The Tyrant of Kepala
The Money of the Kingdom - Notes on currency
On The Money…
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
When Verower Villalar Kotu came to power, he shrewdly decided to impress his presence on all corners of the kingdom by an undeniable system that would show everyone that he was in charge – the coin of the realm. The former gold, silver, and copper pieces of the Kepalan Kingdom under the Corin dynasty were discontinued, and their use for trade under the new sovereign’s domain outlawed. The new order distributed a currency of electrum and platinum pieces bearing the Mark of Kotu throughout the kingdom.
While the use of the old currency is against the law, it is still widely used, as the exchange rate for the old money to the new was simply unfair, and many on the outskirts of society did not want to abide having their fortunes stripped of them. In most towns in the periphery, gold, silver, and copper are still freely traded where the Hollow Men and the Seven are not watching.
What is more important still to those who harbor thoughts of freedom in Kepala is that the old coinage bears the faces of their fondly remembered royal family. The gold coins saw the face of good King Jory smiling back at them, the sliver, Queen Aurora in all her regal glory. And as if to say the smallest things still have value, the young face of Princess Gia was emblazoned on every copper piece in Kepala.