Profit MotivesThe drive of the maize merchants is, and always has been, to make profit. The balance between being purely profit driven and forwarding state policies changes, however, depending on the level of queenly involvement. Unless corn queens put a heavy scrutiny on merchant activities, they may be inclined to pursue wayward deals antagonistic to traditional courtier values.
The goal of Oztomecintli has historically been to facilitate the agendas of the black corn queens. Otherwise, there are several separate people and group interests within and without the organization who are motivated to earn personal profit and economic influence.
SheienSheien is the entry point of the bridge connecting directly into the corn court. It is an area sectioned off from the rest of the interior of the court, but floor plans will reveal that it is slightly higher and across from the Corn Queen's throne room. Unusual among the temples and other building in the valley; a significant amount of high blend iron went into reinforcing Sheien's massive walls and roof courtesy of the gold salt floating everywhere.
Curtain RoomsThese are rooms quartered away from the central chamber via layers of spider silk curtains. They house offices, private chambers and meeting halls where most affairs of state are conducted. However more reasonable; this view tends to sap the mystery and splendor out of the storytellings, so finds itself pushed to the back of the collective mind in the populace.
Carrier Catcherscavern cities on the Long Step that are positioned on comparable elevations.
Demography and Population
Courtiers follow the instruction of the corn queen. Therefore, the benefit of trust is automatically afforded to high ranking courtiers.
gardener partisans seasoned in the alignment's terms offer their insights to transport agents crossing the Otoerm-Alignment border overland.
Long Step are in cahoots with specialized merchants. It may not be restrictive to commoners either, as suspensions are also directed to Step nobles on occasion.
CintēteoWorship of a divine group of corn siblings: the sons of the goddess Centeōtl and the god Cinteōtl. Centeōtl is so important in the valley that he is equally revered by the courtiers' friends, as well as their enemies. He is deserved the epithet the Lord of the Seventh Day and the fourth Lord of the Night in the tonalamatl. This grants the merchants a great degree of trust in most places, if the bulk goods they transport is not enough persuade trade.
Trade & Transport
Courtiers discovered that different tides of wind are found at different heights above the valley floor. Along these currents, a daring captain can venture to the Salt Side, over the Floodlands and even chance the Ribs at Giantsfall. Travel outside the Mais Trade Winds is more unpredictable. The currents that blow in the northern part of Bad Step are less turbulent than over Mais, but they flow in the direction of the lakes. The wider circumference in the Valley of Man leaves less localized pressure which slows the carrier speed and makes it harder.
Accepts a variety of currencies and bartered goods
Incidencescarrier balloon crashed along the Hungry Banks of the Runaways: a series of runoff streams that trickle from the Realms, intersect the Asma and empty into the Rattles.
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