Wealth and Status
Rather than keeping track of detailed property transactions,
characters have a general Wealth level rated from 0 to 10.
Equipment is rated in terms of what Wealth level it is standard at.
If your Wealth level is equal to or greater than the item, it is
assumed that you will have it. Characters will also have a ranking
within their Wealth level, from 0 to 9. The ranking does not make a
practical difference in buying, but keeps track of pecking order
within your wealth. Exceptional expenses or gains may change your
ranking and eventually your wealth level.
The wealth of relatives is somewhat tricky to separate. In general,
the descriptions below apply to the principal members of a household:
patriarch or matriarch and their spouse, along with eldest son.
Younger members of the family will have correspondingly less wealth,
usually 1 or at most 2 levels lower.
- 0 : Thrall
Thralls are technically property of someone else. They
technically may own property and even do business, but they get
paid nothing for their work and thus will own very little if
anything. A typical thrall is worth about 5 milk-cows.
- 1 : Destitute
Someone who is free but owns virtually nothing but clothes
and a few personal effects. This may be a lowly servant,
wanderer, or newly freed thrall.
- 2 : Poor
Typically a free servant, who will have a marketable craft and
some savings. This might also be a farmer on hard times who is
living with relatives.
Equipment: simple items such as a knife, bow, and craft tools
along with perhaps a few livestock (~1 milk-cows worth).
- 3 : Struggling
A typical skilled huscarl, who owns no land but is well paid
for his hazardous duty and collects loot in addition -- or
alternatively a poor farmer with only a small cabin and
a few livestock, and perhaps a thrall or servant.
Equipment: an axe, shield, and a leather jacket or jerkin.
A huscarl may own a horse.
- 4 : Common
A common farmer, with a modest longhouse, a few (2 to 4)
thralls, and around 6 milk-cows worth of various livestock.
Alternatively, a non-landowner with means, such as a master
craftsman or reknowned huscarl.
Equipment: a sword, shield, metal cap, and leather armor for
fighting. A pair of horses and a simple fishing boat (4 meters
long) for travel.
- 5 : Comfortable
This is an above-average farmer, with 4 to 8 thralls or
servants, and around a dozen milk-cows worth of livestock.
Equipment: a sword, shield, helmet, and metal-reinforced
leather armor. Possibly a small knorr (merchant ship), along
with a fishing boat.
- 6 : Well-to-do
This is a well-to-do farmer, with around a dozen
thralls/servants for the homestead and a significant herd of
livestock. They will need to drive the herd to more distant
pastures in the summer. They may have a few (1-3) huscarls,
but may not.
Equipment: a sword, shield, helmet, and a chainmail vest.
A medium-sized knorr (merchant ship) for the household, plus
several fishing boats.
- 7 : Wealthy
A truly wealthy farmer, with an extended estate and 1 or 2
score of thralls/servants, along with around 6 huscarls, and
an extensive herd of livestock (100 or more cattle).
Equipment: a fine sword, helm, and chainmail hauberk.
A military longship for raiding along with a large merchant
- 8 : Very Wealthy
The equivalent of a lesser jarl in classical viking culture,
who rules over over a county-sized region. He would have
perhaps a dozen huscarls but could easily raise a force
of over 100 men.
- 9 : Rig-Jarl
This is a powerful earl or rig-jarl, who rules over a town
or several counties.
- 10 : King
This is a notable king, a level not currently seen in Vinland.