-  Somehow the world always provides for minstrels. Perhaps its a magic talent they have. A minstrel is a wandering musician. They often dress in flamboyent clothing. Minstrels often entertained the court of Daventry.
"Once upon a time" is a trade joke amongst minstrels.
The bard Shallan was offered the position of court minstrel to Daventry, but was undecided, as it was not his way to stay in one place for long. He at least stayed long enough to finish his accounts of Graham's adventures to save the world from the endless winter, and perform it for the castle.