Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Farah doesn’t believe anything unless she has direct experience with it, and her own mistakes in the past about underestimating and being misled by Rosalind heavily influence her opinions about her. She takes pains to protect and hide the truth from Bloom, to avoid her getting hurt, and because she knows Bloom cannot trust Rosalind to tell the truth. Though she knows someone has murdered her assistant, she focuses on finding out the details of what happened, rather than considering the larger picture that her prisoner is at risk. She often talks about their own experiences in their youth, and as young fairies, even comparing the current crop of students to the ones that trained beside her. Farah wants to keep the students safe, so erects barriers to protect them and implements rules intended to minimize the danger to them. Her biggest problems come from intuitive blind spots: her blind trust in Rosalind, in believing she told the truth about the village being deserted apart from Burned Ones, causes her and the other fairies to massacre a group of people. She never understood why until Bloom revealed they were ‘black witches’ whose magic survived on human sacrifices. She assumes the ‘rule of law’ and what is ‘standard’ is going to keep her as headmistress and turns her back on Rosalind, never thinking she might be a murderer, which gets her killed. Farah cares deeply about her students, but adopts such a strict, disciplinarian, blunt approach to them and their schooling, focusing on developing their survival skills and guiding them to making rational decisions, that she admits she forgot to soften it enough so that students “don’t need to ask if I hug.”
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Farah is principled and somewhat idealistic. She wants to do the right thing for everyone and punishes herself ruthlessly for her mistakes—carrying around a lot of guilt about their murder of the villagers, and resentment and distrust for the woman who misled them into it. She is critical of Rosalind’s schemes, which she admits always have a larger plan behind them (one she never can foresee), because many of them are amoral and willing to sacrifice fairy lives for a ‘bigger cause.’ Farah tries to teach her students to be honest and straightforward, responsible for each other, and obedient to the rules. She rather frankly turns down Beatrix’s desire to be her assistant by pointing out she already has one, and not liking the girl’s ‘suck up’ attitude. Though she doesn’t mean to, Farah can come across as cold and distant due to her need for peace and calm. She manages to keep her temper in most situations, but also harshly tells Bloom what she did wrong and how she was selfish.