Bard

A bard is a member of the government that aims to spread knowledge throughout the Tightish Empire in the form of legends and other stories, conversation and activities.
Bards and oads often support each other, since they share similar goals.

Career

Qualifications

To become a bard, one must have learned the local history off by heart and in some way contributed to the knowledge of the Tightish Empire.
Bards must also undergo storytelling and explanation training, so that they can effectively spread their knowledge to fellow citizens and improve the populace's literacy.
Explanation training focuses on making the bard able to break down more complex concepts and present them in an accessible manner, as well as the ability to disassemble false information quickly and effectively without setting the affected person in a bad light.

Career Progression

Bards often construct a social hierarchy amongst themselves.
This comes from knowing who is an expert at which subject, and building connections with fellow bards.

Payment & Reimbursement

As with most government employees, bards are fairly well-payed to guarantee a certain level of quality.

Other Benefits

Bards have the unique advantage that they may study and travel a certain amount at the cost of the government, allowing them to gain unique insights into various subjects.
In addition, many find their work fulfilling since they are helping to improve society.

Perception

Purpose

The bard is tasked with spreading knowledge throughout the land.
This is done by telling legends and historical or fictional stories, organising events and lessons and acting as a librarian.
Should anyone want to acquire more knowledge, it is the bard's duty to contact a library, in most cases that located in the Imperial Halls, and access the information required to help the seeking.

Social Status

Bards are considered a valuable asset to society by many, since everyone can learn something from the bard and hearing stories is something many enjoy.

History

Bards have always been storytellers that were very knowledgeable on historical and current affairs, more often than not in the form of satire and comedy.
Upon the founding of the Tightish Empire, as part of the social service reform, the bards were gathered and reeducated into their current form.
Those that were unsuitable for the task lost their title as bard and became entertainers.

Operations

Tools

All bards carry a pen, ink and paper as well as fall-back lessons and notes on stories with them, as well as a service pigeon and an instrument of their choice.

Materials

Fresh ink and paper as well as regular lesson and event suggestions and other requested resources are delivered to bards from the Imperial Halls.

Workplace

Most bards provide lessons and stories either outside or in a local House of the Public.

Type
Education
Demand
High
Legality
The term 'bard' is legally reserved for educators.
If an artist intends to style themselves with that term, they must make clear that they are not professionals.
Failure to comply can lead to time in the Hold, the sentence depending on how much misinformation was spread.
Other Associated professions
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26 Oct, 2019 10:31

Explanation training? Like the arts of debate or something?

26 Oct, 2019 10:38

A good point! I shall elaborate.

26 Oct, 2019 10:56

Explanation training focuses on making the bard able to break down more complex concepts and present them in an accessible manner, as well as the ability to disassemble false information quickly and effectively without setting the affected person in a bad light.