"There's quite a few magic users in Earthland, Noah. If I had to estimate, I'd say somewhere around a hundred guild-affiliated mages and a lot more who aren't part of a guild. I'm not sure how many non-affiliated mages there are, but they're easily a few hundred of them." Leona did her best to give Noah a ballpark estimate of how many magic users were in Earthland. There were easily hundreds of freelance mages who were looking for a guild or who were just doing their own thing. It was hard to tell how many freelance mages there were at any given time because there were so many of them and Leona did not ordinarily keep up with such a thing.
Leona heard Noah agree to hear about Silver Wolf and its mission. There was another topic that she could discuss with authority. Having discussed the topic with prospective guild members many times before, Leona was particularly knowledgeable about Silver Wolf and its mission.
"Silver Wolf's mission is carried out by three divisions that work towards the mission. Hunters go out into the world and find magical artifacts whether they're weapons, armor, jewelry, books, whatever. Scholars study the artifacts and determine whether their effects can be duplicated and applied to other items... Scholars are also responsible for preserving any artifacts that the guild finds. Defenders help the guild mission by protecting the guild hall and the guild vault where the artifacts lie from people who want to steal them and use them for their own purposes." Leona gave a brief rundown of the three divisions and what they did. She hoped that the explanation helped her earlier remark about the seemingly contradictory missions actually working together make a little more sense. She then decided to elaborate on the flexibility in carrying out the mission that guild members enjoyed.
"However, while they have primary responsibilities, members of each division aren't rigidly bound to their respective duties to the exclusion of all else. For example, if a Scholar feels like getting out of the lab to go find an artifact, they're welcome to do so. Or if a Hunter wants to know more about something they just found and don't want to wait on a Scholar, they're welcome to do research on the item themselves. The same goes for Defenders... if they find something interesting in the field they can pick it up and bring it back to the guild hall without having to call a Hunter. And if the guild hall ever comes under attack, all guild members are obligated to defend the guild hall regardless of their division." Leona added that Silver Wolf members were not rigidly bound to their divisions and gave examples. While they had primary responsibilities that they were obligated to fulfill, members were not so bound to them that they had to call in members of other divisions to do something outside of their purview. For example, Leona did not want a Scholar to have to call in a Hunter and risk losing an artifact due to the delay in calling the Hunter and waiting for the Hunter to arrive.
She heard Noah ask whether she had encountered Slayers of any kind or any God Slayers.
"I've worked with a Water Dragon Slayer mage before, but that was over two years ago. I haven't encountered any God Slayers, though." Leona replied to that question. Leona remembered the mage in question being Althea Eventide of Fairy Tail. The blonde did not know if Althea was still around, but the Fairy Tail mage might still be around. She might even have been in a past edition of Sorcerer's Magazine... Leona would have to check her old copies soon.
"If you need a place here, I can help you with that. Silver Wolf's always looking for new members. And you can chronicle the knowledge of your homeland if you'd like, but it's not required for you to join." Leona assured Noah that while his offer was welcome, it was not a requirement for him to join Silver Wolf. Silver Wolf had taken Leona in when she was a struggling Guildless mage who had gotten in over her head with Jacob Goodnight and did not have anything special to offer the guild in exchange like access to powerful patrons or lost knowledge that only she possessed. While she would accept offers of aid in exchange for membership so that people did not feel like they were freeloading, she would not make them a requirement to join the guild.
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