With the exception of the "story teller" aspect, what you have described is the Encyclopaedia missions. They were never fully implemented, but according to the reports they are being worked on now.
Phaedreas Tears - 15 years old and first(*) of true neutral guilds in Atys.
(*) This statement is contested, but we are certainly the longest lasting.
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