The Academy of Bold Companions – Guild Leaders & Buildings
Little is known of the Mockingbird Lords any more save what the followers of Katarina NiGaothain discovered during the Shadow War. However the Weavers of the Academy each swore themselves to a path of the Lords, choosing to follow them and draw from the strength of their power. What is known of their teachings, the last person to hold the position and what was discovered by the House of the Last Word is recorded here specifically regarding the information that a person called Avery Path discovered at the time of the assassination.
Lord Meistersinger – Gerald Street
(Granite Heart Kuldisar, Meistersinger)
Prior to the assassination by the Mocking Bird Lords he held the title of Lord Kobzar, or at least someone of the same name and race held the title. He was described by Avery as a “very serious and dour old man” when he was the Lord Kobzar yet those who know him now say that he is filled with diligence and enthusiasm but is unhappy holding the rank of the Lord Meistersinger
At the time of the Assination the role was held by Marsten Told, Human Meistersinger. An old man, almost blinded by age, with a voice more melodic than any that have been heard before. He was indeterminably old and equally as wise, in his early days he is said to have been a great warrior of the Battered Shield but his story is one that he generally kept to himself and though his deeds with the guild are great the tale of his life is a mystery. Marsten was dying at the time Avery Path fled. It is believed that while he holds the name of Lord Meistersinger he does not hold the powers of it which are:
Keeper of the Erald Scrolls
Speaker of the 5 words
Master of the vitae of the third
Bearer of the white
Lord Bard – Hersha Fraje
(Tzi Tzain, Bard)
They have called her the last hope, they have called her salvation and they have called her the end of the end of dreams. Born in 1900 Fraje is a young and extremely passionate woman. She is embraces all sides of her emotional personality but she embodies the ethos of the academy itself with great ferocity. For many years she was always willing to take on the tasks, missions and undertakings that seemed to be lost causes where other members of the guild could find no reason to risk their lives. Her ferocity in the face of those that would cause harm to those unable to defend themselves was inspirational and many agents of the universal enemies of the Academy found themselves incarcerated by her efforts. In 2001 she was given the role of Lord Bard by her peers and has served to the best of her ability.
However in 2007 when her homeland Helgath fell to Orbolom the Daemon Lord she took on a darker edge that has cause fear in many and earned her that title, The end of dreams.
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Alicia Goldstones, Human Bard. Only forty one years of age when the attack took place Alicia was born in the guild and stayed with it from the moment of her birth until the moments of her presumed death. She was an attractive lass with strawberry blonde hair and a sultry smile. To disguise her name and position she often went by the pseudonym Opaque. Following are the associated words and powers of the Lord Bard:
Circled by the sleeping knives
Mistress of the long beating heart
Walker of the 15 mirrors
Keeper of the Then that is Now
Lord Skald – Jurgen Frings
Jurgen was born in Haven in 1966 and is the only member of the Mockingbird Lords that has received any training in such matters. He was apprentice to the Lady of Tales Alicia Goldstones and was being groomed to replace her. Jurgen is a battle hardened veteran, originally trained as a bard he, according to legend, was minutes late for the night of dark shadows and was the first to find the mutilated bodies of the Lords weeping over the form of Alicia whom he so adored. After that he became driven to take the fight to the enemy, constantly seeking those that had perpetrated such atrocities. His appointment came as no surprise and he has tried to lead the guild in the direction of discovery who the unknown assailants of that night truly where. He perceives that the guild are in more danger now than they had been at any previous time, that those responsible will return for what they left behind, especially when they realise that the Academy holds truths without which what was taken is less than useless…
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Aliminster Tolwick, Sidhe Galmour Smith: An import from the lands of Eidelos, Aliminster is the assumed name of this brooding Fae whose true name was never known or face was never seen, only the white clowns mask of this wise sage who held the histories and records of the Guild in the stories of his extensive glamour. Following are the associated words and powers of the Lord Skald:
Master of the midnight bay hounds
Holder of the Legends of Garnov
Keeper of the Wolay techniques
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Addercoil, Fey – Trapped and assassinated (?) in the Halls of Enlightenment. Passed the objects of power to Avery Path who fled with them along a Trod. Upon the trod he was assailed by a daemon which had made a pact with his great grandparents. The Wrentrith Owl assisted him to flee to a place of safety hidden within the Unseen Court. Here he was trapped for 14 years, the daemon absorbed and tortured the owl to try to posess the objects of power and the power of the Lord Skop. Defeated by adventurers who succeeded in recombining the owl and fled the “Town of Path” with the items and the owl. This collapsed the town and destroyed the daemon. Avery was placed in stasis from which he was awakened 3 days prior to us leaving to investigate the town
The powers of the Lord Skop were passed to Avery Path by the physical handing on of the items after the many long years of training that Avery had received. Avery does not believe that he has the full power to be one of the Mockingbird Lords but will maintain the power for now to the best of his ability.
Whimsy of the Unseen Court
Opener of the Three King Trod
Thinker of the Wrentrith Owl
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Samuel Prince, Zumatakan Merchant Samuel Prince is a born and bred member of the East end of Haven, speaking with the heavy twang of those that live there. When he recites however he is eloquent and well disposed, he is a handsome although slightly scarred man in his mid five hundreds who in his time has run with the Steam Gang and the Ginger Hill Mob.
Holder of the broken key
Master of ten bold wishes
Watcher through Green tinted Windows
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Melanie Green – Human? Bard? Melanie had only been elected to the council for two Months, this was her first meeting and no-one knew her true name only that Arthur Cayhill had stood as her main.
Bearer of the sleek black mask
Soldier of the Riptorn Hope
Saucer of the unfurled sail under twin moons
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Iyre, Kalishanka Skald. Iyre came to be the poet of the group because she is said to have made the art of death like a sonnet. The killer, the ender, the finisher, her dark killers eyes said everything at meetings that her mouth did not. How she was killed at that meeting is unthinkable. She was rumoured to have links with the Hunters guilds and their safehouses.
The path to the items Iyre has hidden are present in the Hall of Enlightenment. Avery Path knew that she had returned to the hall. The spirit of the path told us that she was taken by the Merlin and that when she returned she was changed. She hunted for them. She followed the Lord Author, Battle Standard, as he fled and the spirit of her path told us that she had killed him.
Arm of the divine well holdings
Keeper of the sands of Harnows fate
Dweller within the Three Gold Circle of Azanis College
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Arvel Kane, Terrefian Priest. Arvel was a Human Priest and a well known face, he spent much of his time moving between his parishes exchanging wealth for stories and keeping the lifeblood of the people moving and save. The last was seen of him three bolts protruded from his chest.
Wanderer in the Solvent Wastes
Protector of the ways of Delve
Singer of the last hymn of Tosrvedt
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Tori Saykorio, Lairdan Gan Bard. Tori was almost 900 years old and had been a part of the guild for about five hundred of those years. She was rare among her kind having jet black hair and the heavy spark of emotion in her Lairdan Gan eyes. Tori was definitely dying when Avery Path fled.
Captain of the forgotten guard
Holder of the locks of Imran
Seeker of the 19th coin
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Dory Trameuos, Iron Blood Kuldisar. Dory was one of the stalwarts of the meetings, he was a regular among the locals of hundreds of alehouses and eateries across the Royal Basin and whilst his weathered face was easily recognisable so were the tales that he told. According to rumour he had a network of folk paid for information and knowledge that was shared across the Lords.
Shrouded in the Dracoveldt
Forger of the paths of Tae
Keeper of the rod of the twilight end time
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Arthur Cayhill, Human Bard. The wanderer of the courts Arthur was a tenuous member of the council as it was suspected that he was taking backhanders from various nobles to keep matters away from the table. Regardless of the truths of the rumours he had served long and faithfully for over 45 years and had a quick wit and a wise mind. Arthur was definitely dying when Avery Path fled.
Participant in the soulless game
Owner of the lost art of Foranor
Walker of the velvet night
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Battle Standard, Goblin Artificer. The artificer to the table was a surly and inappropriate Lord full of sincere hatred for nobility and the ruling classes. It was known that he was on the run from the Copper Citadel and that he had spurned his Sidhe overlords. Battle Standard hid his identity behind his golden mask but his affiliation with the Wyrmlings and other Basanic Fae was well known as was his prominence with the Red Spiral (A Fae Society).
Bearer of the mark of the third king
The last light before darkness falls
The falling from the Brome of Harn
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Everon Koliard, an Orc Bard. Who had only been with the council for a year, it is pretty well known that she had been a member of the Oath called Stella Macklewent. She excelled there and her voice was synonymous with her performances. A major point here is that she could be heard singing whilst Avery was fleeing. She was eventually discovered and rescued her. She was incredibly dehydrated and malnourished. She has had returned what remained of the “skin of seven beasts” and the “thief of copper shadows” to her and remains with Dazak North on the Fleet.
The skin of seven beasts
The wandering minds of the Veeda Karvoda
The thief of copper shadows
Last to hold the position and at the time of the Assassination, Gerald Street. A Granite Heart Kuldisar, a Meistersinger who hailed from the City of Gamtha and was a great and charismatic leader. He was very old when Avery was young and a more serious and dour man there could not have been.
Principal of the forth law
Angel of the dance
Segacity of the opal ring
At the time of the assassination the role was held by Oliver McAlven Roy. Oliver was a human wanderer who had been on the books for longer than most could remember. It was assumed that he was an Undead who was keeping things on the quiet. This would not be against the will of the Mockingbird Lords. Oliver was friendly, fast to help and cleverer than most, he was basically the second in command of the table and also the most supportive.
The shield of the sometimes king
Harper of the forbidden valleys
Holder of the keys of the vaults of Kerendor
The Academy operate five main guild buildings across the Royal Basin but also sponsor and effectively use a number of other more spectacular edifices in major cities and townships. The major locations are as follows:
The Haven Guild House
The most recent and spectacular guild location exists above seven main taverns in seperate parts of the capital of the Royal Basin. The Taverns are: The Soul of the Restless Soldier, The Winter Respite, The Happy Doctor, Arable Green, Tallows in the Red, The Northern Sunrise and The Silent Sorrow. When Haven was first built each of these Taverns were prepared by the Academy with one great room in each, potentially the size of the tavern itself, that was heavily enchanted by the weave. They are linked through one great, unheard story that allows them to exist in a pocket dimension one next to the other. This creates a hidden and powerful space bigger than most conventional Guild Houses that may only be reached by those that are familiar with and able to travel using bardic sigils. Training, meeting, sleeping and music halls can all be found inside the Haven Guild house, marvel of current artifice that it is.
The Shriekspire Sentinal
Originally founded in 1542 The Shriekspire Sentinal was a struggling newspaper that wrote wildly innacurate stories, mainly about the state of the Clergy. It was originally owned by Senior Hysarn Ardveld Willowsins; a wealthy but somewhat bigoted individual. The buildings were huge, cavernous and, when the paper was shut down by the Clergy in 1553, ideal for the purposes of the Academy. They snapped it up and it reopened in 1555 as a factual reporting system for Shriekspire and the surrounding area but was soon found throughout the Royal Basin due to the wanderings of the Guild Members. It is used by the Academy for a wide array of purposes to this day and it is said that the Sentinal contains coded messages for guild folk that is constantly changed and upgraded.
The Eternal Reign in Koren
During the early part of the Pantheonic Wars several Academy members were forced to take refuge in the ruins of old buildings in Koren. The City had, as it does now, suffered a number of devastating wars and much of it was destroyed. The exact function of the buildings currently called the Eternal Reign is still unknown but when the guildsmen entered it seemed to draw on their life energies and repair itself. There were no deaths and the Academy took this as a sign, moving into the subteranean shrine at the earliest oppurtunity. The Reign is full of strange and unusual chambers that include a room that whispers garbled secrets of the past and an area that turns words into colours.
Harkers Hall of Feats
One of the earliest Guild Buildings that predates the majority of Basanic structures this Feasting Hall was purpose built by early members of the Guild. It is said that the City of Rendrith was built around Harkers Hall, attracted by the good food and fine stories, although the truth of that may never be known. Long ago it was a wattle and daub structure, then it was uprgaded to wood and expanded upon and so the process continued over the long years. Now it is a place for the guild to rest, to learn to pass on stories and recipes and to each other and for the folk of the Royal Basin to enjoy splendid food and to hear ancient tales that they might pass them on and keep the magic alive.
The Oracle off Rendrith
Harkers Hall was built to keep an eye on the small spit of land just off the Coast of Rendrith called the Oracle. Oracle island is about forty hectares in size and houses a medium guildhouse with all the relevant training facilities and libraries. The facility was built around “The Oracle” which, best description, are the bones of a humanoid that would stand some fourteen feet tall with odd carvings in the bones of arms and legs. Every few years the bones will answer the questions of an observer in a prophetic way. Other than these main five there are taverns, great arenas for festivals and games and other such edifice.