I'm struggling a bit to understand how the token economy is supposed to work in Thebes, and hoping someone more familiar with The Sundered Eagle or running games in the Theban Tribunal can help.
As far as I can tell, there don't seem to be enough reasons to spend tokens, unless we assume the magi of the tribunal are earning shards at a prodigious rate!
As a baseline, we know that there are about 95 canonical magi in the tribunal, and that every 7 years, we generate around 75 new tokens (math below in case I've made an error).
Unless the magi are committing a lot of high crimes, or tribunal legal councils are truly marathon affairs, we generate probably about a dozen shards per tribunal, despite the fact that "The principle use of tokens is nullification."
We also spend tokens to bid for selection as the longevity potion recipient (with a note that the winner often has 3-4 tokens). Tokens are also transferred to apprentices upon selection, but these are not removed from the system.
So where do the other tokens go? Is there some other way of keeping them from accumulating in magi's possession that I have overlooked? It seems like we would have ~60 tokens added to the supply every 7 years, with no real way to spend them, and massive "token inflation". Trading them for favors is useful, but keeps them in circulation.
Have I overlooked something? Is there a token sink that I've missed somewhere?
Tokens generated per Tribunal:
Archon 1x3 = 3
Polemarch 1x5 = 5
Wiz March 3+4 = 7 (varies)
Cases Brought 5x1 = 5 (varies)
Longevity Ritual 1x2 = 2
Vis Collected 6x1 = 6 (assuming ~6 sources for 50 pawns of vis)
Gifted Child 15x1 = 15
(this number increases easily, but has a relatively firm floor)
PS -- If I have not missed anything, do you have suggestions for services that the tribunal could provide to "reclaim" some of these tokens? I was considering having the ability to bid for the loan of particularly coveted items, or perhaps having all the archae participate in casting a Wizard's Communion or ritual spell at the end of the tribunal.