Dark Trade continues to haunt the faction,
though victories have been won against some of the Dark
Trade Demons, its practice is becoming more wide-spread
amongst the other factions.
The question most people ask is "What
is Dark Trade?". The answer is not easy. It is not
as simple as "Evil" trade, "bad" trade,
or even "unfair" trade. To try to put it plainly
An example of this would be that if a farmer
made a deal with the demons of Dark Trade to double his
crop production. Dark Trade might accomplish this by draining
all the sustinance out of the surrounding 10 farms lands.
This would double the crop production of one, but at the
cost of destroying 10 farms worth of crops. The individual
gains but the world as a whole loses out.
Dark Trade stems from the Pits of Taxation.
This realm is the home of the demons of Dark Trade and
is where all items, money and power that are taxed, stolen
or otherwise removed from Erdreja end up. However it is
impossible to remove anything from the Pits without leaving
more behind. Many groups have entered the Pits in search
of items that have been lost. Most have returned, less
comrades, items and even their patterns.
Previously the demon of Bankruptcy controlled
the Pits, but he was defeated by the Knights of Ancalime
and the Unicorn faction. Recently the Demon of Fraud and
Deception was destroyed when fed a potion of Truth and
then executed when it could not use this temporarily stopped
its powers. Now the foremost Demon of Dark Trade is Usury.
He has power of over contracts and can re-word contracts
to his desire, even after they have been signed. The other
major demon is Gluttony. Gluttony is the least intelligent
of the demons, but any that strike him with items of worth
have them taken to the Pits of Taxation for all eternity.
Serving the Demons of Dark Trade are the
Men of the Horn who are the grunts of the Pits of Taxation.
There are also many Dark Traders who have given over their
patterns and lives to serving the Demons of Dark Trade.
They trick others into acts of Dark Trade and sacrifice
much of the wealth, magic and power of Erdreja to the
Pits in return for tiny amounts of personal power.
Dark Trade in all its forms is tricky, sneaky
and hard to detect. Many dedicate their lives to eradicating
its influence. Many more fall into its powers without
realising. Its taint cover the unwary.