Towncryer's Uniform

"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day one! Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day two! Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day three! Still standing!"
— The Towncryer's Blazing Hope
First Verse
The Towncryer's Guild provides Towncryers with their work uniform; the Towncryer's Coat and Hat. The uniform is tailored to fit the towncryer and has the same style and design, which is the same as what the Towncryer of Emberfall, Bramdar Ashborn, had worn during the Siege of Emberfall.   Whether it shines, rains or snows, it is each Towncryer's duty and honour to wear the coat and hat at all times while they're working. The cost of any damages is now covered by the guild, while historically the towncryers had to pay. Repairs are then made locally, or the towncryer may request replacements.  

Production

As the uniform is provided by the Towncryer's Guild, the coat and hat are delivered to the Towncryer as they are made within the Atharian Towncryer's Guildhouse located in Emberfall. This is because the guildhouse uses Magic Dye to brighten the colours.   The cost of tailoring the hat and coat mostly goes towards the purchasing of the Magic Dye. The average price for these dyes is roughly 20GC a bottle, which the guild purchases directly from the College of Wonders. Each towncryer is also given the funds necessary to purchase the rest of their gear locally, including the bell.
"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day one-hundred!
Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day two-hundred!
Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day three-hundred!
Still standing!"
— The Towncryer's Blazing Hope
Second Verse

The Uniform

The Coat

The coat is made of blue and crimson magically dyed linen, patched together in a diamond checkered pattern. The hem, collar and beltline are made of yellow dyed fur. Across the shoulders is a thick leather padding, fastened with brass buttons.   The colours are magically enhanced by the College of Wonders, which helps to improve their saturation. Some say the dyes can often shimmer, especially during the low sun hours of dawn.

The Hat

The material used for the hat is slightly hardened leather plastered with crimson linen. The hat is like a tricorne, however, only one brim curled up and the crown is cylindrical rather than domed. The headband is a leather belt with steel buckles wrapped around the crown. The hat is then decorated with a large feather, which is attached by the stem slotted between the headband the crown.  

Other Pieces

Towncryers may wear anything underneath the coat. Most towncryers just wear a tunic with a waistcoat, others just a smart buttoned shirt. Other accessories are also allowed. Gloves are a popular addition for both warmth and hygiene. It all depends on the local fashion and the weather. The key part of the uniform is the hat and coat.

The Bell

A Towncryer is incomplete without their bell. As well as the scrolls which the towncryer reads from it is the bell which the towncryer needs to do their job. Citizens are wise to pay attention when the bell rings, as the towncryer updates them with the latest goings-on; such as trade prices, new laws and calls for curfew.   A bell can be handheld, which is prefered by many towncryers, however, a bell can also be mounted on a post. By law, only the Towncryer can ring this bell, unless the ringer has permission to do so. The punishment for breaking this law is one week in the dungeon.

History

"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day one-thousand!
Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day two-thousand!
Still standing!"
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"Oh yay! Oh yay! Emberfall survives! Day three-thousand!
Still standing!"
— The Towncryer's Blazing Hope
Third Verse
Before the Dominion's Conquest every Towncryer was independent, as there was no guild. Towncryers had very little support and were nicknamed Shouters, an offensive name to all towncryers even today. As there was no guild, towncryers had to provide their own uniform.   A Towncryer's uniform back then mostly consisted of a Tabard of the local settlements Coat of Arms over Gambeson, with any styled hat to match. All of which the Towncryer themselves had to commission a tailor with their own wages.
The cost depended on the location, which influenced the dyes and materials they had access to. On average, a single Tabard alone could be the same price of being able to feed themselves for a whole week. Combined with the hat, in many cases, would cost them their taxes.   It was not until after the Decade of Darkness and the founding of the Towncryer's Guild that this has changed, inspired by the bravery of the Towncryer of Emberfall.

The Towncryer' Blazing Hope

During the Siege of Emberfall, Bramdar Ashborn stood up against the hordes of the Dominions. He did so not with an axe, sword or bow, but with his daily cry to his fellow Emberites. Each day Bramdar rang his bell so loud and boomed his voice so strongly, even the besiegers could hear his daily affirmations.   When all hope was lost, when all strength was weakened and when nothing but darkness loomed over Emberfall; it was Bramdar who kept the light in everyone's hearts lit.   After 10 years, on the final day, those who were able sallied out with the aid of the Alliance. Bramdar joined the ranks and rang his bell as the Bannerman of the soldiers. Unfortunately, Bramdar was struck by an Orcish arrow.   Now, ahead of the main gates of Emberfall, stands a statue of Bramdar. Hammered on the base of the statue is a plaque. Engraved on this plaque is the final verse of the ballad, the Towncryer's Blazing Hope.   Since then the Towncryer's guild was founded, in commemoration and inspiration by the bravery of Bramdar.  
"Oh yay! Oh yay! Atharia survives! Still standing!"
— The Towncryer's Blazing Hope
Final Verse

What is a Towncryer?

  A traditional and noble profession; a Towncryer is someone who makes announcements to the public, such as; law changes, news sanctioned by the lord and announcing curfew and the start of the day.   Those who choose to be a Towncryer and accepted into the Towncryer's Guild are proud to deliver the lastest news to their fellow citizens of Atharia.  

Magic Dyes

Since the advent of Magic after the Conquest, many industries have been revolutionised into new processes and Dyeing is one.   Traditionally, dyeing fabrics was a lengthy process. Firstly the Dyers are to create the dyestuff; a mixture of materials to create the dye. After that the dyestuff is soaked in water, where the fabric is to be bathed and left to simmer until the desired colour is applied. Many dyes also required a Mordant, to help apply the dye to the fabric. The fabric or textile then needs to be dried. Dyeing this way could take the dyer days or even weeks to complete.   With Magic Dyes, the need for mordant is removed as the dyes uses Essence to bind the colour to the textile. Furthermore, Magic Dyes can be kept in tiny glass vials. All the dyer needs to do is add a single drop into simmering water with the fabric; then stir until the water is clear and the textile is coloured. The dyeing process can take less than a day, which can include drying on a hot day.

The Colours

There is an ongoing debate within the Towncryer's Guild of the connotations of the coat and hat. Some say the meanings are:
Red: The colour of love, passion and the hearts of Athrians.
Blue: The colour of freedom, like the blue ocean and the sky.
Yellow: The colour of the sun, blessing of Taria's Essence to all.   Another suggestion is each colour represents the kinds of People of Atharia:
Red: Dwarfkind
Blue: Mankind
Yellow: Elfkind   Either way, it is agreed that all three colours collectively, represents the unity and bond of the people; especially as these are the colours of the Alliance.
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Weight
Tailored to fit
Dimensions
Tailored to fit
Base Price
Commissioned only by the Atharian Towncryer's Guild

Public Opinion

"It is the best thing since Dwarven Bacon!"
— The Towncryer of Roxpool
"It gets really warm in the Summer months, but it is an honour to wear it"
— The Towncryer of Elverston
"Can I have mine in pink, pretty please?"
— A new member of the Guild
"I could wear this every day. Oh wait, I do!"
— The Towncryer of Everdale
"I am literally wearing the heart of Atharia. Thank you, Bramdar ."
— The Towncryer of Emberfall.

Comments

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11 May, 2021 09:48

Another great article Heffe! My two favourite bits I think are the Magical Dye and the mention of Dwarven Bacon! I also love those quotes, especially with the new member. xD   Just a few edits that I've picked up on needing:   "The material used for the hat is slightly hardened leather plastered with crimson lined." Was that supposed to be linen instead of lined or am I lacking in hat terminology?   Under 'Other Pieces', 'Mostly' should be Most.   "It is law for only the Towncryer must ring this bell, unless the ringer has permission to do so." Perhaps an edit to "By law only the Towncryer can ring this bell..."   "It was not until after the Decade of Darkness and the founding of the Towncryer's Guild, inspired by the bravery of the Towncryer of Emberfall." what happened? Missing a little bit here.   Magic Dye: "All a dyer needs to to is a single drop into simmering water with the fabric; " All a dyer needs to do is add a single drop? I think is what is meant?   And lastly, the first paragraph under History I believe the "were"s need changed to "was".   Hope this helps! A great article though and I really like the final design of the outfit, very different to how it started!

11 May, 2021 10:03

Thank you AP for the feedback and the like. I'm glad you like the Magic Dyes and Dwarven Bacon; articles that are going to be super fun to write later on.   Those were great catches and the edits are made :) Again, thank you!

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
11 May, 2021 10:22

Yay! I look forward to reading more about them. :) And you're very welcome! Here's hoping you make it to the shortlist!

11 May, 2021 12:30

Great article! The repeating verses and the opinions were nice and funny additions. The article is easy to read thanks to the layout which is always a nice bonus.   One small thing I picked up at the start is 'The Towncryer's Guild provide'. I think this needs to be 'provides'. In all nice read!

Feel free to check out my costume entry. :)
11 May, 2021 13:39

Thank you! I'm really happy to hear (read?) that you found the article easy to read. That was something I was really focusing, so I'm glad.   And yes, provides, thank you very much ♥

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 May, 2021 19:31

Nice article :D I like all the details you include and the magical dyes and that you included difference in application and colour effect at the end :D.   A few comments I had while reading or typos/grammar mistakes I noticed.   "Seige of Emberfall." Should be "siege" "The cost of any damages is provided by the guild," this sounds strange to say the guide provide the damage. Do you mean that they cover them? Also I would add "now" to contrast with what you say just after and "while" instead of "which".   In the magic dye section, you repeat "then" a little bit too much :D It's also something I struggle with every time I'm describing a procedure in the lab :p   When you say the coat is made with some fur, do you know which animals it comes from?   " As well as the scrolls which the towncryer reads from is it the bell which the towncryer needs to do their job." This should be "it is" not "is it"   " every Towncryer were independent," this should be "was"   I love the opinions about the uniform, those are fun XD   I like the repetition of the town still standing through the text, and then the story behind it at the end. This is a nice story :D

13 May, 2021 13:37

Thank you for those grammar and spelling checks, I really appreciate it. The changes have been made.   As for the kinds of fur, I'm unsure about to be honest. I was thinking as I was writing it which animals to use for the materials. I did skip then intentionally as I was uncertain and thought maybe I could get away with it, though the fur perhaps couldn't.   I'll have a think about it as I am thinking about altering and added a few things to the article, as I'm getting more and more ideas.   I'm glad you enjoyed the article, honestly seeing and hearing people enjoy my work is a true motivator, thank you ♥

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
13 May, 2021 09:05

Good article, I like the fact you said the fact you said the uniform is provided to the town crier. I know you like your quotes, your public opinion section seems a little too much. You can have too much of a good thing!


Please have a look at my uniform article :D

13 May, 2021 13:39

Honestly, I thought the quotes were a bit much too when I made them. They're so many as I couldn't think of what else to add onto the sidebar. It was mostly to 'patch it up' as I thought of something to add, which I think I have an idea for.   I'm glad you've enjoyed the article though ♥

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
16 May, 2021 17:03

Yup! Dwarven Bacon deserves an Attaboy comment!

17 May, 2021 10:48

Thank you! :D   Just wait until the article for that, which will be coming soon! ;)

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
17 May, 2021 18:20

I love the history you included behind the founding of the guild.   You put a lot of thought into this article, and it shows.

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities, and Vazdimet, its darker spacefaring future.
17 May, 2021 18:54

Aw, I'm glad you like the history. It was pretty fun to write about and definitely will be expanded on at some point, somewhere.   Thank you for your kind comment :) I'm really happy you enjoyed it

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
18 May, 2021 18:41

I love all the details woven into this article! The way the verses of the Towncryer's Blazing Hope lead up to the history section and final verse... it's fantastic. The history section is my absolute favourite, I think -- I really like seeing the original outfit, and the comparisons between the old and new.   And as others have mentioned, the layout of this article make for a really pleasant reading experience for this great article :)

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18 May, 2021 20:10

Thank you! Yeah, I really paid great attention to the layout this time, which was a larger challenge than the content; though I've found the content & layout really go hand in hand.   I'm glad you've enjoyed the article :D ♥ Thanks again!

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
26 May, 2021 23:16

Gawd that traditional uniform is boring. o_O Glad Bramdar dyed for our clothes.

Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young   Costume Challenge Entry: As Superpowered troops on an alien planet, the Battle Spears wear a uniform capable of handling all they face
31 May, 2021 07:25

Nice article! I enjoyed the read. It has a good mix of describing the costume, how it's made, and the history. Also well done on the posing and expressions of the heroforge mini!

Maybe have a look at my Costume Challenge article; A ball gown fit for a pirate captain. Thank you. :)
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E. Christopher Clark
9 Jun, 2021 23:46

I have to give another shoutout to the Dwarven Bacon, but I also just want to say that this is a beautiful article and I love how much detail you've put into it. Aside from the aforementioned bacon, I loved the idea of the colors being magically enhanced in some cases.

10 Jun, 2021 10:40

Hehe, there is much love for Dwarven Bacon, and soon the article will be written; I promise. The Magical Dyes too will have an article, especially as magic has... interesting... properties to be revealed somehow in the future.   Thank you for your compliments on the article. It's definitely going to be the bar for the standards of future articles for sure, as, if I can toot my own horn and say, I like it too (even though I can also pick out a few things which could be tweaked and tinkered).

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
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