Misham, 19th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Fourth Watch falling 24
Draconians Set to Run the Harbor of Palanthas
by Weldon Chen, Staff Writer
Palanthas - This last Majetag, the Palanthas Port Authority delivered a message to the Merchants Guild Chairman indicating the Authority's approval of the Teyr Trading Company's bid to organize and manage the dock workers of our city's port.
Several months ago, the Gnomish company, Weightmat, was originally given the title as the only company to assist dock loaders. Dock loaders, merchants, and ship merchants did not consider this a level of importance due to the long standing relationship between Sancrist, the Solamnic Knighthood, the Gnomes of Mount Nevermind, and the Lordship of Palanthas. However, a new concern has appeared when a Herald investigation revealed that the gnomish company is now being run not by the gnomes, but by the draconians of Teyr.
Weightmat and the Teyr Trading Company signed an agreement indicating that the draconian engineers would handle efficiency between gnomes and their administration of Weighmat's equipment. This agreement extends itself to adaptation of the gnomes' automated dock loading equipment. The gnomes work on the equipment, ranging from the construction and maintenance of cranes for offloading incoming ships. The draconians will oversee the management of the company's gnomes and any Palanthan dockworkers willing to work with the equipment.
The Palanthas Port Authority reserved the right to evaluate the changeover in leadership, and to cancel the agreement with the gnomes and in association, the draconians. In closed meetings, the authority made the decision to approve the continued relationship with the gnomes despite the fact that draconians will be running the company. Jena Uth Korrin, chairman of the Palanthas Merchants Guild had this to say about the issue: "I wasn't aware that the draconians were operating with that company. There may be more to this issue that I realized."
The Senate has announced that, while it has no desire to overrule the decisions made by the Palanthas Port Authority, it will review the case and take action according to its findings. A spokesperson for the City Senate said that even though the Senate encourages trade beyond the bonds of history, there is a matter of security to consider.