- The best known and most prestigious merchants are interstellar ones such as Free Traders and Merchant Princes.
- Interstellar Trade at lower scales is speculative and risky. Large scale trade is much more stable, but very expensive.
- Please see the article Merchant Vessel to see the craft which serve these sophonts.
- It is a Vocation.
- See also Merchant Service.
Very successful merchants are known as Merchant Princes and most venture offworld after they have purchased a Merchant Vessel. Interstellar Trade is very dangerous, but can also be very profitable. It takes a sophont with guts to venture out into the interstellar star lanes. Some might say that such risk taking behavior requires the Traveller Gene.
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While TL-0 societies are composed of protosophonts with very little concept of trade or barter, TL:1-3 societies have mastered many intergroup trade practices before the end of the technological epoch, which generally takes thousands to hundreds of thousands of years.