Posted By SnowFury at
I know there are many questions surrounding this topic. How can we interact with them? And How can the NPC's interact with the world? A NPC who's a Farmer harvests his crop. Does the crop just magically appear for sale, does a contract appear for someone to deliver, or with they physically move the crop to warehouses and eventually, physically themselves, move it to the market for sale.
Another example. Say you take up a contract to deliver 10 crates of steel to a skilled blacksmith in a nearby town, and when you get there, and talk to the blacksmith. Does the blacksmith tell you to place the cargo somewhere? Or does he (again) magically absorb it into his stock?
This question is purely for immersion sake. As long as the system works and a flowing economy and specific NPC commands/interactions work I'm happy.
Other than the video and accompanying explanation in Caspian’s most recent “State of Elyria” update, we don’t know the mechanics of that. However, based on what has been said about the world, things shouldn’t happen by poof magic, and what you see is what you get. That suggests that NPCs should be seen working of farming and will need to be interacted with to form contracts (even immediately performed ones like sales). It is even possible you can’t negotiate with a farmer while that NPC is farming. You might get a “good busy now, meet me at my silo tonight” response or something.
Transportation of goods is also an unknown, although a lot of players are planning businesses to make those player-offered services. According to economic history of the Middle Ages I have read, other than farming, more people were employed in transportation than anything else because transportation was so labor-intensive.