In celebration of Mother's Day, I drew a big picture of some of the characters from my Aerith story who are mothers. Not all of them - that would take ages. I narrowed it down to characters who were either one of the main six (Annika, Pedro, Opal, Lucy, Lee, Hannah) or the mother of one of the main six. Annika happens to be both, which is why she's in the middle.
Top left is Esabel Kelandrel, mother of Opal (the little one she's carrying) and Cynthia Peroni (the girl on the left). Esabel grew up on the moon of Aiyur. She was a clever student and did well at school, going on to study at one of Aiyur's best universities, where she met her husband, Tulio Peroni. Esabel was fascinated with magic - much of her studies were concerned with magic from a non-magical perspective - and for this reason, when her youngest daughter was offered a place at the academy of the Magi, Esabel accepted even though it meant Opal would have to leave home. This caused a rift between her and Tulio, and they divorced. He returned to his home nation of Padanna with Cynthia, the older daughter, who spent her school holidays on Aiyur with her mother. (This is why Cynthia uses the last name 'Peroni', rather than 'Kelandrel', which she traditionally would have taken.)
Top right is Queen Lucinda of Padanna with Pedro. I couldn't fit all of Queen Lucinda's children on here - she has four sons and three daughters - so I chose Pedro, since he's one of the main characters. He's also a massive momma's boy (Ashma, conversely, is closer to her father). Lucinda was not originally supposed to marry King Armando - it was her older twin sister Sofia who was to be introduced in the hope that they would find the match to be a good one. Sofia, however, was very much opposed to settling down at the royal court and getting married, and convinced her sister to switch places with her. However, Lucinda and Armando ended up falling in love, so it was arranged for them to be married instead, to both sisters' joy. Lucinda was much better suited to being queen than her sister would have been; she was far more patient and responsible, and she wanted a large family.
Middle left is Faralee Stryder, Annika's mother. Faralee was a desert orphan girl who had no memory of her own family. She moved around with a band of nomads before settling in Taranta, guided only by intuition, and took a job in the factory. There she met Samik, and they fell in love and were married. Faralee took his last name, since she didn't remember her own. The two never had much money, but they were very happy together and only became happier when Faralee became pregnant. However, once Annika was born, Faralee became very ill, and she only survived another two days. She chose Annika's first name, and Samik gave her her mother's name as a middle name. Unbeknownst to her and Samik, the complications with Faralee's pregnancy were the result of a non-magical mother carrying a child with very strong magic. Sadly, had they lived in a more affluent neighbourhood with access to better technology, Faralee may have survived.
In the middle, we have Annika Stryder, daughter of Faralee and Samik. She grew up without a mother, and as a result, she and her father were very close. Samik and Faralee's close friend Madoka helped Annika through the infant years, and she became good friends with Sayaka, one of Madoka's daughters. Annika was a bright but mischievous and hot-tempered child who was always getting into scrapes. She was very skilled with mechanical systems and was hired at the factory at a much younger age than was normal. When Annika was nine years old, she left home to train as a mage after helping out some magi stranded in her hometown. She met Pedro, who the magi were escorting, and never forgot him. They met again when she had grown up, soon fell in love and married in secret. Annika's pregnancy came as a surprise, and was difficult to hide, but she and Pedro were both overjoyed at the idea of having a family. They planned to run away and raise them together, but a combination of political disasters and harrowing magical prophecies led to both Annika and Pedro's deaths. Lucy was adopted by Sayaka, and Lee by Pedro's younger brother Marco.
Middle right is Joletta Allein, Hannah's mother. Joletta was born on Padanna, but moved out to Thrist to take a job in the mining industry. However, the mines started closing up as business moved from Thrist to Petipu, and Joletta was left jobless. She ended up getting into illegal trading, where she met and married Jamie Corren. Their daughter Hannah was born a few years later and for six years she and her parents got away with all their dirty dealings. Then the attack on Thrist at the end of the Independence War resulted in both Jamie and Joletta's death. Hannah was then taken in by Jamie's sister Jade, and they carried on the family business until, when Hannah was eighteen, a rival trading family took out the last of the Corren clan. Only Hannah escaped, fleeing Thrist to travel the Aerith system making money through various shady operations.
Bottom left is Hannah Allein. After seven years of travelling around, taking every day as it came and looking out for number one, Hannah met Lucy, Opal and Lee and, long story short, ended up getting roped into a plot to overthrow the government. As you do. While they were waging war and plotting revolution, she and Lee fell in love, and after the totalitarian regime was finally toppled, they got married and had three children: Jamie and Jade (twins, left and right) and Annie (middle). While Lee took charge of their academic and political education and their Aunt Lucy tutored them in magic, Hannah brought them up with all her practical skills, including spaceship piloting, mechanical bits and bobs, and handling a laser pistol. She was particularly close to her son Jamie, as they were very similar in character.
Bottom right is Lucy Stryder, Annika and Pedro's daughter, with her own daughter Jane. Lucy and her brother were separated at a young age, and she was raised in desert Monasta, a city not far from her mother's hometown, by Annika's childhood friend Sayaka. Lucy was a sprightly young girl and a bit of a daydreamer, longing to get out and see the world. Though Opal lived nearby, she never got to know her until she was forced to flee her home and leave Sayaka and Benik (Sayaka's husband) behind so that she would not fall into the government's hands. She never saw them again. She was then reunited with her brother, and they teamed up to overthrow the government (as you do). Lucy didn't meet Jane's father, Marcel, until years after the main revolution, after several other relationships which never went anywhere. Lucy had Jane in her mid thirties, never having thought much about children before, and never had another child. She loved Jane very much, but they became much closer after Marcel's death when Jane was twelve. Before then, Jane had been closer to him than to Lucy, mostly due to Lucy often being away leading the magical world.