FAYTE shieldmaiden of Yon'Cath
“Unlike Gods, for Patrons, you must whisper gently that your payer may be heard. Though by its end, your peril still awaits.” —Fayte the Shield Maiden
Fayte is not in love. Neither the Knight Captain LaCroix nor the Accursed King Dorian holds her heart (despite their wishes). They pine, yearn, and court her—but time and again she finds herself closing the door to a relationship. She’s got more important things to do, and very limited time to do them.
The name Fayte was given to her by the people along with the title of Shield Maiden. But long before that, in the distant past, she had heeded a call and traveled north with Dorian, her former lover.
Fayte was at his side in battle before the events of "the great divide" as Dorian defended his meager lot. As Dorian rose to power and searched for the means to protect their new home, Fayte would soon be lost to him as his desperation grew.
Now, within the walls of Yon and among the bloody fields, Fayte fight's alongside the Legionnaires while her hope for Dorian softly dies with each new battle.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER armenia sarkissian
Armenia Sarkissian is a singer, songwriter, composer, orchestrator, and vocal engineer, living in Toronto. Performing since the age of 10, and composing since the age of 8, Armenia has become a seasoned musician by the age of 24. Her performance styles and training range from classical and operatic, to middle eastern, metal, jazz, bossa-nova, and musical theater. Categorized as a high spinto soprano, Armenia has a warm and dark timbre, which spans over 3 octaves, giving her ease in high registers but fullness in her lower range. Armenia has a BFA in composition from York University and operatic voice is her current field of focused vocal study, with Helga Tucker at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Armenia always strives to maintain a classical foundation while inserting influences from her eclectic training.
Armenia also studied song-writing at the age of 15 with former Canadian Idol Judge and president of Venus Records, Zack Werner.
Influenced by the sounds around her and the Western Asian music she grew up with, Armenia has always combined traditional Armenian folk and liturgical music with her passion for symphonic orchestrations; five years ago she realized those musical identities could easily fuse with her love for metal music, and there bloomed a romance Armenia could never return from. Armenia always seeks to make interesting and universal musical connections with her original material.
Musically, there is nothing more important to Armenia than collaborating - Armenia has worked with musicians Levon Ichkhanian, Henrik Karapetyan, Adam Batstone, Michael Berkovsky, Todd Yaniw, and Oscar Rangal of Operus; Film-composers Spencer Creaghan, Milen Petzelt-Sorace, and Isaias Garcia; Rap artist, R-Mean of Los Angelas, and many other fine artists. As a session vocalist, Armenia has written and recorded vocal parts for numerous projects, ranging from film scores, to albums, theatre projects, and even a metal opera. The vocal styles required for these diverse projects ranged from atmospheric vocal textures, to dramatic mid-century Italian opera, indie-pop, classical art-songs, and strong female metal leads.
When not training her operatic voice, recording as a session vocalist, or composing for herself and others, Armenia performs classical and Armenian repertoire in-and-out of the GTA (General Toronto Area), either as a solo soprano or with Horovel Armenian-Folk Ensemble. Over the years, Armenia has become the "go-to‐girl" for big and intimate events in the Toronto Armenian community; She performed at the welcoming ceremony for His Excellency, Levon Martirosyan, who was newly appointed Armenia's ambassador to Canada; the event was attended by multiple Members of Parliament and consisted of Armenian cultural performances.
Armenia also engineers and orchestrates for local bands and various clients in her home- studio. Specializing in vocal-engineering, she has coached several vocalists during their time in her studio while recording for their respective projects. Last year Armenia recorded her first symphonic metal album, “Lopsided Moon,” with co-orchestrator and fellow composer, Spencer Creaghan, and was honoured to be nominated for Metal Storm’s “Best Symphonic Metal Album of 2015” on her debut album.