Hestaby is a female Great Dragon who lairs in Mount Shasta north of the California Free State and south of Tir Tairngire. She is a Western Dragon with dusky copper scales. Her metahuman form is that of a human with striking features and long auburn hair. She sits on the Tir Council of Princes, occupying the spot vacated by Lofwyr, and portrays herself as a Dragon Keeper of Metahumanity, picking up the "fight", as it were, from where Dunkelzahn left off.
Unlike other Great Dragons, she does not use an interpreter, but instead uses spellcraft to project her voice so it can be heard. If space permits, she often makes media appearances in her true form, aweing the cameras and audiences with her enormous visage. She is something of a media darling, and she seems to always try to put forth a "good face" for dragonkind on the cameras, similar to Dunkelzahn.
Despite her obvious Green agenda, she also has an interest in the Matrix and computers. She occasionally appears on the Shadowland BBS under the moniker "Orange Queen" to argue with Laughing Man (Harlequin). It is rumored that she has her own group of otaku working for her who call themselves the Clutch.
Hestaby made her first public appearance when she stopped Tir Tairngire's assault on California in 2053 by pushing back the Tir troops and settling into the Shasta Dam. She claimed the 40-mile area surrounding it as her lair. She spent the next four years establishing herself as the keeper and protector of Mount Shasta, and as a result, the forest around the mountain increases at an astonishing rate. She was left with a private Zurich-Orbital datastore by Dunkelzahn in his will. She spends much of her time promoting ecological awareness and championing causes for metahumanity, all the while maintaining her image as the "good mother" on the media. In 2062, she was named to the Tir Council of Princes to fill the spot vacated by Lofwyr.
In late 2074, Hestaby was put on trial during the Great Dragon Assembly. One charge against her was the ritual attack against Lofwyr during the climactic battle against Alamais. It was revealed that the Black Lodge was responsible for the ritual attack against Lofwyr. A unanimous vote ruled in favor of wiping the secret organization out of existence. "[This] is perhaps the first unanimous vote among the great dragons in millennia".
Relationship to other Dragons
Hestaby deeply revered Dunkelzahn, and took up his party line after his death. She is on friendly terms with the new Great dragon Masaru. Other Great Dragons tend to give her a wide berth of respect for some reason, even Lofwyr and Ghostwalker. Rumor has it that she was involved in a trial or contest of some sort with the other Great Dragons, and won.
- Blood in the Boardroom, 48, 49
- California Free State, 19, 28, 31, 34, 35, 144
- Conspiracy Theories
- Corporate Enclaves, 43
- Damage Control
- Dragons of the Sixth World, 23, 34, 68-69 70-82, 93, 106, 124-125, 140, 142, 183, 192-193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 200
- Hazard Pay
- Jet Set
- Loose Alliances, 49, 56, 89, 93, 99, 149
- Runner Havens, 72
- Running Wild, 72, 76, 78, 80
- Shadows of North America
- Sixth World Almanac, 41, 74-75, 177, 191
- Sprawl Survival Guide, 25
- Storm Front
- Street Legends
- Survival of the Fittest
- The Clutch of Dragons
- Threats, 50