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8th Nov '16 8:40:03 AM Eievie
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An Intrepid Merchant is a merchant that goes to the far corners of his world, bravely seeking profit. He is a treasure-hunter but the treasure is not hidden, it is in the bazaar waiting for him [[BoldExplorer after he has crossed the deserts, mountains, seas]], or [[RecycledINSPACE trackless gulfs of space.]] The chief characteristic of an Intrepid Merchant is that he is both a merchant and an adventurer. He buys and sells like any other trader. The difference is that he goes to far distant markets to find what he is looking for. (May be fond of being InHarmsWay - after all, the more dangerous it is to get at something, the rarer and, therefore, more valuable it's likely to be.)

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An Intrepid Merchant is a merchant that goes to the far corners of his world, bravely seeking profit. He is a treasure-hunter but the treasure is not hidden, it is in the bazaar waiting for him [[BoldExplorer after he has crossed the deserts, mountains, seas]], or [[RecycledINSPACE trackless gulfs of space.]] space]]. The chief characteristic of an Intrepid Merchant is that he is both a merchant and an adventurer. He buys and sells like any other trader. The difference is that he goes to far distant markets to find what he is looking for. (May be fond of being InHarmsWay - -- after all, the more dangerous it is to get at something, the rarer and, therefore, more valuable it's likely to be.)



When a whole culture has this as its [[PlanetOfHats Hat]], it is a ProudMerchantRace .

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When a whole culture has this as its [[PlanetOfHats Hat]], it is a ProudMerchantRace .ProudMerchantRace. Intrepid Merchants are commonly found in a MerchantCity.



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** Who was actually based on a real person - a ''Chinese'' sailor, and Muslim, who traveled as far as ''Venice'' to bring back goods to China - only to have his deeds dashed from all records of Chinese history.

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** Who was actually based on a real person - -- a ''Chinese'' sailor, and Muslim, who traveled as far as ''Venice'' to bring back goods to China - -- only to have his deeds dashed from all records of Chinese history.



* In TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} the players are often Free Traders, buying goods (sometimes the illegal kind) on one planet and selling them on another in an attempt to make their ship's mortgage payments.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' the players are often Free Traders, buying goods (sometimes the illegal kind) on one planet and selling them on another in an attempt to make their ship's mortgage payments.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}:'' {{Intrepid Merchant}}s are among the most likely to go far in The Guild. Among the most notable achievements are how they reacted to the observations of [[TheFairFolk the raksha]] by making overtures intended to teach them the very concept of commerce, just so that they could have an inroad to trade for their magical items.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}:'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': {{Intrepid Merchant}}s are among the most likely to go far in The Guild. Among the most notable achievements are how they reacted to the observations of [[TheFairFolk the raksha]] by making overtures intended to teach them the very concept of commerce, just so that they could have an inroad to trade for their magical items.



* There are several in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' - each one is a trader with a pack Brahmin and a bodyguard to take care of ShopliftAndDie duties, and they are the only people aside from [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Raiders]], mercenary headhunters and the odd hunter who regularly leave population centres to cross the Wasteland.

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* There are several in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' - -- each one is a trader with a pack Brahmin and a bodyguard to take care of ShopliftAndDie duties, and they are the only people aside from [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Raiders]], mercenary headhunters and the odd hunter who regularly leave population centres to cross the Wasteland.



* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', as you may have already guessed, has merchants willing to walk into anything this side of lava to do their business. Just read the BadassBoast of a [[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=43602.msg823058#msg823058 human merchant prince]]. And here we thought [[LegendaryCarp fish]] in DF were "[[ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy too hardcore]]".

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', as you may have already guessed, has merchants willing to walk into anything this side of lava to do their business. Just read the BadassBoast of a [[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=43602.msg823058#msg823058 human merchant prince]]. And here we thought [[LegendaryCarp fish]] in DF were "[[ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy too hardcore]]".[[ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy "too hardcore"]].



* The whole [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]] was founded and built on this trope. It become TheEmpire only later - in order to protect the commerce.

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* The whole [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]] was founded and built on this trope. It become TheEmpire only later - -- in order to protect the commerce.
27th Sep '16 8:42:04 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/CJCherryh's Literature/AllianceUnion series the Merchanter's Alliance is made up of families of interstellar merchants that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin formed an alliance]] and became both a major power and the sole means of commerce for the other two powers.
%%** See also her ''[[ChanurNovels Chanur]]'' series.
%%* Kylara Vatta of VattasWar

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* In Creator/CJCherryh's Literature/AllianceUnion series the 'verse:
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Merchanter's Alliance is made up of families of interstellar merchants that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin formed an alliance]] and became both a major power and the sole means of commerce for the other two powers.
%%** See also her ''[[ChanurNovels ** In the ''[[Literature/ChanurNovels Chanur]]'' series.
sub-series, Pyanfar Chanur is the captain of an interstellar merchant vessel.
%%* Kylara Vatta of VattasWarLiterature/VattasWar
9th Sep '16 11:06:10 AM Morgenthaler
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%%** This is what the titular organization pretends to be when on research expeditions in ''TheTimeTraders'' series.

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%%** This is what the titular organization pretends to be when on research expeditions in ''TheTimeTraders'' ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series.



%%* Menedemos and Sostratos in HarryTurtledove's ''OvertheWineDarkSea''.

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%%* Menedemos and Sostratos in HarryTurtledove's ''OvertheWineDarkSea''.''Literature/OvertheWineDarkSea''.
25th Aug '16 5:44:03 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': This happens a couple of times, with the one at the bottom of a buried tower in the nowhere of a desert [[LampshadeHanging lampshading the trope]].
--> How did I end up here? Who cares? Let's just call it "merchant's intuition".
16th Aug '16 11:05:11 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Komarr'', the noble families of Komarr are described as very successful Intrepid Merchants.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Komarr'', ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', the noble families of Komarr are described as very successful Intrepid Merchants.
13th Aug '16 4:22:04 AM Morgenthaler
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** They also have [[RogueTrader a dedicated RPG tabletop game]]. In fact, it was actually the original version of ''Rogue Trader'' that led to the establishment of ''Warhammer 40000'' as a science fiction spin-off of ''WarhammerFantasy''.

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** They also have [[RogueTrader [[TabletopGame/RogueTrader a dedicated RPG tabletop game]]. In fact, it was actually the original version of ''Rogue Trader'' that led to the establishment of ''Warhammer 40000'' as a science fiction spin-off of ''WarhammerFantasy''.''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy''.
20th Jul '16 8:51:39 PM nombretomado
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%%* Silas Fennec in ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar''.

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%%* Silas Fennec in ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar''.
15th Jul '16 12:01:09 PM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' features The Merchant. He's clearly infected by [[TheVirus Los Plagas]] but seems like a pretty cool guy. Rather than bludgeon Leon's brains out he'd rather earn some cash selling weapons and upgrades to the agent.

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' features The Merchant. He's clearly infected by [[TheVirus Los Plagas]] given his GlowingEyesOfDoom, but he seems like a pretty cool guy. Rather than bludgeon Leon's brains out he'd rather earn some cash selling weapons and upgrades to the agent.
15th Jul '16 12:00:16 PM REV6Pilot
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--> '''HELLO STRANGER! WHATTAYA BUYIN'?'''

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--> '''HELLO STRANGER! WHATTAYA BUYIN'?''''''WEEEELCOME! GOT A SELECTION OF GOOD THINGS ON SALE, STRANGER!'''
5th Jul '16 9:13:21 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** Ardacos, who's YouAllLookFamiliar handwaved as NewJobAsThePlotDemands, is somtimes seen as travelling merchant in hostile areas.
** According to ''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', a PlayerCharacter can become one themselves if they wish. However, all the perk really does is make commerce easier, so how intrepid they really are is up to them. The mechanic also exists because the NonPlayerCharacter cast includes a congregation of intrepid merchants.
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