Unbeknownst to Ruby, he was not the only musician in Erosia whose song was alluring to birds.
The other was Erica Xenne, a Muse from the outermost island of Erosia.
One morning, two musicians played a song that channeled the heart of Nokoma.
As their music rang into the skies, Erica materialized out of the atmosphere.
She was made of music, not humanity, and was isolated to the core.
White was the color of her soul, as she reflected the hues of the world, but never absorbed them.
After Erica was born, the musicians made love for the first time. They fell for each other deeply and never wanted anyone else.
This was Erica’s first time awakening love, but certainly not her last.
Music wrote itself through Erica, and her voice was considered divine.
She often bathed in sunlight to replenish energy after channeling a song.
Since she was born of the elements, she connected to them easily.
The world aroused her so fully that her relationship with nature could appear sexual.
She was often found exploring the forest, swimming in lakes and swaying through trees.
Wildlife inspired her, and she made friends with many creatures.
Her behavior was instinctual, akin to animals.
Erica had powerful emotions, empathy and urges, but no manners.
The lovelier her dress, the more fun she had making it dirty.
Most humans bored her, and none could tame her.
Their social rituals amused her as much as any group of animals, but she had little interest in participating.
One afternoon, a nymph named Oriana traveled through the outer islands. She was one of few gypsies who could cross the magical barriers that separated the Erosian islands from each other.