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Blue Sapphire Jewels
Trade: Trade Outpost
, Black Market
Extracted from the crude gems regularly discarded by miners, Blue Sapphires are found only in Sol and surrounding regions. Renowned for its deep, hypnotic shades of blue, the wealthy come to Federation territories from far and wide seeking dealers of these enigmatic stones. Gem Merchants universe-wide will pay a good price to add some Blue Sapphires to their stock.
Trade with jewels has two things similar with Dark Corner trade: Long-range, and taking place in faction core clusters (including Union).
In every faction core cluster, one neutral, mobile Gem Merchant is stationed. In regular intervals, the gem merchant moves his building to another random spot of open space in the same cluster, to a sector with a planet. This NPC building works like any other player-owned building: It needs an upkeep (food, water, energy, optical components, and gemstones), and produces the type of jewels corresponding to its territory: Blue Sapphire jewels in Federation space, Ruby jewels in Empire space, and Golden Beryl jewels in Union space. Production level may span from 1 to 7 and depends on the cluster's economic strength (= amount of existing player-owned buildings).
Besides the upkeep, every gem merchant pays for aquiring jewels from other regions. This price is uniquely determined for every gem merchant and changes when a merchant moves to another spot. It is always higher than the price the jewels can be bought for in their regions of origin, with small random variations. Acquired jewels decrease with every production cycle.
Buy price: 92,000
Sell price: 1,680