Blacksmiths are highly valued in the Realm, due to the importance of iron tools and weapons for the survival of a village. In less wealthy villages, where they cannot afford to support a blacksmith or there is no iron available, villagers may resort to using Flint.
Blacksmiths are trained through an apprenticeship to an experienced blacksmith. Smiths will usually choose a younger relative from the village as their apprentice. Apprenticeships are prized, and parents will often give the master blacksmith a payment in exchange for taking on their child as an apprentice.