A set of Guilds that operated in addition to the original 18 Major Guilds. Their purpose was to expand knowledge and make it more accessible.

The Middle Class seemed to make up most of the Minor Guilds enrollment.[1]



In 1124 the Legislator Ti'lanar wrote a paper titled "Minor Guilds" in which he criticized the contemporary syte in which only a small elite of D'ni people are able to learn and keep the traditions through the existing Major Guilds, while more people remain ignorant and uneducated. He proposed the formation of Minor Guilds, that would further the knowledge beyond that already provided.

King Mararon agreed with the paper and followed its suggestions to reform the D'ni education system, in which D'ni boys could enter any of the new Minor Guilds after finishing education in the Common Schools.[3]

Only men were eligible for Minor Guild education. Women, such as actresses, participated in the Minor Guilds although they had never been officially recognized as members.[5]

Around 2488 King Naygen (whose major causes were to boost mining as well as the arts) elevated the Guild of Miners to the status of a Major Guild replacing the Major Guild of Fine Artists, which was split into several artistic Minor Guilds.[2]

In 3500 women became accepted to Minor Guild education.[5]

King Lemashal argued that the Guilds of Actors, Painters and Musicians had no been really necessary to exist, in order to pass his initiative to form the Guild of Illusionists.[4]

In 5202 King Emen gave an island of the D'ni lake to the Artists, Musicians and Actors for use as a Cultural Center.[6]