In Focal, the power of music is remarkable. Any sort of music—but especially singing—has tremendous influence. The very best singers, known as songsmiths, have powerful voices that can influence all living creatures. The “lower” the being, the greater the affect.
Intelligent beings can be inspired to great heroism through song. This has made songsmiths important morale officers during battle, but offers no way to control the races. With animals, however, a songsmith can calm, enrage, or, if skilled enough, give simple commands through song. With plants, however, the power is even greater. Songsmiths can inspire plants to grow rapidly and direct their movements. This power over nature has given songsmiths an important role in keeping crops healthy and strong, a necessary talent during the frightening days of the Cataclysm and beyond.