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Brightquill Merchant Family

Founded

~3000 years ago

Matriarch

Aruenna Brightquill (deceased)

Economic Standing

Middle/Upper-middle class

Specialization(s)

Quill making/scrivenery
Metalshaping/jewelcrafting
Avian husbandry
Mercantile logistics

Seat of operations

Caravan Court

Number of Members

150+ (previously)
2 (currently)


The Brightquill Merchants were a family-run partnership of artisans and tradespeople operating out of the west side of Silvermoon City.  Specializing in a number of areas of artistry, perhaps their most recognizable trait was that of their long caravan trains that regularly crossed the length and breadth of Quel'Thalas - and beyond, when borders were open.  Known for their skilled craftsmanship and the sheer variety of offered goods, the Brightquill family sigil was a common sight in the marketplaces of Quel'thalas for nearly three thousand years.

While their population was once fairly impressive, the Brightquill faced the same decimation as the rest of the Quel'dorei when Silvermoon was sacked by Arthas and his undead.  With the once great caravans camped directly in the path of the siege, and the artisans ill-prepared to defend or even react to such an attack, the Brightquill Merchants were all but obliterated in the span of a day.

HistoryEdit

While the Brightquill Merchants were a minor mercantile powerhouse at the time of their demise, they started from nothing and were an embodiment of simple chance leading to great opportunity.

Aruenna Brightquill was the only child of poor miners with no name to speak of, who didn't even own the land they toiled on.  Through a series of events, happenstance, and sheer luck, Aruenna earned both her family name and a scrivenery apprenticeship within Silvermoon City itself.  Going from a poor worker to the 'big city' taught the young quel'dorei many harsh but vital lessons that would later serve her quite well - while her poor upbringing had also allowed her a number of otherwise impossible connections with the regular labours of the land.

Starting with just herself, and later adding on the skills and talents of her various husbands and their families, Aruenna slowly built up her name and it's reputation.  Her many children added to the pool of loyal talent, as did anyone that married into the family.

But simply artisanry was not enough.

Using her not inconsiderable social charm to reforge connections and make deals with farmers and suppliers in far-flung areas of Quel'thalas, the up-and-coming matriarch slowly built up a supply chain of goods and hawkstrider-drawn wagons - with herself at the helm.

Lands Edit

While the bulk of the family was and remained largely nomadic, living within the caravan wagons they traveled with and bartered from, a shop to serve as a 'home base' of sorts back in Silvermoon was required. Starting with only one shop, the family eventually bought up an entire undeveloped plot of land within western Silvermoon, the single shop expanding into five.

Notable Members Edit

Current Members

  • Kalyanar Brightquill: direct heir and current family head | Scrivner 
  • Iiloridan Sunshard: secondary matrilineal heir | Tailor (operating under the Brightquill name)

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