When Keiman City was founded, Marielle became tired of the townsfolk using a non-standardised bartering system. She devised a method of creating a currency that couldn't be easily forged. Marielle decided (with the help of her closest wizards) to develop a mechanical and magical heat press that would manufacture the coins themselves.
These first coins were irregular in shape compared to their modern counterparts, but over time Marielle and her wizards refined the presses to make more perfect designs. The first coins had no markings other than the eyes stamped into each of them, but over time Marielle had new coins commissioned so that they became harder to copy. The most recently made coins are made from a special clay that has had all the thaumite removed from them. More illustrious businesses and wizard testing facilities have thaumite measuring devices to tell if the coin is legitimate or not.
Points revolutionised the economy of Keiman City tremendously by allowing poor persons to earn a simple wage and be able to afford basic sustenance. By basing the economy around manufacturing (as bread isn't easy to make for a common person or in small batches), Marielle flicked the switch from a farming-based barter economy into a society that valued skilled and educated labour.
Transactions became leagues easier to perform, no longer having to drag around bags of produce or risk damaging delicate art pieces. People were now able to trade basic things somewhat easily. Each Round was said to be equal to five grams of unrefined thaumite, giving thaumite and Points a set value. People could turn in thaumite to the Eurekan Government in return for Rounds, making Eureka much more powerful in the process and giving the population a means of gaining riches besides hard labour.
Poor persons often treat the currency with a lot of respect and care, as its lightness and small size makes them easy to lose. They often tie them around their hands or make them into easily removed jewellery so they can't be pickpocketed off of them. Necklaces are incredibly common, with a simple hook clasp so it can be taken off to pay for things or add more coins.
People tend to associate the clacking of the clay pieces with wealth, and percussion instruments have been made to replicate the sound so it can be added to music. Hearing a Point drop on a hard floor is akin to hearing a copper piece fall in the Ortheian Kingdom, drawing attention to all who hear it.
Older Points have been known to break, and have become known as a part of unofficial currency called Shards. Shards can be any piece 1/3rd the size of any Point currency or larger, and is worth half a Point. A slash ( / or \ ) is its unofficial symbol.
Rounds and Points are often the only symbols shown on a total price, and they are usually rounded to end in 0s or 5s to help the customer!
In this way, it's common to see prices like 2☆50Δ or 1⨀25Δ written on expensive items or at the end of receipts. Singular items might be priced like 2#, 7ɛ, or 1ж.
It's gotten bad, I'll tell ya. Poor keep getting poorer, they say. Derek got hit by a Point arrowhead made by one of those in the Stockades. They'd rather kill us than eat! Quite sad circumstances, that.
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