Re: Odal and personal property among the Orlanthi.

From: David Weihe <blerg2_at_bHpJb88G_RdI-_LBo-wLd-1tiHyM8_3WQmCclkx_tqGYnKqkEqa8V93bi5Sdcqicf8RH6>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:55:50 -0700 (PDT)

Paul King <> wrote:   
> Conflicts over dividing the loot can be interesting, too. If
> you want to get into

Clan Politics, it's one way to go.

Actually, if you bring back enough wealth, you might get pulled into Politics whether you like it or not.  A notably unlucky chief showed up when a member of his/her clan or bloodline appears with a major haul may very well start hearing muttering about whether he/she should be replaced, whether such muttering is real or not.  At best, the lucky fellow may find himself drafted onto the Ring before expected, or given tasks with the specific goal of failing them and returning embarrassed (ala Jason and the Fleece, or Perseus and Medusa'a Head) if at all.

On Apr 23, 2012, at 4:45 PM, teeeterry wrote:
> Also, this allows for PCs that don't want to share (shame on
> them)

to sell stuff and buy things they want for themselves
> rather than

bringing goods back home.

Actually, this is a problem when RW Africans return home after having made "something" of themselves and realize that they have to give a lot of money as gifts to relatives and fellow-villagers, and have to give enough to each that they are not thought stingy without giving too much or to the wrong people and generating resentments.  Also, if they are rich only by their home standards, it becomes quite hard to build up a nest egg for themselves.  A common solution is, after the first or second return home, never to go back again (like moving to Pavis in the game), maybe sending for their wife or children, and maybe contributing remotely to a few village improvements, without having to worry about the gift giving again.            

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