Outer Market

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Outer Market
Region The Shattered Plains
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive

The Outer Market is a collection of shops that is part of the Alethi warcamp complex on the Shattered Plains of Roshar.[1]

Location and Layout[edit]

An artist’s impression of the warcamps. We view the warcamps from some imaginary viewpoint high up in the sky. Not quite a bird's eye view; but it's clear there is no actual spot the artist could have stood to draw this. The bottom left of the image is taken up by a rectangle containing the description. Going up and to the right, we have the Shattered Plains, looking like dried, cracked mud. Then we reach the warcamps, ten craters filled with tiny structures. Each has a larger building in the middle, likely the Highprince's quarters, a collection of small houses packed densely together to show where the soldiers live, and stylised tufts of wheat to show where fields are. In the top right, sitting on a ridge overlooking the 10 warcamps is a set of larger structures: the king's complex. I can't make out all of the buildings the description names. It lists them "top to bottom" but they're going left to right. The leftmost building is a big tower with two smaller houses at its base. Then there is a large structure that looks like a medieval castle, complete with a ringwall. Below that is a short, squat building that might be the duelling ring.
The Outer Market is visible at the crossroads near the center of the warcamps

The Outer Market is located near the center of the warcamps, just north of Vamah and Dalinar's camps. It is not far from the Pinnacle, although it is separated from the palace complex by a steep hill.[2]

The market consists of ramshackle buildings built from stone blocks quarried nearby. It is not well-organized, nor does it have a defensive wall like the warcamps. It includes many different shops, including multiple wine shops and some restaurants.[3][1] Because the market is situated on a hill, some shops have patio terraces that provide views of the warcamps.[4] The market also contains stables and a menagerie.[4][3] When a highstorm approaches, merchants quickly take down their tents and close up doors and windows;[4] the market provides stone bunkers where patrons can wait out the storm.[5]


The Outer Market is largely unregulated; it falls under the purview of the Highprince of Commerce, but this position was vacant during the reigns of Gavilar and Elhokar.[6] It is among the few places where people from multiple warcamps mix, as it is considered to be neutral territory. The customers are therefore very eclectic; many of the merchants are Thaylen.[1] It competes with the markets that are inside each warcamp.[5]


The Market’s disorganized nature was due to the fact that it was built quickly during the War of Reckoning without the planning that went into the warcamps themselves.[1] Because it was still new, the ornamental shalebark used in landscaping was only a few inches high.[5]

Although some parts of the market were a bit seedy,[3] it also had luxurious establishments that were frequented by high-ranking lighteyes from different princedoms, providing opportunities for social interaction.[4][1] However, due to the lack of regulation, crime in the market began to increase, Dalinar Kholin assigned several battalions of his troops to patrol the Outer Market and areas between the warcamps.[7][8] Although these patrols cut down on bandits, they weakened Dalinar's ability to go on plateau runs to capture gemhearts.[9] When Kaladin was promoted to the rank of captain, he suggested that the former bridgemen in his command be assigned to these patrols to gain experience,[8] to the amusement of Torol Sadeas.[5] Despite its chaotic nature, Dalinar wondered whether the Outer Market would become more permanent as the Alethi solidified their control over the Shattered Plains.[10]

The fate of the Outer Market after the Battle of Narak is unclear. Most of the population of the warcamps moved to Urithiru, presumably including some of the merchants who set up shop in the Breakaway. When Veil visited the warcamps looking for Ialai, she noted that even the markets within the warcamps had fallen into disrepair;[11] the Outer Market likely suffered a similar fate.


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