A Roots of Rookeri Supplement
The Industrial Towns of the Ghats
The Ghats townsteads are not of the original Foundation. They were built some 500 years ago and sited in the Ghats for two essential reasons. One: the rocks and soils of the Ghats are metalliferous. Two: only here do the rivers gush down from the Ridge with sufficient force to power these new townstead’s heavy machinery.
But as more and more townsteads appeared in the Ghats, and their industry flourished, so concern was voiced throughout the land that here might arise, again, and with strength renewed, Mercury’s Curse.
Thus a mechanism was proposed that would check the growth of these industrial townsteads. To allow full and open discuss of the proposal an assembly was called. It was held at Rummastad, the largest of the Ghats townsteads. As a result of the assembly the First Accord was formed.
The First Accord
1: An Accord Guild to be formed for each of the crafts.
2: Guild Guides to be provided to guide the guilds. (See Notes)
3: A common legal system formulated applicable throughout the land of Luban.
4: The Lubanthan towns to henceforth use a common monetary system.
5: The several Lubanthan religions to be assessed, and a single creed agreed.
6: The Lubanthan townsteads to continue as self-governing with the following exceptions applied:
a) All townsteads required to supply warriors to patrol the Ridge and Luant, this on rota basis.
b) Each townstead to produce its own monetary tokens acceptable as legal tender throughout Luban.
c) The Lubanthan townsteads to originate and oversee their own laws as required and applicable to their own townstead and legal 10 mile radius; the laws of this Accord, herein recorded, to take precedence.
d) The townsteads each to be governed by a Council comprising 12 nobles, ideally one from each gord, with an Elect as President.
e) Each region of Luban to be governed by a Regional Assembly comprising 2 elected members from every townstead in its catchment: i.e. 1 noble, 1 craftsman.
f) To accommodate the 3 Regional Assemblies (East, Central and West) a dedicated townstead (Regionalstad) to be erected, central to each region.
i) The 3 Regionalstads to be constructed as per regular townsteads with ditch and bank defences; 4 roads in at the regular quarters; Hub wherein is the Regional Council House.
ii) Regional Council Houses to seat 2000 with a balcony for interested persons.
iii) Lavi-houses to be provided as permanent structures.
iv) Representatives to provide their own accommodation (canvas pavilions or similar).
v) Enterprising innkeepers to provision the proceedings (high standards expected).
vi) Three troops of players ( Chorus) to entertain the representatives on rota basis.
vii) Exceptional players to entertain in the Council House after day’s business completed. (This invitation deemed of highest honour.)
g) One language will prevail throughout the land of Luban.
h) There is ONE Holy Book. All unofficial versions will be destroyed.
a) The word ‘industry’ is refused them.
b) Crafts and Skill Base
While it is recognised that since Foundation basic food-production skills have been important and are valued, yet a person with sense, if shown how, is able to plough, sow and harvest, to tend herds, to cull, castrate and to butcher. Yet other crafts require longer training.
The Accord Assembly recognise these ‘other crafts’ as: carpentry; metal-work (foundry, mould and wrought); pottery; tannery; spurriery (crafting of horses’ bits and spurs); reed-weaving; thatching; textile weaving, spinning, dyeing.
To ensure a constant and future supply of high quality craft-persons, specialist guild-schools to be founded. Due to the nature of these crafts, these to be sited in the Ghats townsteads, hereafter named the Guild Towns.
2: Guild Guides
These ‘Guides’ now form the Regional Council which comprises 2 nobles and 1 craftsman from each of the townsteads.
3: Common Legal System
All gord-holders to contribute a Quota (grains and beasts), delivered to the townstead’s Council at the relevant seasons.
Quotas to be stored in underground silos at the Hub.
It was now that the townsteads standardised the public buildings of their Hubs.
If unable to deliver the Quota the gord will revert to the Council to be re-let with the same Quota or if the gord is divided and let out in portions, those same portions to be applied.
i) Grain & Beast Quota
Upon delivery of Quotas to the Council the gord-holder to receive monetary tokens at the agreed tariffs. (Thus will to demonstrated the maxim: ‘hard work pays’.)
This token system has now been extended to cover all craft-quotas.
The delivered Quota will be converted to money at Rate 1
Goods produced additional to Quota will be paid at Rate 2
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Rate 2 is double Rate 1.
Subsequent to the requisite processing, the Council to sell-on grains, beasts and craft goods. The Council to charge Quota Rate plus Cost of processing plus Upward adjustment. This Council surplus to finance public projects.
Gord-holders and/or tenants.are permitted to grain, beasts and goods produced Above Quota.
Gord-holders and/or tenants.are not permitted to sell-on Above Quota grains, beasts and goods.
i) Retailers (e.g. butchers and bakeries)
Councils to provide accountants to audit provisions in/provisions out and labour costs.
Which in effect means that the Councils count every sliver of cheese, every grain and whisper. Thus the adage: If it’s sold it’s the Council’s.
c) Quota Processing
The Councils to provide and manage processing plants; cost of workers offset against Quota.
Yet the Councils say that private enterprise is also encouraged. Needless to say, the Councils’ largest workforce is administration, i.e. accounts.
4: Common Monetary System
Possession of gold and silver is forbidden within the bounds of Luban.
The Assembly recognises the needs of those engaged in foreign trade. Such traders are permitted a cache of gold and silver. This must be declared to the Council on annual basis. An annually endorsed permit to be issued.
Although at its inception this applied only to innkeepers and textile manufacturers, it now includes the Councils that operate quarries – it now being illegal for individual gord-holders to trade in stone since it was realised that the sole customers were the Rothi citadels.
The Councils to encourage enterprises capable of attracting foreign coinage.
All foreign coinage to be held by the Councils, in time to build a reserve to obviate the need of gold in foreign trade.
a) Luban Coinage
For reference, and until further notice:
100 pennies = 1 cent
12 cents = 1 dollar
5: The Agreed Creed
From Foundation the Lubanthan have adhered to the Three (the Magnificent Maker who Created, the Stayer who maintains Created Order, and the Destroyer, the essential dismantler). Yet beside these Three we find various folk-cults and practices arising which, to quote the Patri of the Accord Assembly, reeks of superstition. The situation in Rothi is little better: they also adhere to the Three, but have additionally created ‘word-gods’ which represent qualities (i.e. the Humble, the Strong, the Swift).
It is herein recorded that the Patri of the Accord Assembly and his followers declare neither the Rothi nor Luban beliefs capable of countering a renewal of the Mercury Cult and Curse that is ever our prime objective. A further consultation is needed before legislation.
The ‘single creed’ subsequently agreed by the Accord Assembly has been shown in the previous Supplement The Gods and Gords of Raselstad. wherein the 12 Founders became the 12 Gord Gods.