Gaillard was the first to manipulate music to have various affects. He founded what became the Conservatoire
to provide a safe place for further study and development of these skills. Before him, musicians were short lived and considered a dangerous profession.
Gaillard was born in the Wolf clan
lands, though exactly where is now unknown. His parents travelled between the different wolf towns, trading what they could and doing odd jobs for anyone who would hire them.
This was the wild times after the fall of the dragon monarchy
, but before the four clans had consolidated their hold on Kaitstud
. The shifters claimed the territories, but as their numbers were still low they really only controlled the main towns or central areas. As humans, Gaillard and his family should have registered and stayed in one place, but they wandered across most of the wolf territories.
As Gaillard grew he became fascinated by music. His parents used any opportunity to sit him with any musician they came across, as that was when he was happiest. It also provided them with the ability to both work without worrying about keeping an eye out for him. The travelling musicians appreciated him, as they soon realised there were less accidents when he listened. Inn-keepers also loved the cheery boy, and rumours started that the flowers bloomed brighter when he stayed.
His status as a lucky charm was solidified when a fire broke out in the kitchen of an inn they were staying at. He dragged the musician to the edge of the flames, forcing him to play as Gaillard wafted the sound onto the fire. It died down to glowing embers, as Gaillard collapsed.
After that, Gaillard spent years learning and experimenting. His musical skills were passable, but his ability to see the power music created was second to none in his time. He continued to travel with his parents until he was old enough to set out on his own. By that time, stories of his abilities had spread and musicians of all types travelled to him to understand how to make their music safer.
He soon gathered a growing group of musicians and students. Unfortunately, others had heard of his abilities. Rivals created their own groups, though without his understanding their performances were often dangerous for the audience.
Creating the Conservatoire
By this time, the Clan Congress
had been created as a group to oversee everyone within Kaitstud and to adjudicate between the clans. Gaillard was called to the Congress to answer for the increase in fatalities as a result of his work.
They didn't care that the casualties came from other groups, not his. He demanded that if they put all responsibility on his shoulders, then he should be allowed to create a school for those who want to learn, and anyone operating outside that would be outside his responsibility. They agreed, and the Conservatioire was started.
Over the next few years it developed, eventually creating the Hall
on a triangle of unclaimed land
in the lee of the Cragspire Mountains
. It was a central crossing point, and people of all clans could travel there to be tested. Soon testing became a rite of passage for all children within Kaitstud and the number of musical practitioners grew.
Gaillard believed that they had a power to guide the land, but that that made them unable to rule it themselves. He gained an advisory position to the Clan Leaders, working hard not to favour one over the others. He feared what would happen if one of his musicians took control of the clans. This is why the Conservatoire is a neutral organisation, and all new members leave their clan in order to continue their studies.