Leading the Crown
Aechena – Helgrim Enterprises has landed a stunningly, brilliant deal with the Draugr Fleet. Through this lucrative deal, Helgrim is now contracted to construct one-thousands ships for the Draugr Fleet stationed in the Duchy of the High Seas. The contract signed by King Adam Rhyne details that upon completion Helgrim will receive amount owing, plus bonuses and crafters’ will be allowed a ‘night of consultations’ with the King’s Consort Count Edwin Salle. In the contract Consort Duchess and Chief Executive Officer of Helgrim Enterprises Rheika Hart received a personal bonus, twenty coastal parcels in the County of Penrith and the removal of Lord Commander Alaric Stonehammer, true Duke of Aechena.
Many of the other guilds who auctioned their tenders were stunned at the gracious terms; except for King Rhyne’s impassioned offering of Count Edwin Salle. Who is being renowned for his community charities such as – No Clothes, No Shoes, Full Service a brothel in the County of Bhailedar, and a bestselling book called Taking a Tip: How to Earn the Trust of a King. The favorable terms of the contract has raised eyebrows, ca using questions to stir throughout the Kingdom of Vornair’s guilds and schools. With the leaders of Mercava, The Forge Bound Association and Esotericum demanding an inquiry. Chief Nathecat said that, “These [contractual] terms are favoritism through-and-through by the High Council and King Adam Rhyne. We [Mercava] have proven our quality and skills, and are still being limited by this corrupted rating scheme.”
This initially benign system, was to better facilitate kingdom-level contracts. The Guild Reputation System was led by the High Council, specifically the Maester of Resources Lexidus Havenspire. However, utilizing the relationship and leadership shared by the Duchy of Aechena and Helgrim, Helgrim’s contractual reputation soared by receiving contracts, and subsequent ratings from Aristocracy and Nobility within Helgrim. A contract review from Count Viktor Galliand stated, “Great Job. Ordered nothing, but showed up almost on time.” Another, Duke Alaric Stonehammer listed, “Excellent! I received two-hundred pairs of socks… I ordered two-hundred swords…” Both of which, along with many more gave full recommendations to future contractors. Using her influence over the High Council, and proximity to King Adam Rhyne, Consort Duchess Rheika Hart and Helgrim Enterprises thrive under this reprehensible system even after the cost of bribes, and political offerings.
To the disillusionment of guilds and schools across the Kingdom of Vornair these reputation systems remain. Helgrim Enterprises seems to be the embodiment of favoritism, and monopolization in the Kingdom of Vornair. Benefiting from the near familial ties to the King and Queen, these systems and policies of bias and limited oversight will surely continue. This influence has also festered in the High Council as well, with Duchess Rheika Hart spreading whispers of treasonous deceit against the Dukes and Duchesses of Vornair.
The whispers of a ones peasant trader have amassed to falter the foundation of a kingdom.