Saturday, December 9, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #341

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #341 

December 8th, 2023 

  • Number: 341 

  • Name:  Deep Dive of Subjects of Interest: Of the Guild Masters and Master Crafters of the City-State of Carasta – Part 5 

  • Location: In the Guildhalls and Workshops of the City-State of Carasta 

  • Population (approx.): 9,200 (Carasta) 

  • Brief: Scholars of history of the Kin on Aenwyld argue that the two most important developments were the evolution of the spoken and written word. Whether such was instilled by the First Ones at the moment of creation or developed naturally over the course of time is unknown and probably unknowable. All nations of the past and present rely on an oral tradition, a written tradition or a combination of the two potentially augmented by magic where available. As such, the Scriveners (or Scribes) Guild provides a vital Service to the Collegium and the City-State. All legal documents (contracts, bills, invoices, licenses and certificates) are drawn up by the Scriveners, to the specifications of their customer, and then sealed (sometimes magically) and registered in the libraries of the City-State, under the watchful eye of the Librarians Guild. Being the capital of the City-State, Carasta is home to a half-dozen Master Scriveners. 

  • Brenrilla (Bren), 83, female Half-Elf, is a Master Scrivener. She is tall and has an athletic frame. Her pointed ears look Human unless you are physically close to her. Bren has frizzy brown hair and acorn-brown eyes. She favors linen pants and blousy tops. She wears a toolbelt that has containers for the various inks she uses. Bren believes, "The quill is mightier than the sword." She carries just a pocketknife for eating and practical reasons. 

  • Bren belongs to the Scriveners Guild of Carasta. She has always loved to read and write and was sent to a private school by her parents. Once she graduated, Bren apprenticed at the local library and did many jobs there. A scrivener, Keldan Bluebreeze, 130, male Elf, took her under his wing and taught her the beauty of the written word. Keldan's shop, To The Point, sells scrolls and large decorated books. Bren has worked there for many years now. The Guild Collegium frequently hires Keldan and Bren to create letters, certificates, licenses and legal documents that need their special touch. 

  • Bren is married to Varo Springriver, 122, male Elf. They have two children: Nilhorn, daughter 40, and Faequarin, son 35. The family lives in a sizable house in town near the shop. Bren loves to draw and paint and has a room in her home for that. Her best friend is Coona, 90, female Half-Elf. The two of them play several instruments and play duets together for fun. 

  • Geography: Carasta (#162) is the largest city and capital of the City-State. Keldan’s shop To The Point, can be found in the center of the city near the seat of government, the Hall of the Collegium. The Scriveners Guildmaster prefers their Master Scriveners to be near the Hall so they can be summoned at a moment’s notice to record any time sensitive material for the record (if not already present by prior request). Bren’s townhouse occupies three stories of the residential building rising over Keldan’s shop. 

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