Inherently Valuable

Five-thousand gold pieces is a lot of money to spend on “ice”. With the silver piece being the standard currency, the baseline for the cost of labour, a single gold coin has the purchasing power of $500. To bring a single person back from the dead a party is dropping $2,500,000. Two-and-a-half freakin’ million dollars. No wonder every peasant or lesser lord isn’t quickly resurrected and even the occasional king is left for dead. The executors of the king’s will look at the royal vault, look at the cost, and look at the king’s dying wishes to be brought back then shrug and say “He’s in a better place; an elaborate coronation ceremony will be cheaper. Send for the prince and Ser Pounce.”