could walk, and stayed home for junior high prom in order to send a snowman to the moon.Her talent for tinkering and logic caught the eyes of the EAH school board, who granted her the coveted Mira Shards Scholarship to study at Ever After High, and a chance to skip a grade.

She's extremely vocal and passionate - and openly frustrated with the current Mirrornet system. Developed by Raven Queen's evil mother, the magitech of the Mirrornet is used hexclusively for communication and portals - and has not advanced in the last 20 years due to society's obsession with tradition, and the Evil Queen's imprisonment. Noël supports theoretical applications of bitcoin algorithms and cloud data storage, and aims to convince Ever After that some change can be fairy good indeed.

Despite this, Noël has problems presenting her work - in social situations, she stammers and talks too fast, and has trouble projecting her voice. She's always been too earnest, and has trouble faking a public persona. While extremely enthusiastic about her work, she tends to lapse into gibberish when she focuses:"Shh! Sh! No talking! I'mma- I'mma- do a SCIENCE today. "

Aware that she might one day be in charge of a mentally-troubled little boy's welfare - and, maybe, unlike other Snow Queens before - Noël is deeply concerned with the welfare of her "spiffy, potential future-Kay!". She's a magnificent older sibling to Crystal, despite them rarely having time to meet face to face, and she hopes she'll get along just as well with her Kai.

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"Dan Noël ur bobbies."

Thankfully, she's not without social skills. What's a Snow Queen if she can't charm people? Noël's flirty with most of the student body, and has a habit of hitting on boys shorter than her. The inherently sexual nature of her legacy may have missed Crystal - but Noël caught it full force. With notable birthing hips, a distaste for bras, and a penchant for age-inappropriate chic lit novels, Noël's never been the sort to cover up herself, or her brazen personality.

History

A long time ago, the Snow Queen must've wanted a child. That family has long branched out into many many separate queens, with little snow hives and dedicated worker snows of their own.

Some snow queens have gone onto be psychopomps, succubi and, in 2013, one emotional-stunted idiot ruined the ecosystem surrounding Arrendelle, clinically murdered (then revived) her sister, and then miraculously avoided prison for all her actions. The high council of Snow Queens refuses to acknowledge she exists.

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Noel and her staff.

Noel's a member of the vast, expansive, "Winter" branch of the Snow Queen's lineage. She has many cousins, all of whom hope to be the chosen by the current reigning Snow Queen as her successor. As a result of the many overlapping, competing, snow queen destinies in EAH, the Grimms are unsure who will be the next Snow Queen, and Noël was presented with a blank page on Legacy Day. ("Until we figure out which one of you is the logical choice!")

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Noel in casualwear

Noel has a bit of a chip on her shoulder due to this. Despite her parent's emotional support and rebellious nature, Noël is determined to finish the story her ancestors started and is a royal through and through. Unlike her sister who struck a friendship with Briar and Ashlynn, Noël's less interested in networking, and more focused on proving her worth.

Though her parents assure her she's always welcome to take up the family business of guiding the lost and forsaken into the afterlife, or seducing men to their deaths, Noel's always wanted a little more. Taking her first metalshop apprenticeship at 14, Noel's been studying mechanical engineering and applied physics since she was old enough to legally use a welding tool. She hopes to prove to the reigning Snow Queen that she's the best possible candidate to take over - after all, intelligence isn't just remembering old ideas, it's innovating and coming up with new ones.

Story

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen You've heard this one before. Snow Queen kidnaps Kai, Gerda rescued Kai, Jesus is rediscovered, and a great many other things happen. Due to the proliferation of the tale, I won't summarise it.

Wikipedia may tell you that the Snow Queen is based on Andersen's love for 'frosty' Jenny Lind, but she's most likely based on pagan goddesses (like Mother Hølle, and Hel from Norse mythology). She is something otherworldly, inhuman, and representative of the problems of turning away from Christianity and purity. She rules over a sterile universe where love cannot touch it, and is a sensual, carnal corruptor to the protagonist, Kai.

For more information on the plot, my thoughts, and any academic commentary I have, visit the tag on my blog.

How Does Noel come into this?

Noël's a descendant of the original Snow Queen, who still holds her title until she finds a worthy successor. Unlike her parents or her sister, she's competitively vying to prove she's ready to take over her ancestor's throne. Even if it means having work her way to the top, and kiss the occasional prepubescent jailbait boy.

Relationships

Family

It's like an extended clan of Spock; Spock as far as the eye can see.
Albeart Fitzroy describing the Snow Queen family
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Unlike the other Snow Queens in the family, Crystal's parents love and dote on their children.

The Snow Queen Families value logic, calculation, and the death of love and faith. Noël's mother and father, however, break the script somewhat. The Snow King and Snow Queen are warm, loving, and deeply concerned about the well being of their children.

Noel and Crystal are also the first infant snow queens in the clan to be baptized Christians at birth - a practice her aunts and cousins have frowned upon.

After winning her scholarship to study at EAH, Noel dropped out of the line to succeed her parents. Crystal could take over the Snow King if she wanted to - but Noel set her sights to being chosen to take over as head of the family.

Crystal Winter

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Crystal assuming her father's throne. (Noel, being older, cares more about taking over as head of the larger Snow Queen family.)

As the youngest in the family, Crystal is doted upon by her parents, and Noel herself. Crystal's immense powers are visible in the tint of her skin and the tone of her hair - and her talent for ice magic far exceeds Noel's. Because Crystal has been mollycoddled from infancy, Noel constantly worries her little baby sister's not quite old enough to take care of herself, or her powers.

Noel and Crystal rarely meet face to face due to Noel's commitment to her coding project and Crystal living at home with her family. They see each other during practice for the EAH Frost Giants instead.

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Noel and Tabitha

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Noël's not-so-secret girlfriend is Tabitha, her fellow Science and Sorcery classmate. After good-naturedly flirting with her, Noël was surprised to find Tabitha reciprocating her affections. The two have fallen into a relationship of eskimo kisses, late night talks, and mutual respect for each other's science projects.

Others:

Mariya Moroz - Another Snow Queen and a potential competition for the throne, Noël has both a healthy respect for and a genuine fear of Mari. Mari herself wasn't aware of her destiny until Raven's adventures in Wonderland restored everyone's pages and powers to themselves. Without much motivation to take over, Mari has mentioned the competition goes against her code as a rebel, and doesn't intend to take over.

Opaline Glass - Noël has a blatant disregard for the privacy of poor Opal's phone, and often steals it to beta test new apps on it. Opaline's mirrorphone runs on her Eternity OS now ("...and operates at 2.5x battery efficiency, you're welcome!"), this, alongside the girl's nurselike patience, has Noel glad to have her friendship.

Albeart Fitzroy - Fitz is a neighbour to Noel, in that the Polar Bear King's home in Svalbard borders the Winter ancestral land in Spitsbergen. They've met at family barbecues before.

Colden Frost - Noel and her sister Crystal have teased the Jack Frost family since they were little. The Snow Queen has always been the lead singer at a concert, Jack Frost is at best the backup singer that has the nicest hair. Or something. It's built a fair bit of resentment between the two.

Appearance

Science is like... like a race against the universe! And bras only slow me down!
Noël, talking about her questionable fashion choices.

Noel has platinum blonde hair and extremely 90's funky-fresh bangs. Her hips are much broader than most girl's, and so's her her backside - this, alongside her visible tendency not to wear a bra in her workshop outside of school hours, has led to a rumour she doesn't wear underwear at all. That remains to be seen.

She has a fondness for furs (especially ermine) and has a mildly-outdated fashion sense that more closely follows her mother's than her sister's. She tends to prefer crystals cut into her signature six-sided honeycomb motif, or simple tees and tank tops with silly ice puns on them.

When using her powers (which she needs an ice wand to channel), she assumes the same lilac skin and minty-white hair of her sister, but only temporarily.

Pet

And when I looked out at the vast sea and ice, I was overcome by just how insignificant... other people are!
Noel during Epic Winter
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Noel didn't adopt a pet until after the events of Epic Winter. After helping Mariya Moroz save lives in the blizzard, Noel gained a new appreciation for people who survive and thrive in frozen conditions... and also a penguin she smuggled home in a handbag.

Noel adopted the penguin when she noticed her sister had gone to Briar and Ashlynn for help, instead of her. Had she really been so cold that Crystal wouldn't trust her own sister?

Feeling worried she was losing touch with others, Noel's hoping her friendship with the penguin will help her understand people again.

It's name is Gloria Estefan.

"The Eternity Code"

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Noël's workshop clothes are noticeably less glamorous.

Noël's pet project, Eternity, is a new operating system for Mirrornet-capable devices. She hopes to release the code, open source, by the time she graduates.
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The Keepon is probably visually identical to a B.E.E.S robot.

As a side project, she's currently building a small hive of "B.E.E.S" - Basic Extremophile Excavation Systems - that run on her O.S. specs. The B.E.E.S are little snowman-shaped robots that withstand high temperatures for rescue work and data collection. Her goal is to get them to be stronger than the heat from volcanoes, like Etna and Versuvius, but she's still a long way from that. They roll on their lower bodies and beep with happiness, and can be controlled remotely through mirrorphone, so long as you have the corresponding app. (Your OCs will need a mirrorphone to control one!)

As her software develops, she uploads her findings onto her Mirrorblog monthly. This is a requirement of her Mira Shards Scholarship.

  • She has given B.E.E.S robots to the following students, to help condition their little robot brains to interact with people: (Feel free to ask for one!)
    • Crystal Winter (sister)
    • Dexter Charming (fellow Science and Sorcery classmate)
    • Humphrey Dumpty (fellow Science and Sorcery classmate)
    • Mariya Moroz (got one after asking Humphrey where he got his. Used as a hockey puck when no one can find pucks.)
    • Sloan Fiadh (Sloan's was the first to be customised. He glued tiny blue antlers on his.)
    • Tabitha Hu (has tiny tiger ears and a tiger stripe pattern, used by Noël and Tabi to send dirty love poetry to each other)
    • Arion Neptune (has a little wave-and-fish motif and a depth gauge, functional underwater for up to 50m)
    • Charmaine Lexwington (very very small)
    • Opaline Glass (connected to Noël's padeometer and heartrate app, 'Caduceus')
    • Leah Gossip (oven-resistant, has tiny wolf ears that noel suspects will catch fire.)
    • Akito Takenaka (contains a slot of an SD memory card, to store camera data from his video logs)
    • Bruno Igel (has a tiny little sunhat and a better quality drill for collecting soil samples)
    • Aadi Johar (three words: deluxe disco function)

Gallery

Here is where fanart and miscellaneous art of Noel goes.

Trivia

  • For a Snow Queen, and despite what she thinks of herself, Noël's not cold and distant. She's always excited about her admittedly narrow interests, and is a loving "helicopter parent" to her sister and her future Kai.
  • The Mira Shards Scholarship programme is named after a legendary mirror programmer. Mira Lovelace-Shards wrote the first algorithm to be read by a mechanical engine - the earliest programmable mirror code. The Evil Queen adopted it as her teenage persona in the Dragon Games because, evil or not, Raven's mum is still a giant nerd.
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  • Noël has been voted "Least Likely to be Wearing Underwear" in the school yearbook for two consecutive years. This may or may not be due to her interesting ringtone.
  • Despite her (admittedly, open-minded) Christian religion, Noël hasn't been allowed to attend church in her hometown. After an incident when she opposed several community petitions to ban, among other things, sex workers, people who wear red shoes, and abortion clinics - she shock-froze and broke every rose window in the chapel.
  • Noël is giving out B.E.E.S robots so her classmates can teach them how to react to human emotions and be kind and caring (as a cold, logical Snow Queen she doesn't believe she's capable to teaching them herself).
    • She hopes that when it's time for her to take in and isolate a Kai - basically an emotionally-fractured and unstable child - he'll be well cared for and taught to socialize by her B.E.E.S. If Destiny won't let her provide him people to interact with in her 'kingdom of isolation', he deserves the next best thing.
  • You'd be surprised how much she can stuff her face with after she forgets to eat - she's already beaten the Poutine Challenge at The Flying Canoe, and has a SATANICALLY SCRUMPTIOUS! t-shirt.'
  • Noël has notably refused to use a 'snow blaster' like her sister, out of protest and as an advocate for gun control laws. Crystal thinks she's overreacting.
  • Alongside Humphrey Dumpty and Dexter Charming, Noel is one of the student developers of the trending "#YourTrueSelfie" app. The mirrorphone application configures the camera to take an image of one's "True Self", and has proven to be a viral success.
    • Daring Charming, however, notably boycotted it. Despite downloading the app, he refused to share his selfies. Rosabella later tweeted they all look like his Beast Form.
  • Noel can't cook; she's allegedly afraid of stoves. ("You put the food in and the oil, like, goes everywhere. Kinda... Kinda sssssiiizzzz, y'know?")
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