Industry & Trade
Guilds and Factions
The Porters - dealing in all aspects of transport by land (ie the carrying of goods) the porters are of three types: foot porters who carry their loads on their backs to navigate the narrow and constricted byways of the town, pack-men who carry goods by pack animals and the carters (who use carts). The latter two groups also deal in transport of goods to towns lacking in river communications.
The Boatmen - dealing with transport by the river they control the dock facilities and licensing of all boats used for trade, hire and so on. Many merchants and trading vessels based at other towns on the river will have a membership of the guild or retain a guildsman to act as their local agent to avoid the guild’s rather steep mooring and lading charges.
The Masons - covering the construction trade the Mason’s guild is a source of much confusion to newcomers as it includes all aspects of the building trades.
The Merchants - Dealing with trade and commerce the Merchant’s Guild manages the markets within the town. Whilst many small traders are members, membership is required for those who deal wholesale rather than retail.
Water Quality and the Treaty of DurranmouthThe importance of the river as a source of usable water was a key consideration of the Treaty - indeed it is a fundamental part of the balance of rights and obligations which means that this document has remained effective for approaching a millenium. The downstream towns allow for free trade and navigation, the upstream do not impede the flow of the river or destroy use usefulness ofits water. To this end a simple requirement was included that the ruler of ech town (in the case of Morton, the Duke) must drink water daily taken a mile below the limits of their town. It may be filtered through cloth to remove sediment but not boiled or treated in any other way. Several Dukes have suffered badly from tainted water so these provisions are taken seriously. The Gongsters have responsibility for the water supply and waste treatment for the town.
The Wards of MortonWith Morton having expanded in a series of phases defined by its growing walls the following is an approximately chronological list of the wards and districts of the town.
Fourth PhasePalace Ward
Fifth PhaseOuter Morton