My dance troupe and I would often perform in front of the Gate of the Sultana. One day, during an intermission, the royal seneschal approached me.
He praised me to the skies, saying I had great talent, and offered me a place with the Songbirds. I wasn't interested, but his honeyed words eventually won me over.
It was a real struggle in the beginning─since singing isn't my strong suit─but life is about the challenge! Nobody worth half their salt has gotten to where they are without pushing their limits...or so my mother always says.
What are your interests?
Interests? There's nothing I love more than dancing, whether I'm doing it myself or watching someone else. Even if they don't realize it, everyone has their own signature move and that's what makes it such a beautiful art!
Maybe you've heard but one of the most popular choreographists from the Gold Saucer will be releasing a book for the Ballroom Etiquette series. Gah! I don't know how I'll pay for one, but I simply must get my hands on a copy!
I suppose there's only one thing for me to do. It looks like I'll need to sneak my way into a “The Time of My Life” event down at the Gold Saucer. If I can perform as well as last time, I should win enough MGP to both buy the book and have some left to spare!
Tell me something about your family.
I grew up in a household as the third daughter of five. As you likely already know, we Keepers of the Moon are not raised with a father, so it was just my mother with us at home.
Now, of course, I live on my own. After one of my older sisters moved to Ul'dah, I decided to follow her example and leave the Black Shroud.
It was only later I discovered she had run off with a man of debatable character, running an equally dubious business in the city. That said, I'm not in any position to judge, as my current job isn't something most would consider “decent work.”
What are your aspirations for the future?
My dream? To win the hearts of the people through dance. While I've currently pledged my loyalties to the Songbirds, I think I'd like to one day see how far I'd make it on my own.
Dancing has the ability to move people and I'd like to make them realize just how powerful a way to connect with the world it truly is.
Who knows? Perhaps, I'll even publish my own books on the art of dance, which will one day surpass even the Ballroom Etiquette series in popularity!
Masha Mhakaracca when first starting out as a Songbird.