The Lumber Consortium
The lumber Consortium is a company which has a monopoly on the hardwood and darkwood lumber industry in the country of Andoran. A remnant of the past when Andoran existed as a Chelish holding, the Lumber Consortium has seen its wealth and influence decline with the coming of democracy. Nonetheless, the Lumber Consortium continues to exert great pressure on smaller and weaker regions and communities, particularly in the less developed areas of the nation. The Consortium’s major logging operation occurs in and around Darkmoon Vale, and as such, this is where their continued power is most noticeable. The Lumber consortium was founded in the year 1853 AR, to provide a steady supply of lumber to Taldor.
The Lumber Consortium is controlled by a board of directors in Oregent, all of whom possess a controlling share of the company. They oversee the operations of the organization, laying out the long-term, large-scale strategies and leaving the day-to-day management to on-site foremen known as gavels. At its height, the Consortium had over a dozen, but currently employs only two gavels. No one rises to power within the Lumber Consortium without making their fortunes on the backs of lumberjacks and at the expense of the forests and native civilians. Though they have never been known for their kind hearts or straight morals, members of the board have become increasingly sadistic and cruel as their power has eroded. Hushed rumors even tie a few of the directors to the mysteriously sinister Aspis Consortium.
Thuldrin Kreed is the gavel in the Darkmoon Vale region, and his sadistic and cruel ways keep the town of Falcon’s Hollow subservient to his every hateful whim. As a gavel, Kreed has absolute control over the consortium’s presence in Darkmoon Vale, including its employees and hard assets. His only true job is to continue increasing profits for the company every year, something which has become harder year after year. As long as this happens, the board turns its eye from all of his misdeeds. In fact, Kreed has been saved from a hangman’s noose on numerous occasions, thanks to the work of the Consortium’s well-paid barristers.