Hi out there,
I have some problems with the price policy of house Verditius:
On page 114 HoH: MC states:
(So actually the costs are 3xvis required)
To calculate the costs, the vis that is actually needed, is used.
This results in some strange side effects: The better the Verditius' craft ability - and therefore the better the item itself- the cheaper it is!!!
This is due to the fact that a Verditius subtracts his craft score form the number of pawns used to open an item. So, the better the Verditius, the less he earns... Strange, isn't it!
Example: On page 128 HoH MC there is an example (effective craft score 8), that results in a price of 21 pawns /3x[2pawns for opening the item+ 1pawn for an elder rune+4pawns for the effect]) So he will get 14 pawns for three seasons' work. (There is an errata in the text as it states the effect needs 6 pawns of vis but it is level 40, so it needs only 4pawns of vis.)
Recalculating this for a Verditius with a craft score of 3 (black smith is only his second best craft) results in
36pawns of vis (3x[7pawns for opening the item+ 1pawn for an elder rune+4pawns for the effect])!!!!! So he will get 24 pawns for three seasons' work.
So you get better items for a lesser price if you are buying Verditius enchantments.
Thus, I would go for a house rule: Verditius magi calculate the amount needed to build the device without using the Verditius outer mystery. They multiply this with 2.5 and charge this price their client. This way the Verditius wins more, the better he is.
This results in a price of 37pawns of vis (2.5x[10+1+4])
The first magus will keep 30 pawns of this (for three seasons' work)
The second magus will keep 25 pawns of this (for three seasons' work)