Lore:East Empire Company
The East Empire Trading Company (often shortened to East Empire Company, sometimes abbreviated as the EEC and simply called The Company by others) is a merchant organization. The Company has a monopoly on multiple trade goods—including raw ebony, raw glass, and Stalhrim—Dwemer artifacts, and flin. It controlled the import and export of multiple goods to and from Vvardenfell, like kwama Eggs, marshmerrow pulp, saltrice, and Telvanni bug musk. It was commissioned by the Emperor and is controlled by a group of individuals he appointed, which, in addition to the Company's wealth, makes it relatively powerful, with its influence having affected even the administration of the Duke of Vvardenfell.
The company itself has been in existence from at least 3E 124. The company had two major offices in Morrowind, with one in the harborside fortress of Ebonheart—governed by Duke Vedam Dren—and the other in Fort Frostmoth, on the island of Solstheim, having established a colony at Raven Rock based around the Ebony mine in 3E 427. The company has a strong presence in the city of Solitude in Skyrim, with the headquarters being located in Windhelm. They also were known to operate in Caldera.
During 3E 427, the EEC expanded into Solstheim due to the large amounts of raw ebony that were located there. Within months the town of Raven Rock was founded, with most of the inhabitants being Imperials and Nords. The town was a major source of income due to the success of the ebony mines, with the bulk of the ebony being exported by the EEC to Windhelm.
In the first year of the Fourth Era, after the Oblivion Crisis, House Redoran began quick negotiations with the EEC to allow the House members to settle in Raven Rock, these negotiations went well, with some speculating that bribes were made between the EEC and the Great House. The Dunmer proved to be both hard-working and reliable when it came to working in the mines, impressing the East Empire Company and solidifying their relationship. After the eruption of Red Mountain in 4E 5, the local Imperial Guard had greatly diminished in number due to the eruption destroying Fort Frostmoth, to replenish the lost protection, the EEC allowed House Redoran to bring in the elite Redoran Guard to protect the mines and town.
In 4E 10, the EEC sent an Imperial known as Gratian Caerellius to Raven Rock, as ruins had been discovered underneath the mines, to investigate them. However, this proved fruitless as he died in the ruins due to the Draugr. The EEC then sealed off that section of the mine to prevent any more deaths.
A few years later, the ash storms kept battering the town and mines, causing a loss in production, Brara Morvayn proposed that the EEC construct a large wall of her own design to protect the east end of town. The company quickly agreed and provided the necessary funds. After almost a year, the construction was complete and the huge edifice was named "The Bulwark." The wall proved to be extremely effective and allowed work to continue unabated in the mines. In 4E 16, when Solstheim was passed into the hands of the Dunmer people, the East Empire Company was forced to relinquish Raven Rock's control to House Redoran.
In 4E 201, the Company was struggling with its Windhelm shipping route due to a band of pirates known as the Blood Horkers, who were being backed by the Nordic Clan Shatter-Shield, who aimed to control the Windhelm docks fully. The Company learnt the location of the Blood Horkers, a fort known as Japhet's Folly and the identity of its leader, a Redguard mage named Haldyn, who obscured the location of his base of operations by using weather altering magic. The Last Dragonborn assisted the EEC's mercenaries and soldiers by dispatching Haldyn, allowing the EEC's ships to bombard the fort, this allowed the Company to restart operations in Windhelm and Solitude. The same year, the Thieves Guild attempted to gain influence in the Company.