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Scribe Society of Elyria - Contracts
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Scribe Society of Elyria - Contracts

Below are some types of contracts usually written by the Scribe Society of Elyria. (Based on partial information an many speculations.)

Explicit Contracts

Explicit contracts are agreed upon by both parties. Usually at least two signatures lie on the contracts.

Trade

Trade Agreement

Simple trade agreements can be used to purchase supplies. Simple hand-to-hand trading can result in frauds where the selling party hands lesser value items that the buyers’ appraisal ability cannot notice.

Using a contract, the buying party makes sure the item purchased is of the bartered quality even when they cannot personally appraise the quality.

More complex contracts may require a fixed quantity of supplies within a certain timeframe. This kind of contracts usually require payment in advance from the purchasing party.

Contracts can ultimately allow a purchasing party to require a fixed quantity of supplies per week, for a fixed timeframe, each delivery to be paid for upon delivery.

Confidentiality

Sharing information is a good way to be more efficient when working with other people. But sometimes the information is very valuable and confidentiality contracts ensure it is not shared without consequences.

Services

Mail Delivery

Mail delivery contracts can be as simple as delivering supplies to consignee.

Timeframe for delivery can add complexity to the contracts, as well as how the payment is handled. Payment on pick-up is usually less complex than payment upon delivery or initial payment upon pick-up and final deposit after delivery.

Errands

Errands may be considered as reversed mail delivery where the courier is required to pick-up and bring back supplies.

Bounty

Explicit bounty contracts can be signed to ensure an individual is efficiently taken care of. Disable or kill contracts can be complexified by additional details such as bringing back the disabled individual or “accidental” death.

Crafting

Crafting orders allows an individual to pay in advance for specific crafted goods. Contract complexity may add details such as specific quality or how payment is handled. Crafting order may also specify items to be provided by either the crafter of the client.

Building

Building contracts work like crafting orders in many ways. Timeframes or pay per week may be added when the building contract extends over a long period of time.

Harvesting

Landowners might need work force to cut down trees or harvest fields. Short and long term contracts can ensure both workers and employers are protected.

More complex harvesting contracts may include efficiency, productivity or non-disclosure agreements.

Mentoring/Teaching

Contracts between teachers and students are commonly used to ensure students reaches specific goals. These contracts also allow teachers to receive compensation for their time.

Mentoring contracts may include ownership of crafted items or responsibility to provide material or working area.

Security

Merchants or noble, if you own anything of value, hiring staff to ensure safety of land or transport is a good idea. Security contracts usually include salary and duration, but can also define risk assessment and compensation in case situations get complicated.

Land Management

Land Ownership

Land can be sold using a land ownership contract. More complex contracts may be required when the land is large enough to require land survey. Signed land ownership contracts can also be used to provide proofs of ownership to local noble or to guarantee loans for lower interest rates.

Rent

Similar to land ownership contracts, rent contracts can officialise use of land or building. Rent contracts can be for a fixed duration of be automatically renewed until terminated.

Some rent contracts can also modify land ownership upon termination.

Access Restriction

It is not always required to rent a building to have access. Even private properties may be accessible to friends and family. The contracts may specify duration, but also possibility for visitor to use furnitures or supplies.

Citizenship

Foreigners can sign citizenship contracts to benefit from land ownership or public services. Citizenship contracts usually include respect of applicable laws in exchange for benefits.

Family

Marriage

Marriage contracts usually determine the common wealth of married individuals after marriage. Some contracts may exclude wealth acquired prior to marriage. Requirements for heir may also be included in more complex marriages contracts.

Divorce

Diamonds may be eternal, marriage is not. The divorce contract ensures both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. Such contract usually share wealth between parties and ensure ownership of lands or buildings after divorce are clearly identified.

Adoption

Adoption contracts are usually signed between the legal tutor of the child and the potential and future parent. Life can be harsh and prosperity is not alway synonym with heir by blood. Adoption contracts ensure responsibility for the child’s wellbeing is clearly identified.

Childbearing

Similar to adoption contracts, childbearing contracts ensure the child bearer is adequately compensated for the time and effort for the birth of a new Elyrian. These contracts may not be available everywhere as their ethic is still questioned.

Legal Entities

Guild/School/Non-Profit Organization Creation

Organization must be created on clear and solid bases. From the number of administrators to the sharing of the wealth, all aspects of organization creation must be written and signed for a new organization to be legal.

Banking Services

Deposit

Criminals follow the money. If your wealth is safely stored in a secured bank, you can spend you time freely with peace of mind. Deposit contracts ensure your money’s safety is guaranteed and interest will flow your way.

Loan

Banks may want to loan money with interests, but many loans can be offered by various people and not always with interest rates.

Renting is some kind of loan where money is exchanged for temporary use of asset. Individuals can also borrow carts, horses or weapons for a limited duration without any fee.

Loan contracts clarifies these situation. More complex contracts may add compensation in case the item is lost or broken.

Government

Peace Agreement

Peace agreements are very complex contracts and may require pages and pages or clauses. From handling of prisoners or war to rebuilding of cities, only Kings can imagine what can be required to sign peace treaties.

Forgiveness

Criminals who spend some time in prison with good behaviour, who repay their debt or apologize to victims can be pardoned. Pardon contracts ensure forgiveness and better start in a criminal’s new life.

Bounty

The bounty contract is the cement of all other contracts. What is the purpose of a contract if you cannot put a price on the head of unscrupulous and filthy parties.

Implicit Contracts

Citizen and foreigners do not have to sign implicit contracts to be bound by them. Landing foot on a new land or private property often rhyme with implicit agreement on the respect of laws and regulations.

Government

Law

Law contracts are required for nobles, barons and mayors to effectively pass laws and regulations. These contracts are not signed by citizens, but used as part of land management.

Tax

Tax contracts, just like law contracts are created to be used in land management. Effective tax rate can be enforced and the more complex the contract is, less frequent are loopholes that allows citizens to avoid taxation.

Use of Public Property

Libraries, hospitals, fountains, parks, streets, brides, each public property should have an effective contract to ensure all citizens know and understand what are their rights and responsibilities regarding the public property.

If a baron builds a forge in the barony, the contract will ensure proper use and maintenance, as well as fees, when applicable.


11/4/2017 8:38:13 PM #1
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Now, Let's discuss this contract thing that the soulborn engine wants to take on.
This is about contracts, not about the guild.
Thanks


12/16/2017 11:22:21 AM #2
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IMO, the contract system will most probably work as a drop-down menu that increases in complexity with the scribe's level/skill. By complexity, I mean something along the lines of adding duration/deadline of the contract.

I doubt the system will be "holistic" enough for you to create something convulated or extremely detailed documents such as state constitution, NDAs, etc.


12/16/2017 3:14:34 PM #3
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I'm really interested in being an in game scribe. Curious if the best thing to do with it is contracts or what other options are. Not that the contracts aren't interesting. Kinda like being a notary irl.


12/17/2017 3:43:52 PM #4
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Posted By Clarissa at 06:22 AM - Sat Dec 16 2017

IMO, the contract system will most probably work as a drop-down menu that increases in complexity with the scribe's level/skill. By complexity, I mean something along the lines of adding duration/deadline of the contract.

I doubt the system will be "holistic" enough for you to create something convulated or extremely detailed documents such as state constitution, NDAs, etc.

I hope you are wrong, but this is the reason why I posted this here and not in the organizations forum. I wanted to discuss all of this and even maybe influence how they will implement the contracts in the game.
With the information we have, we can speculate in all directions and this was the direction I was aiming for. Maybe we'll see simple drop-down menus, but let's hope they can achieve more than that since, from my understanding, contracts were very important to Caspian.


12/17/2017 3:46:59 PM #5
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Posted By Blaiser at 10:14 AM - Sat Dec 16 2017

I'm really interested in being an in game scribe. Curious if the best thing to do with it is contracts or what other options are. Not that the contracts aren't interesting. Kinda like being a notary irl.

I'm pretty sure scribing will be much more than contracts. I read that Snipehunter really liked the idea of player written scrolls in Ultima Online. Maybe one day adventurer will travel the land to find rare scrolls that were written by us, scribes of Elyria.


12/17/2017 4:14:22 PM #6
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Posted By Clarissa at 12:22 PM - Sat Dec 16 2017

IMO, the contract system will most probably work as a drop-down menu that increases in complexity with the scribe's level/skill. By complexity, I mean something along the lines of adding duration/deadline of the contract.

That would make sense. Whenever you learn the recipe for a type of contract then you get a new item in the dropdown menu. AFAIK This is how the rest of the crafting system works.


2/28/2018 2:18:13 PM #7
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One interesting idea that's been tossed around a bit is the notion of player-kept records of historical events. If scribes are capable of producing written documents (and I don't know if they will be, but it was mentioned previously as a future possibility), and assuming the game world will automatically track recent lore through NPC gossip and location names, anyone who wants more detailed records of notable in-game events could be responsible for filling in as a historian of sorts. Granted, these historians would likely be in the employ of a larger entity or specific kingdom and be biased toward one side or another, but hey, it's not like that never happens IRL.

For scribes whose main focus is on contracts, I would imagine that they would want to produce written records of contracts at various points, including the time of initiation, the involved parties, and the end result(s) of said contract just so they'll be able to track these exchanges in the event of a crime or conflict of interest. This is purely hypothetical and mostly for players who are serious about their in-game profession, but more often than not, it could prove useful to have backup records in the event that a contract is destroyed or stolen after the fact.

Either way, why not leave written records of players' history and business deals for future characters to discover and reference? It's worth consideration.


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