A Combination resource-dump, workshop, and virtual commonplace book all rolled into one.
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time."
Little Gidding,T. S. Eliot
Cool. So there are no bodies to vet guides? One would think at least some people would want a "bonded and insured one" or the equivalent, even if it wasn't required.
Insurance is gambling, in Riskail, and thus your problem, not the Guide's.As for being bonded...yeah, there are a few ways to get that sort of thing handled, and the Academy often insists upon it, but in general, if a Guide has been in business for more than a couple of years and actually done anything, then they're probably fairly suitable.Keep in mind that the Guides police themselves--anyone pulling a fast one on a client will have to watch out for other Guides who might get curious, investigate the matter and retaliate on professional grounds. They don't tolerate impropriety amongst their ranks. They have pride and an unspoken code, and they have remained autonmous for a long, long time because they don't tolerate frauds or fools.Seeing as the only real body that oversee a Guide is another, more senior Guide...they might have to set up some sort of formal bonding society to supplement their current system of reputation and vouching. That'd be a good situation for a group of player characters to get involved in...And, like I said above, the Academy really does want this sort of thing, but the Guides have been stubborn and not too quick to provide it so far. Maybe it's time for that to change. It just takes a few to cooperate together to set things into motion...
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