Mica "Shadowbloom" Conan
A light for those in the dark
Mica "Shadowbloom" Conan
Focus on all that unites us, we'll grow,
Put differences aside, and focus on what counts,
And then we can all make the whole world glow.
Mica grew up in the Shadowcliff of Okodranous, the poorest district of the city. As the daughter of two Planars she had to deal with a lot of rejection in her life and she had to work hard for everything she has today.
Shadowbloom - a name she has received after playing in many taverns and inns in the Shadowcliff. Her open and honest music inspired people. It made them believe in a brighter future, so they called her "Shadowbloom" - a bloom in the shadows.
Forced into darkness
Nobody cares about the people living deep within the Shadowcliff. It seems like everybody just forgot any of us exist at all. I guess it's just easier to look away when things are going wrong - otherwise you would have to fix something.About 150 years ago, during the , the balance of magic in this world changed. To this day, nobody knows why it happened, but suddenly many people were born, touched by extra-planar forces. In the , the hunted down these new Plane Touched, in fear their uncontrolled magical abilities could destabilize their own seat of power, or society as a whole. Many of these Plane Touched fled to the Golden Coast and settled down in the Shadowcliff of Okodranous. Mica's family is a part of these so called Planars. Her ancestors originated from and owned a very well respected bakery in one of the nicer districts of the city. But when they had to flee, they had to leave everything behind. Her grandparents eventually settled down in Okodranous and rebuilt their life there. After working many poor paying jobs, they finally saved up enough money to reopen their bakery in the Shadowcliff.
The Shadow Blooms
Day by day, we build a better place.
So put aside your pride, let's all come together,
This world can be, whatever dreams we chase
Without Valryn, the world probably would have never heard of Mica. He was the one who encouraged her to play her music in public. It took a lot of convincing, but eventually, at roughly 16 years old, Mica had her first performance in a local bar.
I've never seen her that nervous! She could barely hold her guitar without shaking. But once she sat down and focused on her music, all that nervousness was just gone. She just sat down and played. I always believed she could do it, but at that moment I was certain.From this point forward, her career exploded. She inspired the people in the Shadowcliff with her music and grew a very loyal fanbase. Quickly, even more popular bars, inns, and taverns asked her to perform there, and at only 18 years old, her music was enough to provide for herself.
A story of light
Do your best, wherever you go.
You won’t be alone, we all walk next to you
Day by day, we will all grow.
Where there is light...
While other folk are starving, their belies will extend.
They only seems to care, to grow in size and mass
The Dragons of O'dranous, can come and kiss my...
To be fair, we always knew that some people didn't like what we were doing. But Mica inspired people, made them believe things can get better, and I was there in the background cheering her on. It all went so well. We were doing something truly good! We didn't really care about the consequences, but then at a normal evening in the Fallen Anchor it finally happened. I guess we are lucky that Mica is that picky with her instrument....The day after receiving the feather, Mica still played in the Fallen Anchor. She didn't even think much about it, believing it just to be another weird prank or attempt at intimidating her, but it was way more than that. She headed to the tavern and prepared for the evening. Mica already had forgotten about the letter she received in the morning until she noticed her guitar case was not closed properly. She always took great care of that, and nobody else was touching her most valued possession. So she carefully investigated the case, looking for anything out of place, anything weird. She knew her instrument in and out; she spent hours upon hours with it every day, but still it took her a couple minutes to find this tiny poisoned needle positioned right on the clasp. Someone actually tried to kill her and had they correctly closed the case again, she would have totally fallen for it. It was just one tiny mistake, but it saved her life.
The Big Show
You know what? If these rich prigs up in their fancy homes really think I'm a danger for them, then we are doing something right! If we stop now, those prigs have won. That's not gonna happen! They can kiss my ass! Let's get this concert going, we've been talking about! Let's make it the biggest one ever and let's just spit into their faces! We've come too far to stop now.After the attempt on her life, Mica did not play it low. She took this as motivation to create her biggest show. She and Valryn always had the dream of a big concert in the harbour of the city. The huge cliff side as the backdrop, with Tria's Light reflecting in the water beneath. Her music echoing over the sea, and people watching her from the shore. So for the next couple of weeks, Mica and Valryn planned this event. Of course, they did not get permission from the city, but that didn't stop them. Over the last couple years, Mica had become incredibly popular with the poorer folk of the city, including the dockworkers in the harbour, and for this one evening, they just took it over.
We were sent there to stop the rebels taking over the harbour, but when we arrived, we just saw a young woman, playing an amazing concert and countless people peacefully watching. We all looked at each other, and without saying a word, we just nodded, put away our weapons, and listened. It was a breathtaking evening.As soon as the sun sat behind the mountains, Mica started playing in the harbour. Her music echoed over the water and quickly, the harbour settled down and became quiet. People stopped what they were doing and listened. The harbour of Okodranous never sleeps, but during this night, it stood still. The news of this event spread throughout the city, and more and more people came to the harbour to listen to Mica's music. In the end, thousands of people came together that night.
A hint of rebellion
become the very best, what we're all meant to be,
Uniqueness is our strength, no matter what they say
And it will be the path, to a brighter day.