I’ve had this idea for a while now of writing background info posts about Eran’s world, Bedoria. Maybe even some character interviews.
My notes have been getting expensive as I build this world with religion, politics, history, legends, cultures, etc. There’s definitely a lot to think about and figure out. 🙂
As a reader, I’ve always thought it would be so cool to have access to this kind of information about the books and authors I love (yes, I’m one of those people who read autobiographies of my favorite authors). And that’s what I want to offer to you!
Some of these posts might wind up being pretty extensive, but many of them will be short like this one.
Today I’ll be going over a form of Bedorian currency and how it’s made. I’m biased, but I think it’s more interesting than paper bills. 😉
Wejel: What it is and Where it Comes From
Wejel is the first form of currency that I created. You know, when I was trudging along in my first draft and suddenly realized that Eran Faye couldn’t just stroll into a town and get supplies for free. It’s the little things that sneak up on you when you’re writing.
In Bedoria, wejel is both a species of tree and a currency.
Wejel trees are indigenous to the southern and western borders of the Doberr mountains, where they grow together in dense forests. They are the most common species of trees on the entire planet and are valued for their blood-red leaves, a significant source of currency for the Aalokian kingdom.
How do Wejel Leaves Become Currency?
Wejel leaves are only valuable once they have been condensed and refined into hard, ruby-like chunks.
Refining wejel is a process that requires a great deal of energy. The Aalokians built massive forges that utilize blue flame to burn the wejel leaves, disintegrating the stems and shrinking the leaves until they’re hardened into small glowing chunks of pure wejel.
The Faye rarely buy their wejel from the Aalokians like the rest of the world because they are born with a stronger connection to the energy in their light orbs. If they need some, they will simply pull on their own power and burn it down in their hands.
Here’s an excerpt from my current draft that goes over this form of currency:
It’s sad to think that so many of the villages near the mountains live in poverty when an abundant source of riches surrounds them. The tricky part is obtaining enough energy to burn the leaves into the pure wejel substance utilized worldwide as our most common form of currency. That is the difference between the rich and the poor this far from Latipac. Fortunately, as a Faye, I was born with an ample source of energy and the ability to siphon it out to my will.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this brief foray into the common currency of Bedoria. As I continue working on my novel, I may come back and update this post with more in-depth details of the process of forging the wejel. Let me know if you’d like more info on this!
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