Peter the skald wrote:
Which is fine, since the places that "tramp" is stopping aren't likely to have a bonding house
Man; Harnic authorities must hate tramps!!! I I recall correctly; even the small ports have bonding houses.
You are right. I was just looking at Telen earlier this week, and it turns out that it is the only settlement of any size without a bonding house. Now I look at my books and I realize that it is the exception, not the rule.
So we can't use the presence of a bonding house as the rule of thumb to determine whether the port demands "total bondage". Here's my opinion on the ports that do and don't (and why).
Cherafir. Yes. This is the essence of what the "Melderyni Embargo" is all about. If you want to continue to Thay or Tharda, you have to stop in Cherafir and unload. Most merchants I expect simply sell their cargoes right there and leave the last leg to the locals.
Thay. Yes. A classic "collection point". Goods from the Genin Trail, the mines upriver, and brought by the coastal "tramps" all are collected here to be shipped out.
Golotha. Yes. Same as Thay, but more so. Golotha is clearly "the end of the road", since few ocean-goers will want to try the river, and vice-versa.
Shiran. Yes. It's the end of the road.
Coranan. Yes. Just to tweak those Shirani and squeeze a little profit from their trade.
Aleath. No. Aleath is just a minor stop on the way to the much more important Golotha. They can't put up any impediments to trade or they'll just get bypassed.
Everyone Else. No. Aleath is the smallest port that could even entertain the idea. And no other port is even close to Aleath's size and power.