Fey Me Twice
The Lumber Consortium is a company which has a monopoly on the hardwood and darkwood lumber industry in the country of Engova. The Lumber Consortium has seen its wealth and influence decline as the resource of hardwood and darkwood began to disappear. Nonetheless, the Lumber Consortium continues to exert great pressure on smaller and weaker regions and communities, particularly in the less developed areas of the world. The Consortium’s major logging operation occurs in and around Harridan Vale, and as such, this is where their continued power is most noticeable.
The Lumber Consortium is controlled by a board of directors in Tynemouth, all of whom possess a controlling share of the company. They oversee the operations of the organization, laying out the long-term, large-scale strategies and leaving the day-to-day management to on-site foremen known as gavels. At its height, the Consortium had over a dozen, but currently employs only two gavels. No one rises to power within the Lumber Consortium without making their fortunes on the backs of lumberjacks and at the expense of the forests and native civilians. Though they have never been known for their kind hearts or straight morals, members of the board have become increasingly sadistic and cruel as their power has eroded.
Forster Edwards is the gavel in the Harridan Vale region, and his sadistic and cruel ways keep the town of Brookglade subservient to his every hateful whim. As a gavel, Edwards has absolute control over the consortium’s presence in Harridan Vale, including its employees and hard assets. His only true job is to continue increasing profits for the company every year, something which has become harder year after year. As long as this happens, the board turns its eye from all of his misdeeds. In fact, Edwards has been saved from a hangman’s noose on numerous occasions, thanks to the work of the Consortium’s well-paid barristers.