after the Total Expenses is subtracted from the Total Income is yours to keep. Of course, all of the player nobles in your
household are going to want a stipend, which would come out of that money. For example, your cousin John, who had no place
else to live, will want spending money! And
while the household budget includes the cost for maintaining him in style, it does not
include any stipend for him. This is one of
the difficult choices you must make as a fiefholder.
You want a big, grand household. But
maintaining it could leave you without any extra firebirds.
The costs associated
with running a non-noble farm fief are slightly different than a noble fief. In the first
place, the cost of a household is remarkably less for a non-noble. But other than a
negotiated payment to the person running the fief, all of the profits go directly to the
faction. In addition, non-noble fiefs often serve as alternate bases for a faction's
City Fief Budgets
Each faction has a fief within the city
of Vargo, which is very different than farm-based fiefs. Revenue is based on rent paid by
the people living in that faction's portion of the city, as well as other factional based
incomes. Noble factions rely on the feudal payments made by vassal fiefs. Non-noble
factions rely on the production of their farm fiefs, as well as their particular faction's
well run noble household is an expensive, but necessary affair. Each fief, including the faction mansion in the
city, must account for the costs of its household. The
budget takes into account the rank of the fiefholder.
Its more expensive to be a Count than it is to be a Baron!
household budget takes into account two types of people, Nobles and Servants.
includes the fiefholder, a spouse or significant other, offspring, relatives, squires (the
sons or daughters of other nobles being raised in the household) and a Baliff or Steward
(a baliff runs the fief if there is no fiefholder, while a Steward keeps the books for a
fiefholder in residence). Relatives in the
MUSH would be landless noble players, who would require a place to stay. The cost for a relative is the cost for room,
board, basic clothing and other simple needs. It
is does NOT include any stipend or noble Landless
nobles can work in some capacity for the fief holder in exchange for money, or negotiate a
stipend from them or the faction leader, or they can find another source of income. Just because you are noble doesnt mean you
are rich! A landless noble can also work as a
baliff or steward for a fief. This is a
position for lesser nobles, those with no rank. The
position provides for a noble lifestyle, but the player would have to negotiate for any
include a chamberlain, cook, one or more assistant cooks, a gardener, nursemaids, domestic
servants (one plus one for each noble in the household), a clothier/seamstress, harper,
herald, mason, ostler (runs the stables), physick, sage/tutor, teamster/laborer, Weapons
Master, and household guards and security guards. (Faction Leaders note: Youre going to have to pay for those 20
guards!). None of these positions is
required. However, no Noble worth his or her
salt is going to have an understaffed household.
of the servant positions may be played by freemen characters, and they would then receive
an example, a Counts household that included a spouse, two children, no relatives or
squires, and a full complement of servants would cost almost 22,000 firebirds a year! A Knight would pay less than 13,000 for the
same household. The real expense is all of
those nobles. That Counts household
budget shoots up to more than 30,000 firebirds just by adding three relatives, all of whom
are going to expect to be enterained in style.
careful player is going to want to know EXACTLY how much each and every member of the
household might cost But the point of being a
Noble isnt counting up every firebird. What
you may find is that your Steward will tell you you simply cannot afford to hire another
pastry chef. Or in the worst case, the
Steward might tell you that there has been a crop failure and youre going to have to
ask for relief from your liege. Oh,
wont that be fun.
The budget for a Church fief is
slightly different. There is an associated
cost for the faction leader or fief holder, and for the various priests, deacons, canons
and novitiates tied to that sect. Those
junior members of the sect also fulfill most of the requirements of the household. Each sect has its own distinct needs. For example, the Brother Battle doesnt need
to hire guards, while the Amaltheans and Orthodoxy do.
Any servant positions that are required can be fulfilled by freeman player
The budget for a Guild fief is slightly
different. It is up to the individual fief
holder to decide how to keep their household. They
can hire servants like a noble, or use guild members to fulfill those roles. It is more prestigious of course to have actual
servants, and more budget conscious to use guild members.
Each guild has distinct needs. For
example, the Muster doesnt need to hire guards, but the Reeves do. Any servant positions that are required can be
fulfilled by freeman player characters.