Recently got to do some subtle photo-manipulation to showcase a new point in Indi’s development in LWS5, right at the end of Shadow in the Ice.
While Tal’s out of commission, Indi and Aurene are both working in tandem to heal him and stand vigil until he comes to. They are both there a long while, and both worried, and so they chat…
Aurene having seemingly inherited her mother’s telepathy would have no trouble understanding Indi, and would thus also be privy to her frustrations with how difficult it can be to try to be a part of plans when she can’t articulate well enough to be heard. Everyone at Still Waters Speaking kept asking if people’s voices were their own. Isn’t it time her voice was her own as well?
Aurene remembers this feeling personally, and wants to help. And, in exchange, Indi can now be Aurene’s eyes and ears wherever her champion goes. Someone Aurene knows to care as deeply about him as she does, if not more. And who can relay more clearly to him and the others for her if anything new comes to light.
While we have a lot left that we’re still figuring out about how the Hope’s Legacy crew react and interact during the Icebrood Saga events, we do know Indi becomes a much bigger strategist from this moment out. She also gets to enjoy the adjustment period for those around her while many who had (sometimes unintentionally) written off “the girl who doesn’t say much” get to come to the rapid understanding of what a spitfire she truly is.
(Needless to say, she and Gaeren bond even more, and she quickly becomes exceedingly adept at making Tal blush)
Additional note: She speaks with an Itzel accent!
(Indi the chak-eating wild child belongs to @tricksterpale)