The Tunesman is one of the last living veterans of the Great War. Within his memories and his library lies knowledge of history that exists nowhere else. He is a master crystal engineer, and prior to the Great War, he was universally regarded as one of the most powerful controllers to have ever lived. He is a founding member of the Great War Resistance, and served as one of its highest ranking officers.
At the end of the Great War, Lutia set their sights on the remnants of the resistance. Fearing for the safety of his family, the Tunesman moved his wife and two children to segment 04 and went into hiding on segment 07.
Hunting down each resistance member individually proved troublesome. Rather than hunt them one by one, the nobility altered their approach – They would sink any segment with ties to the resistance or a history of rebellion. Of the eleven Rubbards segments, segments 02, 06, 07, and 11 were chosen.
When Lutia learned of the location of the Tunesman’s family, segment 04 was also added to their list. They would sink this segment first as a personal blow against him. How they came across this information however, is unknown.
The Tunesman watched helplessly as segment 04 plunged into the depths before his eyes. There were no known survivors.
The strike on segment 04 had dealt a devastating blow to the Tunesman, but it also tipped Lutia’s hand. With the bulk of the resistance already in segment 07, they mounted a defensive against the noble forces as they entered the crystal tunnels. Ultimately, the defensive failed, and they were unable to prevent the crystal system from being disabled.
Segment 07 began to slowly sink into the abyss. The descent continued until dock 07 had almost reached the cloud line, and then suddenly it halted. A ghostly, musical tone rang out from within the segment, and it spread from segment to segment until it had reached even Lutia.
When the panic subsided, the Tunesman appeared before the noble forces in the segment 07 square. He now controlled not only the crystals of the Rubbards, but of Lutia as well.
The nobility grew fearful. Should the Tunesman be harmed, or even worse, killed, its effect on the segment crystals could be catastrophic. With this in mind, Lutia quickly spread the word: He was not be touched or harmed in any way, and they would withdraw from the Rubbards in full. After the noble withdrawal, the Tunesman retreated to his battle scarred manor. There, he would to live out his days as a controller of the segments and curator of the past.
Though its cause and meaning were not understood by the masses, word spread of the Tunesman’s connection to the strange musical phenomenon. It is from those events that his name originates.
The Tunesman was once regarded as the most powerful controller ever to have lived. When he acquired his ability to control the segment crystals however, it was at the cost of those powers.
It is unknown which element the segment crystals resonate with, if any. What can be gleaned from the Tunesman’s statements however, is that their tone has rendered him “tone-deaf” to all others. It is unknown if the effect is reversible or permanent. As the sole care-taker of the world’s segment crystals however, he has not had an opportunity to distance himself from their tone to find out.
Arthur and the Tunesman
Arthur and the Tunesman have a long history. The Tunesman taught Arthur’s master both in the field of crystal engineering, and in the ways of a controller. When Arthur’s master was taken by the nobility, the Tunesman took Arthur in and continued his training. Arthur remained in his care until he completed his apprenticeship.
Though Arthur rarely refers to the Tunesman when he mentions his master, it should not be seen as a lack of gratitude or respect. Arthur and his original master were very close, and his loss left scars that changed the course of Arthur’s life. The Tunesman harbors no resentment or jealousy over this. If anything, his own paternal relationship with Arthur’s former master only makes it easier to understand.