This information is only a brief summary as supplied by the Lorien Trust guide. Whilst we work to expand the information here, we would welcome input from those within the Bards Guild to help us give as accurate a description as possible
Spanning the traditions of several cultures, the Bards Guild concern themselves with ‘The Word’ in all its forms. Teachers and learners, entertainers and performers, the guild counts amongst its members musicians, keepers of history, scribes, scholars, explorers, poets, dancers, artists, cryptographers, linguists and even those who would just describe themselves as being plain nosey. Indeed, there are those who claim that the guild is dedicated purely to the pursuit of knowledge, while some older hands would maintain that such a pursuit is always secondary to that of understanding.
Whatever their primary aim, the guild is comprised of very many useful people, whether one’s current concerns are business or pleasure. Tracing the history of the guild is problematic, for whereas the modern incarnation’s inception can be clearly identified, the gifts and specific skills of the guild trace a lineage back to the earliest recorded histories.
The guild is also often confused with the Great Library, which is in fact a separate organisation. However, the ties between the guild and the Great Library are strong, and it is via the Bards that it is easiest to gain access to the vast store of knowledge held in that hallowed institution.