Overseer of the Cavabianca Dock
The history of the Cavabianca Dock is convoluted. Their current incarnation was effectively commissioned by order of the Imperial Senate in Spring 381YE, and work was completed shortly before the start of the Summer Solstice of the same year. The first shipments of white granite reached Sarvos shortly before the Autumn Equinox 381YE, following some quick negotiations with the Asaveans to smooth over a misunderstanding that had lead to the docks being built in the wrong place..
The Overseer of the Cavabianca Dock is expected to ensure that the Asavean families known as the Heraclien and the Ragnabe continue to trade white granite to the Empire. The Overseer would be responsible for dealing with any threats to the Cavabianca Dock - but also for making decisions about any opportunity related to them. The continued operation of the docks, and thus the ministry, requires that relations between the Empire and Asavea remain cordial - the Overseer has a vested interest in ensuring friendship between the two nations continues.
|Total Money Spent||Production|
|173 Crowns||5 wains White Granite|
|461 Crowns||10 wains White Granite|
As a ministry, the Overseer can purchase quantities of white granite at a set price. The Overseeer spends their money and makes their choices during downtime from their character page. Money is removed from, and resources are placed into, the character's inventory when the downtime is processed.
This title is appointed during the Summer Solstice. The Overseer of the Cavabianca Dock is appointed by citizens of the League who control business personal resources. The larger the business an individual has, the more votes they can allocate in support to a candidate. The voting is handled by the civil servants in the Bourse.
This title has some additional restrictions. The white granite it produces is provided by two allied families of Asavean nobles - the Heraclien and the Ragnabe. In the event relations with these families collapsed, the title would still exist but would not be able to purchase white granite. The ability to operate the ministry would also potentially be compromised in the event that relations between the Imperial Senate and the Asavean Plenum were to sour.An opportunity to improve the docks further has been mentioned. After the docks have been operating successfully for six months, if the Ambassador requests it, Lady Madrianna will approach the two families about offering an additional five wains – assuming relations with Asavea remain cordial of course. With the dock having been built in Sarvos rather than Oran, however, this opportunity may prove difficult to take advantage of.
These private docks are built in Caricomare, in the city of Sarvos. Work first began on a set of docks dedicated to the import of Asavean white granite in Spring 379YE, as part of an agreement with the powerful Tarqunius family. Precise details are unclear, but the deal apparently fell through. The half-completed docks were then destroyed by the Grendel orcs during the sack of Sarvos. After the city was liberated, further negotiations took place between the Imperial Ambassador to Asavea and their counterpart in Nemoria, Lady Madrianna of the Blue Stones.Lady Madrianna negotiated on behalf of two rich but relatively minor Plenum families, the Heraclien and the Ragnabe. A new arrangement was made, to build a dedicated cargo dock at Oran within sight of the Temple of Balo and the Black Bull.
Instead, the docks were built in Sarvos, to the chagrin of the Plenum families and Lady Madrianna alike. After tense negotiations, Jarrigk Wegwandelaar (the new Ambassador) was able to secure a further agreement from the Asaveans. When first discussed, the Asaveans were prepared to offer their white granite at a somewhat lower price - as part of the agreement to sell in Sarvos rather than Oran, the prices were somewhat increased. This reflects the need for the ships carrying the white granite to first call at the Temple in Feroz on their way to and from Sarvos.
The dock is for the exclusive use of merchants and traders from Cavabianca, a town in the Asavean Archipelago associated with several large quarries and overseen by representatives of the two families. Ships bring regular shipments of valuable stone to Caricomare from the Archipelago, and there are several sturdy warehouses as well as several apartments for use by the visiting Asavean captains and their officers. The Grendel leave the Asavean ships and their valuable cargo alone - although it appears the vessels still enjoy a well-armed warship as escort. These warships rarely come close to land however, and it is likely that they are largely crewed by slaves.
The Title in Play
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