Merchants are the characters who can buy and sell goods. Some operate from shops or street stalls, others simply trade from wherever you find them. (All traders will buy anything, converting treasurer and loot into ducats. However, what goods they have for sale varies greatly. See their individual entries to determine what goods they can sell.)
How to Trade Edit
To trade with a Merchant, Scarlett should move close enough to the character so that the "Talk to ___" Contextual Action Prompts appears. By pressing the indicated button/key (usually the default Action button (X, A, or the Left-Mouse Button, depending on the controller), unless Scarlett has a weapon drawn). That action will cause the Merchant to begin speaking to Scarlett; the first time Scarlett speaks with any Merchant, the Merchant will first offer a brief overview of their business. One of Scarlett's possible Dialog Choices will be to "Trade". Selecting that will bring up a pair of Inventory screens. The one on the left shows the icons of items the Merchant has for sale; the one on the right shows either Scarlett's Items or Weapons & Armor Inventory.
Select an item from the Merchant's Inventory and press the action key/button to buy an item. A pop-up display will confirm the sale and optionally allow more than one of the items to be purchased, if available. Purchased items are added to Scarlett's Inventory and the costs deducted from her ducats. (Scarlett can only make purchases with ducats. She can convert any additional loot she has collected into ducats by first selling it to the same Merchant.)
Select items on Scarlett's Inventory and press the action key/button to sell items. A pop-up display will confirm the sale and optionally allow more than one of the items to be sold, if she has more than one. The sold items all removed from Scarlett's Inventory and placed in the Merchant's inventory instead, and the sale price is added to Scarlett's wealth in ducats.
Preferred Goods Edit
- Rufus has a stall located in the Outer City Marketplace and he pays twice the going rate for a variety of Loot, including all items with Gold (Rings, Cutlery, Plates, Candleholders, necklaces, Earrings, Imperial Coins, Jewelry) as well as Jewels, Urns and Frescoes. (Since most of Scarlett's wealth will come from this kind of loot, she can practically double her income by returning to Rufus to sell loot.)
- Deimos can be found initial outside the Outer City Amphitheater and later, once Scarlett has gained access, inside. He will pay Scarlett twice the going rate for Copper Ore.
- Joanna has a stall located in the Outer City Marketplace. She will pay Scarlett twice the going rate for animal hides, skins, and tusks that Scarlett can obtain using the Beast Knowledge skill (which Joanna can conveniently teach her.)
- Master Deimos of the Hooded Wings pays twice the going rate for Dusk Whin and White Ivy, which he uses to make Health Potions and Mental Energy Potions, respectively. He also pays twice the going rate, that is, 40 ducats each, for Stone Lillies, although these are not usable for potions.
A sale to a preferred trader (always for twice the running price) is indicated by an asterisk in front of the price in the Journal, as shown in the Stone Lilliy example to the right: Normally, this item sells for 20 ducats, but Master Deimos pays 40.
Buying Back ItemsEdit
Any items Scarlett sells to a Merchant will remain in that Merchant's Inventory, so Scarlett can return later to that same Merchant to repurchase the item, if necessary. (Since Venetica doesn't have any encumbrance or limit on the size of Scarlett's Inventory, there's rarely a need to sell an item you think she may want later. Since Venetica has no penalty for encumbrance of maximum number of items in the Inventory, there's usually no reason for selling and then buying back an item, and Scarlett will lose money on the double transaction.)
There are a few exceptions to the buy-back option: Akbah is only a Merchant for a short time, Jose can be killed, and Rufus will switch locations; items sold to them previously will disappear from the game at those times.)