The detailed insignia of Commonhouse Trading
Commonhouse Trading is a company that was founded in 43 B.P. by the merchant and financier, Conrad Commons. After the fall of Lordaeron, the titles and holding of guildmaster were passed to his son, Cidro Commons, upon Conrad's death. Now seeking a new future and a bright horizon for Commonhouse Trading, the young guildmaster has pledged his company to the Red Queen's efforts as well as formed a conglomerate of trading and shipping with many Lordaeron-focused companies and holdings.
Alongside this, with Cidro Commons' promotion to the position of Merchant-Lord of Daggerspoint, the young guildmaster has tied all of these assets together, in order to bolster the trading and success of the ventures of Heinrich Lichter Harbor on Stillwater Bay, directly influencing the income and progress of the River Lords, as well as his own financial and political success.
At the height of Lordaeron's strength, Commonhouse Trading was a household name that brought goods, from the everyday to the exotic. Padding the seven kingdoms with wonderful goods from all over the known world, the Commons family was a wealthy one due to their success in the world of trade. Despite the wealth, the family was a very altruistic one, offering charity and coin to many in times of disease and famine. True, this altruism even extended to times of conflict, and during the First War, the company was converted for wartime aid, providing ships and wagons to move men, women and arms to the front, and refugees to the safety of the south.Along with supplementing the navies and supply lines with skilled merchant mariners and well-guarded caravans, many of the employees and guardsmen of the Commonhouse were even offered incentives to fund these aid efforts or directly involve themselves in Lordaeron's defense, through a system of well-paid and well-managed bonds in the event of their service, injury or death.
Coming out of the Third War, however, Cidro Commons has lead the company into an unprecedented era of wealth and prosperity, his efforts and those of advisors driving the trading company forward to a bright horizon. With his sights now refocused on the lands of Lordaeron, the company has been directed there as well, and almost all of the attention for the company for the last five years has been solely on trade and charity in the ruins of Lordaeron, bolstering and strengthening supply lines and outposts with their goods and protection in an effort to help stabilize and rebuild the region.
Below are a listed string of resources, men and material that Commonhouse Trading currently has access to. Some have been applied to the growing demands of trade and exportation from the realm, and others have been reserved entirely for the benefit and usage of their mother company, Commonhouse Trading.
All of the ships labelled below were either already held and maintained by the company, or more recently, were created in a set of drydocks in Heinrich Lichter Harbor.
Nearly twice as large as the average galley or cog, these ships have been built for the express purpose of carrying heavy loads of goods up and down the Ebontide River. Despite being carried along by two large topsails, and several spritsails and canvases mounted to the bowsprit, the carracks move rather slowly, due to their size and load weight. Each is manned by a crew of a dozen or so sailors, deckhands and porters.
Albrecht's Bounty - 800 tons
the Barringer - 750 tons
Caldwell's Caress - 725 tons
the Derrimond - 700 tons
the Falkener - 750 tons
the Halberdier - 700 tons
the Montaine - 675 tons
Morrigan's Gambit - 700 tons
Zimmerman's Gamble - 700 tons
Lighter and more agile than the bulkier carracks that sail the river routes, these small cogs are usually reserved for goods that have an expiration date. Unsalted meats, perishable crops, or even individual passengers, are among their most common cargo. Due to their single topsail, and their flat bottoms, the trade cogs usually make their voyages along the banks and inlets of the Ebontide River.
the Albatross - 325 tons
the Anastasia - 350 tons
Bernadine's Lust - 300 tons
the Barrelbringer - 325 tons
the Brigadier - 350 tons
the Byzantium - 300 tons
Dayvd's Blessing - 325 tons
Gregor's Mercy - 320 tons
the Hellbound - 350 tons
Spurred on by a wave of shipwrights and builders, Commonhouse Trading has finished the creation of a dozen frigates for the protection of the tradewaters of the Ebontide, as well as the greater realm. These were completed in the second week of August, and now serve to protect the interests of Commonhouse Trading, and the Crown.
Each is mounted with three port and starboard lines of iron culverins and swivel guns, both atop deck and below. Depending on their mission, a crew size will number somewhere in the range of seventy or more, varying for the area and goal of their zone of service. Many patrol up and down the waters of the Ebontide, but a few often make visits near the river delta.
the Brightbringer - 1200 tons
Caleb's Roar - 1200 tons
Connell's Spear - 1200 tons
Cormac's Fist - 1200 tons
Falomyr's Fyre - 1300 tons
Gregor's Might - 1300 tons
Gerral's Growl - 1200 tons
the Lucianelle - 1200 tons
Othellen's Mistake - 1200 tons
the Pardoner - 1300 tons
the Passagemaker - 1200 tons
the Queen's Quiver - 1300 tons
Commonhouse Trading has directly paid for and employed the hands of over fifteen hundred men and women, tasked with everything from porting and labor, to banking and finance. Where the backs and brows of the labor force, sailors and caravaneers make up the majority, a small army of legislators and scriveners lie ready to act, leaping upon fresh deals. With a chain of well-trained foremen and investigators, the veins of Commonhouse Trading run almost autonomously, save for all but the most lucrative and important shipments or agreements, which are reserved for direct interaction with the guildmaster, Cidro Commons, or a council of his advisors.
Each of the listed contracts and companies below are agreements and litigations that have resulted in attributed sales or direct selling to Commonhouse Trading. These have been earned or gathered through strong ties of business, direct absorption of properties, or the acquisition of company and time.
One of Commonhouse Trading's first business partners and goods producers, Cromwell Quarry is a marble and limestone pit, located in southern Arathi. While the quarry produces fine stone, fit for not only statues and artwork, but walls and towers, the process is long and labor intensive. Much of the marble is received on order, rather than regularly scheduled, due to varying size and shape of each request. However, the marble and limestone from Cromwell Quarry has been made into many statues or busts of great leaders and stalwart heroes of Lordaeronand some of these statues can be seen in Stormwind, the most notable of which was Uther the Lightbringer's in the Cathedral Sqaure.
In addition, Cromwell Quarry's limestone was also used to repair and replace some of the destruction brought upon by Deathwing during the Cataclysm, bringing a great amount of business and wealth to both Commonhouse Trading and the quarry itself in the wake of the Catacslym. As such, Cromwell Quarry now sells marble and limestone to Commonhouse Trading for a discounted and directly sold price, given their long and successful history of working together, as well as appropriated protections during some of the more recent civil conflicts in the area.
Gerstrute Lumberyard is a logging and lumber company situated high in the northern forests above Crownwood and east of Falomyr, resting near the borders of Elven lands. These loggers and lumbjeracks are a rough and tumble group, that only seek the finest of untainted elder pines. The fell the trees, which are then used for a variety of things, ranging from castle construction to simple firewood. These evergreen pines are cut and then processed, either into proper lumber for building or furniture, or are rough cut and carted out as firewood for homes in Lordaeron.
Cidro Commons secured a holding partnership with the leader of the company, Malcolm Gerstrute, and has since become their chief purchaser of goods and services, after providing the company with a year's worth of sawblades and axes, as a show of good faith. In addition, following Commonhouse Trading's suggestions, Gerstrute Lumberyard has begun working on pulp and parchment, with plans to use the resources to help reestablish and reignite a desire for proper writing and education in Lordaeron.
A sect of farmers who have recently established themselves in southern Lordaeron, Falver Farms have begun planting and seeding proper crops in previously blighted lands. While the markets for grocered vegetables and fruits are higher than ever, given the lack of strength and hands for local farms, Cidro has brokered a single deal with the farmers, bringing them under the direct umbrella of Commonhouse Trading.
The farmers work and plant seasonally, and can usually be expected to bring in roughly three to five crop rotations a year, based on the weather and climate. These crops go directly to feeding men, women and children in the harsher north, and in exchange for direct selling of the crops, Commonhouse Trading provides protection and security from wandering bandits, wayward Scourge, or the malicious Forsaken.
A fishery based out of a small inlet west of the Grave. Known only as Craylen's Cove, the fisherman of this area are renowned for their skill in fishing as well as the size of their catches. While the group of fisherman dislike dealing with outsiders, they have begrudgingly accepted Commonhouse Trading's offer of directly shipping their goods to larger markets in central Lordaeron. While once only able to offer their immense catches locally, often leading to excess and spoil, the speed and icesalt-based preservation methods of Commonhouse Trading allows their catches to be sold fresh in markets as far east as Crownwood. While they specialize in catching larger fish such as tuna and salmon, they also bring in smaller pools of shrimp, lobster and cragleg crab.
Helmuth Shipping and Co.
A smaller subsidiary that was originally part of Commonhouse Trading, Helmuth Shipping and Co. bought themselves out of their holding share nearly five years ago. However, with failing business practices and mismanagement, they have come back to Commonhouse Trading, officially reabsorbed under the company. Commonhouse Trading uses this handful of quicker ships and smaller boats to trade further down the coast, in locales such as Stormwind and Stranglethorn. Bringing back exotic spices and fruits, the smaller boats of Helmuth Shipping and Co. offer an expensive but rare taste of a southern lifestyle, and a few voyages have even ventured toward Pandaria, bringing back fine silks and foreign cuisines. These ventures are not without their risk, however, as the ships often sail through perilous waters.
These deals are often signed or managed by Cidro Commons himself, or a board of close advisors. These deals and agreements are often used to secure ties of trade or alliance, or are pledges of good faith and continuous service.
While many smaller deals are brokered each and every day, the most important are listed below.
A deal signed on the 16th of March, this deal has bound Faulkenburg Enterprises and Commonhouse Trading as trading partners. Acting as a strong and powerful addition to the company's efforts, Faulkenburg Enterprises works alongside the tasks of Helmuth Shipping and Co., bringing goods from Pandaria and the southern lands of the Eastern Kingdoms.
These goods, strange exotics and delicious oddities are sold in the markets of Lordaeron, offering a fresh taste of a southern lifestyle and cuisine. At the moment, the deal works two ways, with Faulkenburg Enterprises bringing their rarities to the Commonhouse in Daggerspoint, and then bringing Lordaeronian goods, such as timber, steel and marble, south to Stormwind and Pandaria.
Signed by the leaders of both companies, Cidro Commons and Lord Williert Stokeswood, the pact is ironclad and set in stone, only to be terminated when and if either company finds the partnership less than profitable.
Enacted in the last days of March, Commonhouse Trading's guildmaster was promoted to the rank of Merchant-Lord, serving in the port city of Daggerspoint. As such, to see the success of his position and the surrounding area, Cidro has given his company, assets, and employees thorough training and refitting for trade in the upper reaches of Lordaeron and along the Ebontide River.
Commonhouse vessels and caravans have sinced turned the sleepy riverside city into a bustling community of trade and commerce nearly overnight. Under the watchful eye of the Merchant-Lord's trusted and skilled officers, all products are inspected for quality and legality, making sure that the markets of Daggerspoint are not only thriving, but are honest as well. The goods range from the everyday to the extraordinary, and are quite often of the highest quality.
This deal allows for Cidro Commons to shoulder and care for the responsibilites as dockmaster of Heinrich Lichter Harbor and Merchant-Lord of Daggerspoint.
Signed by the leader of Commonhouse Trading, Cidro Commons, and the chief executors of the Ebontide Confederation, Harold Hargrave and Viktor Romel, the pact is ironclad and set in stone, only to be terminated when and if either party find the partnership less than profitable.