Welcome to the Skaldsong Companion, a reference wiki for the play-by-post chat-based roleplay community, World of SkaldSong and is maintained by the staff.
World of SkaldSong is set in a original, medieval fantasy world influenced by music and the arts. It began as a forum on Forum Motion on November 24, 2016 as a world-building side project. Announced in May of 2017, the forum would be converted over to a chat based system. The following month on June 9th it opened for registration.
How-to - some useful information on various actions in chat.
There are many words and terms in the world of The Tapestry that you will run into. Here's a handy reference to what they mean or refer to.
Comprimaro/a - Partner. This is a title given to someone perceived as being the significant other of the Prince or Princess.
Doge / Duce - Title for the male/female leader of a guild that holds a region and their spouse. They may go by additional titles cultural to their region.
Maestro - Grand Master. This is in reference to the original founding guild leaders anointed by The Skald. They are absolute masters in their fields and are capable of great power.
Nobile - Leaders of guilds that do not hold regions. This term/rank is given to the heirs of any guild as well. Lowest titled nobility.
Oratorio - The religious text of The Tapestry.
Prima Donna - Queen
Primo/a Figlio/a - Prince / Princess
Primo Uomo - King
Skaldborne/Strangers - People not native to The Tapestry.
Virtuoso - God/dess. These are corrupted founding guild leaders, who took to the power and created cults instead. They consider themselves almost equal to The Skald and are doing the creator's bidding. They aren't wrong, but they aren't doing it the way The Skald intended originally.
The religious text of The Tapestry is called the Oratorio, a series of chants that explain the very basics of the world's functions and has been around since early creation. While other religions can and do exist across the land, The Oratorio is 'true', whether its people really believe it or not. It is hard to prove what only a handful have seen many years ago.
This is a general overview of the history of the world, where large scale events and changes will be recorded as they happen through RP. This way, new members can effectively create characters that are native and have access to all information they may need for that character's knowledge at a glance.
For a more detailed timeline for a region, see that region's page.
2018 - Meizarae challenged, and failed to be defeated. Havelock stirs.
2017 - Meizarae released. Prima Uomo and Prima Donna are killed.
1967 - Artificial Limbs using Copper Heart's puppetry mechanics first use.
1717 - Virtuosos defeated. Monarchy established.
1700 - Maestros become corrupted, 'Virtuoso' coined. Chanson Isole'e breaks ground.
1050 - First Skaldborne appear.
1000 - The Skald visits future site of Inizio D'Oro, selects Maestros, who found the first Guilds.
0 - The Tapestry is brought to life
The Skald, Maestros, and Virtuosos WIP
The maestros were gifted with a greater range of power and insights that left them linked to the Great Skald in ways that tormented them. Coupled with an immortal life, the ability to see every string that intertwined in the bundle, no longer bemused with the excited desparation of seeking a needle in a haystack. When they were regular painted citizens of the Tapestry there was a facination and thrill of the future, the unknown, but that was gone now.
Their duties were both guidance and strife-making, which as time passed their colors bled and muddled until they saw little point to guide. The players on stage were weak and unmotivated, their ends were all the same. Cycled, returning to do much of the same in another shape. The Skald granted them the freedom to push harder, to change the key of the performance and so each of the maestros shifted, some abruptly without warning and some seemingly descending into a madness they controlled.
It was time for the world to make their own coveted heroes, and it did, ending their reigns 300 years ago. Or, so the world thought.
Skaldic Artifacts WIP
TEST A full suit of armor and an array of weaponry possessing fragmented power believed to have been directly from The Great Skald. Scattered after the initial battle as a memorial gift from the newly instituted monarchy to the guilds that took part in vanquishing the Virtuosos. The knowledge about these artifacts is very slim, with assumption being that they are powerful and noble in nature in any book mentioning them. This may not be the case in reality.
Most of the items are rudimentary, named as a part of one skaldborne or another's tradition to do so, and it is not clear when the items that have gained power did.