ancient tradition amongst the Katalla, the Jongleurs originated as
soldiers who had the duty of entertaining their fellow soldiers in the
field and barracks. Over the centuries they have evolved into one of
two kinds of entertainers. Those who are solo, itinerant jongleurs and
make their living traveling from town to town performing where ever
there is a crowd. And those that work in troupes or companies and put
on elaborate stage productions and plays.
There is no formal training or organization behind the jongleurs.
Traditionally a skilled jongleur will endeavor to teach the trade to
any student that he or she attracts. This generally means that the
master and pupil will travel together, or the student joins the troupe,
and begins learning the skills first as an aid and gopher, later by
playing bit parts or as a straight man or assistant.
When the teacher or head of the troupe decides that the student has
learned enough, he or she is cut loose to learn by doing. There is an
ancient tradition, the origin of which has long been forgotten, that
has the teacher give the student a bracelet made of braided horsehair.
This bracelet, which all jongleurs wear, is an accepted sign throughout
the land and generally means a warm welcome to any sociable gathering
or party. +1 reaction roll to such minded people.
Not everybody welcomes the jongleurs though. They have a reputation,
sometimes deserved, as pickpockets, cut purses, grifters and
prostitutes. -1 reaction roll for those people who hold such an opinion.
Jongeleur PCs would do well
to consider the following advantages. Voice, Appearance, Charisma,
Double Jointed, Musical Ability.
qualify as a Jongeleur a PC must have the following skills at 12 or
better. To qualify as a teacher you must have these skills at 16 or
Musical Instrument, at
Sleight of Hand
Jongleurs trained with a
troupe will also have the following.
Any jongleur should also
have the following.
Many also posses a variety
of thief skills.
There are at least half a dozen jongleur troupes operating in
Velitrium. A troupe consists of ten to twenty jongleurs, male and
female. They operate out of anywhere from six to ten wagons that haul
props and costumes, serve as living quarters and can be set up as
The troupes have a repertoire of plays, skits and comedy routines that
they specialize in. Certain performances are seasonal, others are used
year round. The average Velitar or Katallan loves the plays about the
great historical figures, Kings, Wizards, the Lords of the Velitar.
These are generally dramas or tragedies. They also enjoy the ribald
comedies, musicals and `Vaudeville type' variety shows. Even the
Halflings enjoy these types of performances.
On the other hand, the Elves find the great historical dramas and
tragedies dull and unappealing. They love the comedies and musicals
though. The Dwarves are impressed most by individual skills and thus
enjoy the variety shows most of all.
Anyone can become a Jongeleur, except Priests and Knights of Mitra. The
profession is considered too profane by the Church for these to
One final note. Legend has it that the horsehair bracelet is to remind
the jongleur to always have a good fast horse saddled and near at hand,
in case it's a tough crowd.