Welcome to the
::WG:: Bina & Bana Slave Trade.
This started after a discussion with a group of slaves on a forum and because I’d like to add some more dynamic to my RP and hopefully yours. This is way for slaves to interact and build up their “precious” beholdings RP.
I’d like to model this after the 7seas concept, (i.e. the general population has/recieves generic bina’s, and rare “bana’s” will be added). A bina is like an everyday bead, made of polished rock, wood, clay, etc. A bana is like a pearl, a precious rock, or a unique build. All can be combined into a necklace to wear proudly and show off your desire.
Eta lightly lifted herself to her feet and went to the cave. In a few moments, she emerged. She carried, in her hands, several strings of beads, simple necklaces, with small, wooden, colored beads. They were not valuable.
She held the necklaces up for me to see. Then, with her finger, moving them on their string, she indicated the tiny, colored wooden beads. "Da Bina," she said, smiling. Then she lifted a necklace, looking at it. "Bina," she said. I then understood that ‘Bina’ was the expression for beads, or for a necklace of beads. The necklaces and beads which Eta produced for me were delights of color and appeal; yet they were simple and surely of little value.
I took from the chest a string of pearls, then one of pieces of gold, then one of rubies. "Bina?" I asked, each time. Eta laughed. "Bana," she said, "Ki Bina. Bana." Then, from another box, Eta produced another necklace, one with cheap glass beads, and another with simple, small wooden beads. She indicated the latter two necklaces. "Bina," she said, pointing to them. Bina, I then understood, were lesser beads, cheap beads, beads of little value, save for their aesthetic charm. Indeed, I would later learn that bina were sometimes spoken of, derisively, as Kajira bana. The most exact translation of ‘bina’ would probably be "slave beads." They were valueless, save for being a cheap adornment sometimes permitted imbonded wenches.
How to start:
You’ll be given a folder of 12 no copy/no mod of bina’s. The colors will be random. It’s up to you in which colored bina’s you hold most valuable. Perhaps a rare color is more valuable than an ordinary color. But also keep in mind that the slave you could be trading with sees the value of a bead differently.
How you trade the bina’s is up to you. Does a slave do a task for you? Help you out? Do you just get together in down time and trade for colors you desire? Do you beat up a slave for a desired bina?
Note that we have started with 25 different color beads, so you don’t have all the colors. And more could be added as time goes on.
Bana’s are rare finds. More precious than the bina’s as they are unique in size, texture and design. This is where the 7seas idea comes in. If you are a builder, or dabble in building, or want another way to get your business name out there, here’s your chance. Create a bana (a flower, a unique design) and talk to Mattie Lefavre about introducing it into the market. Clearly, they should not be accessible to everyone, and should be introduced with a small story based on the part of Gor the slave is from.
We do have a group! ::WG:: Bina & Bana Slave Trade. IM Mattie Lefavre for an invite (this will help me keep organized who’s received the starter packet of beads.)
FUTURECollect them, horde, them, beat others up over them, trade with slaves from other cities. Eventually new colors and styles will be added by region.
If you have any further ideas, or are better at market demand statistics and think I need to change the numbers, feel free!
I wish you well.