To find space for the weekly market, foundling home, blacksmith, merchant, and mid-summer faire grounds, I had to move the fence line back. With the patronage of Lord Alban Stirwuard solidified through Lady Jane Chevalier’s oath of fealty, Ayre also has a new town gate with guard tower.
Right now, the area around the market is quite bare, but soon the Merchant’s home will be just beyond it, between the last two stands and the fields. There is room for another merchant’s home, eventually, between it and Giles Porter’s home, if the fields are cleared. (See the picture below). The clear area beyond the benches will be the midsummer faire grounds, and I like the way the market and midsummer faire ground will be more like one large area, after the faire ground is built.
Brice visits the market on it’s opening day, tying his horse to a tree. There are several villagers and the Squire herself chatting around a smoky fire.
Everyone seems enthusiastic about the growth of trade in Ayre, and the dark rain clouds don’t dampen the spirits.
- I playtested the market with Eithne and Alban Stirwuard, and am glad I did. The first cash register replacement I tried wasn’t working.
- Once the merchant comes (I am so excited about rolling for this family, after we reach $15,000!), he or she can buy the market and sell everyone’s goods there. For now, the available goods are meat, grains, spices, vegetables, (groceries) and clothing.