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Need input on how much a character of mine charges to revive the dead. 
15th-May-2011 08:43 pm
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My fantasy character Lyria Spellspinner has many services she charges for, being a sorceress, and among those is reviving the recently deceased. As in, so dead only magic can bring them back. (Her power has limits, but that's not important right now.) She offers this service to middle class and upper class, basically anyone who can afford it, and it isn't cheap. But I never had reason until now to be clear on how much she charges. I haven't decided yet what she should charge. I want middle class people to be able to afford it, even if only with a payment plan, but still be more than just chump change for the wealthy. I considered having two prices, one for middle class and one for the rich, but that might cause customer difficulties, and she already said in one of the stories that she had a standard fee for that service.

Despite being a fantasy universe, most of the countries she lives in are fairly modern in many ways, though they use magic to power their technology. To make a lot of things eaasier, I made their money system similar to American money in some regards. So, that in mind, here is the poll:

Poll #1741828 Question about reviving the dead

Which do you think would be the best price, from Lyria's point of view, for reviving the dead?

$10,000
2(7.4%)
$25,000
6(22.2%)
$50,000
6(22.2%)
$100,000
8(29.6%)
Other
5(18.5%)

If you said "Other" in the question above, how much should she charge?



EDIT: Don't know if this is relevant or not, but this service of hers is illegal in the country she lives in. She uses her wealth, position, powers, and cunning to keep her activities a secret.
Comments 
16th-May-2011 04:04 am (UTC)
I think between $25,000-$40,000 should do it.
16th-May-2011 04:21 am (UTC)
40K is close to being half of the 100K I was thinking of for the high end, and would be 200 gold crowns in their money. (Silver tenth-crowns being like a dollar.) But that's excessive details I guess. Thanks for your opinion, it helps me.
16th-May-2011 05:48 am (UTC)
I thought about modern medical bills in our world, and made it more expensive than most short-term but major medical situations. Then, when I read the edit about illegality, I doubled it. Anything less than $200,000 is completely unbelievable in the context you've given.
16th-May-2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Hmm... indeed. And it fits existing canon information. In one story, she recieved half the fee in advance, and it was a small bag of gold coins. I don't know how many gold coins, but the smallest gold coin in their money system is the Gold Tenth-Crown, which is like a $20 bill. The largest gold coin is the Gold Crown, which is $200. $200K in those would be 1000 Gold Crowns, but only 50 Platinum Crowns. (Sorry for rambling.)

Also, a friend on my LJ was talking about how expensive it is to put hits out on people in places where murder is illegal, and suggested charging percentages of estates for its reverse, and how reviving someone that someone else murdered might have repurcussions. I'm sure Lyria is capable of dealing with said repurcussions, but it was useful to think about.

Anyway, thanks a lot for your suggestion. It pointed out something to me that I'd overlooked.
16th-May-2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
With the way medical bills are, resurrecting someone could very well be cheaper than treating an illness at the prices you have listed. I voted for $100,000, butit should probably be even more than that.
16th-May-2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Since middle class folks are buying plenty of $50k cars, I think what you're describing has to cost at least $100k, if you really want it to be considered expensive. For what it is, $100k sounds almost like a steal.
16th-May-2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
My answer depends on how many others in the world are able to perform the same service. If she is one of a very few who can resurrect then I think it should be around $150,000.

If the case is more complicated or she has to travel then I think she should charge closer to $200,000.

If you think about a middle class family who has lost a child and want them back, then they'd sell their house and possessions to get them back.
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