The Houses of Dahab

(Selected Excerpts from the Medinaat al Salaam section of the Legend of the Burning Sands RPG)
There is no life in Medinaat al-Salaam that is not touched in some way by the Merchant Houses of Dahab, and their power over the city. Virtually all commerce of note in the Jewel is overseen and recorded by one House or another. While the laws state that only the Caliphate and the Sultanate have authority in the Jewel, the truth is that both must consider what the Dahabi will think before they take action. If money represents power, then the Houses command considerable power within the Jewel.

The Houses of Dahab are currently working to massage the life back into the Jewel of the Desert’s economy. Damage done 30 years ago by the Erba’a Alliance’s siege and the Awakening is only just now being repaired in full, and the Jewel is poised to return to full efficiency. With Sultan Yusef III’s bizarre, Immortal Caliph-influenced policies repealed by the current Sultan, the last barrier is gone and the Houses are ready to take over the Jewel’s economy once again. However, there is a significant barrier to this: the Houses’ internecine fighting.

Two factions are currently sparring for control of Houses of Dahab…

Basic Character Class: Dahabi Merchant (Diplomat)
Though originally a collection of disparate merchants and conspirators, the Houses of Dahab have done a great deal to improve their collaboration and cooperation since their genesis so many centuries ago. Though it was a long time before the Houses instituted a system of formalized training for new merchants, it quickly became clear in the Houses’ early days that standardize the education of young entrepreneurs would help them maintain a satisfactory standard of public conduct, as well as help them run their businesses competently.

Techniques
Rank 1 (of 5): Master of the Subtle Flow
The training to be a Dahabi Merchant is harsh, but it gets results. You gain a bonus equal to your Void Ring to all rolls you make for your School Skills except for Commerce, for which you receives a bonus of twice your Void Ring. Your may add your levels of the Wealthy Advantage to all Contested Social Skill Rolls.

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