The Chronicles of Etinerra
The Merchant’s Guild is the name of the organizations that can be found in most of the major cities and locations within the Kingdom. These organizations are permitted by Decree of the King to organize around specific sectors of trade – usually the predominant trade of the city or area. Most Guilds operate by providing resources and jobs to their members and bonded associates. Membership is usually by invitation, being bonded means a member will vouch for the bondsman’s character and service to the guild.
In some cities, such as Skalfier, the Guild has grown to dominate almost all trade and economy. In other cities, it merely controls a particular segment of trade.
Whispered rumors say that the Guild is really a front for thieves, but this is vigorously denied by Guild members.