what things cost
how far does your money go in Algundy?
Here is a rough (and we mean rough) guide to the approximate values placed on items in Algundy. These estimates will guide some of your roleplay but they may also be influenced by factors in the game. A bad harvest will mean that prices of food and livestock rise or if the town you are in only has one Armourer they may charge much higher prices for having the market to themselves. Anyway, we hope that it’s useful.
Some of the inspiration and guidance for some of these costings comes from the wonderful book ‘Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England’ by Ian Mortimer – a book well worth reading!
Just a reminder – the currency in the table is in p – copper pennies, s – silver sovereigns, & C – gold crowns
|Basic Food and Light Ale for a Day||1p||Very basic sustenance without cheese or meat.|
|Decent Food for the Day||3p||Food to give a full stomach with meat and cheese|
|Bottle of Wine||2-6p||The very poorest of wines would be 2p per bottle, an average bottle might fetch 4-6p, and as you might expect, fancy wines can cost a small fortune|
|Candles||2 ½p for a pound||Simple Tallow (animal fat) Candles|
|A Live Pig||3s||Livestock is of incredible value, often many days / weeks worth of wages for some|
|A Live Chicken||5p||Chickens are easier to rear and to come by|
|A Live Cow||8s||Again, very valuable livestock for its various products.|
|A Horse||2C||Whether a strong cart horse or a war horse, these beasts are expensive. Consider too the cost of feeding it and hiring someone to tend to it and all the equipment that it will need|
|Private Room at an Inn||10p approx.||This price will depend on whether the Tavern owner likes the look of your face and whether you have anything to offer them in return for giving you a room for the night, other than coin|
|A Peasant Blade||6p||A simple, rustic blade. More substantial than an eating knife but less so that a fancy sword|
|A Simple Sword||2s||A sturdy, well made blade. An all rounder for combat, typically a simple arming sword or falcion with a leather-bound handle. Prices can vary due to the quality of steel|
|Good Scabbard and Belt||1s||Sturdy, well made, leather scabbard with wooden core and heavy duty cast belt buckles|
|Bound Shield||18s||Sturdy, heavy duty construction with metal binding and rivets|
|A Fine Knight's Sword||Upwards of 4C||Obviously the finer the steel the higher the price, also the more skilled the blacksmith and the more ornate the finishing touches, the higher the price. Some blades are astronomical prices|
|A Full Harness of Plate Armour||Starting at 20C||Any fluctuations in price here are defined by the skill of the armourer and the embellishments to the armour. Metal armour is not something that just anyone can purchase|
|2 Hawks and a Falcon||10C||Because who doesn’t need 2 Hawks and a Falcon?|