The Skies Over Erithet
Throughout the world of Erithet, there exist countless forms of currency and means of evaluating trade value on goods. From the western tribes bartering practices to the gold mint in Ulven’s Fall, wealth and the means of measuring it exist in many varied forms. But among all forms of currency, several have come out ahead to be widely accepted, though few are universally accepted.
What follows is a list of accepted currencies, ranging from local to regional to universal. The value of each varies based on region, though there is no real standard measure as of now. Bartering and general trade, while considered a form of currency in many parts of the world, will not be included in this list. The value of trade goods and common bartered items varies wildly from place to place and person to person, and as such will not be measured.
Sheaf: A local currency that has become widely accepted in the lower plains of Viddernas and is closely related to the minted bands from the capital of Ulven’s Fall. While it isn’t officially considered a viable currency in the larger towns and cities of Viddernas, they are commonly used as such in the hamlets, villages and smaller towns scattered across the plains, and has found purchase among the common folk in the surrounding regions due to its simple creation, ease of use, and widespread availability. A sheaf is nothing more than a band of braided leather with a couple rings of copper strung through it, with more rings and a longer length of leather representing a higher value.
The most common and widely accepted form of the sheaf has a ring of copper at one end of the length and a small copper rod at the other, allowing it to be fastened and tied easily, typically around the forearm. It is commonplace in Viddernas to see people wearing sheaves on their forearms, and it is usually considered improper to be seen without so much as a single sheaf on your arm, as you are seen to be a bum or destitute. This is a practice adopted from the soldiers, who took to wearing similar bands to carry their wealth with them and show off any trophies they had taken.
While the lengths tend to vary, they are commonly found in three set lengths, with longer sheaves considered to have more value to them.
The shortest sheaf and the one that is traded most often measures in at two hands or roughly eight inches and has anywhere from one to eight copper rings on it, with more rings representing a much more valuable sheaf.
The next length is typically four hands, or 16 inches long, and can have as many as 24 copper rings, though finding a sheaf of this length with more than 16 coins is unusual.
Finally the longest sheaf measures in at eight hands, or 32 inches in length, and can have up to 64 copper rings on it. These are often used to make increasingly valuable purchases, such as livestock, weapons, and land.
Ward: The officially-backed currency of Viddernas