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There’s always a give and take when incorporating “real world” information about the days of yore into your D&D game. Our colloquial picture of history doesn’t often match up with the actual Facts and as such, our fantasy worlds see a lot of disconnect too.
But the notion of “Hacksilver”, aside from being a great name for an all-girl heavy metal band, is infinitely applicable to coloring your gameworld.
I stumbled across the term “hacksilver” on the History Blog the other day and decided to look into it, as I often do when I encounter unfamiliar words. It refers to silver items cut or bent into convenient sizes for use as currency, and it was apparently a common practice, especially among the Vikings, to use looted items of gold or silver this way.
Image from wikipedia.com
I will absolutely have to remember to implement this in D&D. For one it makes more sense that vast piles of valuable metals are not minted coins at all.
I can see a tribe of goblins or kobolds accumulating a pile of coins a few at a time by stealing them from travelers and trading stolen livestock to orcs or whatever, and humanoids and humans would probably be very likely to make hacksilver out of their loot. Demihumans, who appreciate the aesthetics of…
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