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Greatshrykeslavemarket

Name
Great Shryke Slave Market
Location
In the Deepwoods, unfixed location
Population
Shrykes and various races of slaves
Time Period
Appearances
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Clash of the Sky Galleons
Governing Body
The Shryke Sisterhood, led by a Roost-Mother
Currency
Gold Pieces, Roundels, Docklets
Establishment
Unknown
Disestablishment
Became the Eastern Roost in the year 44 EY


The Great Shryke Slave Market was an enormous market run by the shrykes during the Quint and Twig trilogies, located in the Deepwoods. Just about anything imaginable could be purchased there, but the focus of the market was slaves. The market moved around from time to time, when it exhausted the forest around it.

General Information

The Great Shryke Slave Market was constructed far above the forest floor and comprised a series of log bridges and platforms built in trees. It was critical for anyone planning to visit the Great Shryke Slave Market to first purchase a white cockade, and wear it in plain view for as long as they stay. The cockade would last for three days, over the course of which it would slowly wilt and rot to nothing, at which point a new cockade had to be purchased. Anyone not wearing a cockade could be captured by Shryke guards and sold as slaves, but those wearing the cockades would be safe. Despite the importance of the white cockades, time passed quickly in the Great Shryke Slave Market due to the frenzy and pace, and many visitors forgot about their cockades until it was too late. Wig-wigs were a common sight on the forest floor below the Great Shryke Slave market, as they were attracted by the commotion and the waste dropped from the market.

Areas of the Great Shryke Slave Market

Role in the Quint trilogy

Quint and Wind Jackal briefly visited the Great Shryke Slave Market in Clash of the Sky Galleons, to deliver a shipment of tallow candles. While there, they were reunited with Hubble and Thaw Daggerslash.

Role in the Twig trilogy

During the events of Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Twig and Cowlquape journeyed to the Great Shryke Slave Market in search of the missing crew members of the Edgedancer. They saved Goom from the Wig-Wig Arena.

End of the Great Shryke Slave Market

After Twig's time, the shryke's involvement with the Great Mire Road forced them to give up their existence as nomadic slavers and establish a permanent city, the Eastern Roost. Although the Great Shryke Slave Market ceased to exist from that time on, some elements of it remained present in the Eastern Roost. For example, the Eastern Roost had a Wig-Wig Arena.

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