Bakukal, 20th day of Fierswelt, 432 AC
Darkwatch falling 7
Dwarven Businesses Threaten to Leave Palanthas
by Gerrin, Staff Writer
Palanthas - On this past Misham, members of the Garnet Mining Company met and voted to leave Palanthas over the incident that occurred at the High Clerist Tower. The members were very upset at the treatment of the dwarves and questioned the relationship between the company and the city. They also plan to boycott the goods of the city in the response to the incident.
"We don't know," said Garnet Mining Co. Representative Reghar Firehammer. "We really don't know if we are wanted in the city at this moment. The relationship between us and the city is stretched at the moment. I believe that the situation is going to get worse."
The Garnet Mining Company is not the only dwarven merchant group in Palanthas that is planning to make a move following the incident. Members of the Crestrock Marble business have planned a similar response and will be meeting this coming Palast to decide. The business has not released a formal statement but several members have spoken about the incident.
"You tell me if this would happen in Kayolin," said Calin Stinerock, a member of Crestrock Marble. "We have for years traded with the Solamnics without question. We never once searched a merchant caravan that entered Crestock. To do this is like spitting in our face."
Many businesses in the city are planning for the possible effect a dwarven departure may have on them. These businesses have catered to the needs of the dwarves and will see an immediate impact on their departure. Some of their owners have recently approached the Merchants Guild in the city to see if they can possibly smooth over the strained relations.
"I won't make it," said Bran Philson, owner of the Red Pick Tavern. "Most of my patrons are dwarves or friends of theirs. If they go, my business will be hurting. I have barely recovered for the failed attempt at the Challenge of Champions which the Senate still hasn't decided if we are having one yet."
The city's Merchants Guild declined to give a comment over the incident. If nothing is changed in the next few days most of the major dwarven businesses in the town will be closing their offices and heading out. The economic effect of this could be felt throughout the city with the loss of money.