Thrice The Brinded Cat
The gentle people of Cauldron have carved a niche for themselves in this vast and inhospitable land by being a hardworking and industrious folk. People of all races and backgrounds have found this beautiful paradise, but only those who master their chosen craft can truly call it their home. A stroll through Cauldron’s city streets will eventually uncover any one of these Master Craftsmen:
Alchemist, Armorsmith, Weaver, Bookbinder, Boyer, ,Blacksmith, Carpenter, Cartographer, Calligrapher, Cobbler, Tailor, Jeweler, Gaffer, Wainwright, Cooper, Leatherworker, Locksmith, Artisan, Shipbuilder, Mason, Chandler, Weaver, Weaponcrafter, Fletcher, Corsetier, Roper, and Jibber.
If you’d like to hire one of these Crafters, just take a look around Cauldron City
Depending upon your skill, a Cauldron Crafter may be an apprentice, a journeyman, a master crafter or a godsmith.
In Cauldron, crafts are taught by various levels of masters to their apprentices. Most artisans remain in their apprentice roles for most, if not all, of their lives. A few rise above the rest by working on their Journeywork Piece. A Cauldron Journeywork Piece represent many years of hard work and study and is a culmination of all she has learned from her current Master.
The Cauldron Journeywork Piece
The Cauldron Journeywork Piece is created from two or more rare raw materials that have a special meaning to the crafter, for instance, an apprentice chandler may spend two years crafting a single candle derived from the fat extracted from thousands of rare, handpicked stranglekelp pods harvested from the bottom of the Azure Sea because of the chandler’s affinity for the sea. The rare oil may be combined with wax taken from four seasons of a particular honeybee found only in Hallowsky, because the chandler’s parents hailed from that tiny village. The Cauldron Journeywork Piece must also include one intangible item, such as the buzz from a Hallowsky honeybee or the essence of Azure Sea air. The final product must cost no less than 1000 gold coin when completed.
Cauldron Journeywork Pieces draw the attention of wealthy patrons who may hire and/or commission the successful apprentice. Those who complete a The Cauldron Journeywork Piece have a number of choices open to them. They may find such a patron to work for, or they may leave Cauldron to become a journeyman in their craft, or they may take on their own apprentices to teach.
Once she completes her Journeywork Piece, the Apprentice Crafter then becomes a Journeyman, at which time she leaves her Master to go find work on her own. Some Journeymen find patrons who hire them as their own personal crafter, while other Journeymen travel the world in search of new employment, rarely staying in one place long enough to make a name for herself. Occasionally, a journeyman will set up shop in one of Oerth’s large cities and will hire apprentices of his own.
Some Journeymen eventually decide to craft an item that showcases all they have learned in their time as a Journeyman. This item is called the Masterpiece (this should not be confused with a generic masterwork item.) This is usually a piece of such unusual make and origin that only the most wealthy can afford to purchase it.
The Cauldron Masterpiece Item
The Cauldron Masterpiece Item is a magnificent thing to behold. The minimum number of rare items added to the creation process increases to three and two intangibles must be added. Without fail, the Cauldron Masterpiece Item is imbued with some form of arcane aura, function or effect. Generally, the Cauldron Masterpiece Item takes over a decade to create and will sell for no less than 50,000 gold upon its completion.
Generally after completing a Masterpiece Item, the Journeyman becomes a Mastercrafter. Often a Mastercrafter retires, but others settle down in places such as Cauldron to live out the rest of their lives working on their Craft and selling modest craft versions to the local populace.
Once each century or so, a Mastercraftsman attains such skill that they are able to make a single piece beyond anything imagined before. These Godsmiths are desperately sought by kingdoms and empires throughout Oerth and generally maintain regional celebrity status.
The Cauldron Godsmith Item
This unique and powerful item is known as a Cauldron Godsmith Item and it is often a minor or major artifact. The Godsmith Item is always powerfully imbued with magic, involves no less than eight rare materials in its creation and five intagibles. The Cauldron Godsmith Item is generally considered priceless, but for crafting purposes would have a minimum market price of 200,000 gold pieces.
Click here ( Craft Rules )to find out about how the crafting process works (in game terms).