I've been working, as best I can, through the details of Mons Electi income and expenditures. I've gotten to the point where I realized what additional information I need to draft up a financial statement. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Job 1: cataloging the specific people known to be at Mons Electi. I went through the wiki and the grogs thread here, trying to find everyone who is known to be at Mons Electi. I'm sure this is far from a perfect list. Please let me know of anyone I've missed, or miscategorized, or included at Mons Electi who shouldn't be there. The categories below are sometimes hard to fit to particular NPCs; for the purposes of expenditure we're supposed to put every inhabitant into exactly one category as best we can.
Magi: Alexei, Fiona, Isen, Jacques, Korvin, Marcus, Moro, Tranquillina, Viscaria
Companions: Ivor MacBride, Pierre Legris, Wilhelm
Specialists/apprentices: Alexandria, Gunnar Stockhausen, Henri, Otto, Sheelagh, Theraphosa, Ulrich; unnamed linguist, scribe
Craftsmen: Blanche, Chastity, Eloise Lainniere, Gaston Lainnier, Helmut Siggismund, Rashid; unnamed beekeeper, candlemaker, cooper, glassblower, percamenarius, stablemaster, toolsmith, vintner
Dependents: Guilheum Gastoneau, Patience
Grogs: Brione De Rey, Claude, Falko, Jehanne, Jolanda, Michelle Le Rouge, Vin Diesel
Laborers: Catrin, Daffyd, Deykin, Seumas mac Torcaill, Wen
Servants: Adeline, Elena, Giorgio, Jean-Claude, Mélanie, Moire
Uncategorized, possibly not at Mons Electi: Dominic, Elain ap Bleddyn, Mufarrj, Osster the [strike]Grouch[/strike] Bear; jebrick's random grogs
And I haven't figured out yet: where do Hiems and Cygna fit into the story?
Job 2: total number of inhabitants. The complication here is that we haven't of course listed out the number of shepherds, parchment-makers, servants, etc. that are just assumed to be around and underfoot. So I'd like to poll you to see what you consider the population of Mons Electi to look like.
Counting named NPCs, unnamed NPCs, and "behind the scenes" inhabitants of Mons Electi that aren't listed anywhere:
- How many dependents (for example, non-working children) do we have?
- How many grogs (soldiers) do we have?
- How many horses do we have? From the wiki, the answer seems to be 41.
- How many laborers (for example, shepherds) do we have?
- How many servants do we have?
- How many teamsters (people who buy supplies from elsewhere, or haul wool for sale) do we have?
Some of these categories have minimum numbers from the Covenants rules, but I'd like to hear your impressions untainted by the rules. I certainly won't take your guess and turn it into some huge deficit unthinkingly.
Job 3: some random questions that arise.
Does Theraphosa use writing materials (for example, does she lead any laboratory work)? Other than the magi, Helmut Siggismund, and an unnamed scribe, would anyone at the covenant fall into the category "magus, scribe, bookbinder, or illuminator" in terms of using a large amount of writing materials?
What is the typical equipment for any unnamed grogs in the turb? Do they use expensive equipment, standard equipment, or a mix? (see ArM5 pages 176-7)
Three of the magi's laboratories are statted out on the wiki: Fiona's is listed as Upkeep +2, Tranquillina's as Upkeep +0 (to start at least), and Viscaria's as Upkeep +1 (until 1224 at least). What is there to know about other magi's labs? Should the default assumption be Upkeep +0? Are there any extra labs, or just one per magus?
Specifically in terms of the general living conditions present at Mons Electi, would it be more accurate to call it a Spring or Summer covenant? (This is both a roleplay-setting question and also mechanical, in that better living conditions are more expensive but make for better aging rolls.)
Covenants makes a distinction between "common craftsmen, such as blacksmiths, leatherworkers, and brewers" and "rare craftsmen, such as glassblowers, goldsmiths, and percamenarii". How would you sort the following craftsmen into those categories? beekeeper, candlemaker, cooper, silversmith, stablemaster, toolsmith, vintner
Mons Electi, by virtue of its Major Boon Wealthy, has a Legendary source of income, which is described in Covenants as a baseline of 1000 pounds of silver per year. However, when discussing Lesser or Typical sources of income, Covenants (page 56) suggests modifying those amounts upwards by 15% per magus over 6 at the covenant (or downwards by 15% per magus under 6). Should we make a similar modification to a Legendary source?
Amul suggested that Rashid the spidersilk weaver be treated as a Trivial source of income, one that might develop in cool ways over time. I think it's a nice idea. Are people okay with that?