Young adventurers in Achaea often set their sights upon different goals in game. Some might aspire for political power, others will choose martial prowess. Some will explore the lands of Sapience, while others will focus on creating, crafting, or forging many different weapons and items. Each path is up to the individual, but young adventurers usually find out quickly enough that they must obtain material weath, usually in the form of gold, in order to pursue such dreams. There are many ways to earn such gold in this MUD, and we'll focus on some of those ways in this article.
First, Ratting! The cities of Achaea are plagued with an incessant rat problem, often stemming from the intricate sewer systems found in each city. Fortunately, adventurers are able to use such a problem to their advantage. Each city employs a rat collector, and each rat collector will pay a generous sum for each rat killed and taken back to them. Ratting is the best way for a young adventurer to earn gold fast.
Second, Questing! Thousands of quests are scattered around the lands of Sapience, ranging from simple to very complex. Lodi, Minia, and Gheladan are the first areas a new adventurer starts out, and they contain many quests that give both experience and a handsome amount of gold. However, as an adventurer progresses in both skill and fame, there are still thousands of quests that can be had for lucrative payouts.
Third, Hunting! Powerful creatures exist throughout Sapience, and many with stores of gold waiting to be plundered. The more powerful the creatures, the more gold that will be found. In addition, like questing, experience is gained through the slaying of these creatures, allowing you to progress in both power and riches while hunting.
Fourth, becoming a Merchant! In a future post, I'll be going over how to become an artisan, and go over a few things an aspiring merchant can craft. From tailoring clothes, to forging weapons, Achaea allows you to create many different items and weapons. There exists a Market Channel for those that wish to sell such goods, or even services, to the public. Shops can be purchased, or rented, in order to facilitate the ability to sell goods to others. Whether you're buying low and selling high, trading, or haggling, becoming a merchant makes earning gold relatively easy.
Fifth, using Tradeskills! Most classes have some type of skill that can be used to benefit others. For example, I play a serpent-classed character. Serpents can envenom arrows and secrete venoms for others to buy. Magi can create enchanted items, knights can forge weapons and armour. Sentinels, alchemists, and druids can create and harvest herbs and curatives to sell.
Sixth, becoming a Mercenary! As I mentioned in a previous article, adventurers can choose to become a Champion with the Ivory Mark, or an Assassin with the Quisalis Mark. Though Champions do not take payments for their contracts, as the Quisalis Assassins do, they can still be contracted out and paid as mercenaries.
You'll need such wealth to purchase the houses, ships, weapons, armor, artefacts, furniture, toys, games, and the thousands of other items that can be found in game. Interested in earning gold? Perhaps becoming a merchant or a mercenary? If so, create a character in Achaea from Iron Realms and come join us!