We return to my series on magick on a fantasy setting and the City Builder work From Mike Varhola. Now officially the fund raiser is done and a success, but I do encourage you to send in a preorder for when the book is released. In any case we'll be taking a look at the subject of chapter 6, the merchant.
In a nutshell a merchant is interested in goods, suppliers, and customers. For the most part he is a distributor, focusing in items of value and items most producers don't have the resources to handle beyond the immediate area. For this reason the merchant will focus on magick dealing with information, preservation, and security. The proprietor of a scroll shop for instance will be most interested in magick that helps him verify an item, keep it safe from damage, and secure it against theft. The owner of a brokerage will be most interested in magick helping him investigate an offer or a potential customer or source.
Sheila the Grump owns a pawn shop. She uses divination to learn what she can about a customer seeking a loan, and the item he's putting up as collateral. In addition, truly valuable items are under a dweomer that warns of impending danger. Finally, she has incense enchanted to calm a customer constantly smoldering in a dish.
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