Atop the Shoulders of Giants
East Merchant Trader's Guild
Based out of Leiln, the East Merchant Trader’s guild is the largest independent trading guild in the known world. It trades with the distant lands of the far east as well as with every nation in the Merchant Sea area. Some say that the East Merchant fleet of cargo ships is larger than the military navy of some major nations. As it happens those people are actually wrong, but such a statement goes a long way to demonstrate how ubiquitous the guild is.
The guild was founded by a retired pirate after Leiln evicted the last of that ilk. Looking to keep the money rolling in, Captain Grace Hool bought a cargo ship and used her years of experience as a pirate to successfully avoid the attention of those pirates who still prowled the Merchant Sea. By the time of the Pirate Wars, Hool’s guild, already quite strong, was well known for its ability to slip past pirates unharmed, and was even secretly employed by the Golirian navy to smuggle supplies past pirate blockades to allied islands in the sea.
In present day the East Merchant Trader’s Guild is a household name in almost any port city, and as powerful an ally for many nations as some true and sovereign nations are. The guild is presently run by Hool’s niece, the – purportedly quite lovely – Velorima Foal.