Merchant Voyages are Voyages issued by the Merchant Alliance. There are two types of Merchant Voyages: Trade Good Commissions and Cargo Runs. These should not be confused with the one-off Merchant Quests that can be found from a Message in a Bottle or from inside Barrels.
Trade Good Commission[edit | edit source]
Trade Good Voyages generally require the Player to source and deliver specific trade goods to a specific Outpost in a set amount of time. Meeting the Voyage deadline can be tracked by using a Pocket Watch. These Voyages can be purchased at any Senior Trader. Merchant Voyage Commissioned Trade Goods can either be Animals or Gunpowder Barrels. Animals, such as Chicken, Pigs or Snakes need to be caught in specific Cages that are provided by the Senior Trader when the Voyage is active. The Animals can be found on different Islands. Note that these Animals need to be defended from enemies and in the case of Pigs, fed with Fruit. Different coloured animals fetch different rewards, with Golden Animals being the most valuable. Every Large Island usually houses two of the three Animal species with Small Islands having just one type of Animal.
Gunpowder Barrels will not be provided by Traders and have to be sourced either from Fortresses or if lucky, from Islands, but be careful as these can explode upon contact with any Weapons and can even be used against you to blow up your ship.
Note that Running out of time on a Trade Good Voyage will still count for the completion of the Voyage for Merchant Alliance Commendations.
Cargo Runs[edit | edit source]
Cargo Runs are the second type of Merchant Voyage that can be purchased from Senior Traders. These Voyages require the Player to pick up a certain number of Cargo Crates from a Seapost, Outpost or Large Island NPCs and deliver them to another of these NPCs. These Voyages themselves have no time limit, however once the Cargo is picked up, not only does it need to be delivered by a set deadline (again use a Pocket Watch to keep track of time), but it also needs to be kept in mint condition. All the Cargo Crates from a single Voyage need to be taken to the same place.
Different Cargo gets spoiled by different conditions and needs to be treated with care: a Crate of Plants needs to be watered or kept in water, a Crate of Rum Bottles will crack and start to break when dropped, damaged or handled carelessly and a Crate of Luxurious Cloth needs to be kept dry.
The worse the condition of the Cargo, the less a Player gets paid. Some Commendations related to Cargo Crates only count if the items are sold intact and not damaged.
Devil's Roar Voyages[edit | edit source]
As with other Trading Companies, there are more difficult, yet lucrative Merchant Voyages available for purchase from the Senior Trader at Morrow's Peak Outpost on Devil's Roar. The Merchant Alliance only provides Cargo Run Voyages that send the player to fetch and deliver Devil's Roar versions of Cargo Crates that are even less durable than their regular counterparts, but are also worth twice the Gold.