Cassandra Sunray

The Great bard of the Court of Isadore

Bard of the Court Cassandra Limaire

Cassandra Sunray was a highly respected bard, who spent most of her entertaining career in Neklian, though originally born and raised in Bredtkiping. Cassandra is remembered for many great lyrics and epic party evenings at court. But she is also a part of the legend often known as the vanishing of a Leader, for she was one of those who disappeared along with the last Refined Servant of Neklian.  

The Life of a Musically Gifted Legend

Many have asked Cassandra through her life about her past. They expected it to be as grand of a story as the one she was living at the given time, but many legends have humble beginnings.  

Childhood in the North

Though she lived in luxury later in life, she wasn't well off growing up. She was born to a Neklian father and a Bredtean mother, who had settled down together in Edelind, a small town in Bredtkiping. They lived in a small one-room house, and although they weren't dirt poor, they couldn't afford much more than having their basic needs met.   From an early age, Cassandra proved to have a talent for the musical arts. She was always singing and humming everywhere singing in tune without even trying.  
When she was 6, she quickly taught herself how to play the flute that their neighbour let her test out. When she turned 10, her parents had saved up all they could and gifted her a cheap lute so she could explore her passion for music even further.   Cassandra was known in the area for being a loud-mouthed and smart young girl, she was well-liked by many as she was kind and helpful and she got along great with most of the other kids in the neighbourhood. Though some did dislike her as they found her too sharp-tongued and outspoken for a child.
Oh Cass? Yeah, she was as witty as they come, I still remember back when she talked back to our village elder with a witty remark and how his face became beet red!   She didn't even get in trouble, because her parents agreed with her, though I think she did get a scolding for almost giving the old man a heart attack with her brash way of talking
— Selas, Cassandra's childhood friend
 

New adventures and opportunities

Cassandra grew up and became a confident and intelligent young woman with clear goals for herself. She knew what she wanted and knew exactly where she was headed to reach her goals. Her parents knew that she wasn't going to stay in their small farming community forever. Together, they had looked for opportunities for Cassandra to foster her talents.  

Venkiping, Bredtkiping

When she turned 14, she went to study language and music in Venkiping.   Here, she studied under a former musician and well-known lyricist who taught her much both about writing songs and playing instruments.   While there, she mastered both the lute and the lyre, bringing her mastery up to three instruments.

Trip goes to Neklian

Afterwards, she travelled to Hanatoft in Hanalund, where she met a diplomat and was hired by him and his family. This was her first hire that lasted more than a few gigs.   He asked her to come with him and his family to a diplomatic meeting hosted in Neklian. She gladly agreed, as she had heard of the wondrous place from her father and wished to see it for herself.
 

Meeting Isadore

Cassandra and the diplomat had planned to stay in Neklian for a month. In reality, they only needed to be there for around a week for the diplomatic meetings that they were expected to attend, but Cassandra was adamant about staying a bit longer. She wasn't expected to sit in at the actual meetings and she instead spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Neklian and spending time in the different gardens around the city.  
I remember it as if it happened yesterday! It was a warm summers day, and I was playing my lyre for a flock of birds that had settled down in a tree not far away.   I was humming along to my own tune, and the only other sounds around was that of the little water stream nearby and the wind rustling through the tree branches.   Well, at least it was until some clumsy oaf came along and snapped a branch so loudly that all of my birds flew away! That someone turned out to be Isadore, though I wasn't fully aware of who he was.   We became friends that day, and I decided to stay when he offered me a position as a bard in his court.
— Cassandra
 

A legendary bard

From this moment on, Cassandra made an even bigger name for herself as the wonderful bard who entertained the most high-standing guests at the most luxurious parties in all of Dysvoll. She's been credited with helping many lords, kings and other nobility get past their differences, by making them party together and quite literally party through their differences.   She is officially known to have stopped a potential trading war between the nations of Kanden, which would've impacted her own parents very badly.  

The Vanishing Act

Cassandra is remembered for her own achievements, as she was a powerhouse of a bard. But she's also remembered alongside Isadore and the rest of the court for disappearing from one night to the other, never to be seen again. This event is what led to the downfall of Neklian.
Species
Ethnicity
Other Ethnicities/Cultures
Age
29
Children
Eyes
Deep Brown
Hair
Golden Blonde
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
Fair, freckled
Aligned Organization
Other Affiliations

Neklian
Organization | Dec 13, 2021

Neklian was an influential city state located in the Ellecran Forest in Dysvoll, but the town lay in ruins after the mysterious and sudden disappearance of the ruling court.

 

Well Known Tunes

Cassandra has written many songs that have gone down in history, some of her most notable songs include:
  • When the Morning Sets and the Night Rises
  • The ballad of Isadore
  • When in Neklian
  These songs are still sung in parts of Dysvoll today, many years after Cassandra no longer performed.
 
Vanishing of a Leader
Myth | Jul 10, 2021

A prophecy first told when Neklian was still in its earlier years, seen as fulfilled due to the vanishing of Isadore Ravenswood and his court.

 
In legends and times to follow,
they'll tell tales of our grace and might!
They'll sing to our honour and benevolent core,
Our Isadore will live on forevermore!
— Cassandra Sunray, belting out less expertly written lyrics while very drunk at a banquet
 
Court of Isadore
Organization | Jul 4, 2021

The court of Isadore Ravenswood, the last Refined Servant to serve Neklian before he and the entire court mysteriously vanished.


Cover image: by Ninne124

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Feb, 2022 21:05

Nice bard, she really had an interesting personality! :p I love that she apparently got drunk at banquet and sang bad lyrics XD Is that something that happened often? How did people react to that? did she lose prestige or were they all too drunk too to react? XD WAs that what you mean when you say she helped them all get over their differences and make peace by partying? That she encouraged everyone to get completely drunk? XD   I love how she refers to the "king" as a clumsy oaf at first XD Did she actually tells him that t his face? :p

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8 Feb, 2022 13:58

Ooh what a cool character! I'm a big fan of the character, she sounds like she would be an awesome person to meet. I found a little typo: In the first paragraph, you say "a part of the legend of the legend", but yeah beyond that really lovely work!

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8 Feb, 2022 23:50

"We have nothing in common!" "you may think that true now, but in the morning you can both have a hangover and pleasant memories of tonight's party, or just a hangover, the choice is yours"   That is my kind of diplomacy. Very nicely done article: well written enough to give us a good sense of the character, but at the same time leaving us wanting to now more. About her and the world at large.

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9 Feb, 2022 09:48

Loving the fact that she managed to reconcile people through her music and partying :p Well written and fun read!

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11 Feb, 2022 08:45

A lovely article, in every detail. I like that you've married up her history with her songs. Does "When in Neklain" mention the garden at all? I like the use of the side bar to hold links to other articles that were relevent, and the summaries on those made it very easy to understand.   Probably my favourite part is how her music has helped resolve differences, this is very cool and a nice character detail that she sees herself as having a role to play in ensuring a better society.   A good article and a nice read, thank you.


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15 Feb, 2022 16:44

What an interesting character. I love the idea of her singing drunkenly at a banquet, and I love her first impression of Isadore too. XD Great article!

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E. Christopher Clark
15 Feb, 2022 21:39

People who begin life as "too sharp-tongued and outspoken for a child" are often the most interesting to read about, and Cassandra certainly lived up to expectations. Nice work!

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17 Feb, 2022 14:40

Beautifully written and a great layout which fits the story perfectly. I like about Cassandra that in addition to her musical talents, she also seemed to be a gifted organizer of parties. This is a seriously underrated skill, and I completely believe that her brand of "wine and song" diplomacy was highly effective. I would have loved to read even more about that. Her drunken singing was the icing on the cake, what an excellent and fun bard!

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19 Feb, 2022 17:07

A fascinating personality! I admire her for speaking her mind, no matter the status of the other person. Bringing peace by getting the respective rulers to party together really is something to be proud of. Oh, and the "less expertly written lyrics" while drunk make her very relateable! XD Great article overall!


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