The high society, the creme dela creme, waste often a great amount of money on luxuries and amusement. In a fantasy world, there is sure more to throw out heaps of money for than fancy clothes, shiny jewels and fast horses, mansions and wars…
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With magic, the artwork can become even more elaborate - light sculptures, statues that change between forms (how else do you make the statue of a werewolf?) or paintings and tapestries that are moving, or even semi-sentient through bound spirits.
In my campaign, a wizard has discovered a way to cover golems with a layer of living skin, fed by the golem's enchantments, and programming them to excel at a variety of tasks, thus making the ultimate servant - immensely strong, loyal, tireless and not as apparent as an eight foot tall monster of steel.
Porcellain golems are another option for the wealthy.
Or ones made of gems - a perfect way to show off (and let your money work for you!) + see the entry on orcish money about killing someone with your cash
Similarily, he could wander amongst his people like a predator, punishing the wicked...or anyone who catches his fancy...
In a similar fashion, nobles could have their ... entertainment ... polymorphed into anything they wish, there could even be guilds that provide shapeshifted entertainers for a hefty fee.
(Ron Bytrhun is a wuss, but watch out should he be in the tiger form - he has a perfect control of that!)
from Wikipedia entry on King Zhou of Shang...
"One of the most famous forms of entertainment Zhou enjoyed was the "Wine Pool and Meat Forest".
A large pool, big enough for several canoes, was constructed on the
Palace grounds, with inner linings of polished oval shaped stones from
the sea shores. This allowed for the entire pool to be filled with
alcohol. A small island was constructed in the middle of the pool, where
trees were planted, which had branches made of roasted meat skewers
hanging over the pool. This allowed Zhou and his friends and concubines
to drift on canoes in the pool. When they thirst, they reached down into
the pool with their hands and drank the wine. When they hungered, they
reached up with their hands to eat the roasted meat. This was considered
one of the most famous examples of decadence and corruption of a ruler
in Chinese history."