He enforces the agreements of the Market.
Strict, but Fair
The Marketman ensures that the Market runs smoothly, from the negotiation of vendor fees to the punishment of those who break the Market’s rules. He would rather have disagreeing parties work out their problems among themselves, but when he does need to step in, he does so with a firm, unwavering voice that brooks no dissent.
James Roberts, born in 1957, grew up in a middle-class American household imprinted with all the commercial pop culture trappings and stereotypes of the time, and he hated it. It wasn’t so much that he hated his own culture so much as he didn’t believe that American (or any Western) culture was inherently superior to any other culture in the world. As soon as he could, he left his small home town to attend undergraduate college in New York City. The events of 1984 found him on the opposite coast, studying for his graduate degree in anthropology.
James was the first to propose the idea of an open market to support Mount Safeco. It would expand their earning potential without having to expend resources on raiding and was a way to keep up on local tribes and happenings—a topic on which he felt the Academics were woefully uniformed due to willful elitism. Though he and Cynthia had many a debate on the subject of “laws” vs. “agreements”, they finally decided that the Market should have a few rules that were strictly enforced rather than a long list of rules that would be largely ignored.