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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Vladimir on Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:10 pm

Thats interesting!
The reason I'd assumed what I did about mehrial is that back in the day I read something about it and counterfeiting, which basically stated counterfeiting a Mehrial was impossible, because its made of a unique blend of metals and materials that give it a particular shine thats impossible to duplicate, and is a trade secret known only to those who mint it. I read this off the site back in the day I'm quite certain, but what I describe may well not even be in effect anymore.
If that is still the case, and minting the coins IS a treasury secret, it wouldn't make much sense for mehrial to be a world currency. One of the only ways I could imagine mehrial as a world currency is if mehrial itself IS a unique metal/material, one of some practical use or beauty. One worldwide currency all minted by the same folks doesn't make much sense, unless they're ancient left-overs from some uber-powerful, previously world-spanning, and now long gone empire, like bottlecaps in Fallout... and the whole world spontaneously minting the same kind of coin as their dominant currency without having any outside influence or alternate application for that coin's material perhaps makes less. Universally recognized in the -known- world I get, worldwide recognition not so much... but it is what it is, and thats what it is, regardless of if it makes sense to me. :P
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Miss Magical on Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:21 pm

Really, I just look at it that's something necessary for simplistic of game-play. It can't be counterfeited because that'd allow people to break the mechanics, and it's at least recognized worldwide to allow for ease in transactions. The way it was explained to me by an OP was that they were made out of a valuable metal that you could specify, allowing you to RP it out as you please as long as it makes sense. I often use single Mehrial's as made out of silver and larger values of it made out of gold.
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Stormbringer on Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:50 pm

You're not entirely wrong Vlad and no it doesn't make much sense in the terms you describe. Or maybe at all except for it needing to make sense for simplifying an aspect of the game.

http://belariath.com/locations/bank/currency.html

That's a very old page which has it as a universal currency for at least eight years, and I could sort of justify it by saying that in the distant past there were empires that spanned the whole world in trading with one another and they decided on a collective currency to facilitate this. As society devolved, knowledge of the magical process of creating the mehrial was retained by certain High Elves, many of them still alive to this day since they have such a long life span.

Probably someone with a more highly developed imagination can do better ;)
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Wadeywade on Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:33 pm

Ok, just to ask this if it wasnt covered above..
SB said, its more a broader rural area than a condensed city, and I am guessing that includes the forest itself. What is considered the 'city limits' to that end? (Im askin what constitutes the 'city' and where is the line drawn when doing a head coint for the citys' population? Im actually asking geographical distances, I think. Yes. Thats it. :) thanks)
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Wadeywade on Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:09 pm

Update: nm. I see it on the map, lol. My bas.
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Wadeywade on Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:50 pm

Ok heres something else: Ive heard mehrial coins also come in multi-denominational styles, IE a ten mhl coin, upwards of..
what is the upoer limit, and what do these coins/ingots look like ? because A) sometimes we take 18000 mhl to the reb or the SS, lol and I know big sacks or chests of coins are heavy so.. B) has the Empire ever considered a paper currency? they have printing presses from the newspaper and it wouod not be hard to make a magical watermark.. since wizard marks are all unique, you just appoint a trustworthy Noble to stamp them for you, easy-peasy. :) (points to callie and whispers behind his hand, “pick her.” )

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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Ehlanna on Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:24 pm

Wadeywade wrote:Ok heres something else: Ive heard mehrial coins also come in multi-denominational styles, IE a ten mhl coin, upwards of..
what is the upoer limit, and what do these coins/ingots look like ? because A) sometimes we take 18000 mhl to the reb or the SS, lol and I know big sacks or chests of coins are heavy so.. B) has the Empire ever considered a paper currency? they have printing presses from the newspaper and it wouod not be hard to make a magical watermark.. since wizard marks are all unique, you just appoint a trustworthy Noble to stamp them for you, easy-peasy. :) (points to callie and whispers behind his hand, “pick her.” )

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No derision, snark or insult intended ....
I'd imagine there were coin denominations other than the single copper and single mehrial values. This, however is a fantasy game whose main theme is that of 'surprise sex' and other such allied, adult themes. It is the potential realm of Conan the Barbarian, not Conan the Wa, er Banker. It's bad enough we 'need' to keep tabs on how many legs of lamb you have, let alone just what denomination coins you have, requiring a shop worker taking that 50 Mhl piece and making change ... er, just no.
I'd expect there to be a 10, maybe a 100 mhl coin, but that is NOT an ex cathedra statement, just pay the toll and don't worry about the value of the coins, just the total.
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Farvel on Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:40 am

Yeah I don't imagine that when you pay 1000 mhl at a shop you are literally counting one thousand coins and tossing them one by one on the counter, there are likely higher and lower value coins. But it's something that can easily be abstracted without having to be spelled out in RP.
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Re: TLI Civics

Postby Stormbringer on Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:54 am

Also the newspaper is an OOC item

There is no printing technology in Belariath. That's what scribes are for.
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