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    Too much gold

    Post  mikel.withers on July 13th 2016, 11:45 am

    Okay, so I have these characters I've been working on for quite a while ( awhile?) and I think I finally figured out their story. I'm looking at something more wide ranging than the short stories I've written so far, and ... well I guess I need to spoil a story that isn't even written, so here goes:
    The dragon is defeated, the dragon's hoard is opened and an awful lot of people suddenly have more gold than they can carry. (did I forget to mention it is a fantasy world? Little to no magic)
    Anyway, I was reminded of how the massive influx of gold from the new world disrupted the Spanish economy and I was wondering if anyone had ideas about what kind of impact a dragon's hoard would have on the region.


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    Re: Too much gold

    Post  CreatorsPixels on July 21st 2016, 8:18 pm

    Interesting idea that is often overlooked. Gold is only worth what someone will give you for it, you can't eat it. If the whole town has too much, why would a baker sell you bread for it, he will want something else. Reminds me of this passage in 2 Kings. A little different because it wasn't gold but all sorts of spoil, but I think you could be onto an interesting take of the problem. Good luck!!

    2Ki 6:25

    And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.
    2Ki 7:16

    And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.


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    Re: Too much gold

    Post  fxruizx on July 23rd 2016, 11:47 am

    I think CreatorsPixels had a good point. Another, probably less realistic, possibility is that different families/clans take their gold stores and set off in different directions, hoping to trade it for other necessities, elsewhere in the world, like a diaspora. Then what becomes of their former region - is it lost to myth, or left with a small band of misfits trying to restore the land. 

    Just some thoughts Smile

    Look forward to reading/hearing it!

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