Monday, November 2, 2015

City of Curses: Icons: The Voice.

#Crux post for today.  Another icon down, the Voice.  No one knows her birth name, just her nom de plume.  Once a found voice for a opera, she has blossomed to one of the major forces for making lives better in the city of curses.

Aspect: Sing It For the World!

Quote: "No.  I'm helping you because I believe in what you are.  You are the best.  I can tell.  I can't see or hear you, but I believe in you from what I have experienced so far."

The Voice is most well-known celebrity of the Maru Sea.  Known for her talent at singing, composing music, theatre and more.  Her fame is only matched by her generosity.  The Voice matches the beauty of her performances with her charitable efforts.

Common Knowledge

The Voice first could be thought as a celebrity who most in Crux associate with Palace Hill.  But many people in Crux don't think of her first as a singer.  They don't even think of her as the highest priestess of the Singer of the Song in the city.  For most, the Voice helps people.

Her vocal support of labor has enamored her among the working class.  The Voice and her myriad of charities are always seen at protests.  Her editorials are read throughout the city.  The Voice calls for social reforms, often done through nonviolent means in contrast to the Revolution in Ainesia.

She headlines the most stunning and beautiful performances the city ever sees.  The Voice is a headline that most read attentively.  She is the Voice of the age, after all.

History

The epic opera Of Children Dreamt, fifteen years ago had been a landmark moment in the Revolution Wars.  Ith had won its independence and Ainesia remained locked in its own series of conflicts.  Music and performances had become less seen in the Maru Sea.  Of Children Dreamt did what Ariastics always believed: it softened hearts and opened doors.  The Singer's Ceasefire came into being because of it's performance throughout the Maru Sea.

A young woman, her face covered in a massive port-wine stain birthmark, had been chosen by Of Children Dreamt's author, Eshua Blindsong Sardhu to sing it.  Despite trepidations and concerns, the young woman's voice entranced audiences.  The prima donna of the opera sparked the Singer's Ceasefire.  It opened negotiations for the Treaty between Othebea and Ith.  It even paused fighting in Ainesia.

She would prove to be multi-talented.  In the years following, she wrote her own ballads and operas.  Many considered it the start of a new revival in music and art.  A enlightenment of song that heralded a brief, albeit short, moment of peace following the dark horrors of the Revolution Wars.

Even as her legend grew, the singer refused to ever give her birth name.  For a time people called her by her first role, Youth.  People gave her the appellation of the famed Bards that served Ainesia royalty centuries before:  The Voice.

The Voice ascended in fame steadily from that moment on.  In the last ten years she's proven herself to be concerned with the affairs of others as well as herself.  When a man started to beat an Android openly in the street of Palace Hill, the Voice had been seen stopping him.  After enchanting the man, she bought the Android's freedom on the spot from him.

The World's Labor League, despite holding meetings for illegal unions, have always been supported by the Voice.  In unsubtle terms she's held fundraisers for them.  She's spoken with Senators of Ith for expanding the rights of Unsorcerous.  Her standing advocacy for the Unsorcerous stands out in Ith.  Unafraid of the consequences, the Voice funds those that might help save those less fortunate.

She hires adventurers to perform various tasks in the city.  She meets and gives time to those who want things of her.  Most do not know how she does what she does.  She performs every night, writes during the day, and still manages to find time to patronize heroes to help others in Crux.  But she does all of that.

She does it all, despite being both deaf and blind.  She does it magnificently.

Allies

The Tinkerer's interest in the welfare of Androids and the Voice's interest in helping others, makes the two of them natural allies.  But the two do clash from time to time.  The Tinkerer often rarely leaves Poorfellows, while the Voice is certain more activity is needed to help Androids find some sort of freedom.

The Chancellor of the University and the Voice both work together.  The university supports a wide range of music and arts.  The Voice sends many of her own apprentices to the University.  She finds needed talent there.  The education that advances them to the next level needed for performing and making better lives for themselves gives her good reason to work well with the Chancellor.

Enemies

The Banker and the wealth the Banker manages pay a good part for performances of the Voice.  The Banker does try to control the Voice.  To convince her to rein in her protests and social reform efforts.  Most of these are bad for business.  These efforts often fail.  The Banker hasn't yet turned to violence or worse, but is willing to help supply clients with ways to bypass the Voice's efforts from time to time.

The Publisher is intense rival of the Voice.  Despite both wanting social and government reforms, the Voice opposes the use of violence to achieve such aims.  The Publisher thinks this is naive, and that change requires a violent revolution.  Both speak out and manuever in opposition to one another, while still trying to keep the movement for change going forward.