Our enemies assaulted us with fire and blade, and without the talents of our artisans, the city would have been destroyed in the fires of Faydark and again during the second Rallosian war. That the city still stands and remains as strong and beautiful as ever is a testament to the skills of our tradesfolk and the strength of our citizens.
— Master Liaison Aeble Ashberry, Tunare’s Pages
The life of an artisan is not for everyone, yet those who answer its call prosper not only in body and spirit but also in mind. And of course, one cannot overlook the financial gains possible through hard work and dedication to one’s art. Being an artisan is not a path for everyone, but those who follow this way of life find it worthy of their time and effort.
Your first step to becoming an artisan is to locate the tradeskill area within Kelethin. The main hub of crafting in Kelethin is the Tunare’s Pages building, which should be marked on your map, or a guard can give you directions. Around this building you will find a broker, some representatives of Tunare’s Pages, a fuel vendor, and the tradeskill delegate. The tradeskill delegate can teach you more about how to become an artisan.
In order to create items, an artisan will need to obtain raw harvests. These can be purchased from others, but the cheapest alternative, and one that Tunare’s Pages endorses, is to gather your own. You can harvest appropriate supplies to begin learning to craft in the areas underneath Kelethin and in the Nursery region of Greater Faydark.
Every artisan’s skills and desires can take them on different paths through life. You will find new doors open to you as you continue to grow and prosper as a local artisan. As you progress in skill, you will decide which type of craft to specialize in. To choose your specialty, you will speak to the Crafting Trainer who stands near the entrance to Tunare’s Pages.
As you gain in skill, you will be able to purchase new recipes from the Crafting Trainer also. Advanced recipes that will teach you to make more valuable mastercrafted items can be obtained through adventuring, or from those who adventure. The broker is a good resource to search for these, if you have not yet made the acquaintance of many others in your new home.
Tunare’s Pages is comprised of all artisans and merchants with an interest in the crafts of Kelethin. This faction is guided byu a democratic council of Kelethin’s senior artisans, and answers to Queen Amree. They manage the city’s broker system, and all vendors who use them must pay a few which is used for the upkeep and administration of the system. The merchants of Kelethin are always quick to lend a helping hand with any task that benefits their realm or its people. They played a large part in rebuilding Kelethin after a number of historical fires, and continue to improve the city. The headquarters of Tunare’s Pages is located in Kelethin near Joleena’s Restaurant.
As you increase in skill as an artisan, you may offer to provide your services to aid the city of Kelethin. Representatives of Tunare’s Pages will offer you work order tasks for items that are currently needed for use or trade. Completing these tasks will not only earn you experience in your trade and a small monetary reimbursement, but will also improve your standing in the eyes of Tunare’s Pages. Work order representatives can be found at the Tunare’s Pages headquarters.
If you earn sufficient status with Tunare’s Pages to merit membership, the society’s faction merchant located in the Tunare’s Pages headquarters will sell you a title certificate should you wish to purchase an official title. You will also be granted access to purchase a number of other amenities including house items, uniforms, and some of the society’s most closely-guarded recipes. Membership in Tunare’s Pages is not mandatory, but there are rewards should you wish to dedicate yourself to their cause.
As you advance in your trade, consider the path you wish to pursue. There are three main branches of craft: the craftsmen, the outfitters, and the scholars. Once you progress to the ninth rank of skill you will need to choose which branch, or archtype you wish to pursue. At your nineteenth rank of skill, you will choose your final specialty. As you specialize, you will continue to learn new recipes in your area of specialty., but you will no longer learn recipes for crafts in other areas.
The three types of craftsman are: carpenter, provisioner, and woodworker. Carpenters make furniture for decorating your home, strong boxes for bank storage, altars, and sales containers for use on the broker. Provisioners make food and drink to keep adventurers fighting in top form. And woodworkers make wooden weapons and shields, bows and arrows, magical totems, and harvesting tools.
Outfitters are armorers, tailors, and weaponsmiths. Armorers specialize in plate and chainmail armor, and metal shields. Tailors make cloth and leather armor, fancy dress clothing, hex dolls, backpacks, and containers for thrown ammo. Weaponsmiths specialize in metal weapons of all types.
Scholars are alchemists, jewelers, and sages. Alchemists specialize in potions and poisons, and also make combat art upgrades for fighter types. Jewelers make items of jewelry, and also combat art upgrades for scout types. And sages make spell upgrades for mages and healers.
Besides the nine main artisan trades, there are also the skills of tinkering and transmuting that can be learned by anybody, in addition to their normal profession. Tinkering is the process created by gnomes many centuries ago. it is the art of making mechanical gadgets and gizmos to make life a little easier. You can create devices that will enhance your own abilities in combat; most of these can only be safely operated by yourself and other tinkers, however, as the mechanisms are far too complex for non-tinkerers to understand. Since many tinkered items are adventuring-related, it can be a useful secondary craft to augment an adventurer’s abilities.
Transmuting is the art of breaking down unused items into components and using the results to make Adornments. Adornments are items that can be applied to your equipment to permanently enhance the equipment. Any Artisan who wishes to create their Artisan class Adornments will need components created by a Transmuter. All Artisan classes, including Tinkerer and Transmuter, can make some Adornments. Those interested in learning more about tinkering or transmuting can consult trainers available on the continent of Faydwer.
Should you decide at any time to change your profession as an artisan, Amy Recolo, the career counselor for Tunare’s Pages, can assist you in retraining to start a new profession. Should you choose to pursue the life of an artisan, you may wish to keep this manual in your room for references as needed. it is not a path for everyone to follow, but those who pursue it can be of great service to their friends and city if they choose to. Establish your reputation by doing your best at whatever task is before you. Over time, you will build your own clientele of satisfied customers who clamor for your work. Kelethin is filled with many beautiful things. We look forward to adding your work towards the enhancement of our city!