Crafters

The Crafters are a populous guild-clan, claiming to incorporate every resident that practices a trade of creation. As the Crafters would have it, even the residents of the Forges are technically Crafters as well. Of course, they have no enforceable claim to members of another guild-clan who serve that guild-clan with artisan skills. A poison-brewer to the Night Sweepers or a scribe within the Library clearly isn’t a Crafter, though such an outsider might be best-suited to representing his guild-clan when dealing with the Crafters themselves.

Most full Crafters are a peculiarly eclectic lot, practicing multiple trades. One might be a mason and a tinker who pursues petty alchemy as a hobby; another is a leatherworker and tailor with a penchant for painting porcelain masks on the side, which are themselves made by a weaver/barrel-maker. The Crafters might have been more specialized once, but long centuries of intermarriage between professions and the low population of Tanglestone have made them a melange of disciplines. They are the most racially varied guild-clan in Tanglestone, with representatives of every race among them.

Most Crafters reside in Crafter Block, where they gather in small “bazaar” social units. Each bazaar is usually made up of two or three families and a smattering of apprentices. A young Crafter apprentice usually moves from bazaar to bazaar as he picks up multiple professions. The final apprenticeship is the “courting year,” wherein the apprentice seeks to learn a trade in order to prove himself or herself to the parents of an potential spouse. If the apprentice doesn’t show sufficient skill in the trade by the end of the year, the marriage is forbidden. Once married, the young couple may remain in the same bazaar as the parents, or set out to join or found another. Some Crafters choose never to marry, instead devoting themselves to their trades and constantly learning new skills. Such jacks- and jills-of-all-trades are called Journeyers, and include some of the most innovative members of the guild-clan.

Crafters

Tanglestone Barastrondo