It is short, but it is sweet. It captures a snapshot of convoluted city politics. (And how could it be anything but with the thinly veil Byzantine reference?). It gives you a feel for the people here. There is poor and desperate mixed with the others. Go to Comment
One of those oldies but goodies. I do wish there was a little more information. Possibly even information that normal sages do not know but information specific about them in their realm perhaps. But as a color piece, they are wonderful. Go to Comment
Although I tend towards more "useful" creatures, I like the idea. I wish you would write more about them. Too often I think people write that nobody knows the history of these things instead of coming up with a creative suggestion (which the readers can always ignore, or use to inspire them to come up with other ideas... I find even suggested ideas I don't like to be much more helpful than no suggestions at all.) Go to Comment
A handy way to inflict change upon your world. The infectious gold and the greed plague it will bring. After all, soon everyone will begin to think that gold is the source of the plague... and they will be right. Unfortunately as the tale spreads, it will be ALL gold seen as dangerous. Go to Comment
People will fear gold. Paper money would begin or other scripts. Gold would eventually be locked in vaults, with really thick walls, to keep it away from people.
Jewelry and Symbols of nobility (crowns and such) that predate the gold plague would eventually be traded over to silver. However, some might be kept as symbols of longevity for their countries. Go to Comment
By late afternoon, the sky starts to cloud over. The sun shines behind the fluffy clouds, gilding the edges and showing a Jacob's-ladder of rays streaming through the gaps...very pretty. Gradually the clouds shift into a new configuration: you realize with awe-struck, preternatural clarity that the clouds form a map of a coast-line that you know against the blue sky as ocean: surely it's a Sign! Suddenly, the golden beams coalesce into one long ray that strikes across the blue. A star-like gleam flashes under the ray: perhaps it is an island? But the charts show no island there...who would want to hide an island? Who could do it?