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Temeraire, first lieutenant
John Granby was charged with the task of showing William Laurence around the Loch Laggan covert, but he initially took a disliking to Laurence. Laurence believed this was due to Granby's friendship with Dayes (whom Temeraire refused to recognize as his captain) on Laetificat. Granby proved to be the most capable of the available officers, and wanting nothing but the best for Temeraire, Laurence appointed Granby as his dragon's first lieutenant. Finally, the two became friends.
Granby served Temeraire very loyally, and saved Laurence's life several times. He even refused to become the captain of Observaria's egg owing to his commitment to Laurence (the egg was given to Excidium's first lieutenant instead). At the time, Laurence was dismayed, thinking he had spent his right to promotion and never get another chance. However, during the course of the journey from China back to Britian, Temeraire's crew comes into the posession of two dragon eggs. One hatches before their return, and Granby, being the senior officer, becomes captain of the dragonet, Iskierka.
Granby is tall and lanky, with dark hair. He was given to the Aerial Corps at a young age because his family could not afford to keep him. He never expected to be trusted with his own dragon, but hoped if he served Britain well enough, his children might rise in the ranks. Iskierka's hatching, is thus, very emotional for him.