Americana (DnD Campaign Setting)/Notes
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Due to the relative scarcity of gold and plentifulness of the lesser resources, Americ nations' money scales are shunted one step up. The lowest level of coinage is made out of tin rather than copper, whereas copper pieces are equal to silver in other worlds, and silver to gold. Gold coins do exist, but are not typically used in everyday transactions.
Languages in Americana can be sorted into your fairly typical fantasy set--Common, Elven, Draconic, Goblin yadda yadda yadda. Something to note, however, is that in pronunciation and writing these languages are virtually identical to various real languages. Not all the identities have been mapped, but Common collates to English, Draconic to German, Elven to French, and Goblin to Spanish. Others that are somewhat known include Old Yorki, which is Dutch, and Dwarven, which has similarities to the Scandinavian triangle of Danish-Swedish-Norwegian.
Note, however, that language correlation does not equate to cultural correlation. More on that can be found in The Facts sections.
Resurrection in Americana is heard of, but extremely rare. Resurrection spells require diamonds as a component, which can only be found--and then extremely rarely--in one location at the far northern end of New Orleans' territory. Control of this mine is a major portion of what keeps New Orleans on the map, but no diamonds have been found in a few years now, and the family in control of the mine is getting a little anxious. Other diamond mines may exist, but none have been found and mapped thus far. The good news is that their incredible rarity has made diamonds all the more valuable, and fewer are required to power the spells as a result--the bad news is, they're all the more valuable.
Additionally, clerics of sufficient power to perform a resurrection ceremony are extremely rare. Roger Kalland and Ricardo Hernandez both qualified, but both are now dead of old age, and the only ones nowadays likely to be strong enough are the Grand Aide of Presidism and the heads of the Holy Audience's largest temples, all of whom are intensely busy besides and will likely not do such a thing without a favor in return.