Whiterun Has Gone to Hell
Well, go figure...
So, I'm currently working a level 19 Imperial scout/werewolf playthrough and I'm having great fun. However, Warmaiden's and Belethor's General Goods are officially, and permanently, closed. Utilizing my keen powers of deduction, I've surmised that, unbeknownst to me, and while my Dragonborn was out saving all of Skyrim, the proprietors of those two businesses were the unfortunate victims of vampire attacks. I came to this conclusion based upon the fact that, when I visit Whiterun, there's always an interesting array of corpses laying about.
Anyway, the whole thing is quite ironic being that I found a character that I want to do my first complete playthrough with. On the upside, it gives me some good RP motivation to join the Dawnguard. On the downside, it may have a global impact on Tamriel's economy. I mean, if dragons weren't enough, the flow of bear pelts, looted armor, and precious gems is going to be seriously affected.
It's grim but I'm not going to dump all of my East Empire Trading Company stocks. I did receive word, via courier, that the minimum wage for all hold guards is getting raised to 10 septims per day. Hopefully, that will stimulate growth even in the face of Emperor Mede's new health care reforms.