The Great Pendragon
Coins of the realm
People will use any coins they can get their hands on and most coins in circulation in Logres are at least a hundred years old! As they wear down people tend to disagree about their relative worth and this is further complicated by the arrival of new foreign coins: This results in the ‘clipping of coins’ from various countries to make the exchange of them possible – there is a scarcity of new British coins, as only London and Eberacum mint coins anymore, and they struggle to get enough silver and gold to keep up with demand.
Saxon ‘coins’ are not really coins as we know them, they are more like small beads and disks designed to be worn as much as to be spent – Frankish ‘Trimesis’ are supposed to look like the coinage of Byzantium, but are not as well struck, and often have nonsensical or reversed writing on them.
Roman & Byzantium coins are more like the coins we think of today, and newly minted versions of these are the most highly prized as they are easily identifiable and have a known weight of copper / silver / gold
the following section is from the G.S Pendragon pages
£1 pays one year of support for:
- One squire and his horses, or
- 8 rich commoners, or
- 24 commoners, or
- 48 poor commoners
- 7,000 commoners for a day, or
- 15,000 poor people for a day
1 d. pays
- 25 commoners for a day, or
- 50 poor people for a day (i.e. 10 d. feeds an entire village)
Noble Guest Costs
No one lives for free. When your player character casually adds a noble guest to the household, someone decides how much he or she will eat. Not everyone is treated equally. Subtract the cost from Treasure. If the guest is for the winter only, then halve these values. Here are some numbers to judge things by.
For one year:
- One person to live like a squire, with riding and pack horses, no family: £1
- One person to live like a regular knight or lady, without squire, servants or horses: £2
- A knight, with his squire and his family, but without horses: £4
- A knight and squire, with horses but without family: £4
Officer Level, £2
These officials are the common-class men who have made it. They are the senior managers of great responsibility, such as stewards, butlers, and other top-tier authorities who take care of a great lord’s estates. A banneret might have one, but usually only ranking noble households keep such individuals at this pay grade. Thus the steward of a manor, or even the Chief Steward of a banneret, would not be of this rank. These individuals could be commoners, but this is really good pay for an esquire as well.
Professional Level, £1
The leading authority on a single manorial estate would have this rank. Thus, the Steward of a manor costs this much. Professionals include the occupations on page 10-12 of the Book of the Manor, many of which are customarily held by commoners.
Valet Level, £¾
This is the basic scale for upper rank servants.
Book of the Manor, page 8, has some of these listed as “Manorial Specialists”
Groom Level, £¼-½
This is the basic scale for lower rank servants.
Book of the Manor, page 8 has some of these listed as “Skilled Help”