Arx markets are often rather durable given that so much wealth passes through the city with the richest families of the Compact in residence. Yet, as the winter fades and the spring brings no improvement to the markets, more merchants are fighting over fewer goods and customers. Those with the best connections and solid ties to the powerful seem to profit while those without watch as their hard-won victories in the markets of Arx slowly crumble.
Day by day, what were previously friendly rivalries between Arx's merchants in times of plenty have turned resentful and angry exchanges. There have been hard looks and harder words passed amongst barren stalls. As the tension rises, more and more worry that all it might take is the least little spark to ignite something much worse than a few disgruntled remarks...