The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
The humans of House Orien bear the Mark of Passage. The house originated in pre-Galifar Aundair almost two thousand years ago; its abilities related to transportation and teleportation quickly earned it a place among the economic powers. Today, Baron Kwanti d’Orien (CN male human, sorcerer 7/dragonmark heir 3) serves as the house patriarch. He oversees house activities and controls the Couriers Guild and the Transportation Guild from an enclave in the city of Passage. Of course, like the rest of his family, Kwanti is constantly on the move, and the house maintains outposts and emporiums throughout Khorvaire.
The Couriers Guild takes advantage of the vast transportation network established by the house, as well as the dragonmark abilities related to teleportation. Packages, messages, and passengers that need to get somewhere quickly and discreetly often wind up in the hands of an Orien courier.
The Transportation Guild operates lightning rail and caravan routes throughout Khorvaire, providing constant lines of supply and communication between communities across the continent. This guild also maintains the trade roads that crisscross the land, making travel easier and safer—whether travelers strike out on their own or hook up with an Orien caravan. These caravans sometimes use magically cooled wagons and other methods of preservation to keep food stocks fresh during transport.