In the Discworld series, the city of Ankh-Morpork has numerous professions (including criminal professions) managed and regulated by guilds. For most of these it's pretty easy to work out their income stream. The members make money, and pay guild dues in order to be able to practise their trade. Some examples include:
- Assassins - Paid to kill people
- Thieves - Subscription-based, people pay the thieves guild in order to not be robbed. Also, thieves rob people who don't pay it.
- Seamstresses - repairs and alterations, I assume
- Beggars - They beg.
- Merchants - buying and selling
- etc. etc. so on. so on.
Here's the question that puzzles me; How does the Fools Guild make it's money?
Here's some known things about the Fools Guild:
- Their members train to be Fools, Jesters, Clowns etc.
- We never see a clown working in the Discworld series.
- The only fool/jester we see working is employed by the king of Lancre. He works directly for a king, and leaves that position to become king. (Lancre is a long way away from Ankh-Morpork.
- The Fools Guild has enough money to run it's own school, provide rudimentary accommodation and food to members, pay an adult faculty, and maintain the face registry.
- It seems the Fools Guild is looked down on by various other citizens of the city.
So, if Fools work for nobody with a lower status than king and there's no work within a wide radius, how does the Guild continue to exist? Who's paying for clowns and jesters?