Sugar, Spices and Money: The Thedas Cuisine Project
For the purposes of this project, using medieval money as a base, the following currency values will be applied:
Medieval Money vs Modern Day Money:
1 pound (20 Shillings) = $650 / £530 / €620
1 shilling (12 pence) = $32 / £26 / €31
1 pence (4 farthings) = $2.60 / £2 / €2.50
1 farthing = $0.65 / £0.50 / €0.60
Thedas Money Vs. Medieval Money:
1 gold = 1 pound, 9 pence, 4 farthings
1 silver = 2.5 pence (10 farthings)
1 copper = 0.1 farthing
Thedas Money Vs. Modern Day Money:
1 gold = $676 / £550 / €645
1 silver = $6.5 / £5 / €6.25
1 copper = $0.06 / £0.05 / €0.06
Sugar would be very rare outside of the nobility, due to its extreme cost. One pound of sugar would cost nearly 15 silver. In terms of real world money, you’re looking at an equivalent of about $98. The average lay-person would most likely make anywhere between 50 copper and 3 silver per day. Paying the equivalent of between 5 and 15 days wages on a pound of sugar was just not possible for most people. It should also be noted that a small two-person peasant home probably only cost about 3 or 4 gold.
To put that in perspective, that’s kind of like paying $98 for a pound of sugar when you only make $19.50 a day, and the cost of a house is $2000. Of course, most people would most likely rent their houses. The cost of renting that same house would probably be 1 gold per year, which would probably be payable per month like our own real-world rent. So most people would be paying the equivalent of $56 per month to rent their house.
To put that in perspective, given current-era real world money, that’s like making $300 a week and renting a two bedroom house for $174 a month (you could also buy the house for $6200). In this same scenario, sugar costs $300 per pound. To put in perspective how HIGH that would be, a brand new BMW S-series would cost $1300.
Because of these reasons, liberal use of sugar (even among the nobility) would be very rare, and would be a sign of extreme luxury.
Because of these prices, the vast majority of the common peoples within Thedas would use honey and local fruit for their sweeteners. Contrasted with today, where honey is now much more expensive than sugar, it was the other way around in the middle ages. Whereas sugar would cost around 15 silver per pound in Thedas, honey would cost closer to 2 silver per pound. Bee husbandry was far cheaper than sourcing sugar or growing sugar, and therefore the end product was much cheaper as well. Many families would also keep their own bee-hives, and so most communities had at least one steady supply of fresh honey. Most communities would still use it sparingly, however, as it would mostly be sold to nobles, with the excess being used by the community, or farmers themselves.
Spices would be exceedingly expensive in Thedas, especially if you wanted to get spices that weren’t native to the kingdom you lived in. While these spices were cheaper in their native lands, cheaper did not always equate to affordable. The majority of people who used these spices were either in the small group of those who could afford them - or they knew how to forage or grow them.
Cinnamon, for example, would have been native to The Anderfels, parts of Nevarra, and Tevinter. Inside of these kingdoms, cinnamon would still sell for around 15 silver per pound. Outside of these kingdoms, however, the price would vary depending on how far they would be shipped. The end price for spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves would be anywhere between 50 silver to 2 gold per pound. While the end price could still be manageable, given that spices were sold by the ounce, it would still be a considerable expense.
The following is a list of example spices. The first price is the price (per pound) in their native habitat, the second is the additional price for shipment (per 10 miles). The third price is the estimated price (per pound) after their shipment from their native habitat to the other side of Thedas (average of 500 miles).
For spices not listed, just assume that it would have a similar price as to any spices that are similar on the above list.
Herbs would be much cheaper than spices, but not as widely available. Most herbs that were shipped would be their dried versions, which would of course be inferior to the fresh variants. Dried variants of herbs would, of course, be cheaper than fresh.
With the following list, the first price is the price (per bunch) for fresh, and the second is for dry. For herbs, the shipping cost would most likely be much more uniform when compared to spices. Therefore, assume a simple 50 copper per 10 miles when shipping an herb from its native habitat.
The following is a list of food basics, and their average prices. This is not an inclusive list of everything. It is merely a guide to give you an idea of what the average person would pay for food in Thedas.
Cheap Ale (per gallon): 50 copper
Good Ale (per gallon): 1 silver
Cheap Wine (per gal): 2 silver
Good Wine (per gal): 10 silver
Cheap Beer (per gal): 2 silver
Good Beer (per gal): 8 silver
Milk (per quart): 50 copper
MEAT AND LIVESTOCK:
Cow, alive: 50 silver
Beef, butchered (whole cow): 3 gold
Beef, butchered (per pound): 35 copper
Pig, alive: 15 silver
Pork, butchered (whole pig): 70 silver
Pork, butchered (Per pound): 45 copper
Sheep, Alive: 5 silver
Mutton, butchered (whole sheep): 60 silver
Mutton, butchered (Per pound): 40 copper
Lamb, Alive: 10 silver
Lamb, butchered (whole lamb): 50 silver
Lamb, butchered (per pound): 60 copper
Fowl, alive: 25 copper
Fowl, butchered (whole bird): 75 copper to 3 silver
Fowl, butchered (per pound): 15 copper
Goose or Duck, alive: 1 silver
Goose or duck, butchered (whole bird): 4 silver
Goose or duck, butchered (per pound): 22 copper
FRUITS, VEGETABLES, GRAINS AND FATS:
note: 1 bushel = 60 pounds
Wheat: 15 silver per quarter bushel
Wheat flour: 4 silver per pound
Barley: 12 silver per quarter bushel
Barley flour: 3 silver per pound
Oats: 5 silver per quarter bushel
Oat Flour: 2 silver per pound
Peas, Dried: 1 silver per quarter bushel
Pea flour: 30 copper per pound
Peasant’s Flour (mixture of barley, oat, and pea): 15 copper per pound
Local Fresh vegetables: Between 50 copper and 2 silver per pound
Local Fresh fruit: Between 1 and 4 silver per pound
Local Dried Fruit: Between 50 copper and 1 silver per pound
Foreign Vegetables (fresh): 6 silver per pound
Foreign Fruit (Fresh): 12 silver per pound
Foreign dried fruit: 2 to 4 silver per pound
Butter: 30 copper per pound
Beef suet: 40 copper per pound
Mutton or Lamb suet: 20 copper per pound
Pork suet (or lard): 15 copper per pound
Bread: 40 copper per loaf
Cheese: 20 copper per pound
Eggs: 1 copper each
Yeast: 1 copper per ounce
This post will most likely be referenced throughout the Thedas Cuisine Project. As you can see from the above, most commoners in Thedas would very much live day-to-day as far as food cost was concerned.
I know sometimes we tend to get into little squabbles about ships, mostly concerning which ship is better, Nedcy (Nancy Drew/Ned Nickerson) or Francy (Nancy Drew/Frank Hardy).
Well, have you ever considered a polyamorous ship for Frank/Nancy/Ned?
Just imagine it.
Nancy sitting down Frank and Ned to explain that she loves them both and doesn’t want to hurt them but perhaps they could work together to find some kind of compromise?
Frank and Ned both agreeing to dating Nancy at the same time, although it definitely makes them a bit awkward with each other.
Nancy out of town on cases, forcing Frank and Ned to start spending more time together and, ultimately, falling in love.
Frank/Nancy/Ned going on little dates together.
Frank/Nancy/Ned solving cases together.
Frank and Ned both freaking the fuck out when Nancy does something dangerous without telling them first because she knows they both might try to talk her out of it.
Frank and Nancy cheering Ned on during his baseball games at Emmerson.
Frank/Nancy/Ned having movie nights, and, if they can’t agree on a movie, having a pillow fight to see which one wins control of the remote.
Ned and Nancy playing around with some old ATAC gadgets that Frank conveniently “forgot” to send back after his missions, resulting in several moments in which they almost hurt themselves because some gadgets are more dangerous than others.
Frank and Ned barricading the kitchen so that Nancy doesn’t burn the house down when she tries to cook.
Frank internally groaning whenever he and Nancy are in another country and she butchers the language as per usual, and texting Ned about it like, “Jfc, our girlfriend can’t speak in this language worth shit, we need to get her that Rosetta Stone program, I swear to god…”
Frank/Nancy/Ned getting a king sized bed just so they can puppy pile each other in their sleep because all of them are cuddle whores.
Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time.
From the perfect start to the finish line.
And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones.
'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong.
We are the reckless,
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we'll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there.
And if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones.
'Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone.
We're setting fire to our insides for fun.
Collecting pictures from a flood that wrecked our home,
It was a flood that wrecked this home.
And you caused it.
Another Legacy DLC inspired drawing. I did Legacy with my Blood Mage, Aubrey, with Carver and Anders in my party. Last time, I didn't bring Bethany with me (because I admittedly don't care for her), but when I brought Carver with me the whole experience was wildly different and Aubrey and Carver's interactions were really heartbreaking. Almost as heartbreaking as poor Anders losing his mind. Tumblr butchers the quality, as per usual.