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The Grand Bazaar is the largest, busiest and strangest marketplace in all of Telluria. Built on a meteor in the middle of Hakkari Lake, it controls all trade leading from beyond the Wyrmspine into Sevasteia, and is the last bastion of the King's influence over the arrogant Dukes of Sevasteia. Barges of Sevasteian grain are constantly bought and shipped off to the Tepaskan Empire, whose vast cities are surrounded by crumbling irrigation systems and a feuding bureaucracy. In exchange, the Empire must sell its gold, its wares, and sometimes even its people.
That central trade attracts others, the vaneward Sharim giants and their human traders from the Talpachar desert; the Uloc clan of lizardmen from the Skarajoep archipelago halfway to the Empire; and the fierce Sterkriger warriors from the shadeward blizzards, who seek only to purchase weapons and the company of local women, selling their might as mercenaries in exchange.
As for Sevasteia itself, the humans of this land have largely ceded mercantile business to the Halflings, a race which controls all the rivers of the realm, and whose magic aids in the cultivation of the grain crops large enough to feed the Tepaskan cities. The Halflings are grasping and cunning, looking only to their own profit, but they are careful not to openly offend the Humans of Sevasteia when the time is not right.