Harpers are accomplished minstrels, bards or skalds. The guild has a monopoly on the production and sale of musical instruments. Apprentices are taught the arts of making their own instruments, most commonly the drum, flute, harp, horn, and lute. Some masters specialize in the crafting of fine musical instruments, and truly great harpers can make instruments of seemingly awesome enchantment.
The college sponsors a select number of Harpers Halls throughout the Isles. Admission to a hall is by audition. If accepted, an apprentice can look forward to 4-8 years of intensive study and training, followed by a dozen or more years as a wandering bard, before he will acquire the elite status of Master harper.
Harpers play an important role in the conveyance of news, tales, legends, and oral histories. In especially great demand are minstrels who have come from afar bringing hardly credible songs and tales of strange folk and places. The skalds of Norlund are especially noted for their epic tales of heroes and villains, and the Waelish, while they rarely play for outsiders, are beloved for their beautiful and often unfathomable songs.