Amara Silverharp

(she/her)

Given name: Felicia

Honorific Title: Silverharp


Amara Silverharp - formerly only known to her parents as Felicia - is the head and (most of the time) the voice of her wandering troupe. She sings and plays a harp made out of dark cherry wood and with bluesteel strings so polished they look like silver.   When she and her ensemble aren't on a performance in some inn, tavern, at a nobles house or court they travel through the lands on the search for new tunes, more refined words and lyrics or history books, tomes, scrolls or writings on the walls of forgotten settlements, buildings and temples. From these finds the troupe (sometimes only Amara, sometimes with a member of the troupe) will create new songs, ballads, sung stories or retelling history by singing. This is where they stumble upon Gavín, sharing stories, laughing, eating and forming a gentle friendship, one of the few the group has.  
"Rak'h nuhl atrokuhl ballok rhul... no, that doesn't sound right."
"Just change it to brathul instead ballok rhul."
"Rak'h nuhl atrokuhl brathul. - Hm, much better, but it sounds so...deep."
"Of course it sounds deep, it's Dwarvish. When it isn't deep then it is probably Elvish."
— A frustrated Amara with Ribald on writing a song for the dwarfs
   

The Troupe

    Her troupe is carefully selected and varies from Human to Dwarf, an Elf (Moon Elf on this one) and Kulthari, only missing a Lapira, but that is only a matter of time. Each member has their own wagon and everyone has a share of the supplies they need.  
  • Amara (human, female, harp & voice)
  • "You know us. You want to hear us. Old legends, epic stories, heartbreaking drama, you want to laugh and cry? Then let's get started! Welcome with me our beautiful leader, our fiery harpist with words made out of burning silver and her voice of fire!"
    — Ribald introducing Amara on a gig
  • Ribald (human, male, lute and flute)
  • "Oi, yo' wanna hear sum sweet tunes and fiddlin', aye? Lend me ya ear and listen car'fully to that pesky human ov'r here, 'cause he will make ya weep and shudder!"
    — Yanmaec cheeringly introducing Ribald
  • Yanmaec (dwarf male, drums)
  • "And here we have Yanmaec. He plays the drums. Yes, we know it is a bit of a cliche but he is good at hammering things in a specific rhythm so he volunteered for it."
    — Ribald introducing Yanmaec
  • Caelliara (Kulthari, male, pan flute and double flute)
  • "Fear not his eyes, his hooves nor his horns; fear his soul and his instruments, his flutes and his voice for it will make you long for things you don't know you needed until now!"
    — Cinsihe describing Caelliara as he enters the stage
  • Cinsihe (Moon Elf, female, violin)
  • "Have you ever longed for the moon? Have you ever laid hand on a blank knife and cut you? That is what she does; she will stab you right in the heart and heal you with only a few notes of her violin."
    — Amara about Cinsihe
  Eager to know more about the troupe itself, the members of it and the history? Fear not, I got you covered.
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Personal history

  Amara was born and raised in Nimri, the city of Potions. Her mother was a tailor and her father a gardener who grew crops and herbs. Amara sold them at the local market and in her spare time she used to sing, mostly songs she picked up at a young age, acompaning her father in the garden or her mother when she had no clients or was working on a dress late in the evening.   With reaching the age of eleven (11) years her father could afford a flute and so Amara learned to play it while her parents worked, but after a year she got really annoyed about that she only can sing or play the flute, but not both.   In one of the few shops in Nimri she discovered a lute in the shop's window. The lute was used and needed new strings, but the price was good and the lute as good as new for her young eyes and it was the most beautiful thing Amara had seen to date.
She decided to work in a tavern and the innkeeper agreed that she can come for two days a week and get a percentage of the (potential) income every evening. When a guest decides to tip her directly or give her a money-present she was allowed to keep it.   And so Amara sang for about two years in the tavern "Maruis' Bowl" and got her lute in the end. She struk a deal with the innkeeper - Marius himself - to play four days a week under the same conditions and on the other days she helped her mother with the clients, chores around the house and practiced her singing and her play on the lute.   It was the King's search for his celebration to his reign and the peace they had over the years. Amara decided to participate in this challenge with her now sixteen years, with a fundamental portion of trust into her voice of silver (told by her parents and some of the guests in the tavern) and her talent. The girl who was named originally Felicia called herself on this day "Amara". She wanted a good name, a name with a meaning since her songs were a bitter-sweet collection about death, life and everything in between. So she thought and aimed to impress the king, but after two rounds of the challenge she got voted out. Without going to the royal court or seeing a glimpse of the royal family.   Devastated and desillusioned she tumbled through the streets of Dorstein, crying over her shattered dreams and the nearly empty purse on her side. The next day she visited a tavern and convinced the innkeeper to let her sing so she can refill her purse and bring more guests to the tavern. Her voice cut through the conversations like a hot knife through a block of butter. Amara wasn't aware of it but her normally clear voice had small hints of the fire in it for which she would later become famous.   In this tavern a man caught her interest and vice versa. He was clothed in bright colours, had a dark lute and a silver flute on him, a hat with a big brim on the head, decorated with a bright yellow feather.   He was Ribald, a more-or-less-well-known bard. They shared dinner together and sang for a while at the tavern which was called "Boar's Horn". She traveled with him after a few days from Dorstein to Methellona, where they sang in different inns and taverns including the famous Haus der Vampire / Vampire's Home. It was in this town of mischief, sins, dark caverns and bright temples where she saw the harp.   The harp was carved out of dark cherry wood with strings made out of bluesteel so shiny they looked like polished silver. It was love on first sight and with a little bit of haggling she bought the harp. The craftsman in the workshop gave her two sets of strings free of charge as she sang for him and his family. The harp itself had a little secret: runes on the inside of the body are protecting the harp from harmful influences and enhancing the sound of this instrument so it could be played for larger audiences.
Unknown to Amara it was this day she obtained the nickname "Silverharp" and the name "Amara" was passed around under the playing and singing folk; mouths whispering into ears, clients bidding gold and favors.  

The beginning of something big

  Amara was happy. She could sing, she could play the lute and after a few weeks on the road back home to Nimri Ribald asked her about a cooperation. She could play the harp decent without a false note and her voice played more with the strings then her fingers.   As she sang a song about a dead moon with the appearance of a dead god her parents cried of joy, loss and sorrow. Not for Amara, but for the beautiful dead god and all the humans under them.
"How...how could they do it? Killing our beautiful... our sweet and gentle... *snort*"
— Amaras mother crying in her husbands arms
  With the blessing of her parents and the vow of Ribald to look after Amara, the two musicians went on their way. Over the next few months it was pretty clear that everyone wanted to see and hear Amara Silverharp. Merchants, townsfolk, nobles, even some elves wanted to hear Amara.  
"Amara? Well, I only had the honour to see her once. It was in this open theater near Yenur, you know? Ranks upon ranks, filled with the people of ranks and names and titles. And I'm in the middle. Then I saw her. This girl, this astonishing woman. She played at least five minutes on her harp before she opend her mouth and I heard her voice for the first time. After her voice of burning silver I will never name anything other then her voice beautiful."
— Rich merchant to Gavín while sobbing
  One day they got an invitation from the Dwarvish Kingdom of Ulthra with the request for two dwarvish songs. Amara was excited for this opportunity and dug into the history of the dwarfs. With it she learned a lot about the dwarven language, their family system, their way of living and how to speak with them.
Long story short: it was a success and both Ribald and Amara were approached by a dwarf with the name of Yanmaec. He was a smith with a knack for drums and give a demonstration on a selfbuilt drum. Let's say it was beautiful horrifying and successful. Yanmaec even built the three wagons they were using and with his skills on the drums he was even tolerated by the Dark Dwarfs in Gorablor.  
"He even shook some of our walls with his precise technique. Wonder how his drums are still intact."
— Grumpy Dark Dwarf to a friend
  Over the years they stocked up their repertoire on musicians and changed their tune a bit. Amara dug deeper into the musical history of every species and every state. Her personal wagon is full of scrolls and tomes with notes about languages, old history, selfmade songs, leads and hints of more musical bits to discover.   Music is everything for Amara. She even composed the songs for her parents funeral as they got in the way of the Second Wanurim War. And now they are on their way to Vigilda to search for lost history on the Four Lords. And for a new tune...    

Employment history

  • Fathers garden and/or mothers shop
  • Maruis' Bowl (inn/tavern)
  • Boar's Horn (inn/tavern)
  • self-employed in her own troupe
   

Motivation

  She wants to discover the lost and forgotten tunes of old, beginning at the High Elves to even the grumpy Cenwynd, so she can bring them back into the world.  

Family ties & religion

Amara has no family ties left, since both her parents are dead and she was the only child. Since Amara discovered the first tune of the Six and Lanialellara she is a true believer of the Six and the Angels above.  

Social manners

She knows the manners of court and noble but is more lively when under common folk, because noble are a little bit too high up for her liking. Normally she is confident enough to know her place in the room but wouldn't approach someone when not utterly neccessary.  

Pets & Hobbies

She has a cat which name is "Cat" and is normally sleeping onto the shelf with some of the older tomes. And here is Cat, Amaras cat, sleeping on some books.
Sleepy Cat by Kaiserr
Current Status
On the search for some forgotten tales of the Cenwynd, preparing for the Golmorb ritual
Aufenthaltsort
Age
36
Geburtsort
Dorstein
Children
Biologisches Geschlecht
female
Geschlechtsidentität
Amara sees herself as a woman and wishes to be announced as such. Her pronouns are she/her.
Augen
green-ish open eyes
Haare
red shoulder length hair with curls at the end
Hautfarbe
a little bit tanned with some freckles
Größe
179cm
Gewicht
62kg
Belief/Deity
Character Portrait image: Amara

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19 Jan, 2022 20:47

A well thought out article and nice to read. Especially appriciated the various quotes about all members of the troupe. It is really quite interesting how she tries to use everything she finds during her travels to enhance her own music.

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22 Jan, 2022 12:24

Thank you very much, I hope I can do Amara justice :)

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20 Jan, 2022 17:13

Very good article .... and a cat named Cat LOL

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20 Jan, 2022 17:17

Nice article :D I like how Amara is really trying to learn a lot about all the different cultures - and I presume this is in order to make songs and music specifically suited to their taste and based n their culture and history? You didn't say so explicitly with the dwarf :p   Small question: did Amara buy the harp in he shop or not? at the start of the next section you says "Amara was happy. She could sing, she could play the lute and after a few weeks on the road back home to Nimri Ribald asked her about a cooperation. She could play the harp decent without a false note and her voice played more with the strings then her fingers." so is she still only with her lute or did she also buy that harp and learned how to play with it?

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20 Jan, 2022 17:25

First things first: thank you^^   Yes, she is crafting the songs specifically for the different species and to broaden her repertoire. There are some folks who wants dwarven songs even when they are human or vice versa. But mostly because she wants to learn more about each culture, especially about the Six and Lani, the Angel.   Oh yes, she bought it. I will add it, thank you. I only stated she got two sets of strings, but not the harp. Will give a notif about the update when finished. :)

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Annie Stein
21 Jan, 2022 12:37

I think it's really nice how she only really comes into her voice after facing rejection. Her history is definitely my favourite part of this article, it's where I felt I really got to know Amara and her troupe. ^^

22 Jan, 2022 12:20

That is a relieve to hear, thank you very much. Yes, I don't wanted her to be the bard which can do anything without limits so I wanted her to be good at the beginning, but not so good that she can impress a king. She has to grow and one of the key elements is rejection and loss. I hope I can write a few scenes with her and Gavín so we can share moments with the troupe together. :)

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22 Jan, 2022 12:05

Awesome article with so much depth to it! But... let's be honest... Cat is the real star of the show ;)   Keep up the good work! :D

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24 Jan, 2022 13:28

Cat is everytime the star! :D   Thanks, will do my very best.

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25 Jan, 2022 13:56

Nice! and very indepth, Love all the quotes.

25 Jan, 2022 20:32

Thank you very much :)

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25 Jan, 2022 20:00

This is a really nice article. I like how she had to face rejection, before she had her big breakthrough.   You are describing her troupe really well, and I like the introduction quotes a lot, but how did they meet? Why are they traveling together now? I know this article is about Amara, but I would love to know a bit more about the relationships with her troupe as well!

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26 Jan, 2022 13:00

I especially liked how the members of the troupe introduced each other, but I'd like to learn more about thier relationships too :)

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26 Jan, 2022 14:58

As I mentioned in Discord I will create an article for the entire troupe and in addition their relationships to each other. :)

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E. Christopher Clark
30 Jan, 2022 21:41

There's so much to love here! From the great details about the harp in the early paragraphs to character details which come across when Amara's talking about her bandmates, this is all great. I especially loved the line "she will stab you right in the heart and heal you with only a few notes of her violin."

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1 Feb, 2022 19:47

Hello there. Glad you liked it and I am very happy if I can show you the scenes in-world, when she will perform and the line will come into motion. :)

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31 Jan, 2022 04:50

A bard and a troupe that explores places to remember history. I like it. I like the cat named Cat, I almost feel like a simple quote explaining the name wouldnt be out of place.   "well, I dont speak cat and dont want to offend them, so for now I just call them Cat, I assume they call me Human in a similar manner"   Nicely composed article overall. Good work.

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1 Feb, 2022 19:43

Thank you very much, I think I will do it in the novel when Gavín asks about Cat.

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1 Feb, 2022 19:39

I love the detail of adding a small introduction to her troupe. So sad that she couldn't perform for the king, I hope she can in the future!

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1 Feb, 2022 19:42

Maybe, maybe not. I have not planned it, but I have things in mind which are much bigger then a king. :)

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1 Feb, 2022 19:43

Oh ho ho, okay you got my interest

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2 Feb, 2022 16:17

I love all the quotes spread throughout this article! Quotes from her, quotes about her, all together does a great job of introducing and reinforcing Amara's character, showing us what kind of person she is. I enjoyed the story of how she wound up getting her namesake heart, and the songs she played afterward! (Dead moon song <3)   Great work Eddie!


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2 Feb, 2022 21:59

A nicely weaved character with a lot of background information and stories to understand her background. :)   This article is packed with super interesting information and I loved every bit of it, but it sometimes feels heavy, e.g., Personal history: The beginning of something big, while the end fragments feel thin. I think the sidebar could lighten the load if some information was transferred there or some images added, like places she visited, e.g., garden, the two taverns.   And the last bit got me curious.

Since Amara discovered the first tune of the Six and Lanialellara she is a true believer of the Six and the Angels above.
— Author
I would welcome this information and some extension at the beginning. Was it at the moment, she pierced with her voice through the crowd at Maruis' tavern?   Thanks for a wonderful read!

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8 Feb, 2022 12:44

Hello Ang. Thanks for reading and I hope I can alter the article a bit with your feedback. Maybe another order or something, still thinking about it. Regarding the discovery of the first tune to the Six and Lani: No, she dug in a settlement near Lithrodil and found some stone tablets with explanations beside them. Storywise she will explain it to my MC Gavín. Lani was the Fallen Angel and built a city-state with most of the species until they got envious of her ressources and tried to conquer her city. She sunk it into the volcanic lake it was built and stays there until present day. That is why Amara is now a true believer. If the Angel exists so the Six must exists.

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8 Feb, 2022 20:58

I hope to read it all one day. :)

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4 Feb, 2022 14:05

Great article, especially how she also has a love for learning about cultures and their music

7 Feb, 2022 10:52

Thank you very much. She got extremely bored and it is fun to roam in archives and old settlements and speaking with people to discover old tunes and the culture connected to it. :)

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8 Feb, 2022 12:11

Oh she's a wonderful character! I love the way you go about describing her, and you've made a beautiful use of quotes to introduce the different members of her troup. Only thing of note is that as a new reader from your world, I could benefit from a few extra tooltips describing what the various races look like, but beyond that it was a very nice, informative and easy read! Great work!

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8 Feb, 2022 16:46

Benefitting tooltips for new readers? Done. Let's see if you can finde (and like) them. :) Thanks for the read, I hope I can manage to bring her to life the way I want it.

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9 Feb, 2022 03:41

Cat picture. Like! Ok, that isn't the only reason to like it :)   I like the details on the troupe and employment history - builds a complete picture of her. The size of your quote text would be perfect for the rest of the text (middle age eyes). There is a full length footer that may let those words spread out for reading too. The big break is a good story and looks like you could expand on her journeys!

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9 Feb, 2022 19:19

Well put together. I like how Amara is not just a musician but also a student. Learning different cultures and languages to better engage her audiences.

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9 Feb, 2022 22:13

That was the idea, yes. I have plans for her in the novel, so it will be a quite interesting journey. Give her some love in return, she will also sing about you in her songs. :)

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10 Feb, 2022 20:00

The Troupe - perfectly introduced using only quotes, and quite nice ones at that - in addition to Cat sold me on Amara.

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13 Feb, 2022 13:55

(Ich lasse es bei dir mal Deutsch ;) )   Nun also auch endlich auch hier Zeit für einen Kommentar und nicht nur ein like.   Ein schöner Artikel. Mir gefällt es, wie du sie schließlich mit deiner Hauptgeschichte verknüpft hast.   Am besten gefällt mir allerdings, wie sie erst verlieren musste, um richtig gut zu werden und ihr Feuer zu entwickeln, das sie wohl so ausmacht. Es heißt ja nicht umsonst, dass Rückschläge formen, nicht der gerade Weg.   Schade jedenfalls dass der Artikel nicht länger ist, ich hätte gerne mehr von ihrer Geschichte gelesen.

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15 Feb, 2022 22:38

'Yes, we know it is a bit of a cliche but he is good at hammering things in a specific rhythm so he volunteered for it.' Hahaha, I love this.   Amara sounds like an interesting person - I wish I could hear her sing. I love the different descriptions of her voice you have throughout the article. It's a shame she didn't manage to perform for the King, though!   I really loved the introductions of her troupe too, the way you did it through the quotes. :)   Great article! :)