[LMB] Spirit Ring, Chapter 3 - magic devices
howard at brazee.net
Fri Oct 8 16:45:24 BST 2021
> On Oct 8, 2021, at 9:15 AM, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Practical rich people go for high-quality but normal stuff, rather than
> solid gold toilets and diamond-encrusted socks. People who really dress to
> impress go for tasteful, restrained, but expensively-tailored clothing
> rather than covering everything with rhinestones. Even Sulaiman bin Daoud,
> who was legendarily wealthy, had to have support staff in his ultimate
> palace, and their equipment would have been great but normal. After all,
> gold is dense and would make for a heavy lamp to carry, and why bother
> plating or decorating utility items? No one makes gold-plated
> flashlights. The really good flashlights are expensive, with titanium
> casings, but not bling.
They don’t want a flashlight, they want something that can’t get lost. Poor people’s fantasies are to find something discarded. Powerful people want something that can’t get lost, like a ring or an amulet. But they don’t want it to seem inappropriate.
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