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Post by Vannishlands on Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:57 am

Rivverbjorn




1- West Gate & Guard Post
2- Enlisted Army & Guard Barracks
3- Army & Guard Officer Housing
4- Rivverbjorn Hospital
5- Baron Vander Square
6- Port Markets & Industry
7- Baroness Anessa Bridge
8- Jarl Earlenson Bridge
9- Rivverbjorn University
10- 12th Regiment Garrison
11- Jarl Greggsen Bridge
12- Captain Yjorg Bridge
13- Sea Knight 'Emerald Regiment' Garrison
14- Vander College & Cultural District
15- Diplomats' Quarter
16- East Gate & Guard Post
17- Vander Castle

Baron Hakon Vanders, Lord of Rivverbjorn
Population: 2100 civilian + 300 military
Location: 20 miles north east & upriver from New Emeros

Registered Businesses
Inns: 3    
Taverns: 8    
Blacksmiths: 7  
Weaponsmiths: 2  
Armorers: 2  
Bowyers: 3  
Apothecary: 1
Booksellers: 2  
Bankers: 2  
Leatherworkers: 7  
Tailors: 12  
Jewelers: 2  
Cobblers: 13  
Fishmongers: 4  
Farriers: 9  
Carpenters: 9  
Masons: 6
*Each registered buisness may run several shops of varying sizes at different locations.
** Does not include government run services such as the Army, Guard Corps or hospital.

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How does the Church interact with the populace?
*Churches are not allowed to charge mandatory tithe.
**Donations can be collected but will be strictly accounted for and must be spent on maintaining the temple or in charity to the community.
***Space is limited, so assume one medium sized building, probably on a block near shops or houses.
***I will decide the amount of parishioners based on IC actions and effort put into RPs. The religion will start out with a very limited following and audiences will be made up mostly of curious citizens watching it more so as an oddity.


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Re: Rivverbjorn, Trade & Diplomacy Hub

Post by Hellas on Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:34 am

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Name: Panayiotis "Panos" the Corinthian
Title/Rank/Class: Merchantman
Nationality: Greek
Occupation: Merchant/Governor of THTC
Height: 180cm (5ft 10in)
Weight: 63kg  (138lbs)
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Brown
Biography: Born in Corinth, a leader of many a mercantile expedition. With the trade agreement with the Danes secured, Panos made sail for Juttlande. But with that state dissolved, Panos has set out to make a name for himself in Scandinavia, hoping to live comfortably as a merchant still funding multiple trade expeditions, and securing trade routes with the far east through Greek owned ports in Africa without having to deal to much with the waters himself.

Business
Title: The Hellenic Trading Company
Business Type: International trade company
Owner: Panos
Location: Port Markets & Industry
Backstory: See above Bio.
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Re: Rivverbjorn, Trade & Diplomacy Hub

Post by Vannishlands on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:36 am

Rivverbjorn means River Bear in Vannish, which is the name of a small aggressive species of water mammal found in the country. The animal is renowned for it's staunch perseverance. You don't want to back one of them into a corner.

The city was once founded as a major military outpost. Much of the old fort has been replaced with red or orange-roofed buildings. All that's really left of the old fort are the walls, the gates, Vander's castle to the East and the secretive base stuck in the middle of the river.

The Hellenic Trading Company had drawn the attention of many locals. The company would find a steady stream of applicants looking to serve on their vessels. Many of these people had experience sailing in the Vannish Navy's knarrs and longboats. Others were experienced merchant marines.

The Greek company would also find many local traders wanting to do business. The city's two jewelers were competing to see who could secure a contract for gemstone shipments from Africa. Both were in fierce competition and told the Greek company they had to choose one jeweler or another.

The choice was between Linson Jewels and Bradin & Sons Jewelry. Linson jewels was the older company being two generations older than Linson's company. They had a shop south in New Emeros. They were involved with the political scene, having ties to the Jarl of Southern Vangaziland as well as a few lords.

Bradin & Sons had more ties to the local military. They had the contract to provide pieces for the Emerald Knights and other military officers. This shop also made less expensive pieces that the average middle class citizen could afford.

There were several estates between New Emeros and Rivverbjorn. A Lord or Baron usually presided over the land and several families of serfs. Baron Hakon Vander presided over this city. Many of the residents were serfs to his house. Of course, many of the residents were middle class citizens who rented land from Vander.

A long road connected the two cities and passed through these different territories.

People came from far and wide to shop and trade within the walls of the city. Many ships sailed up the river from New Emeros. It was fairly close by boat. The Vannish ships, with their short draught, were perfectly suited to go from the ocean straight up the river.

Carts ran goods through the estates between the two cities. The people relied on the food grown on the farms. It was the class of serfs who grew the food and raised the livestock that the cities relied on.


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Re: Rivverbjorn, Trade & Diplomacy Hub

Post by Hellas on Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:19 pm

Panos would choose the Linson Company to receive the jewel contract if there was no resolution involving both companies receiving the jewels. This would be better to further himself in the long term, he thought.

Panos was however, a businessman, and as such he offered the Bradin & Sons Company a contract to sell jewelry aimed towards the common man throughout Europe less the Bradin & Sons Company be left behind and the Linsons create a monopoly, minimizing Panos' profits.

The letter Panos sent Bradin suggested that he create crosses and other simple pieces that a common man who dwells in any European city could afford. Panos also offered access to Egypt's emerald mines at a fairer rate if he accepted.
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Post by Vannishlands on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:23 pm

The move was a smart one indeed. Runar Hennlut was officially titled the Jarl of Lower Territories. These were the southern four provinces of the Colony of South Vannishlands, the most populated region. He held a lot of importance and wealth.

He was an investor in the Linson Company. Eventually, news of the trade agreement with the Greeks would reach him. He would want to make sure things worked out for The Hellenic Trading Company as well. Their interests could affect his profit margins.

Many of the local lords and barons also dealt with Linson. They'd hear of jewels being brought from far and wide by Greek ship. It would only help to cement Linson's reputation with the locals as the supplier of the rarest gems in town.

It was smart of Panos to find a market for Bradin. Of course, once Linson learned of this, he wouldn't be happy. He would wonder why he couldn't get that contract. But it wouldn't be bad enough to disrupt their business agreements.

Meanwhile, Bradin contemplated the idea of simple crosses. He had not dealt much with Christian customers before, but had built religious ornaments of the Vannish old gods. He was enthusiastic about reaching new markets and creating jewelry that the common European would be proud to own.

Emeralds were quite a trendy gem in the Vannishlands. The name of the local Sea Knight unit was named after the stone. This was a group of 20 men who trained to deploy in support of the government's army. They could be sent anywhere a knarr could sail. Their missions were clandestine. They lived on one of the small islands between East and West Rivverbjorn. Carts and foot traffic would pass on the bridges between the island. But nobody is allowed past the heavy, locked doors of the stone fort.

The complex was a bastion of the original Fort that Rivverbjorn used to be. It was broken off into two sections, where two groups of 10 men lived.

It was Bradin who fashioned the Emerald Pieces these knights wore. He knew they would enjoy the idea of gems from a faraway land. These knights would interact with the locals several times a year, usually at the military ball or different festivals. They were trendsetters when it came to fashion, being such rare and important figures in the community.

Maybe if they could be seen in Egyptian emeralds, he could pull a few customers from Linson.
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Post by Rhenish Principality on Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:29 pm

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Name: Albrecht
Title/Rank/Class: Fürstlicher Ritter von Vilbel [Principal Knight of Vilbel]
Nationality: Rhenish
Occupation: Minor Nobleman
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Biography:
Born as eldest son into a hereditary family of Knights. His father used to be a close advisor to the late King. Sent on a mission by the Archbishop of the Rhine and the Prince to convert the Vannish Heathens in the North. Currently 32 Years old. Accompanied by his three declared Companions: Jörg von Gronau (23 Years), Tillmann von Dortelweil (28 Years) and Reinhard von Massenheim (24 Years).

Other members of the mission:
Pater Achatius - Priest
Bruder Benedikt - Monk
Bruder Hieronymus - Monk
Bruder Franz - Monk
Bruder Dominik - Monk

Church/Temple
Temple Name: Basilica Sankt Petrus
Religion: Roman Catholic
Nation of Origin: The Principality of the Rhine
High Priest: Pater Achatius
Description of Appearance: Located in a bought in Shop, With Wodden Crosses placed before the Windows. A small stage has been erected before the building. The interior is functionary: The walls are currently being repainted with the illustrations of saints. An altar (Read: Wooden Table with a few holy icons) stands in the middle of the shop room, confessions may be made in a chamber besides the main room. The Upper Rooms of the Building provide sleeping space for the Knights and Monks
How does the Church interact with the populace?
An open Mass is held every sunday, the "Church" is also open for confessions and anointings on the other days. Matrimonies are held on an irregular/non-existent basis. Baptisms may be held in the River Onzillo.

The Monks and Knights are actively missionating in the city: The Stage before the Basilica is used for daily Bible readings, and door to door missionating is practiced.

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Post by Vannishlands on Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:16 pm

Basilica Sankt Petrus had been making a name for themselves in the city of Rivverbjorn and the surrounding areas. People have been quite interested in the events of the Church. They have been seen around town, even knocking on the doors of the tightly packed homes, that make up the city's residential areas.

Parishioners are reluctant to commit too hard to the church though. At this point, there are about 75 Roman Catholics who have been converted and go to mass every week. Of these, around 30 actually do confessions and such. Only about 10 of them believe the Pope is a holy figure.

The Vannishlands have let foreign churches into it's nation in the name of religious tolerance. There were rules in place so that no group would turn a profit on Vannish citizens. But if a group really wanted to do the work in the name of their religion, that would be tolerated.

Foreign churches were seen as entertainment by the locals. The temples might find themselves packed with on-lookers. They were mostly gawkers, here for a show. Besides the regulars, random crowds might visit. Many people wanted to see this new, foreign religion at least once. Others just happened to be walking by and got curious.

Nearby shopkeepers had good relations with the Churches, because they drew a crowd.

Olssen Bakery was just a few shops down from Basilica Sankt Petrus. Pleased by the increase in business since the Church's arrival, the shop baked extra bread for the Church. There would be enough for the Church to donate to some of the town's less fortunate families as well as to feed the clergy. The family run shop, converted to Catholicism, feeling as if that religion helped their business.

Many of the less fortunate lived outside the city's walls in makeshift, shanty towns. Many of them were former serfs who had left a House's Estate and were trying to make it into the middle class.

Most people are still staunch in their belief of the Vannish Old Gods. The Church would find most people reject them. Even the regular parishioners would still keep their faith in the Old Gods to some extent. They were finding it hard to change what they felt, just because of the words of men. But they could see the benefit of the Church.

People were polite to the foreign clergy. The Olssens were not the only parishioners who donated. Many others were bringing in food and drink for the clergy. Others offered to produce clothing for them. There was also a cobbler who offered free repairs on their shoes, and even offered to make them all new ones.

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Post by Tolassot on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:16 am

Character
Name: Atilla Hassan
Title/Rank/Class: Merchantman
Nationality: Hungarian
Occupation: Merchant
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 180lbs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Biography: Growing up in the Courts of Muslim rulers, Atilla learned many things. If there was one thing that stuck with him, it was that Allah, God, loves beauty. As such, when released from duty at age 19 after being at the court since the age of 6, Atilla began to build up a trade network for five years. Now, he runs his company out of Rivverbjorn.

Business
Title: Hassan Eastern Trading Guilt
Business Type: Importer, Auctioner, International transport and storage
Owner: Atilla Hassan
Location: Baron Vander Square for their main business, with a small warehouse in the Markets and Industry district
Backstory: The company was founded on the idea that any man with the money to bet could import goods at a cost and have them sold. For instance, if a man wanted to purchase 2 pounds of pepper at 40 silver, he could wager that by the time they arrived (if they aren't already in stock) that the price could go down, and he could get the difference. If the man were to rather bet the price to go up, he would pay the amount he thought and if it did not rise, if it fell, the company would keep the difference. If it rose even higher, he would pay more than he put down.

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Post by Vannishlands on Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:54 am

Although e government of the Vannishlands was quite generous in allowing foreigners to trade within the Colony's borders. They would not look kindly to any sort of manipulation of their populace. The nature of the Hassan Eastern Trading Guilt would draw the eye of the local investigator.

Usually where there is gambling, their is corruption. The records would be under watch from the local organization of foreign merchants. Records would be kept for every transaction. If anything didn't seem right, he would face stiff penalties and loose his license.

The reason he was allowed to proceed was that it was argued to be no different than bartering, in a way. That was the slippery slope that Hassan was allowed to tread. His company would not be getting rich by exploiting the average Vannishman.

The shop was more of an oddity where people came to find something foreign and exotic. They knew there were other markets in town where they could get a fair price without risking paying extra. Especially if it dealt with something like a market price. Many Vannish would show up, barter and then back out because the risk was a bit too high for their liking.

But there were enough customers to keep profit coming in. Many were looking for rare, expensive items. A lot of the local lords, barons and ladies were still hesitant to trust the company.

The company was slowly winning over support, as many waited to see if their friends were getting good deals or getting scammed. Word of mouth would spread either way.
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Post by Orberstine on Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:54 am

Character
Name: Loke Johansen
Title/Rank/Class: none, trader
Nationality: Low Saxon/German
Occupation: Self-proclaimed professional trader
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 134 lbs (I'm bad with weights and measures, he's supposed to be short and fat)
Hair: thinning
Eyes: blue
Biography: Loke began his trading career as a small time junk collector in Lower Saxony. Selling odds and ends he slowly refined his craft and became known throughout the region as an able businessman. When the charter was first issued for the new commission he was first on Jörg's list of possible owners. Loke was given the title of owner and sailed off to his new store in Rivverbjorn. While he doesn't own the company nor the business, he acts as its main administrator and salesperson, although there are other locals employed by the Commission as well.

Business
Title: Orberstinean Trading Commission
Business Type: importer, exporter, wholesaler  
Owner: Prince-Bishop Jörg IV
Location: Port Markets & Industry
Backstory: the Trading Commission was chartered in the beginning of Jörg's reign serving not only as a source of trade but also acting as a sort of voice for the Orberstinean crown. The owner not only maintains the business endeavours within the country of the Vannishlands but he also has permission to act as a pseudo-diplomat for major events such as official banquets.
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Post by Vannishlands on Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:17 pm

The Orberstinean Trading Commission would find many customers. Some were locals shopping for something exotic from the West. Fashion was a major thing. People would be into new trends from Orberstine or its neighboring countries. People of Rivverbjorn had disposable income, as did the lords and ladies of the estates between Rivverbjorn and New Emeros.

There was also a large merchant class here. Not only would these people shop for themselves. Some looked to get wholesale deals on imported goods. One such customer was Old Man Konningson. He was a cobbler who was looking to make a trade for fancy shoes from the West... Or the East, if he could find a supplier from that side of the world.

Of course, with the diplomatic nature of the company, many lords and ladies wanted to do business. They wanted to gain a footing with Orbestine. A buyer for Baron Hakon Vander recently visited the storefront. He wanted a rundown of the goods and purchased a few items for Vander to sample.

Baron Vander was a major Vannish diplomat. He also governed the town and dealt with the various estates. He was a man of major influence in all of the Vannishlands.

The Vannish would also look to sell and trade their own goods. Their were all sorts of things being offered, like leather, spice, alcoholic beverages. One of the more interesting sellers was Smyfe Armorers. They were looking to sell ornate swords. Their hope was to produce swords worthy of Western Nobles... They looked to start a niche market for Vannish swords and weaponry throughout Europe.
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Post by Hellas on Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:08 am

Panayiotis, The Hellenic Trading Company

Panos would attempt to contact the cobbler, Konningson.

If the man needed supplies from the far east, the Hellenic Trading Company could secure rare materials through Greek holdings in the Red Sea.

He offered to bring in a more Greek style of shoe in as well as the Asian and Arabic ones, though the Greek ones would be more suited for the Mediterranean climate, he was certain that it could be unloaded to ignorant nobles and other well-to-do citizens if they were told that the Basileus of Hellas and the Roman Emperor themselves wore the same style of shoe.
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Post by Orberstine on Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:51 am

Loke Johansen, The Orberstinean Trading Commission

Loke Johansen, although he had only been living in Rivverbjorn for a few weeks, was already beginning to like it. While he knew little of the local language, as the few books within Orberstine dealt with more religious themes and translators were nowhere to be found, hand gestures and facial expressions alone were enough to get through simple trades until the basic trade lingo slowly grew into his vocabulary, quickly becoming so used it became part of his vernacular tongue.

The Commission was frequented by members of all ranks in Vannishlandsian society, from high nobles to low peasants all wanted to, in the very least, purchase a small oddity from the exotic lands that were Low Saxony. Religious relics, books, handcrafted goods, sweets, and other goods that normally had trivial value were now sold with high markups simple because of their "foreign" nature. The bustle died down over the past weeks and now trade was as one would expect it to be. The constant flow of customers died to a predictable dribble throughout the day, although local Lords still visited in hope of gaining some sort of favour with the Orberstinean crown.

On this day, Loke Johansen received a letter from Jörg IV himself. Gently opening the parchment, he carefully read over the short note which read as follows:

"Loke, my God's blessings be upon you and our business. Your first report has arrived this fine day of June and we, the court, are very pleased with the results. While we expect lesser figures in the future, we still expect you to fulfill the quota of goods to be exchanged as set by our treaty; however, this is not why I write to you today.

I ask that you, acting as our diplomat and trader, seek out local oddities for sale. The court wishes to see physical representations of the binding friendships between the fair lands of the Vannishlands and our own. Only local, hence foreign to the court, will do. I trust this will be of no effort, as the cultured city of Rivverbjorn is bound to have local trinkets for us to gawk at every corner."

An odd request of course, but one that can easily be fulfilled. Instead of leaving that same day Loke instead sent a page to a new friend he had made in the city (OC: feel free to make this character whomever you wish, from the king to just a local peasant) and another to a Smyfe Armorers. To the friend he invited him out with him when he was to buy these gifts for the king. While Loke spent most of his days in the store, a local would be far more familiar with the many stores and what they had to offer. Smyfe was, as he was told on many occasions, a master craftsman and doubtlessly something would be purchased from his store so it was best to notify him in advance of their impending visit.
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Post by Vannishlands on Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:31 am

Konningson would feel proud to hear from the Greeks. He enjoyed the idea of having a business reach out to him. He was becoming known as one of the most popular dealers of the highest quality shoes.

He would caution Panos. "The Vannish populace is not stupid. They wouldn't fall for such a gimmick, like Royal shoes... But they would be interested in good quality and would pay a premium for a foreign design."

The Vannish spoke Olde English, a Scandinavian language or a mix of the two. Many traders tried to pick up as many international words and phrases as they could.

It was all about trying to stand out, in Vannish fashion. At least that was the case here in Rivverbjorn. There were lots of international traders, it was almost information overload for the Vannish consumers. Those who had spent most of their life as a serf on an estate were the ones who dealt with the most culture shock.

This was part of the reason the customer base tapered off for The Orberstinean Trading Commission. Any company that looked to come to Vangaziland and do business would have to be careful not to mark prices up too high. Anything they really needed, they could get locally.

One or two trinkets were fine, but if a company wanted to really succeed here, they would have to get involved with the populace. Of course, if something was desirable, the negotiation process was fair and a good price was worked out, then that's a different story.

But those with disposable income were most likely shrewd traders. This was a city of merchants. One such man who frequented the Orberstinean business was Olen Bayneson.

Olen was a tailor. He had done well off some material he traded for and became a repeat customer. He had picked up a bit of the Orberstinean language, just enough to communicate in a basic sense.

He'd meet up at the shop late in the morning. He knew of a few places he would take Loke. First they would set out to see Smythe. Olen knew him vaguely, having sold Mr. Smythe a pair of pants once or twice.

(OOC: Had to cover those two posts first, but yeah we can start up the character RP now. Nice ideas so far, everyone..)


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Post by Tolassot on Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:33 am

Atilla would attempt to reach out to known gamblers who weren't vagrants, noblemen, and barons, in order to showcase the Hassan Guild's numerous exotic wares. Certainly, it was to promote good will. Everyone at the end of the event, having paid a modest entrance fee (with which they could use as a form of leverage should betting go sour), would receive a gift from the less-exotic but still highly sought after sort of wares.

Atilla would also publicly address the crowds who gathered around his shop, stating that for them there would be a festival for trade to happen soon. Vannish could should they choose, he said, purchase a stall to barter for more 'local specialties' which foreigners might enjoy. The fee for the stall was fairly cheap, but running on the same principles of the Hassan Guild (ie: gambling/barter), Atilla said that Vannish would easily be able to recoup their investment, and that in time they may make names for themselves or even get enough money to purchase a home.

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