Levels of Technology:
The overt indicators for the expression of technology within any given society are represented by construction, fashion, and weaponry. The subtle indicators are communication and art. The village of South Road Fair was built using felled timbers, which are readily available as the town is located in a conifer forest. There is no masonry, with no supply and little need. The largest structures are the Boar's Head and the Trading Post.
Fashion is paranormally advanced with regard to leather goods but remains fairly simple with regard to textiles, though silk is the most available product. Knowledge of metallurgy for weaponry and other metal goods is non-existent, as Bergbaulager is now the source for such needs. The citizens are considered to be fairly simple with regard to communication or art. Ansylin and Centrin have similar written forms and can be exchanged one for the other, but only Lyndha, the Minister of Finance, can use either, proficiently. Lyndha is willing to teach others to read and write, but exposure is limited. The demonstration of the arts could be applied to the decorative nature of leather goods, but anything else is limited to wooden carvings and simple jewelry.
The base currency is a coin, called a Clam, manufactured from Ocrin, the alloy of tin and zinc, and is minted in Boga City, where it is simply called an Ocrin. The local name comes from Asylim, where it is the same coin that is minted in Boga City. South Road Fair is a major waypoint along the Southern Trade Route. Caravans from Asylim pass through town on their way to and returning from Boga City, carrying various goods. A single caravan, under the control of the South Road Seekers, travels back and forth to Bergbaulager, mostly trading fuel oil for metal goods. Fuel oil, manufactured by combining the liquid from crushed lighter pine with pork fat, is unique to South Road Fair and highly valued.
The small village is also known throughout the land for the manufacture of exquisite leather goods, including armor, due to the coordinated efforts of Swift Raven, a Rheini, and Fallen Leaf, a Spiofthest. Well-to-do explorers of established reputation will travel to South Road Fair to have a piece of armor commissioned. The sale of wine, made from locally collected grapes, rose hips, and hawthorn berries, adds some to the profitability of the town. Outside of commerce dealing directly with trade caravans, there is also a barber shop, a bathhouse, the Boar's Head Tavern, bunk houses and hammocks to let, two grist mills, an herbalist and apothecary, a weaver and seamstress, the tannery, and the Trade Store.
With the application of the economic system, which is basically Socialism, laborers are not paid an actual wage. Residents function more on a barter system. All workers and their families are generously housed, fed, clothed, and equipped by employers. Children are not expected to work. Competence and efficiency are rewarded with better equipment and titles. Housing is generally static, but it is good. Due to the genuine benevolence of town leadership and residents, no resentment exists with regard to the system of commerce. Actual coin for trivialities or personal desires may be earned by anyone, from the collection of game, hides, or beetle carapaces. The elytra (chitinous wing coverings) of beetles are used in the manufacture of shellac and lacquer, which is unique to South Road Fair.