The Vale Craft Guild is based out of the castle in the Old City District of Elianst. A new, more splendorous, castle now resides in the lowlands upon which most of the city itself is built; a palace in amidst the regular folk. The old castle, in a state of bad repair, was taken over by the Vale Craft guild and restored to its former glory with some modifications to suit the guild's need. After a century of existence the guild has grown, the castle becoming richly furnished and stocked and more and more requests coming in for the guild's mages to take on.
An era of reform; cultural, social, political and technological; has come upon Ardan and Vale Craft must move with the times to retain its existence. Investing in the new, young recruits, Guild Master Imanda looks to them to steer Vale Craft into the emerging world.
Alexis turned her hand over again to see the guild's emblem, a new feature on her body. Hers was coloured black to show that she was new to the guild and of the lowest rank. Many of those around her who had cast the ritual to grant her the guild's emblem were of the second rank, their emblems a navy blue colour. The emblem itself was a simple structure: a kite shield with a griffin's head appearing over the rim and wings spanning out from either side.
"Welcome to Vale Craft, Alexis." Guild Master Imanda was a man in his forties, relatively new to the position of Guild Master having taken over a mere two years ago. His hair was long and black, tied back into a neat ponytail and pulled away from his face, highlighting the sharp bone structure of his face. His eyes were pale blue and piercing but the crow's feet at the corners of his eyes softened them; revealing a man of good humour who was forced into hard decisions by his way of life. Imanda gestured towards one of the men who had aided in the ritual.
"Charles here will make sure you're provided for accordingly. You've already met the guild but I'll announce your induction tonight along with any others we have. You're still new to this life so I suggest you find a team to help with the harder requests; too many talented young ones have lost their lives by becoming arrogant with their powers." He walked away towards the door, the only door in this perfectly circular room with a pedestal in the centre upon which Alexis stood. He stopped and turned around.
"Oh, and head to the practice yard. It's time you found out what your magic skills really are." His eyes twinkled with amusement; Imanda had always been interested in the abilities of his guild members. Alexis took his advice, she had found it was never wise to dismiss the suggestion of one with more experience than she, and, after speaking with Charles and sorting out her room arrangements in the castle, she headed to the training yard.