Rumors abound that his fingers were kissed by an angel and that a divine hand still guides them, so skilled is he with the harp. In fact, more than one theory circulates to explain his virtuosity: more jealous rivals suggest he made a dark deal with a demon for the power to woo hearts and enthrall minds through music. Insinuations that somehow he steals souls through the rapture he induces are more believable once his audience experiences the tragedy of his performances ending.
He is more than a virtuoso with the harp, however, though his genteel manners, cultured sensibilities, thorough education and charming conversation aren’t what draws a crowd to a stage. He is as comfortable circulating at a well-heeled soiree as he is practicing in his studio, and it has been remarked that he plays an audience as much as the strings. It is no mystery why the Marquis Embrechant would keep him on retainer.