Name – Mikeal “Mick” Jalo
Age - 19
Height – 6”2
Appearance - Long light-brown hair which he normally keeps in a ponytail and covering the top of his head rests a feathered cap reminiscent of Robin Hood, clean shaven and has a set of hazel eyes. Due to his over-the-top nature of his performances he is fairly athletic but far from muscular. Aside from his feathered cap, he wears very ordinary clothing.
As part of his ‘persona’ he has noticeable Finnish accent when he speaks, although when he sings songs outside his country it lessens. In other words he overplays his own accent just for the fun of it.
Personality – Optimistic, an outrageous over-the-top showman and generally a party goer, Mikeal always tries to look on the bright side of life. He is performer at the heart (in fact he’s a Tavern performer back home) as such he give every job his all to please his crowd, from dancing while singing and playing his instrument to swinging on the rafters, roaring drunk and having the time of his life. Often mistaken for being extremely drunk, sometimes the accusation is even correct!
No matter how strange his antics are or how much of a fool he portrays himself as, he is a reliable comrade and will gladly go out of his way to cheer someone up even becoming the butt of a joke if it means making that person smile.
Aside from his happy personality he is an avid lover of mythology (Norse, Greek, Viking, Scandinavian), which was one of the reasons to why he came to the Highschool, when he learnt he had bardic magic within him, he couldn’t resist having a look at how other bards performed hoping to learn a couple new tricks when he returned home.Personality theme song
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Background story – Born and raised in Finland, he is the first son (of two) from a family of tavern owners. At an early age he began to play music, having watched his father play the guitar inspired him to mimic his father’s movements. Once he mastered it, he seemed to have the need to learn different instruments, taking joy from the unique playing styles required from each. The hardest instruments he found were the violin and the accordion (The latter caused as much grief with his instructor as well.) but eventually he was able to place them under his belt as well.
Although he was good with instruments, he only managed to get through his normal school. As he learnt with his hands rather than his head, after a while he dropped out to work with his parents (much to their disappointment). He began to show his worth when a scheduled group couldn’t make it to their tavern, offering to play in their place with his friends and formed the tavern band: Jotta Jäljentää or “to mimic/copy” as a reference to their habit of playing their favourite songs instead of making original music.
Upon hearing he had bardic magic, he doubted for a brief moment wither or not his talent had come from the magic or from his own hands. Doubt that lasted only for a minute before the urge to discover how other bards dealt with such thoughts, the urge to rediscover one’s self and of course there was the opportunity to learn new ways of having fun!
Type – Utility Bard; Having focused on creating happy atmospheres most of his life it shouldn’t surprise people that he specializes in this.
Instruments: He only carries one with him at a time, preferring to leave the others in his dorm. Each has been enchanted to improve the sound waves made, allowing each note to be heard even during a rowdy party, however during a battle it can be drowned out by more explosive magic.
Lute: Used when he’s feeling more poetic, thus focusing the music more on his voice rather than the actual instrument on the other hand he also has the tendency to (jokingly) try and woo lady.
Acoustic guitar: His first instrument and most casual instrument, due to its size he has to carry it in his case on his back when travelling with it.
Violin: Mikeal prefers to play the violin when playing some sadder music or when reciting scary tales as the violin can create the darker atmosphere needed. Also great for rowdy parties.
Fiddle: Where the violin is used for darker atmospheres the fiddle is its foil. Mikeal is known to dance and play (often with mixed results, depending on how drunk he is.)
Electric Guitar: Because of the required power and reliance on an amp, Mikeal doesn’t use this outside of having fun. Until he can find a way to make a portable amp with magic he doesn’t bring it along during field-trips.
Piano Accordion: The odd one out in his collection of string instruments, Mikeal uses the accordion when he misses his home, playing songs used during his act or when he was with family. Because of the complex movements involved he can only play this while standing still or sitting down.
Trinkets - A bone carving in the shape of a small disk written on it are the words: suorana kultainen which translates roughly :Live happily. It acts a good luck charm given to him by his younger brother, nothing more to Mikeal’s knowledge.