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The Guilds

Every animal in Almavalia, excluding most of the nobility, is part of one of the thirteen guilds. Each guild has it’s own color and craft master, each of whom is part of the council. Three guilds have no craft master, namely the farmers, fishers and miners. These, as well as the soldiers, priests and stable workers, are known as the free guilds, while the others are craft guilds. Here, the free guilds are listed first, followed by the craft guilds.

soldiers

Uniform: cloak (everyday wear) and/or helmet and shield (on duty) the color of their fief flag.

Emblem: Sword and Shield

General (craft master): Lord Robert IronPaw

Mostly: Grey mice, wood mice, field mice.

Soldiers have the task of protecting the kingdom from enemies and guarding their baron. Most soldiers are stationed at either an outpost or a castle. Most soldiers fight on foot with swords, but some ride chinchillas and fight with spears.

Stable Workers

Uniform: tan cloak or apron

Emblem: Chinchilla

Head Groom (craft master): Callum Greyfur (grey mouse)

Based in: The Royal Fief (Valvia)

Mostly: Grey Mice, Voles, Wood Mice.

It is the stable workers’ job to look after the chinchillas and their tack. They also breed and train chinchillas.

Priests

Uniform: Long hooded tunic in either cream or light brown.

Emblem: N/A

Head Priest (craft master): Father Bruno

Mostly: all kinds of animals can be priests.

The job of priests will be explained in more detail in a later post.

Farmers & Gatherers

Uniform: green cloak

Emblem: wheat sheaves

Craft Master: N/A

Mostly: Field Mice, Wood Mice, and Voles

Farmers and Gatherers are responsible for providing food for the rest of the populace. Farmers are mostly Field Mice from Erbana (central fief) and Monteld (North-West fief) where they grow cereals and vegetables, and Gatherers are mainly wood mice from the North fiefs who gather nus, berries, and fruit in Silver Forest and Nutmeg Wood. There are also some voles in this guild who grow hay in the South to feed the chinchillas.

Fishers

Uniform: light blue cloak

Emblem: Fish

Craft Master: N/A

Based in: South fief (Dunell)

Mostly: Voles

Fishers also provide food in the form of fish which they catch on the coast in the fishing harbour.

Miners

Uniform: black apron or cloak.

Emblem: Pick axe

Craft Master: N/A

Based in: North-West fief (Monteld) and West fief (Ordell)

Mostly: Shrews

The miners mine for coal, jewels, gold and other ores in the mines of Ordell (west fief), or they cut rock in the quarries of Monteld (North-West fief)

Weavers

Uniform: Pinkish-Purple cloak

Emblem: Needle & Thread

Craft Master: Heather Bay (grey mouse)

Based In: Royal fief (Valvia)

Mostly: any Mouse race, voles

The weavers guild is made up of weavers, who weave cloth and tapestries, and seamstresses/tailors, who sew clothes etc. A few weavers weave baskets out of reeds, sticks, and such.

Potters

Uniform: brown apron or cloak

Emblem: clay pot

Craft Master: Sarah Brown (grey mouse)

Based In: Central fief (Erbana)

Mostly: Field Mice, Voles, Grey Mice, Shrews

Potters make all sorts of things out of clay, especially pots, crockery, and ornaments.

Metal Workers

Uniform: grey apron or cloak

Emblem: hammer and anvil

Craft Master: Samuel Graye (grey mouse)

Based In: West Fief (Ordell)

Mostly: Grey Mice, some Wood Mice and Shrews

Metal workers inclued blacksmiths, tinkers, jewelers and anyone who makes things from metal for their living.

Carpenters

Uniform: Orange apron or cloak

Emblem: Saw

Craft Master: Simeon Seagrain

Based In: North fief (Sylvada)

Mostly: Wood Mice, Voles

Carpenters have the job of crafting pretty much anything that’s made from wood, including furniture, containers, and even houses!

Shipwrights

Uniform: dark blue apron or cloak

Emblem: ship

Craft Master: Andrew Saltpaw (vole)

Based In: South Fief (Dunell)

Mostly: Voles

Shipwrights, as the name suggests, mend and build boats, which are used by fishers, traders, and sometimes, in the unusual event of war, soldiers.

Cooks

Uniform: white apron or cloak

Emblem: bowl and spoon

Craft Master: Eleanor Dustfoot (grey mouse)

Based In: Royal Fief (Valvia)

Mostly: Grey Mice, Field Mice

Cooks have the important job of preparing the food provided by the Farmers, Gatherers, and Fishers. This includes owners of restaurants, bakers, and the Castle cooking staff.

Scribes

Uniform: black robe or yellow cloak

Emblem: quill pen

Craft Master: Maritta Colin (shrew)

Based In: Royal fief (Valvia)

Mostly: Shrews, Grey Mice

‘Scribes’ is a somewhat generalized name; this guild includes, as well as scribes, anyone who’s job is associated with books and/or learning, such as teachers, authors, and printers

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Glossary

Here you can look up various races, countries, terms, etc. That I made up for Almavavlia. This will be constantly expanding as I write more.

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Almavavlia ~ The country in which the story is set. For more info, see The Map of Almavavlia.

Arkeo ~ A large country to the west of Almavavlia. Inhabited by Hooded Rats.

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Black Rats ~ One of the Rat Races. Slightly smaller than Hooded Rats, but greater in number. Usually black or grey all over. Same breed as Black Rats in our world.

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Dwarf Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. These are the smallest Hamster Race, and have dark grey fur with a white belly and darker grey fur running in a line down the spine. Same breed as Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster in our world.

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Field Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Light yellowish brown, smaller than the other Mouse Races. These Mice generally enjoy farming.

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Great Desert ~ A large expanse of dry sand and dust to the extreme North-West of the continent. Inhabited by Greater Hamsters, Spiny Mice and Snakes.

Greater Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. Large and plump, usually with golden-brown fur. Same species as Syrian Hamsters in our world. Less intelligent than most other races.

Grey Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Come in a variety of fur colours. Same breed as pet mice in our world.

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Hooded Rats ~ One of the Rat Races. Larger but less common than Black Rats, white with a black or dark brown head and markings. Same species as Fancy Rats in our world, but with less variety in colour and markings.

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Lesser Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. Smaller and slimmer than Greater Hamsters, with grey or dull brown fur. Same breed as Chinese hamsters in our world. These intelligent, peaceful hamsters live just to the south of the Great Desert.

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Silveo ~ A middle sized country to the North of Almavavlia. Inhabited by wood mice.

Spiny Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Fur rises in spine like tufts towards the tail, fur is usually grey or pale yellow-brown. These warlike mice are exclusive to the Great Desert.

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Wood Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Pale brown fur, with yellowish fur on the back of the neck. Same breed as Yellow Necked Wood mice in our world.

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