Rituals as Currency
Every intelligent creature on Materia is born with the gift of casting magical rituals. They also can spy natural elements capable of powering magical rituals. Since everyone in the world uses ritual components they quickly became the currency of the world. Their value cannot be disputed, regardless of what culture one comes from. For example a Dwarven Nature Component may be a small chunk of unworked iron inscribed with runes, while an Elven component may by a twist of rare holly from the center of an ancient forest. Yet both will serve the same function in a ritual. This makes it possible to use ritual components as a standardized medium of trade across the world.
Nature rituals are the most common, therefore “Nats” are the lowest currency. Nats are the smallest unit of currency as they are available to anyone who wishes to simply take the time to find them. Some sample prices are below:
- Food: 20 nats could buy a decent meal; 500 for a feast
- Drink: 20 nats could buy a pitcher of ale; 500 for jug of the finest wine
- Lodging: 50 nats a day for a typical room; 200 for luxury accommodations
Since 50 nats weighs one pound, people often will exchange their nature components for religious components.
A person skilled in the art of the temple can gather Natural Components together into Religious Components, or “Rels”. 1 rel is worth 10 nats. Most temples will do this as part of their service to a community, in exchange for small donations, simple services, or a brief propitiation to the gods.
The rarest components to be found on Materia are Arcane components, or “Arcs”. These cannot be found in natural areas and so are much harder to come by. Fey woods and the shadows of floating mountains often yield these precious commodities, and they are jealously guarded. 1 Arc is worth 100 nats and weighs only 1/100th its weight, making it the common currency for large purchases such as property or weapons in the world.
Ironically the most prevalent thing in the world — magical rituals — are also the most hard to come by. Most people would rather charge for the performing of a ritual rather than sell one, as they make more in the long run. However most people are more likely to sell to travelers who are unlikely to stay and threaten their business in exchange for a large payout all at once. “Rits” are worth 10,000 nats.
Introduced to the people of Materia by the mysterious traders from the Moon Kingdom of Kesh, Astral Diamonds are the rarest commodity and are usually only encountered in large settlements. When making large purchases the Keshians will sometimes leave a handful of these precious stones. As such they are only fungible between communities that trade with the sky ships.
|Nature Component (nat)||1||1/10||1/100||1/10,000||1/1,000,000||1/50 lb.|
|Religious Component (rel)||10||1||1/10||1/1,000||1/100,000||1/50 lb.|
|Arcane Component (arc)||100||10||1||1/100||1/10,000||1/50 lb.|
|Ritual (rit)||10,000||1,000||100||1||1/100||1/50 lb.|
|Astral diamond (ad)||1,000,000||100,000||10,000||100||1||1/500 lb.|