In this post we'll be dealing with tradesmen and trade. Though chapter 5 in City Builder deals with trade, it really only with the retail side of trade. Sometimes a maker will deal directly with the tradesman, more often he will go through a middleman, who usually has more resources for dealing with multiple sources and targets.
In any setting where magick works you can expect it to be used by tradesmen, whether in distribution or in sales.
First you have that magick involved in gaining information. In learning what has happen, what is happening, or what may or could happen. Casting an augury or a horoscope, observing a swarm of hornets or a flight of swallows. For in the matter of discerning patterns we are excellent observers, and with working magick what we observe can tell us a lot.
Then you have the matter of security, with magick being used to supplement or replace physical tools. A wall that weakens any subject that seeks to force his way through it. Or a door knocker a snarling face appears upon to cast a malediction on a would be thief.
For the second story man a brick facing that adheres to his fingers and toes and won't let him go. Or encases him in a cocoon and then puts him to sleep.
And for the distributor different magicks to help him with transporting what he's dealing with to its ultimate customer.
In the case of a livery stable the magick used could include that which deals with the health of the animals housed, the condition of the equipment used, and the state of those working there. A charm to ease the pain in an ostler's arthritic fingers, or a tapestry in corn silk and milkweed that soothes the fears of the horses as they rest within their stalls.
And over all watch spirits and sprites keeping track of man and beast as they go about their lives, reporting back to the owner/manager of the stable so that he can head off trouble before it can really get a start.
Or in a lumber camp magick to keep the tools in good condition; sharp when they need to be sharp, strong when they need to be strong.
Not yet, I'm just not organizing my thoughts at the moment. Anyway, in the next part we'll have a look at chapter 6, Mercantile Places