|Born as the only daughter to a fisherman and an
artist in the primarily-apkallu town of Widpool, Kasumi developed
her interest in music and storytelling early in life, initially by
learning and singing along with the various songs her father sung
- some shanties detailing the exploits of apkallu folk heroes,
some prayers for luck and favorable fishing conditions. Her
mother, an artist primarily working with coral, also encouraged
Kasumi's creative inclinations. The first instrument she learned
to play was the biwa but she favors the shamisen for its
simplicity and distinctive sound.
Unpretentious, charismatic and energetic, Kasumi easily found herself at the center of attention and performing came naturally to her. She grew bored of a rote repertoire of songs and stories about heroes and the workings of the world, eventually adopting a more personal, conversational cabaret-style of performance where she offered monologues of observations, musings and (often humorous) anecdotes between musical pieces.
With a strong morbid curiosity, Kasumi has held a strange, lifelong fascination for all things weird, awful and repulsive. She set out from Widpool some time ago with the intent to travel the world and expand her horizons, but also in the hopes of crossing paths with her muse, the Marchioness.
|Hyper-social and vivacious, Kasumi prides
herself on her uncanny ability to befriend almost anyone: each new
person presents a wealth of opportunities for fun, growth and most
importantly, stories. At first blush she might appear to be a
ditzy party girl, mostly concerned with chasing pleasures and
entertainment, but she is a true artist at heart and is serious
and surprisingly methodical about her craft. Her dream is to
establish herself as a widely known, world-class performer,
distinguished from other artists by her shamisen mastery and
Her mind is incredibly occupied with thoughts of romance and relationships - both her own and those of others around her.
Unfortunately, her gregariousness is frequently also her greatest weakness. Her insistence on "befriending" everyone and forgoing formality can cause annoyance at best and offense at worst. She is quick to dispense with honorifics and seems bizarrely status-blind, often ignoring a person's titles if they have them. To an observant eye she seems somewhat ill at ease in highly formal situations, relying on her ability to act to see her through.
|Kasumi is a young female apkallu with an average
build and height. Her scales bear a calico patterning,
predominately pearly white and broken up with blotches of orange
and black. Her semi-translucent headfin is too long to stand
upright and is usually swept to her left. Wide, vivid blue eyes
stand out against the orange scales of her flat face and seem full
of curiosity. Her lips are full and plush, an indication of her
cyprinid heritage. Slightly kinked barbels sprout from her cheeks
and end just above her collarbone. A thick, sturdy tail with a
broad caudal fin trails behind her as she walks, often knocking
things over. Evidence of simple padded armor can be seen beneath
her lightweight pink kimono. She appears to be constantly pulling
things out of it, suggesting the existence of many concealed
|OTHER / TRIVIA|
|> Prone to superstition thanks to her
father's influence, often doing small rituals (bad luck warding
gestures, avoiding areas known to be 'cursed', seeks out
fortune-tellers for advice etc).
> A voracious eater: unlikely to turn down any food offered to her, very food-motivated.
> Occasional smoker - the kiseru she carries in her pack is an antique and has been passed down several generations of her family.
> Her bachi (plectrum for the shamisen) has a sigil on each side. One side reads 'love', the other 'destroy'. This seems to aid her spellcasting somehow.
> The goldfish charm hanging from her shamisen is 'Mini-Kasumi' and was given to her by her best friend before she left her hometown. It's a prototype of a piece of merch she someday intends to mass-produce when she's more famous.