Alia - The Age of Exploration
The Merchants Association
If there is one organization that could possibly challenge the Crafters Guild and get away with it, it would be the Merchants Association.
Seated in Narmetch, the main Alian port for foreign trade, the Merchants Assc, is the natural centre of all import and export. Housing members belonging to all sorts of specialized trade, they have a de facto monopoly on all trade of fine and exotic items.
Having a love/hate rival relationship to the Crafters Guild, they often compete, but they are also willing to work together if it means a profit.
Naretcg is quite possible the main trading hub of the known world, and even for the eastern travellers, who’d have a shorter trip to Saihpix and Genosia, usually make trade their goods to the Merchants Association in Narmetch.