- Most are considered to possess the fabled Traveller Gene, a mark of guts and prestige. 
- Most merchant princes are captains of their own vessel, a Merchant Vessel.
- It is both a title of prestige and a possibly high profit vocation.
- See also Merchant Service.
Merchant Princes are first and foremost skilled traders and spacemen, able to traverse the starways and mainworlds of Charted Space selling high and buying low. They can manage starcraft operations, handle crews, balance books & bureaucrats, and haggle prices with shopkeepers. They are capable, effective beings, and not always gentlesophonts. 
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