The World of Kinin
Calendar and Currency of Kinin
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A year on Kinin has 484 days. These days are divided into 12 months, based on the cycle of the moons. Each month is 30 days long, consisting of 3 weeks, each 10 days long. Each day is 24 hours long. This equals 480 days. There are also 4 Solstice days. The Winter Solstice, which happens mid winter, and is recognised as the first day of the new year. The summer solstice and the spring and autumn equinox. These days are outside the calendar months and exist on their own. Many cultures celebrate these days with various festivals.
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I use the following table to generate daily weather.
There are many coins in Kinin. Over the ages, different kingdoms and empires have minted coins and currency as they saw fit. Over time, the coins have changed, but overall their weight has generally remained the same. It was Damokin that introduced the decimal currency and from there humans adopted a standardized coinage. With the prolific spread of humans and with them their trade, other countries adopted this coinage and from there a base national and international currency was formed.
Below is an example of the current coins minted in the realms based on that currency.
Commoners would most likely rarely see an actual gold coin. They would mostly deal in Thorns and Shields, maybe the odd Half-Crown. Royals are a trade coin, used to save counting. Beyond that there are trade weights in gold of values of 10, 20, 50 and 100 gold weight. (a weight equal to 1 gold coin or Crown).
The terms for coins, their names come from all over history, Barb is actually the Orc word for the colour of copper, Shield comes from the original cost of a plain wooden shield, Crowns and Royals because it is the currency of nobility. The others fell in as needed.
The value of a Gold Piece
The average labourer earns approximately 10 silver a day, a skilled labourer up to 15sp per day. Kinin has a 10 day week meaning that a worker would bring home about 90sp a week. Out of that he would pay:
This assumes that they are alone eating decent meals. With dependents food and rent would increase, also the quality of meals would go down, but the total increase would use all their money. In their purse the average person would have a few silver pieces and mostly copper coins. A gold coin is a day’s wages; ten gold coins a week, five hundred gold coins are a year’s wages. Though it would normally be expressed in Silver Shields.
Buying and Selling Treasure
When loot is found it is usually the party’s desire to run off and either sell or trade it. Different settlements have limits on what they can afford to buy and sell. Towns have a limit on the gold they have available. When selling loot they can sell for the following values on average. The values given are based around the idea that a merchant will only be able to sell the items for a profit if they buy low and sell at market value. They are of course not charities.