The Qadira faction seeks trade and economic advantage above all else. Its members seek to break their enemies’ monopolies and enforce their own. They offer wares and goods no one else can supply and destroy competition with a ruthlessness that puts the devil-bowing Chelaxians to shame. Qadiran missions are part of a greater plan, usually embarrassing or defaming an economic rival or ruining another nation’s trade. Recently arrived in Absalom, the merchant prince and leader of the Qadira faction, Aaqir al’Hakam, has a preternatural instinct for trade and a firm grip on the faction’s goals.
Goal: Total Market Control
The world is small and gets smaller every day. The key to power is trade. Qadira couldn’t care less who sits on the Grand Council of Absalom, so long as its own powerful trade fleet dominates the harbor. Qadira plans to rule the Inner Sea’s trade and then bleed its enemies’ coffers dry. Collecting debts and supplying the demands of other nations’ peoples is how Qadira plans to rule. If those kingdoms slave to send gold east, the satrapy is content.