Red Blades Merchant Consortium
The Red Blades were founded 18 years ago by a group of mercenaries who had grown tired of the danger and discomfort of the mercenary lifestyle. Originally intended to serve as a place for Alhaster’s merchants lo meet on common ground, the Consortium succumbed early to graft and corruption. Now, its members are made up of those who can either afford to pay the outrageous entrance fees or are already allied with current member. Those kept from joining find it difficult, if not impossible, to make a living in Alhaster as a merchant.
Recently control of the Red Blades has been dominated by an elderly woman named Mahuudril. No one seems to know where she came from (she’s certainly not a local), but her fabulous wealth combined with the fact that she seems to have blackmail material for half of Alhaster made her rise to power in the Consortium a swift and decisive process. She treats the Consortium and its resources as her personal funds, and as the other members come to realize that they’ve been regulated to little more than glorified house-servants, discontent has begun to spread.