søndag den 3. april 2011

B is for Bazars

The City accepts huge amounts of trade, both in and out. Though the everyday trade happens at local markets, there are also several grand markets, or bazars, which trade in large amounts of exotic goods and materials.

Inside the Tiger's Gate, the northernmost of the City's gates, you can find the Indigo Market, trading in dyes and spices from the northern jungles and deserts. Here you'll also find northern tribesmen and camels, opium dens and carpet salesmen.

Inside the Wyvern's Gate, the northern gate of the southern city, you find the Wool Bazar, where traders and tribesmen from the northwestern mountains bring wool, sheep and goats to trade. The Wool Bazar is a rustic place, dominated animal pens and carts. Some metal ores are also traded in the sourthern parts of the market, but not as much as is carried along the river.Channels have been dug to carry these ores to the Ore Market to the east.

The Iron Market lies along the river, straddling the border of southern city and the imperial city. Industrialists and merchants mix here, trading ores for finished products, which are ferried both ways along channels to the industrial district to the north.

The Ox Market and the Grain Market lies inside the Dragon's gate and the Ox's Gate in the southern part of the imperial city. Ironically it is the Grain Market that lies behind the Ox's Gate. These are the two major trading point for food stuffs coming from the south and east. Once upon the time they were joined by the Boar's market, behind the eastern Sentinel's Gate, but these days the Boar's market and the districts around it are a shadow of their former selves, and suffer from ghouls roaming the streets.

The Hawker's Market, the easternmost of the great markets, trades in fish, fruit, ores, and trinkets from the industrial district to the south. Here, in amongst the stalls selling fish and fruit, you will find small shops selling clockwork servants, telescopes and self-loading crossbows.

The westernmost of the great markets is the Grand Market. Here merchants buy and sell the goods of the city, shipping wares to and from the cities downstream. Porcelain, glasswares, and woodwork from Leyly and Zamrath are traded for scrolls of imperial decrees, iron bars and mass-produced industrial works. The various nobles are very active in this district, both as merchant clans and as buyers. There are entire neighborhoods were the streets are nobles form the crowds and commoners are not allowed to enter.

The Imperial Bazar lies across the river from the Iron Market, and trades in all the goods of the City. Here the imperial administration, and the palace receive the goods that they need, and nobles, soldiers and other true imperial citizens throng the streets. Though serving primarily the needs of the imperial administration, the Imperial Bazar has shops and stalls like any other market, and is also frequented by merchants, adventurers, pilgrims and tourists.

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