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Dena Nehele Guild FAQ
« on: Mar 31, 18, 05:30:42 PM »
Have a question about the Guilds?  Not sure how something would work?  Ask us!

We're aware that understanding the idiosyncrasies of the Guilds are not the easiest.  Along with the new, more specific Guild articles that are coming soon, we wanted to give you a place to ask your questions. 

Once your questions are submitted here, we will do our best to provide you with the best references and answers to answer your questions.
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Re: Dena Nehele Guild FAQ
« Reply #1 on: Mar 31, 18, 06:29:34 PM »
Could you explain how the apprenticeship process works for the Jacks? When do they move to Journeymen? What tests do they have?








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Re: Dena Nehele Guild FAQ
« Reply #2 on: Mar 31, 18, 06:47:37 PM »
Are apprentices trained in a group or by a specific mentor? Does it vary by guild?

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Re: Dena Nehele Guild FAQ
« Reply #3 on: Mar 31, 18, 06:53:16 PM »
Are apprentices trained in a group or by a specific mentor? Does it vary by guild?
Great question.  Each Guild has their own, individual process for dealing with apprentices.  We do have individual articles coming from each of the Guilds that will explain that in depth.
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Re: Dena Nehele Guild FAQ
« Reply #4 on: Mar 31, 18, 06:56:06 PM »
Could you explain how the apprenticeship process works for the Jacks? When do they move to Journeymen? What tests do they have?

Unlike the other Guilds, which generally send an apprentice away to their specific school for training (with exceptions for aristo or high-profile apprentices) training as a Jack is often done in the streets of the city where the apprentice was recruited. There are no Jacks who only train apprentices. All Jacks take contracts, and all Jacks can take an apprentice or two whenever they choose. Even journeymen are permitted to take on apprentices of their own, though this is vanishingly rare and highly discouraged, as a journeyman hasn’t yet proven themself to the Guild.

In most situations, a Jacks apprentice is still responsible for their own room and board. While their mentor might help them secure better lodging (or any lodging, as is the usual case) the apprentice is on the hook for keeping rent paid and the cold-box stocked. This relative privation (compared to the Shaos and the Myos) is counteracted by the fact that many Jacks train while on actual contracts with their mentors. Most mentors will split the take from a contract with the apprentice, dependent upon the apprentice’s performance with regards to the contract. Better performance means better pay, and so on.

As all Jacks have different skill-sets, there is no standard curriculum. Jacks generally don’t train in codebreaking, spying, or assassination; they tend to be bodyguards, thieves, and errand-runners. Jacks, despite their reputation, are not murderers. While they might kill on accident or in defense of a client, all contracts requiring death go through the Myos, and most contracts requiring torture go through the Shaos. Street toughs and skilled pickpockets often make their way into the Jacks guild, and are trained into greater strength or dexterity by their more skilled mentors. Jacks can sometimes find long-term contracts where they arrange protection for aristo houses or shipments, but most Jacks prefer to take multiple short-term contracts rather than one long-term contract.

An unspoken truth of the Jacks guild is that the other guilds often poach their best apprentices. It is actually quite rare that a Shaos or Myos apprentice, should they be drawn from the streets, wasn’t first spotted by a Jack who began to train them without formally inducting them. Most Jacks send recruits to the other guilds if they seem to have skills that pre-dispose them to the guild in question. Once a recruit is on the rolls, they become an apprentice, and the Jacks are no longer willing to trade them out. A Jacks member tends to recruit apprentices they share a caste with; a Prince often recruits Princes, etcetera. Warlords, Warlord Princes, and witches far outnumber every other Caste in the overall makeup of the guild. There are no Queens among the Jacks, and vanishingly few Healers; Black Widows sometimes join the Guild, but they’re more often diverted to the Myos or the Shaos by well-meaning Jacks recruiters.

A Jack’s apprenticeship ends when the Jack training them says it does, and when they’re formally entered as a journeyman on the Jacks rolls. There is no test to become a journeyman; it is predicated on the decision of the apprentice's mentor.

Promotion from journeyman to member status tends to happen on its own pace, but generally takes three to five years. There’s being promoted by rote, which is what they call it when the journeyman hits a certain number of contracts. This tends to take more time than the second method, which is being promoted by merit. When a journeyman is promoted by merit, it’s because they’ve completed a very difficult contract or have otherwise proven their skill to the Guilds.

Most Jacks will never see a promotion from member to Master; Masters are hand-picked by the Guild Leader using whatever criteria they find fitting, though Princes and Priestesses tend to see this accolade bestowed upon them more often than the other castes.





 

 

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