Griffon’s Hamlet has developed a very intricate,
yet efficient, economic model. As a town that serves to facilitate trade,
Griffon’s Hamlet’s economic system is based primarily on “bearer” documents.
When a merchant caravan pulls into town, they can opt to store their goods
inside one of the town’s warehouses in the southern district. These warehouses
are well guarded and theft is virtually non-existent.
merchant has stored his goods in a warehouse with available space, she is
issued a Bill of Receipt by the warehouse manager. These receipts are the most
precious documents in Griffon’s Hamlet. Now, the only way to get your goods out
of the warehouse is to present a receipt for those goods to the warehouse
manager. The manager will review and verify the validity of the receipt versus
his records and if found valid, he will release the goods to whoever brought
the Bill of Receipt. Therefore, if a
merchant has his receipt stolen, the thief can go to the warehouse and pickup
since most merchants opt to sell their goods in Griffon’s Hamlet to shorten
their trip, they try to find buyers for their goods. Let us assume that Marnia, a merchant from Kale
has paid to store 500 pounds of spices in Warehouse 12. She goes to the East
Market to try and find a buyer for her goods because she does not want to
travel all the way to the Saurian Hegemony. In the east Market she
meets Krite, a merchant from the
Free Cities that is looking to buy 400
pounds of spices. They agree on a price of sale and together they go to the
inside the office, they wait in the crowd until a clerk is available to help
them. Marnia hands her Bill of Receipt to the clerk
and Krite hands the clerk the amount of money they
agreed to earlier. The clerk writes two new Bills of Receipt, one for Marnia showing only 100 pounds of spices, and a second
receipt for Krite showing he now owns 400 pounds of
spices in Warehouse 12. The clerk then hands Marnia
the money for the sale minus a 1 silver piece transaction fee.
time you need to visit the clerk’s office during a transaction is when you are
selling part of the items on your receipt. If Krite had
wanted to buy all of the items on Marnia’s receipt,
he would have given her the money in exchange for the Bill of Receipt in the
East Market and the transaction would be concluded. Now Marnia
has only 100 pounds of spices left to sell.
Now Krite has purchased all the goods he needs and is preparing
to return home. He visits Warehouse 12 and he presents his Bill of Receipt for
400 pounds of spices. The warehouse manager verifies that there are enough
spices in the warehouse and that the document is official. He requires Krite to sign for his goods and then he issues Krite a Bill of Lading. Krite is
then required by Griffon’s Hamlet law to keep the Bill of Lading until he is 2
miles outside of town. This Bill of Lading is proof that he did not steal the
goods in question. If he is stopped on his way out of town and he cannot
present a Bill of Lading then all goods are confiscated and kept by Griffon’s
Lost or Stolen Receipts
Sometimes receipts are lost. When this
occurs, the town requires the owner of the lost receipt to report the loss
immediately at the Clerk’s Office. A report of the loss is made and then the
merchant must wait for 30 days. If his goods have not been claimed within that
time period then he can have them back minus a 10% fee of the goods in storage.
This hefty fee is designed to encourage merchants not to lose the Bill of
theft is not unheard of it is extremely rare. The Griffon’s Talon works hard to
make sure that there are no thieves in Griffon’s Hamlet. Too
much theft drives away business, and Griffon’s Hamlet is all about generating
greatest theft is obviously that of the Bills of Receipt. As such, merchants in
Griffon’s Hamlet protect these items more than their gold. Generally, very
wealthy merchants will actually hire the Griffon’s Talon to act as bodyguards
while they are in town.
merchant suspects that his Bill of receipt has been stolen, he will hire men to
hang out near the warehouse he stored his goods in. These men will wait to see
who withdraws these items and then they will follow that person until an
opportunity arises for them to take back the stolen goods. While this does
occur from time to time, it is very risky since the Talon will arrest anyone
who cannot show a valid Bill of Lading.
All warehouses in Griffon’s Hamlet are
owned by the town directly. It is against the law to build a private warehouse
in town. By requiring merchants to use their warehouses, the
Griffon’s Hamlet has generated great wealth.
All merchants storing goods in the warehouses is required to pay for storage based on the
volume of their goods. As such, every 1000 cubic feet (10’ x 10’ x 10’) costs
10 silver pieces. This fee includes all storage, documents, taxes and security.
The prices are kept low to encourage people to use the warehouses.
Each warehouse is identified by a unique
number. Inside they are split into 10x10 spaces that are also labeled. The
merchants will drop their goods off at the loading door and warehouse workers
will store the goods inside. Only the person holding the Bill of Receipt is
permitted to enter a warehouse to look at his goods.
The only exceptions to these rules are the two
warehouses in the Uttatai Enclave. These warehouses
are owned by the government of the Baronies of Uttatai as is the
land inside the enclave. In essence, entering the Uttatai
Enclave is the same as stepping into the Baronies of Uttatai. This
area is governed by the laws and customs of Uttatai
and acts as an embassy.
This enclave is a permanent trade delegation from
Uttatai in Kale. Since
Griffon’s Hamlet is an excellent crossroads for goods from all through Kale, the Uttatai
government purchased this small area of land from Kale
and Griffon’s Hamlet.
As per the treaty that established this enclave,
the government of the Baronies of Uttatai is not permitted to use
this enclave for anything other than trade. However, much more than that is
going on here. It is common knowledge in Griffon’s Hamlet that the enclave is a
center for espionage activity. Fugitives that are trying to escape from Kalen justice have used the enclave as a means to escape
from the army. While this does not happen very often, there are multiple
stories floating around town of the great spies that have passed through the
enclave on their way to perform a vital mission. The people of Griffon’s Hamlet
love a good spy drama.
For the most part, the
Enclave serves as the primary trade delegation to Kale.
Here the majority of major trade deals are settled. When the government of the
Baronies of Uttatai wishes to make a purchase, the Steward of the
Enclave is responsible for handling the details.
The Steward of the Enclave is Sir Arondis Tensen. After having
lost his family to a tragic fire, he was transferred to Griffon’s Hamlet to
manage the Enclave. He has since come to enjoy life in Griffon’s Hamlet and he
deeply respects the steady determination of the people of the town. The people
of Griffon’s Hamlet have come to like him very much, regardless of the fact that
he is an outsider.
Arondis is a very capable administrator and a crafty