The Association of Performing Artists
One of the newer additions to the Shadow Council is this small but growing group of dancers, musicians, jesters, and entertainers. They differ from the Hegemony in that they have no formal Bardic training. The various inns and taverns use the services of these young talents as an alternative to the more expensive prices the bards charge. Ironically, these troubadours may have more in common with the free-spirited bardic lifestyle than the Hegemony. The current and founding Guildmaster is Jeric Andusel (male human Rogue L8). He is the youngest son of Lord Marcus Andusel, a powerful nobleman within the Gentry. Jeric apprenticed under Darnell Mestether (LN male human Bard L11) of the Hegemony, but pressure from Lord Marcus caused Guildmaster Darnell to reject Jeric from the Hegemony. Rather than quit, Jeric has founded the Association of Performing Artists. The Hegemony is outraged at the Alliance’s acceptance of the Association, but as yet has done no more than to protest verbally. The strife between Darnell and Jeric grows with every passing day, and many in the city watch carefully to see which of the two will move first to attack the other.
Michele Maakestad and Josh Elliot. DYV1-05 Setting the Stage, Living Greyhawk Adventure. 2001