1. Félista S.S. Trading Co. Overview
As its name suggests, the Félista S.S. Trading Co. originates from the City of Félista. The merchant company, arguably one of the oldest in the Fair Isles Sea, has been nearing bankruptcy for over a decade. Its financial problems began thirty years ago, when the neighboring Dwarves of Barûn-Kor completed the Underway. Linking the Dwarven realm to the Rarnok region, this new tunnel complex allowed caravans to travel underground in cool and well-patrolled passages, bypassing the Barkar Desert altogether. Most merchants had no shame in moving their trading routes from Félista to the Dwarven harbor, and the Félista S.S. Trading Co, which relied on a busy harbor to conduct trade, lost most of its business in just a few years. During the same period, Felista also lost its status of financial center of the Fair Isles Sea to the Golden Island.
In the Year 286 of the Third Age, the company realized total collapse was just around the corner. The merchants of Félista took advantage of the high demand for Chaotic Drug and offered the Bleach Skull Syndicate a deal: they would bring enough slave workers in Ravarnôss to double the production of Chaotic Drug. In return, they would gain control over a third of the plantations.
The plan worked, for a time. In the Year 292 of the Third Age, the Félista South Seas Trading Company was wiped off the land of Ravarnôss when the Bloody Hand Cartel landed hundreds of men on the eastern shores of the River Navan. With most of its assets gone, the company will most likely disintegrate in the next few weeks without a stunning reversal of situation, or a new trade altogether.
2. The Council of Five
Back at home, the Company is currently led by a council of five, scrambling to save their sinking ship:
- Trade-Princess Rowena Sunstone, Grand-Mistress of FSST Co. Holder of the Vault Keys, leads the Council. She attends most trade-prince soirees and is owed favors by the pasha of Felista himself;
- Trade-Prince Winfrid Sunstone, Head Accounting Officer, and Rowena’s firstborn son. He is the face of the Council when dealing with financial partners, and is a shrewd, scheming negotiator;
- Tuga Mirza Rahman Devra the Fiery has a knack for slaving and seems to ooze raw power. He might be the key to keeping the company afloat, but seems to be in it for his own interests. (Ifriit in disguise/reduced);
- Master Slaver Vico Ozmun oversees the shadier parts of the company’s trade: slaves from the surrounding desert. He subsidizes the raids from the Company’s hired mercenaries, and outsources most of the dirty work to unscrupulous leaders of desert tribes, such as Boros the Bloody of the Scarlet Oasis;
- Master Slaver Orwyn, Grand Admiral of the Trade Fleet, oversees the shipment of slaves to its overseas partners. He is shamed by the others for the loss of the Company’s fleet to the hands of the Bloody Hand Cartel in Ravarnoss and has lost most of his influence.
3. A grim future
Following a completely ruined estate party on the Golden Island, which the Grand-Mistress and her son attended personally (and were lucky enough to survive), and an associated unauthorized access to the Vault of Golden Island, the two have hatched a plan to shift the company’s efforts into high-luxury security detail and supplies, rather than dealing with cartels. Offering security personnel to said cartels is probably not off the table, though. This has put them in conflict with the diehard slavers on the Council, whom have still to present solutions to the Company’s predicament.
Another plan, put forward by the inscrutable Tuga Mirza Rahman Devra, proposes to forcefully infiltrate the ruling structure of Felista and the surrounding desert cities to create a sprawling cartel of their own, and take into slavery whoever dissents.
Félista South Seas Trading Company
Writers : Guillaume Lupien & Maxime Castonguay
Artist : Guillaume Lupien