Scenario:Karteira - The Clairvoyant Trader
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The Clairvoyant Trader
The crew are staying overnight in a town. Lyria takes a piece of paper from a strange man, which somehow leads to the Grandcypher being impounded! It turns out that the paper was a promissory note agreeing to buy a large amount of sugar, and when the market crashes the crew are on the hook for 300,000,000 rupies! Enter the merchant Karteira, who is introduced to the party by Sierokarte and is somehow able to fix the mess. She explains that she is trying to help people in need as a way of atoning for her ruthless business practices of the past, and offers to join the crew on their journey.
Wanting to relax and rest away the stresses of their journey, the crew were staying at an inn in a certain town.
Unable to sleep, Lyria was relaxing on her own in the lobby, where a mysterious figure approached her…
Man: Hey there, do you like sweet things?
Lyria: Huh, sweet things? Well, I like jelly, cream… Lots of desserts!
Man: Oho… That's good. Here, please take some of this sugar that I've been carrying.
Lyria: Wow, really? I can have it? Thank you so much!
Lyria: Huh? This is just a sheet of paper… How could this be sugar?
When the crew returned to the ship in the morning, they were shocked to find signs saying "Seized" and "No Entry" on the ship!
Vyrn: What's going on? Must be someone's idea of a "hilarious" prank … Let's take these signs off and get going.
???: Do not touch that!
The crew looked over at the noise. It was coming from a group of soldiers acting as debt collectors for the merchants guild.
A man who seemed to be their captain stepped forward and read in a dignified manner from the notice he was holding.
Captain: Article I: Owing to a credit transaction yesterday, your account is overdrawn. We are seizing your assets, including this ship.
Captain: Article II: Furthermore, if you are unable to recompense the lost funds, we will impound your airship as collateral on your debt.
Captain: Article III: The deadline for repayment is set at one week from today. Failure to repay will result in permanent confiscation.
Katalina: We don't even understand what's going on… surely there must be something you can do? You're our only hope.
Sierokarte: Well, this is indeed very unfortunate! I should first explain what was meant by them when they said "credit transaction".
Sierokarte: It's when you pay for something based on a prediction of its value in the future, such as half a year or a full year later.
Sierokarte: Hmm… It seems that in this case, a small amount of money has been used to pay hundreds of times more than its value…
Sierokarte: If you look at the note… it says that a deposit of 3000 rupies was used for a transaction worth 300,000 rupies! Scary…
Katalina: 300,000 rupies… That's a lot of money, but we should be able to make it if we all chip in…
Sierokarte: Ah… unfortunately it seems that the products have crashed in value, and the total debt is now… 300,000,000 rupies.
Katalina: Wha-?! Three… hundred… million?
Vyrn: What in Sky World did we buy to get a debt that huge? Jewels? Precious metals?
Sierokarte: Well… according to the note… it was… sugar!
Vyrn: What? Sugar! Who bought some crazy expensive sugar?
Lyria: … I'm sorry… I think it was me… but I didn't understand what I was…
Sierokarte listened to Lyria's explanation sympathetically, but she explained that once a contract is signed, it's final.
Sierokarte: Hmmm… I'd love to help, but I don't involve myself with complex economics like this… I'll introduce you to someone!
Vyrn: Those wheat fields are so huge! I've never seen anything like it!
Katalina: It's certainly a massive area. These fields are the breadbasket of Sky World.
Katalina: What's even more surprising is that all of these fields are managed by this single village!
???: Ah heard y'all were comin' from Siero! You're (Captain), ain'tcha?
Lyria: Ah… are you, Miss Karteira?
Karteira: Yes indeed, Karteira, the silver lining master of economics and credit transactions! It certainly is nice to meet y'all!
They all introduced themselves, and then Karteira took off running toward the farmhouse.
Lyria: Huh? Miss Karteira! Where are you going?
Vyrn: Hey, she's already started talking to some other people! How inconsiderate of her!
Katalina: Wait… That person that Lady Karteira is talking to… isn't it one of the purveyors of goods to the kingdom?
Katalina: No, it can't be… There's also the chief union representative of the Empire's foremost guild!
Katalina: There's also the church's chief business adviser and the royal broker! They're all well-regarded businessmen… Who is this woman?
Karteira: Heh, y'all noticed ma guests, then? The big traders of the islands like to come round at this time o' year to check the crops.
Karteira: This is between you and me, but ah told 'em that this year's gonna be a bumper crop, in quality and quantity!
Karteira: If ah do that, they're sure to buy it up! Y'all sure are lucky, this is gonna write off all y'alls debt.
Vyrn: No way! How is it gonna write the debt off?
Karteira: Y'all are dumb as a box of rocks, ain'tcha? If there's tons of wheat, what will people eat?
Lyria: Erm… how about bread? Or cake? Or cookies?
Karteira: But what do y'all need for those things?
Lyria: Erm… Jam? Or cream? Oh, I get it! Sugar! They'll need lots of sugar!
Karteira: And if demand goes up, so does the price!
Karteira: We got a week, which is plenty o'time to get rid of yer debt!
Karteira: That's why they call me the silver linings merchant! Because every cloud has a silver lining!
Karteira: Tomorrow, the market, fuelled by the merchants buyin' extra wheat, will rush to buy both wheat and sugar, and push the price up!
Lyria: Huh? She's running off again! Miss Karteiraaa! Why do you keep running away?
Lyria: Aaahhh! M-monsters!
Karteira: Stop standin' there like a statue! If y'all let those monsters damage the crops then yer debt'll go up!
Vyrn: Yeah, stop messing around! Let's take 'em out!
Lyria: Thank you so much, Miss Karteira. I don't know what we would've done without you.
Karteira: Hey, ah didn't do nothin'! I was asked to help by Siero, and ah gave some advice. No more, no less.
Sierokarte: My ears are burning! Heehee, I know what you've been up to!
Karteira: Say what? Oh, it's you, Siero.
Sierokarte: Heeheehee. Karteira invested her entire fortune to help the price of sugar go back up!
Karteira: Th-that ain't true! Ah just saw some potential profit, and thought I'd grab myself a slice!
Lyria: Really? Why would you do something so risky for people you've only just met!
Sierokarte: Hmm… I think it was to atone for the past, wasn't it, Karteira?
Karteira looked resignedly at Sierokarte, then started to explain more about herself.
Karteira: For someone like me, blessed with darn good business sense, ah was always able to buy low, sell high, whatever the product.
Karteira: But then ah realised, everything's connected. Ah was makin' money hand over fist, but it meant that someone else was losin' it.
Karteira: Before ah knew it, all mah business friends had disappeared…
Karteira: It was a pretty big shock, to tell ya the truth. Ah thought ah should quit business altogether… But then ah had a better idea.
Karteira: Ah thought ah'd do good business, to atone for what ah did… Business to help people, not just take their money.
Karteira: This all sounds stupid, don't it? Makes you angry, right? But my conscience can rest easy now.
Karteira: So when Siero came to me with your request… Ah swore it on ma mother's grave. Ah swore ah'd help you.
Lyria: Oh, Miss Karteira…
Vyrn: Aww, so you're a nice person at heart, aren't you?
Karteira: Darn tootin'! Ah'm awesome! If ya really think so, d'you think ah could join your crew?
Vyrn: Woah, that came out of nowhere! What do you say, (Captain)?
Choose: Of course, we're happy to have you!
Karteira: Oh my! Thank ya kindly! There're so many rare things in the world, I'l be able to make so much money!
And so, Karteira, the silver linings merchant, joined the crew, and the ship became even more lively.
Choose: I will consider your proposal.
Karteira: What, why? Ah'm a useful lady! Ah can do all your trade negotiations, and ah'll never back down! Even to Siero!
Lyria: Of course! You're a very useful person to have around, Karteira.
Vyrn: Hey, Lyria, is this one of (Captain)'s famous "jokes"? Is it, (Captain)?
Lyria: Haha, I think so! That was a bit of a surprise!
And so, Karteira, the silver linings merchant, joined the crew, and the ship became even more lively.Continue 1