Crafting Skills are used by characters to create new items that may be used, given or sold to others. There are many kinds of items, and each are made using various different Crafting Skills.
Items start as raw Commodities, such as metal, wood, food, textiles or leather. These Commodities are acquired through Gathering Skills, and then used by artisans to create Components, which go on to become useful Goods.
(Read more about Gathering SkillsT1)
(Read more about ProductionT1)
Most Goods (the final, useful product of crafting) are made from Components, and these Component pieces are often made using several different Crafting Skills. A final product is rarely made by a single artisan, instead groups of crafters working as a team to fulfill each other’s orders. These artisans often form trade unions called Guilds to help corner the market, and Guilds have special legal rights by Imperial Law.
All uses of Crafting Skills require Professional Tools of that specific craft in order to perform their work. Professional tools are expensive, and many craftsmen go into debt with their Guild in order to pay for their tools.
(Read more about Trade Guilds)