- Tending to the historical and religious texts
- Maintaining the library at Tyr’s Hand
- Assisting in the research of various artifacts
- Housing aforementioned artifacts in a sealed vault
- Tended to by the monastics (this is opened to more than just monks)
- Keeping of records of meetings and documentation of Mynydd decrees
- Keeping of Church decrees
- Keeping of public records including peerage, elevations, prison sentences, etc.
- Accessability -- None shall be prevented from being able to access books or knowledge. Those who come to the vault library will be welcomed to seek any and all knowledge therein contained. Archivists may not allow non-duplicated documentation to leave the vault, but cannot deprive a seeker from being able to access such knowledge.
- Accountability -- It is the archivists duty to ensure that all documentation is given a level of transparency as well as being responsible for the upkeep of any and all historical and religious documents. Should there be a movement which casts doubt upon a historical text, it must be made available that there is a discrepancy and investigation into the facts. We do not hunt for the truth, but for substantiated facts.
- Advocacy -- Archivists must always promote the use and understanding of historical and religious texts to the wider audience. This means in many ways, the Loremasters must become teachers for those who seek it. They must always ensure their recordkeeping is used in the good interest of the public at large, and to a lesser extent, help with the formation of public policy.
- Authenticity -- It is the duty of all archivists to ensure the authenticity of all relics and documents that they become stewards of. This means doing extended research and taking reliable notes to verify intellectual integrity. This means equally that if there are changes, they must make the proper changes while still keeping the original notations to make accurate recordings. No archivist shall willingly alter, manipulate, or destroy any records, and likewise, must make every conceivable effort to safeguard everything in their purview.
- Diversity -- Archivists and Loremasters seek to contain the broadest possible collection of texts. This means working toward assisting in generally marginalized or undocumented areas to ensure they have their voices heard and are able to equally reach the wealth of knowledge; assisting in creating a bridge between various ethnicities and cultures across Azeroth and beyond.
- Preservation -- Archivists are intended to preserve as much of the original documentation as at all possible. This may mean that some documents are merely faithful recreations of original documents or rewrites. It is the job of the Archivist to ensure that it is noted somewhere if the document is the original, a copy, a recreation or simple notation of vocalized knowledge. Preservation of these ideals is paramount and key to ensuring everlasting life to posterity.
- Professionalism -- The collaboration with those outside of the Loremaster’s Guild must be accepted with the understanding that it is our job to provide the information to the best of our ability and with a dignity and excellence that speaks of our profession as a whole. We are the emissaries of the Loremasters and it is within our scope that we take to striving for that excellence on a daily basis and foster the aspirations of those who equally choose to partake in the archivum.
- Selection -- Archivists must be selective in the materials that they take in for preservation. This means that the records or artifacts must meet criteria to be considered such as: the wide range of potential users. Archivists must keep in mind the extended retention of such records and artifacts as well as their daily upkeep, potential traffic, and space where it is to be kept. As such, Loremasters and Archivists understand that they have an absolute responsibility in the shaping of the past by making these selections.
- Trust -- While Archivists promote the respectful use of culturally-sensitive material, there are times where the accepted government / regime may request certain files to be kept privatized. While all knowledge is available to create a transparency, some records permit a level of confidentiality. Research on such taboo topics is equally met with a level of confidentiality unless otherwise stated by law. Archivists are entrusted with the keep of such documents and artifacts and must not forget such.
Using the Archives:
In the Library Wing of the abbey at Tyr’s Hand is a door that is shut with various Light sigils; a locking mechanism that requires a specific set of instructions and keys to access. While much of the generally-accepted material is kept in the library, the archivum is kept locked to ensure tampering with the relics is kept at a bare minimum during research and development. Higher-tier archivists will have magical symbols tattooed to their arms to be used as living keys; requiring that the “key” be alive when the door is opened. This prevents the arm from being severed and used intermittently.
Entrance to the archivum is permissible to the public during daylight hours, but is locked only to archivists after sundown. A person may request evening use of the archivum under the watchful eye of the archivists / loremasters, but is not allowed to leave with any record, document or relic from the archivum at any time. Books that are available for check-out are above in the library wing. The archivum itself houses many of the “forbidden” and still-researched texts as well as fragile relics and those relics which have been locked away per church and secular law.
Material that needs to be used from the archivum may only be removed at documented request and signed off by the Cardinal, the Grand Archivist, and the Grand Master of the Holy Order. All three must have wax seals in the appropriate places. Lack of documentation or signatures will result in a denial. All denials and acceptances are kept on record.
Events and Meetings:
- Monthly Archivum Meetings
- Exploration and Relic Retrieval
- Public Recordkeeping
- Seminary Projects
- Bardic Circles / Storytelling
- Free Clinics / Soup Kitchens
- ...other stuff I haven’t thought of yet.
- -- The de facto head of the Archivum and general organizer of the loremasters. While they are known for taking the final say in many things, the Grand Archivist is by no means the end-all / be-all, but rather a source of organization for the archivum as a whole. Still an archivist in their own right, they continue to work on equal ground with those who have been elevated to loremaster.
- -- The archivists who have proven themselves as trustworthy and hard-working individuals. They are the official scholars, philanthropists and researchers of the Archivum. Tending to the more delicate of relics and records, they help to teach those beneath them how to refine their skills in note taking and exploration.
- -- These archivists have made it a speciality to rotate the stories and histories by word-of-mouth. Bards are the key bridge between those without the ability to write their histories in Common (or Old Lordaeronian) and to reach villages that may not have the ability to reach such information adequately. They are truly the voice of the people, often bringing back information that helps to start research and investigations.
- -- Working closely with the church, seminarians are the teachers of the wider-world, helping to ensure that those who seek knowledge can always find it. Seminarians are dedicated to their work and will often hold classes in various subjects to entice folks to attend and learn something. They will be known for teaching everything from church history to battle tactics to how to make a decent souffle. Seminarians are not necessarily priests, but have been known to be primarily associated with ordination.
- -- Curators are the unofficial archivists. While they work for the archivum in ensuring the daily upkeep of the relics and documents, they are learning the ways of the archivist; tending to the minor things and generally shadowing around Loremasters, even attending certification courses, seminary and bardic circles to expand their knowledge. Once a curator has found a Loremaster to mentor them, they are able to elevate based on their ability and retention of knowledge.