I’m still puttering around with my Pirate Cove thing (http://www.autarch.co/forums/house-rules/hr-new-stronghold-pirate-cove-maritime-hijinks) looking to tie more in-depth values to hijink results.
I’ve been deconstructing the Merchant Ships & Caravans table, in concert with information given here:(http://www.autarch.co/comment/16177#comment-16177) that tell us what sort of trade traffic we’re expecting to be coming out of a market that we could pirate.
Taking a Class VI as the base example, it expects to field a single 10-horse caravan per month (presumably as a single atomic entity, as Merchants generate via their monster entry)
That’s about 6400 stone, on average, carried for that caravan.
The average cargo value listed in the MSC table (pg145) is 15,000GP for that 10-wagon caravan.
That’s about half the value you’d expect if you’d take the 6,400 stone the caravan carries and transform that into the “average load” (300 gp, 70 stone) - 6,400 stone of the 70 stone average load comes out to 91.43 loads @300GP per, or about 27,428 GP.
The multiplier for Class VI is about 1.83, going up to 2.01 for Classes I, II, III and IV.
That sort of consistency tells me I’m missing something either basic, obvious, or both.
If I alter my math to assume the average cargo load equates to common merchandise, at 180 gp/80 stone, I get multipliers of .96 to 1.05, which better matches the Avg. Cargo Value Carried.
So it seems like the MS&C table is either taking less precious cargo into account, or the ‘average haul’ value of 300GP/70st is a more adventurous number than would be expected…what am I missing (and/or messing up) here?