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Post  Salvatore on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:51 am

Salvatore strides into the dining hall of the Giovanni loggia checking to be sure that there is sufficient drink and food ready and prepared for his guests. He is not anticipating a particularly long meeting, but it should prove interesting and, hopefully, profitable.
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Post  Admin on Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:03 pm

Men start to arrive. Their demeanor is loud and confident, outside, but as soon as they cross the threshold, they know they are in over their heads, and watch everything with interest.

Thy are using what you may imagine is their best finery, but there are signs that let you notice these clothes have not been replaced in a while.
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Post  Salvatore on Sat Jul 11, 2009 2:11 am

Salvatore stands and bows to greet them. "Gentlemen, welcome to the loggia of the Giovanni trading house. I have had food and drink prepared for you, so please have a seat and we can discuss Kiev's future."
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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:30 pm

They look at each other, and sit, mumbling thanks.

We appreciate your kind invitation. Sirrah.

One of the eldest, answers.
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Post  Salvatore on Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:24 am

"Right, Gentlemen, you represent the various market and trading interests of this once great city and, I think, we can make it great again. The Giovanni merchant house of Venice, as well as the council of ten and the Doge of the most Serene Republic, extend credit lines and trade opportunites from Constantinople, Athens and Venice and you have but to say where the needs are. We have transport and passage agreements with powers both friendly and not so friendly, so tell me, what can the Giovanni do for Kiev?"
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Post  Admin on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:24 am

Our port does not work at full capability. Many ships were destroyed by the Mongols, and they keep no watch for piracy.

We still make leather goods that are in par with the best in all of Europe. Yet here, prices are low...also, slaves could fetch more gold away from here..


The oldest answers, as the others nod and agree.
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Post  Salvatore on Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:50 am

Salvatore gets a quill and vellum and writes out 'ships needed'; 'leather goods and slaves produced'. "The leather is assuredly of quite good quality, no question there. How many slaves could be procured in a ten-day? I can contact my people and have ships sailed in, perhaps from Constantinople. What is needed here besides gold? Food? European beef, mutton and poultry? Spanish textiles?"
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Post  Admin on Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:40 pm

As you know, slaves are sold by debt. Unfortunately there are many peasants and farmers that have lost everything. I suspect we could get at least 30 slaves in a ten-day.

Another Merchant speaks-

Food and textiles would be great additions, Sir. Apparently your House is rich and powerful..
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Post  Salvatore on Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:06 am

Salvatore nods, "who currently holds the debts? I would be prepared to make a cash settlement up front at a reduced price, of course, then ship those slaves out when the merchant vessels arrive with first shipment of timber, food and textile supplies." Salvatore thinks, "but we cannot allow all peasants and farmers to be sold into slavery, that would undermine the rural economy and empty the city of much needed labourers. I need you gentlemen to spread the word that I am personally willing to buy off the debts of other farmers, not already enslaved, in exchange for agricultural lands and lease-hold service contracts. The Kiev economy needs an immediate influx of cash and this is the best way to do it."
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Post  Admin on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:14 pm

The oldest answers-

This seems doable. We may have to work around the Mongols, as they do not have business acumen, but something should be worked out..

The nods around apperntly show there is a general agreement to his words, so far.
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Post  Salvatore on Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:08 am

"The mongols, yes. I will set up a meeting with the leadership here shortly."
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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:09 am

The crafty elders look at each other-

Is that wise, Good Master? The Mongols have proven they are grasping and greedy, and do not fear Man or God.

The oldest one, onece again speak. The others watch you.
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Post  Salvatore on Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:24 am

"But, gentlmen, it is precisely because they are grasping and greedy, as you say, that they must be dealt with, but their desires are largely pitiable. They see only themselves and ignore the larger picture. That with which we concern ourselves here."
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Post  Admin on Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:49 pm

If you have all troubles that may arise, accounted for, We will help you, Sir. Truth to be told, Kiev cannot take much more abuse, as it is.
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Post  Salvatore on Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:15 am

"Well, every contingency cannot be accounted for, as you well know, but I have dealt with the greedy and grasping all my life. I will make the appropriate arrangements. I would suggest now that you go to your people and pass on the messages of this meeting."
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Post  Admin on Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:11 pm

One of them nods. A few others shuffle in place. They seem to be expecting something...
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Post  Salvatore on Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:59 am

"Gentlemen? Is there an issue yet to be dealt with? Speak freely, we are all friends here, are we not?"
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Post  Admin on Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:49 am

After much deliveration, the oldest explains that such an agreement, between gentleman, must be sealed, with wine, and by marriage, if possible.

A few of the elders are minors nobles, and they are expecting you to select a wife.
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Post  Salvatore on Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:46 pm

Salvatore smiles and considers this and claps his hands toward the servants, "more wine." He looks at the assembled businessmen and nobles while their goblets are being refilled. "A wife, you say? Hmmm, perhaps a woman to handle domestic issues? Well, how are these things arranged?"
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Post  Admin on Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:23 pm

The elders accept the wine, and a few of them, look at you, with interest.

Are you a widower?
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Post  Salvatore on Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:08 am

"I was married, once, long ago, but she is no more as you say, widower. Is that significant in your laws or religious customs. I must consult with my chaplain, Pier Luigi, on the issue, but I see no particular barrier."
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Post  Admin on Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:23 am

Good..I think we can fetch a nice or even a daughter that can take care of you and your Manse. Oh, we were told there is a party tonight..that the Mongols are celebrating something..or at least the so called "Vikings" that fight with them.
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Post  Salvatore on Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:10 am

"Yes, there is, and I am to be attending it. I needed this meeting with your good selves first, then I can discuss plans with the mongols. So, if there are no more issues gentlemen?" If not. "This was a productive meeting and my door is always open to you."
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Post  Admin on Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:57 pm

They seem satisfied, even if a few seem wary of your house...or maybe you. Nobody voices any dissent or objections, anyway.

They bid you good night, and remind you to be careful. They feel safe as they are grouped, apparently.
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Post  Salvatore on Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:59 am

"Good night gentlemen," Salvatore closes the doors. He heads to his personal chambers to find something a little less ostentageous to wear to the prince's gathering.
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