The Imperial Guild of Entertainers serves the Eternal Empire of Koth by providing entertainment, communication and organized activities competitions across the Empire. The Entertainers Guild preserves the written and oral history of the Empire as well as the other racial and cultural expressions such as dance and theater. Imperial Entertainers serve as heralds to the nobility and guilds of the Empire, couriers of news, correspondence and proclamations. Entertainers also run public posts for news throughout the Empire. In many areas written chronicles are published regularly to the citizens.
Within a territory, be it a Kingdom or Colony, the upper echelon of the Imperial Guild of Entertainers consists of the Guildmaster and five other titled Masters:
The Master of the Guild (Guildmaster)
The Master of the Guild is the appointed leader of the Guild in the territory. The Guildmaster is responsible for all operations, all members, all resources and all tribute of the Guild. The Guildmaster sits on the Council of Guilds for his organization, representing its interests across the territory
The Master of the Diamond
The Master of the Diamond is the appointed leader of the Guild in the territory who oversees the contests of the Diamond including gathering the appropriate patrons, contestants and prizes.
The Master of the Word
The Master of the Word is the appointed leader of the Guild in the territory who oversees the collection, performance and preservation of all books, chronicles, news and histories.
The Master of Music
The Master of Music is the appointed leader of the Guild in the territory who oversees the collection, performance and preservation of all music.
The Master of the Stage
The Master of the Stage is the appointed leader of the Guild in the territory who oversees the collection, performance and preservation of all theater and plays. The Master of the Stage is also responsible for constructing and maintaining the venues of the Guild across the territory, except the Diamonds.
The Master of the Mask
The Master of the Mask is the head of the Order of the Gilded Mask within the territory. This position makes him an officer in the Imperial Legions, typically a Lieutenant. These members serve as spies and couriers for the Legions.
The rank and file of the Guild of Entertainers follows the Imperial Standard Ranks:
A prospective member must first become an Applicant.
Applicants who are accepted into the Guild are made an Apprentice.
Apprentices who have demonstrated proficiency and loyalty advance to Journeymyn.
Journeymyn who show expertise and leadership may be granted the title of Foremyn.
Foremyn who master their craft and display unswerving dedication may be granted the title of Master or Mistress.
Those that seek entrance into the Order of the Gilded Mask follow a different path. The ranks of this illustrious order are said to honor the theater of spies, each wearing a signature type of mask:
A prospective member must first become an Applicant.
Applicants who are accepted into the Guild are made an Phantoms.
Phantoms who have demonstrated proficiency and loyalty advance to Witness.
Witnesses who show expertise and leadership may be granted the title of Muse.
Muses who master their craft and display unswerving dedication may be granted the title of Peer.
There are local masters and guild members throughout the territory who perform specific functions. Here are just a few:
The Master of the Hall
The Master of the Hall is responsible for running a local Guildhall. The Master of the Hall will report the Guildmaster directly, sending regular reports and ledgers to the main Guildhall
The speaker, messenger and representative of a powerful individual or organization, typically a journeyman. A herald will display the blazon of his employer prominently at all times and is mandated to place his employer first, before Guild interests.
The leader of a troupe of performers within the guild, be they actors and actresses, musicians and singers or dancers, typically a journeyman.
A travelling guildsman who is responsible for recording and later publishing events.
Why join the Imperial Guild of Entertainer?
- You live for your art and share it with the people of the Empire and beyond.
- You want to travel, run your own troupe, seek and write about exotic people and places.
- You welcome being the center of attention.
- You seek the applause and approval of the people through your performance.
- You seek immortality through your art, that your skill be proclaimed throughout time.
Whispers about the Imperial Guild of Entertainers?
- They are all spies for the Empire.
- They report only what the Emperor wants changing events and facts, even rewriting history to suit the needs of Koth.
- They are all dreamers who care nothing for what happens to real people.
- The Guild serves a secret leader who can take other forms and possesses magical writing and speech which can control those that read or hear it.
Who’s Who in the Imperial Guild of Entertainers
Master of the Diamond Bogatyr Tykin
The Master of the Diamond is a strong and experienced human from Antil. Also known as the “King of the Rift” or the “Blood King” for his many victories in the Diamonds of Koth. He wields an crimson blade awarded to him by Archduchess Phendra and carved of everice from the Sea of Glass called Verdilak. There is no love lost between Master Tykin and General Itzquauhtli as Bogatyr won his titles in the Diamond while the Obsidian Eagle served in the Kentogeni campaign. Many say that the Cutter of Men and the Blood King seek a reason for a match.
Master of Music Kolem Din
The Master of Music is a hearty terrakin orginally from Rhovar, southeast of the Imperial Seat. Master Kolem has an impossible deep voice and a mastery of Sound magics. He has performed across Koth and its Colonies, including engagements in Pan Orda. While Master Din has taken a decidedly different path than many of his people. like his brethren he takes a certain pride and pleasure in crafting things. The Master of Music crafts instruments of all forms in his spare time. He personally makes the instruments for the Phendral Harmony, the largest orchestra in the Colony of Dupree.
Mistress of the Stage Regallys Whitebrow
The Mistress of the Stage is a kine avarien descended from the line of swans. Mistress Regallys found her calling in the Imperial Guild of Entertainers early in her life, much like her mother, who ran the Ebon Pool Theater in northern Georwell. Known for her skydancing, Regallys Whitebrow gained the honorific “Maiden of the Pools” during her performances across the Imperial Province of Vydar. Her shows were in great demand for many years in the Court of Governor Constantine and she still enjoys regular attendance in the Court of Governess Wingblade. Some say that Regallys’ acting and skill at disguise are a shadow of those of Guildmaster Kane himself. Even comparing her ability to the preternatural skills of the Master of the Assassins in the Colony of Dupree is high praise. There are few as graceful and poised in all of Haelos as the Mistress of the Stage.