CarniDollMancer wrote:Edited to add this thought: Also, if they did not use Schmuckers at all, how would a fresh Barbarian with a purse have any money in the MK. They would be unable to get Rands for the Schmuckers they already have.
They wouldn't need to. The smuckers can still be used to pay off their upkeep. This is why casters till take work from sides; the smuckers they pay can help cover their upkeep for a while, even though they can't use it in the MK. If they want rands, they can look for work within the MK
0beron wrote:Interesting that meat is more valuable...I wonder if it's basically the inverse of our world. Only 10% of the energy gets passed up the food chain with each step, so it takes you 10 lbs of grain to produce 1 lb of beef for example (losely speaking). But here, a single serving of meat is more nourishing and "meaningful" than an equal serving of vegetable. So maybe the more steps/work that go into producing food, the more nourishing it is. So the ideal setup would be Dirt/Flower making the best farm possible, feeding livestock that are tamed/bred by Carnies and Date-a-mancers, then having Healomancers/Changemancers process the meat. Maybe Parson will try it out.
It could simply be the case that the meat makes for a tasty soup... The soup maker appreciates having a better tasting soup(along with the others), and thus is willing to "pay" a little extra to have the meat.
Though one thing that did bug me was how one rand was equal to one turn. I mean if food halve's your upkeep, then that would mean one half rand... Seems like it should be a bit higher just to account for how you might reduce your upkeep; like upkeep being 10 rands, so reducing it would mean reducing to 5
Which brings up a prediction I've still got for how this story will resolve: Digdug and Dove will reclaim Homekey and start it over
I don't see why DigDoug would do that. Digdoug didn't really love Homekey itself; he loved the people and how the side was run. Without Posbrake, Bucky and the others, it wouldn't be the same side he knew and loved. Why take on the hard job of running a whole new side when he can just take care himself? From what we know from Sizemore, Dirtamancer's are prized in the magic kingdom and he will have no trouble keep himself alive.
Perhaps we're just seeing a lower economic strata within the Magic Kingdom. So far, we've been exposed to the associates of a Grand Abbie Hippiemancer and the Great Minds of the Thinkamancers -- all of whom are sufficiently well-connected and powerful as to be beyond the turn-to-turn terror of paying upkeep.
indeed. Janice may be a hippy, but she's wealthy enough that she can spend 150 Rands to untangle Maggie, Sizemore and Wanda... and the thinkamancers are wealthy enough that they can IGNORE such a good offer.
The carnies on the other hand, live day by day... they never know when their gonna suddenly find themselves running so low on rands. And this is how Charlie can keep them working for him... They are desperate and he knows hoe useful they all can be. Heck I wouldn't be surprised if Charlie is the reason Dove ran into DigDoug that fateful night; she needed work, Charlie knew their was trouble brewing in Homekey and thus knew that if she hung around portal park, she'd find someone who needed a caster for something