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What does Kite look for in a partner?

Well, he has a lot of common draws, much like we all do, but one physical trait sticks out to him among the rest. Eyes. Kite is drawn to unusually pigmented, beautiful eyes. It’s one of his weaknesses and the first thing he notices about other people.

It stems from a bit of envy, since he finds his copper-colored eyes boring.

The bird can’t help it, though. He’s drawn to it like moth to a flame.

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

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

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).

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves: 15 silver | 3 silver | 1 gold, 65 silver
  • Pepper, white pepper, peppercorns: 20 silver | 4 silver | 2 gold, 20 silver
  • Saffron: 75 silver | 12 silver | 6 gold, 75 silver
  • Sea Salt: 5 silver | 2 silver | 1 gold, 5 silver
  • Mineral Salt: 1 silver | 50 copper | 26 silver
  • Plant salt: 50 copper | 25 copper | 12 silver, 50 copper
  • Grains of Paradise: 40 silver | 10 silver | 5 gold, 40 silver
  • Anise, Juniper Berries: 2 silver | 5 silver | 2 gold, 52 silver
  • Star Anise: 10 silver | 5 silver | 2 gold, 60 silver
  • Allspice, Cardamom, Ginger: 20 silver | 6 silver | 3 gold, 20 silver

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

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.

  • Leaf herbs (Basil, bay leaf, mint, lemon balm, etc): 1 silver | 50 copper
  • Root herbs (garlic, burdock, dandelion, etc): 50 copper | 12 copper
  • Flowered Herbs (hyssop, borage, lavender, etc): 2 silver | 50 copper

BASICS

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.

DRINKS:

  • 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

ETC

  • 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.

*Continuation of character headcanons

HAZEL LEVESQUE

  • She has some social anxiety, mostly do to growing up as a black girl in the 30s and facing harassment and derogatory names called at her that she still lives with some of that fear
  • When she was young she wanted to be a ballerina so badly, but everyone just crushed those dreams calling them unrealistic. After the war her and Frank are talking and she mentions this. Frank signs both of them up for ballet lessons and the bright smile on her face is more then he could ever ask for
  • Her favorite kind of music is something that’s soft and low and melodic like a classical lullaby. When Nico hears her singing one of these lullaby like songs he has to suppress tears because, gods, she sounds just like Bianca
  • She loves to draw her friends doing every day tasks without them knowing. Once she’s done with them she’ll leave them on the bed of whichever friend she drew. Percy’s hangs all of his in frames and Piper makes really cool collages out of them
  • Her and Annabeth love to perform science experiments together. They get dressed up in their lab coats and goggles then test the craziest hypothesis they can find on the internet (it usually ends with different substances in their hair and on their clothes)

FRANK ZHANG

  • When he was four his mom would take him to this pond a few miles away from his house every weekend in the winter to teach him how to ice skate. It’s one of his fondest memories of her and every once in a while his grandmother would come with them. When his grandmother did come she’d tell Frank to straighten his posture so he’d look like the man he would be one day, he didn’t listen. He fell on his butt
  • Around the time he was 10 he was the shortest kid in his class, barely topping 4′2. His embarrassment was never ending as he had to stand in the front row of every school picture.
  • Animals love him so much and he can make great friends with dogs and cats. Jason jokingly calls him Cinderella and Snow White as he can get even a bird to land on his fingers and is able to stroke it gently
  • During the winter he always buys hot chocolate for Hazel while they’re on dates. He also makes sure to compliment her at least once a day (although it’s usually more like ten times). During the summer they go out for ice cream at this little shop that’s decorated in faded blues and pinks and has comfy couches and lactose free ice cream. Frank and Hazel fit right in.

LEO VALDEZ

  • After the war, when he gets back to Camp Half-Blood, he puts on little shows with small mechanical animals for the younger kids. The kids love it so much that soon he’s making walking cats, metal dogs that roll over, and copper flying birds to give the campers
  • Him and Calypso love to bake bread. They do everything from scratch and she’ll end p with flour in her hour and flour on his, but they’re laughing and having more fun than ever. Though, the bread always comes out either a little underdone or just a tad too burnt
  • He gets along great with the Stoll brothers. At campfires they’ll swap prank ideas, pick pocketing techniques, and how tos on unlocking an unlockable vault. 
  • When he was younger he always wanted to go go-karting, but he was always too short and too young to be able to drive the go-kart. His mom would take him to the tracks to watch the kids drive by in their go-karts as she and him ate frozen yogurt. She promised him that once he was old enough and tall enough they’d go go-karting and race each other together. They never got to.

PERCY JACKSON

  • He’s just known as that loner boy, Percy Jackson, at his school. and that’s only if they know his name. Though when they do the students recognize it as the kid who missed a year of school and has a criminal record. The reputation doesn’t make him the easiest to approach and add his wolf stare to the mix it just makes friends nonexistent 
  • In his school locker are pictures of all of his friends. The biggest one, in the middle, is of him, Grover, and Annabeth. They were 13 at the time and all smiling like goofballs with mud on their face after a ridiculous mud fight. Surrounding it are Frank and Hazel hugging, Piper making a silly face where her eyes are looking in different directions, Rachel with paintbrushes holding up a bun, Jason and himself sweaty after a game of basketball, Leo trying and failing to give a seductive wink, Clarisse holding a young camper by the scruff of the neck, and Annabeth smiling a smile that just say i love you to the ends of this earth
  • After Tartarus he develops what seems like insomnia, which worries Annabeth a lot. He tries to avoid talking about it because he doesn’t want to add more stress to her life, but she’s relentless. He just tells her how he doesn’t want to sleep because the nightmares have only gotten worse. It was then she offered to stay in his room with him or they could get a nightlight as the dark seemed to only heighten the terrors. He opted for both