The Viceroy's Baazar

The Viceroy’s Baazar is the massive marketplace in the heart of Centerport. Originally, it was a traditional open-air market were the first merchants trading in Centerport bough and sold their wares. Soon the massive marketplace was turned into an enourmous, two story indoor market hall. The lower two levels are still a traditional marketplace, were merchants rent stalls and sell their goods, although the items on display are usually only samples. The buying and selling that takes place in the Viceroy’s Baazar is on the order of ships and flotilla’s, not hand-carts.

Year later, two additional stories were added to the Bazaar, to give a home to an entirely different type of market. The concentration of merchants, bankers, insurers, and speculators in Centerport, as well as the massive quantities of goods and wealth flowing through the harbor, has given birth to an entirely new industry of merchants selling not just goods, but promises of massive orders of goods months, or even years in the future. Of insurers offering protections against far off price-fluctuations and crashes, of banks offering massively complicated loans risk sharing products to facilitate the trade of Centerport, and to ensure that no one of any real wealth misses out on any possible profit. The upper stories are where this new trade takes place. No goods are inspected or exchanged, and no physical monies change hands on the upper floors of the Viceroy’s Bazaar, but more more money is spend here in a week than flows through many cities in a year. Here, quartermasters of armies purchase arms for entire campaigns, merchants buy grain to feed entire cities, silks to outfit a hundred grand balls are bought and sold a dozen times in rapid succession, and agents of kings take out loans that keep entire nations running.

The upper levels have an extensive array of restaurants, lounges, baths, gaming tables, and other amenities, arranges around a central trading floor. Here agents of the leagues maintain open lists of prices and rates. League auctioneers sell off goods and cargo’s placed for sale by varies parties, and a small armies of League notaries administer and record a dozen different types of contracts.