In 2149 IC, Sullandiel proposed that rather than go to war over the trade with Lustria, Ulthuan should instead select a powerful human city and or nation to trade with. This was agreed and Marienburg selected. [1a]
Less than a year later, he sailed his ship Lughsoll-Siaisullainn - 'Jewel-gleam of Sunlight on Wavefoam' - into Marienburg harbour with four carracks of the Baron of the city as escort, firing their cannons in salute. For the next two weeks, the Wavemaster and his officers hammered out a treaty with Baron Matteus van Hoogmans and his merchants - this was the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. [1a]
He then became the first Exarch of the Elf enclave in the city, known to the humans as Elftown. [2a]
The Treaty of Amity and Commerce
Be it known among all peoples for all time: that the Merchant Houses of Westerland are named the exclusive agents of the Elfs of Ulthuan for all goods of the New World brought to the Old.
- that the Elfs of Ulthuan agree to provide aid both military and magical to this Barony of Westerland in time of war.
- that the Elfs of Ulthuan shall be Our exclusive agents for the sale of the goods of the Old World in the New.
- that, in return for such considerations, We, Baron Matteus van Hoogmans of Westerland, Baron of Marienburg, First Sea Lord of the Empire, etc., etc., do grant to the High King of Ulthuan perpetual sovereignty over the islands of Geldern, Zeeburg, Oranjekoft, Rijksgebouw, Vlotshuis and Westerleer, there to build houses for His people and a harbour for His ships, for so long as the terms of this treaty are kept.
- All this is done on the 17th day of Erntezeit, I.C. 2150, under the benevolent witness of Manann, Sigmar and Haendryk.[1a]
|Why fight the Humans for control of the seas? It would be a war without profit. Let us show them instead the wealth to be gained by trading with us. Our ships are faster and carry more cargo, and we have dealt with the Western Lands for centuries longer than they. We will control them with the promise of more riches than they could ever imagine|