[LMB] Spirit Ring, Chapter 3 - magic devices

brazee 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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