After dropping of Hector at Eisal Village Hector asks me about going hunting in the forest the day after tomorrow.
“Hunting? I didn’t know you were a hunter!”
“Even if I’m just a kid if have to do my part for the village. We are a small village, so it’s a given we help each other. Money is only used by the Elder when traders come to the village.”
“I see. Who else will be coming with us?”
“It’s just the two of us. The adults have a hunting group as well. But already they went hunting today.”
“Is that OK, going without the adults?”
“Don’t worry! Avan Forest is quite safe.”
“I see. Then see you the day after tomorrow!”
“See you! Be here at nine.”
I return to the Divine Tree and tell Granny I have gained the Mana Perception Skill.
“That’s fast. Did you max it out yet?”
“Not yet. There’s something else I wanted to confirm.”
I start putting points into the skill.
“Ah, I’ve gotten used to it for so long I simply forgot the Old World used that nonsense of a Decimal System.”
“How come? As far as I have seen nobody has six fingers per hand.”
“Well, you count the sections of your non-thumb fingers.”
I try it myself. My index finger has three sections. So with the other fingers so I get to twelve.
“If you view it like that it seems reasonable.”
“You’d be surprised. How much the Duodecimal System was used in the Old World.”
“Yes. For example, if you divide a foot by twelve you get an inch. If you divide that again by twelve you a point. There was no French Revolution in this world. Instead, the Merchants’ Guild decided how to run the books. And they agreed it would make much more sense to use a base twelve system. Talking about merchants. I should teach you about the money around here. You shouldn’t be needing it that soon but it doesn’t hurt to learn.”
Granny takes out something out of nowhere. She places several metal coins and some metal bars on the table. She points to the copper coins. There are 3 round ones in different sizes and a long one, like a koban coin, just made of copper.
“The smallest unit is a Small Copper Coin. One of that is worth one credit. A Medium Copper Coin is worth three credits. A Big Copper Coin is worth twelve. Finally, a Long Copper Coin is worth 30 credits.”
“That’s three times twelve.
Seems like I have to learn the numbers. But since I’m high level. I already have memorized the terms. I just need to get used to it so I don’t have to convert it to decimal internally.
“I think I need to get used to that. So how many minutes are an hour and how many hours a day?”
“One hour is
So it’s sixty minutes per hour and twenty-four hours per day. It’s the same as in the “Old World”, as Hester calls it.
“One week has six days. There’s no Saturday. Five weeks make a moon. Twelve moons make a year.”
So a six day week. It’s like in the Farming Simulation games2 I used to play? So thirty, I mean
“Are there leap days?”
“Leap days? Not really.”
“So there’s not the problem that the seasons move around in the calendar?”
“No, they don’t. Is it that surprising? I mean, you have a Gaming Interface.”
“Back to the money: basically, the other coins are in similar steps just they’re worth more. When you get to the bars the steps change to a fixed factor of
So in summary. The units are as follows:
|Small Copper Coin||1|
|Medium Copper Coin||3|
|Big Copper Coin||10|
|Long Copper Coin||30|
|Small Silver Coin||100|
|Medium Silver Coin||300|
|Big Silver Coin||1,000|
|Long Silver Coin||3,000|
|Round Gold Coin||10,000|
|Long Gold Coin||30,000|
|Round Platinum Coin||100,000|
|Long Platinum Coin||300,000|
|Small Gold Bar||1,000,000|
|Large Gold Bar||10,000,000|
|Small Platinum Bar||100,000,000|
|Large Platinum Bar||1,000,000,000|
As a result of that conversation, I practice the new numbers and I completely forgot what I wanted to ask earlier the day. If it’s important I’ll remember it later.