The Bardic Conservatoire is college dedicated to the instruction of bardic magic, a form of Tuning that does not rely on either Wisps, but rather draws on the power of The Loom by using a knot’s natural connection to immediate relations. Bardic magic is performed by drawing a minute amount of energy from the network of knots that the bard’s own soul will thread lightly on to, and the bard accesses the network in much the same way that a gnostic wizard does— through metaphor and recitation. However, unlike a gnostic wizard, the bard does not use the power of the independent artist, but rather the communal one. Bards are more like stage directors than painters, and work best in groups.
The intellectual ancestor of the Bardic Conservatoire is the tuning arts of the Littlefolk, who originally developed the method untold years ago. The method was refined into the Bardic Conservatoire by a visiting Elf, who brought the technique back to Leovigild and began instruction. The practice, unlike gnostic wizardry, did not violate precepts of the Ascendant Church, and helped those who wished to practice the tuning arts sidestep the inquisitors. Though the bardic magics proved to be less powerful than gnostic wizardry, it also took less time to master, allowing for more diverse education of the students. Many found that, since the craft required that the bard build a deep personal relation with people, that learning the history of one’s national identity or ancestry helped reinforce the threads that bound one to the greater loom, a belief that eventually established the Bardic Conservatoire as one of the great colleges of history. The Bards also found that music was the quickest path to a shared experience, a method of bringing several knots into concordance and allowing for more ready access of the Loom’s power.
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