Messenger & Postal Services
Messenger & Postal Services
MESSENGER AND POSTAL SERVICES
There is no centralized post run by the Throne, and the delivery of letters falls to intrepid couriers, messengers and carrier ravens. Ravens are raised in rookeries and then transported in cages to distant places. Once they are released, message attached, they fly unerringly back to the place of their birth, perhaps to be caged and carried back to some new exotic locale. Carrier ravens can only carry letters, not parcels, and only go to places large enough to have their own rookery. After that, instructions, and perhaps a guild note for payment, have to be in the letter to see it to its specific target. Most great noble families can be expected to have a rookery, but trying to reach a specific merchant or worse, gutter scum in a major city is very difficult with a raven.
Bonded Couriers are used for important packages and parcels, and they belong to a Guild of couriers who handle such sensitive matters. The sender pays a considerable upfront fee for the guarantee that the package will get to its recipient. If the package fails to arrive, the sender may draw upon the guildsman's posted bond for the value of the parcel or letter, agreed and certified ahead of time. More successful and serious bonded couriers can afford to post higher and higher bonds as their career advances, and can take more and more profitable packages. Bonded Couriers are serious transport for serious people.
Messengers are the less formal cousin to Bonded Couriers, and they rarely belong to a guild. Rather, they are individual travelers or merchants who were headed that direction anyway and can be paid to take on your letter or parcel for a bit of extra coin on the way. Typically, the sender pays a basic rate to the messenger to carry their post, and then the messenger, upon finding the recipient, asks the recipient to purchase the letter from them to pay for their time and expense. Often these letters will change hands multiple times over the course of a journey, as one postman purchases the letters of another as the destination of the traveler and the letter diverge in detail. By the time it reaches its destination, it may have had many owners, and the final deliverer will want to make good on their investment.
The usual rate a local Scrivener's Guild will charge for dictation and sealing of a letter to the illiterate or those without a Writing Kit is around 1 silver. All of these purchases are an exception to the normal rules and may be purchased during Downtime without a scene.
When the situation near Stragosa is unsafe due to military concerns such as invaders, monsters or bandits, it is possible that sending post will become more likely to fail, higher in price, or impossible, depending on the exact military circumstances.
|Service||Local||Near||Distant||Far||Outside the Throne||Special Notes|
|Carrier Raven||N/A||4s||18s||36s||60s||May not carry parcels. Stragosa cannot receive ravens without a Rookery.|
|Bonded Courier||5c||10s||20s||40s||80s||Package or letter is insured against loss and likely to reach its destination|
|Messenger||1c||2s||4s||8s||20s||The parcel is cash on delivery to recipient, and has a higher likelihood of being lost or stolen.|
Local: Within the city of Stragosa and its nearest environs.
Near: Within the greater Stragosa area - any of the local land parcels as well as the town of Vogelmeier across the mountain pass.
Distant: Major cities in Gotha such as Fenristadt or Lethia, all areas of Rogalia and the Cold Throne of Njordr.
Far: As far as Dunland, Hestralia and Cappacionne.
Outside the Throne: Sending post to the exotic regions of the Rime Lands, Sha'ra, or farther still...