Money

Money

Every nation of Dárdünah, with the exception of the Hardazi Khanate, uses a currency called the dalán. Dalán are made from a particular type of translucent crystal that comes in many colors, and can be carved, or melted down and cast in molds. The resulting coins are somewhat flat disks, either six- or eight-sided, with the seal of the government that minted them. Most nations make their dalán from a particular color of crystal, so it is easy to tell at a glance where a dalán comes from. Larger and more complex coins are often made to represent larger denominations of dalán (5 or 10 dalán, for example). For the purposes of the game, one dalán is worth about 5-10 dollars.

There is another much older form of currency, however: barter. This is used extensively by those in the lower castes. In small isolated villages, physical goods often more valued than the dalán, and jánah who are offered dalán as payment may consider them a curiosity to be hoarded, or they may not accept them at all. In larger towns, of course, both types of payment are used.

There is no such thing as mass production on Dárdünah. All items are made by hand, and craftsmen generally take great pride in their work. Consequently, while a “gift” of extra coinage may speed the process, one must generally wait for certain types of goods. Some examples of item costs and the time needed to craft or procure them are shown below.

Goods Dalán Time
Common clothing 1 8 hours
Court clothing 5 16 hours
Leather armor 5 2 days
Amber armor 20 2 weeks
Living suthra armor 200-600 1 year
Heavy draft chinti 12 1 week
Standard vaylah pistol 12 1 month
Vaylah dueling pistol 26 6 months
Vaylah rifle 15 1 month
Riding chinti 15 2 weeks
Female worker slave 60 1 week
Male field hand slave 160 1 week
Male house slave 240 2 weeks

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