Seven Saints of Talis
The VanGraff Lines is a family-owned and operated trade union that operates out of Bartertown. Owned by Cecil and Tamara Van Graff, they ship goods between Bartertown, Thracia, the Iron Keep, Fort Novigaard, and points in between. They particularly specialize in the transport and sale of energy weapons. They also, for select clients, deal in the acquisition and transport of slaves.
Cecil and Tamara are cut-throat business people, and employ heavily-armed and armored mercenaries and freelancers to protect their caravans. The nature of their wares makes them tempting targets for bandits; the quality of their soldiers ensures that few attacks are successful. This reputation allows them to command high prices for their services, in addition to the high value of their wares. The Van Graffs are among the wealthiest of citizens of Talis as a result.
Their caravans are generally heavy-wheeled, grox-drawn wagons, protected on all sides by heavy timbers and sheets of metal. Many of them also feature self-destruct devices, which can be triggered by the guards if capture is imminent. Furthermore, Cecil himself takes a very dim view of guards who fail to adequately defend his interests, so their soldiers tend to fight to the death, as Cecil will kill any survivors anyway.