Dortin’s most diminished oligarchs are the Wesleys of Wesley Hall, whose fortune was made hundreds of years ago in Dortin’s now-defunct shipyards. The demand for warships and privateers was high in the war years, in addition to a steady trade in the sturdy riverboats that formerly linked Dortin to Fogbrindle, Faldoth, and The Vale of Amandiem. With the retreat of The Northern Kingdom and the diminished power of Tuvoth since the Northern War, however, there has been no advanced civilization on the lake other than the city itself. Dortin’s warships quickly became unnecessary and were sold south or re-purposed, often in sweetheart deals that left Wesleys holding the short end. In addition, the almost total decline in river trade other than that carried out by Morgans on their own craft made the fortunes of the Wesley Shipyards extremely unpredictable, and Wesleys now survive primarily on rents from the neighborhoods adjoining Wesley Hall, which (fortunately for them) include The Merchant Halls and The Watch. Craft owned by the Wesleys are occasionally called into service when Melantons, Leighs, Karels, and Alasters conduct an operation that requires a lake crossing, and the fees charged by Wesley crews are the remainder of this family’s comparatively modest income. The Wesley dock that now operates stands just south of the much larger but now ruined dock operated by Wesleys in the lucrative Imperial period.
The Wesley name gained fame in the city during the fifth century boom, when their shipyards supplied ships of the line to The Continental Empire, and the family continued to prosper in later wars when The Big Lake was contested. Most recently, they built the Elven pirate ships that fought the Northern War on the water. After the death of shipbuilding, however, the family was expelled from The City Fathers for more than a century. Only within the last three decades have they returned to power thanks to Theda Wesley, wife of the patriarch Freeman Wesley, who created The Merchant Halls neighborhood and used the influence of the merchants to gain seats on The Concordium for her husband and herself.