The Kalpaheim Tradeholder is an Imperial title awarded to a Wintermark citizen. It is part of the Northern trade network which effectively came into being shortly before the Autumn Equinox 380YE, with the construction of the offices of the Overseer of the Westward Road in Delev.
In the years since Skarsind was recovered, the roads were repaired and some work went towards re-establishing trade, but the Wintermark focus was more on the routes through the passes into Hahnmark in the north-east. Over Winter 379YE, work began on restoring a trading network along the northern territories with Torfast Trading Post in Skarsind as a central hub, and subsidiary offices in Temeschwar; merchant offices in the town of Delev in Karov, a brokerage in Hercynia known as the Treji Wayhouse, and now a Tradehall in the settlement of Kalpaheim, in Hahnmark.
In Summer 381YE, in response to an opportunity offered by the Thule orcs of Otkodov, a new partner joined the Northern Trade Network bringing valuable crystal mana to the markets of the northern Empire. This crystal mana, of course, remains available only while the Empire remains at peace with the Thule. This crystal mana, of course, remains available only while the Empire remains at peace with the Thule.
The Tradeholder is expected to embrace and promote trade with the other northern nations. The close contact with the traders allows ample opportunity for the Tradeholder to acquire supplies at bargain prices. To a lesser degree, the Kalphaheim Tradeholder can be seen as responsible for keeping an eye on trade opportunities across the northern Empire, and ensuring that Wintermark crafters and smiths are able to take advantage of them.
|Total Money Spent||Production|
|7 crowns||5 green iron, 3 ambergelt, 2 weltsilver, 3 bladeroot|
|17 crowns||10 green iron, 6 ambergelt, 4 weltsilver, 6 bladeroot|
|35 crowns||15 green iron, 9 ambergelt, 6 weltsilver, 9 bladeroot|
|48 crowns||20 green iron, 12 ambergelt, 8 weltsilver, 12 bladeroot|
Thule Trade (Urdur)
|Total Materials Spent||Production|
|11 tempest jade||8 mana crystals|
|27 tempest jade||16 mana crystals|
|55 tempest jade||25 mana crystals|
As a ministry, the title of Kalpaheim Tradeholder allows the holder to purchase quantities of special materials traded from the north at a set price. The Tradeholder makes their decision on how much money to spend during downtime from their character page. Money is removed from, and resources are placed into, the character's inventory when the downtime is processed.
Thule merchants from Otkodov are able to make full use of the roads, as well as Imperial merchants. As a consequence, the Tradeholder has not one but two streams from which they can purchase material. The Tradeholder can spend differing amounts on each stream - for example, they could spend 17 crowns on one, and 11 ingots on the other.
Following the imposition of sanctions on trade with Otkodov during the Winter Solstice 382YE, the cost to purchase mana crystals has increased by roughly two-fifths reflecting the fact that the mana crystals and the tempest jade are both subject to tariffs when they cross the border with the Thule nation.
This title is appointed during the Summer Solstice by citizens of Wintermark who control military unit personal resources. The larger the Military unit an individual commands, the more votes they can allocate in support to a candidate. The voting is handled by the civil servants in the Bourse.
The Title in Play
The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.
These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.
|Autumn Equinox 383YE||Torven Krigerson||117 Votes|
This title is currently held by Torven Krigerson; it will be reelected at Summer Solstice 384YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.