The Blasted Lands
Merchant House Vennakir
House Vennakir rose to prominence through the transport and sale of food from outlying farms to cities. Before the collapse, the Darien Empire kept strict control over this trade, granting specific groups the power to trade in small regions. When the Empire began to crumble, House Vennakir took the opportunity to make exclusive deals with hundreds of the outlying farms, promising them not only competitive prices for their food, but also consistent shipments of weapons and other equipment for them to protect themselves from the dangers of the blasted lands. This was a better deal than they’d ever gotten under the old corrupt system, and with the near monopoly on transportation of food from outlying sources to the provinces of the old Empire, Vennakir rocketed to a position of extreme power and importance.