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[–]EloeOmoe 1754 points1755 points  (221 children)

Two answers to this question:

1> Dragons eat gold

2> Dragons sleep on gold because it is soft

[–]andergdet 1415 points1416 points  (108 children)

In Tolkien mythology (and in those books inspired by It) dragons were created by the evil lord Morgoth, who also transferred his essence to the earth, tainting the land.

Some elements (like water) remained almost clean of this taint, but other substances were highly affected and had evil properties. Gold was the element that was most affected by it; this evilness in gold was the reason of the greed of the dwarves, who called it Dragonsickness.

See the pattern here? The dragons are known to hoard gold, and the reason is that the essence of their creator is within it. Some argue that they grow more powerful the more gold they hoard, but that's just speculation.

EDIT: wow, 800 upvotes. I'd like to use this moment of fame and glory yo reccomend the blog of Michael Martinez, it's a great read.

[–]onlyheretorhymebaby 333 points334 points  (29 children)

But are they eating it too is my question now

[–]PooPooDooDoo 354 points355 points  (6 children)

Drinking it, hence goldschlager

[–]andergdet 107 points108 points  (14 children)

Eating you mean physically ingesting it? No, I strongly doubt so.

[–]Flamingyak 45 points46 points  (7 children)

I mean, unless they also coincidentally have pica

[–]Geminel 7 points8 points  (2 children)

In the old film 'Flight of Dragons' the dragons' diets were almost entirely comprised of gold. It was critical to the biological processes that allowed them to breathe fire and fill themselves with lighter-than-air gasses for flight.

[–]ConditionOfMan 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Explanation scene

They didn't eat gold. They used gemstones to pulverize limestone.

[–]weirdcookie 45 points46 points  (15 children)

Well in D&D lore and almost all fantasy pen and paper RPG (most of which are based on Tolkien mythos) the size of the hoard is a requirement for dragons to grow not just age. The D&D Third edition Draconomicon is an awesome book.

[–]andergdet 22 points23 points  (10 children)

I didn't know that, thanks. Yes, some authors suggest that the bigger the treasure, the more powerful the dragon (and also, the more powerful the dragon, the bigger treasure is able to hoard, the relationship goes in both directions). Their reasoning is that Morgoth's essence flows from the gold to the dragon, strengthening it.

[–]weirdcookie 17 points18 points  (9 children)

Yeah in DnD dragons power is not level like players (which increases with experience). A dragons power increases with age (Wyrmling, young, old, great wyrm, and so forth) but to get to the next stage they have hoard size and years requirement. To explain with lore why they care about gold so much (go raid villages, ask for tribute, etc.) and sleep so much (take care of the hoard and pass time faster).

[–]andergdet 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Nice. Is there any DnD book you'd reccomend to a non-player, lore-hungry reader?

[–]weirdcookie 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Most of these books read like manuals but they are the ones that have the most fluff (Lore stuff) along with the crunch (Rule stuff). If you like dragons the Draconomicon is awesome with really good art. If you like things like cosmology and stuff the Manual of the planes is interesting. If its more about like the history of a fictional world. Forgotten realms is famous for a having a lot of books written about it. I haven't read any of it but a lot of people swear by Golarion the world of Pathfinder, the main book of it is Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting. You like angels? the Book of Exalted deeds. For Devils you get your Book of Vile Darkness and Fiendish codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. Demons got the Fiendish Codex: Lords of the abyss. Libris Mortis for the Undead. And Lords of Madness for aberrations.

Take into account that these aren't meant to be read as stories, these are mostly written as you would read a book about dogs, except for fictional creatures. The Monster Manuals 1 through like 6 also usually have some cool tidbits about some of the most interesting monsters, usually pulled from Mythology from all over human history.

[–]shitiam 10 points11 points  (3 children)

What a bad evolutionary adaptation. You need something that must be mined in order to grow, yet you do no mining yourself and you have flight, but spend all your time in a cave. Dragons couldn't exist without dwarves or men evolving first and then deciding to mine, refine, and build a currency out of gold and even have enough to have excess that could be hoarded by a dragon without society collapsing or switching to a different currency.

[–]badmartialarts 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dragons could mine, they have powerful earth-moving claws and magic breath weapons that melt, eat through, shatter, or abrade stone. But why, that is why the Gods made lesser beings....

[–]JstHere4TheSexAppeal 65 points66 points  (15 children)

Heh, you said taint.

[–]Triptolemu5 25 points26 points  (4 children)

you said taint.

AKA why I couldn't get very far in dragon age origins.

[–]lelarentaka 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I suggest you don't read Wheel of Time. Or do, because yeah i can't help but giggle whenever Rand feels the Taint and pukes.

[–]nunya123 5 points6 points  (1 child)

If you touch the dark one's taint too much you go mad!!

[–]charbo187 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Some elements (like water) remained almost clean of this taint

Lol

[–]andergdet 13 points14 points  (8 children)

It's the third time someone makes fun of that word, "taint". I thought it meant something close to "stain", "flaw"... But I'm starting to suspect there's some kind of phallic joke going on haha

[–]honeyroastedmint 12 points13 points  (6 children)

It's the space between the balls (or vagina) and the ass

[–]andergdet 13 points14 points  (5 children)

So... The perineum?

[–]honeyroastedmint 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Exactly

[–]andergdet 3 points4 points  (3 children)

But it's street-talk, or is it the oficial meaning?

[–]xPlatypusVenom 454 points455 points  (56 children)

I wouldn't say they eat gold. I always thought they kept gold because it attracted people who wanted to steal it and they would eat those people.

[–]I_Like_Free 138 points139 points  (24 children)

Dragons are supposed to be a representation of pure greed; they eat gold. Don’t ask me how that’s supposed to work. https://youtu.be/qxvrTknvpCs

[–]DarkLordFluffyBoots 129 points130 points  (10 children)

They don't eat it, they just have it. They have no need for gold yet they hoard as much as they can. That's why they're the perfect embodiment of greed. They spend every waking hour collecting gold, and when they finally get enough, they sleep in it.

[–]lion_OBrian 72 points73 points  (7 children)

Yeah, that’s the story of the earliest known dragon, Fafnir. He was a dwarf so obsessed with gold he somehow became a dragon, hoarding it and defending it at all costs.

[–]ComprehensiveSoup 24 points25 points  (2 children)

He never thought hed die fighting alongside an elf

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (1 child)

How about side by side with a otaku friend?

[–]ComprehensiveSoup 10 points11 points  (1 child)

No they keep the gold to hide the arkenstone

[–]Quantentheorie 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I didn't think they ate it and more fed of its presence. Like it being air to them. Smaug just kinda took over the Lonely Mountain and then went for a hundred years nap.

[–]DeadGirlsDontSayN0 24 points25 points  (5 children)

What's the point in debating this. Dragons are fictional creatures and vary greatly with any story's portrayal. There is no objectively correct answer to these questions.

[–]Beatles-are-best 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The debate is over what different mythologies say, dude. It'd be interesting to know how widespread certain things associated with dragons are in different depictions of them, considering dragons bizarrely were invented independently by different unconnected cultures all round the world (and we don't know why, though there are theories)

[–]TheCrushSoda 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The debate is more about the first known fictional dragon and what the original lore involving them is.

[–]ElmoKills22 38 points39 points  (3 children)

one myth is that the fire is in their bellies so if they try to eat meat or animals it turns to ash. but its not hot enough to melt gold so they eat the gold to fill their bellies so they wont be hungry.

[–]Solkre 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Melted gold would still be filling.

[–]EloeOmoe 27 points28 points  (7 children)

I haven't kept up on my "dragon lore" in quite some time. Number 2 I'm 99% certain I've read in lots of old Tolkien/inspired books, and I want to say the first one is from that old movie where the book nerd gets transported into a fantasy world where he kills the evil wizard with science.

[–]xxx_trojanwormdotexe 18 points19 points  (3 children)

No they actually eat gold. In fact, dragons don't eat people. That's a common misconception, Kings actually ate dragon as a delicacy.

[–]GrampappyJoe 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I figured they just ate whoever and couldn't digest metals so it piled up.

[–]AshenIntensity 8 points9 points  (3 children)

So they sit on a pile of their own shit?

[–]queebish 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I like your answer better.

[–]McQuefferson 48 points49 points  (4 children)

No I don't eat dragon, cause, uh, it's not a meal for peasants, it's a meal for kings, and I'm sort of a common man. But they don't eat us, it's a common misconception. They actually eat gold and treasure -- that's why they're always sitting on a pile of it.

- Charlie

Obviously, Charlie is the undisputed expert on this matter, so I'd say we can consider this case closed.

[–]ComprehensiveSoup 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I wanna say no. But i wont. Because of the implication

[–]BrouhahaLadida 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Dragons are pretty much giant crows

[–]vtelgeuse 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Pretty much this. They're shiny and have that going for them, but dragons are intelligent and recognize the prescribed value in treasure, too. They love amassing wealth, just not ever parting with wealth.

In this era, they'd be on top of the corporate ladder. And in most cases, are.

[–]SaloL 49 points50 points  (11 children)

Dragons and their treasure are symbolic of risk and reward in a male-focused hero myth. The hero must battle with adversity/chaos (usually after trials, training, or discovering a new method of approach) and is rewarded, typically with riches, honor, and a princess (sexual/relationship success).

[–]WiseOctopus 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I bet if you look at the portrayal of dragons in recent history you'll see them portrayed as greedy hoarding arseholes more often in times of recession, and portrayed as innocent friendly animals more often in times of economic growth.

[–]SaloL 5 points6 points  (3 children)

That would be interesting to look into. I'm no expert but looking across geographic and cultural differences would be interesting as well. The East Asian cultures typically have a positive view of dragons as bringers of luck and fortune whereas older western myths were virtually all negative (iirc, again not an expert). The ubiquity of dragons imagery across the world is also a fascinating trend.

[–]WiseOctopus 4 points5 points  (2 children)

A few examples:

The Hobbit, written during the Great Depression, has Smaug, one of the most famous greedy arsehole dragons in all of fiction.

The first Spyro the Dragon games were released in the late 90s, during an economic boom. The protagonist collects gems but this isn't portrayed as a bad thing.

Skyrim, released in 2011 (so probably started development during the Great Recession), has loads of dragons and almost all of them are evil.

The first Eragon features both good and evil dragons (correct me if I'm wrong, haven't read it) and was released in 2001, which was more or less between a boom and a recession.

Don't know much about older depictions of dragons - modern Asian depictions have blurred quite a lot with the western version.

[–]SaloL 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That’s interesting. I’ve heard a lot of media follows economic/political trends like that. Like monster movies in Japan after WW2, and there was something that changed after 9/11 but I can’t remember exactly.

[–]EloeOmoe 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Yeah, this is probably the actual subliminal truth/motivator for this type of encounter, with the lore just being the subjective window dressing to hide the author's id.

[–]PetevonPete 5 points6 points  (1 child)

3> Dragons use gold as bait for tasty humans

[–]FurryPornAccount 2604 points2605 points  (61 children)

That's one way to keep the knights away

[–]sidewalkgum[🍰] 34 points35 points  (6 children)

It's 2-1 Knights, can't keep em away from The Cup even in their first season!

[–]Mastery7Shithead 38 points39 points  (6 children)

This isn’t even a creative comment, why does it have 1k upvotes

[–]Byzantine279 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Low effort pun + well known account = top of reddit material.

[–]PortalOfExistence93 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Where's the pun?

[–]ComprehensiveSoup 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The dragon has it

[–]Alexander_Baidtach 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My most upvoted comments are low-effort bullshit, that's just how reddit works.

[–]MangoCats 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Where's the bitcoin knights?

[–]ChryslerDodgeJeep 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Deep in a mine, perhaps in Moria.

[–]herminator 893 points894 points  (152 children)

SMBC had a similar idea last week :)

https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/smaug

[–]mtgordon 421 points422 points  (30 children)

Similar question, very different answer.

[–]MxM111 80 points81 points  (29 children)

And yet the idea is similar.

[–]FreyaSounds 100 points101 points  (11 children)

Can you imagine the rampant inflation if Smaug dumped all that gold on the market though? Laketown’s economy would be crippled for a generation.

[–]DriftingJesus 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Laketown isn't in a bubble. They'd just spend that money elsewhere and on outside goods.

[–]hatsolotl 15 points16 points  (1 child)

When Mansa Musa made his pilgrimage to Mecca he gave away so much gold that he ruined the economy of North Africa. If all of Smaug’s gold were given to lake town I can see it ruining the economy of the entire northeast region of middle earth

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (1 child)

That's what you get for abolishing the Dwarven Reserve.

[–]jdovew 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There's a good blog post out there about that...

[–]EloeOmoe 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Never trust a burglar, you will only end up burgled.

[–]The_Anarcheologist 59 points60 points  (71 children)

Bilbo proved himself wrong, gold's value is not a stable investment in the event of an apocalyptic scenario. He says so himself, in the apocalypse, food is more valuable than gold. Gold has little inherent value. We value it because our society decided that shiny=good.

[–]mccalli 195 points196 points  (44 children)

It was valued because it's relatively rare and also hard to adulterate. Not because shiny=good, but because verifiably rare=of value as an exchange token.

[–]bfandreas 65 points66 points  (28 children)

It also is very durable. It is so useless(apart from some use in minor quantity in electronics) that it will never get used up. That's why Oreos never caught on as currency.

[–]FUCKING_HATE_REDDIT 48 points49 points  (23 children)

Some minor use in electronics? Without gold your cpu would be a lot less efficient.

[–]Apocapony 70 points71 points  (11 children)

Yeah but we realised that way after we decided gold was nice

[–]bfandreas 17 points18 points  (8 children)

some use in minor quantity in electronics

Some minor use in electronics? Without gold your cpu would be a lot less efficient.

That's not what I said.

In fact so little gold is used that reclaiming it manually will make you barely break even if you insist on making a living from it.

[–]foafeief 7 points8 points  (0 children)

reclaiming it manually will make you barely break even

I mean, if it was profitable gold's value would just drop until it's break even again

[–]kingsumo_1 10 points11 points  (1 child)

That's why Oreos never caught on as currency.

And that is why I am investing heavily in bottle caps. Every time I get one, I stash it in a random desk or filing cabinet. In fact, I'm even thinking of getting a safe just to store them in, along with my most prized possession. A single silver fork.

[–]Husmalicious 26 points27 points  (0 children)

There's other properties as well. It doesn't rust, it doesn't really with other metals, plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Same with silver. Check out this article where a chemist runs through the periodic table and explains why it's a good currency.

[–]big_bad_brownie 8 points9 points  (10 children)

I was under the impression that it does have useful applications in tech & manufacturing. Not enough to explain its value, but it’s not just shiny.

[–]Tsorovar 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Yes, but those came after thousands of years of using it as money

[–]reegdor 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Also because it doesn't react with anything

[–]Nebor 24 points25 points  (7 children)

gold's value is not a stable investment in the event of an apocalyptic scenario.

Food, water, medicine & ammunition are the most valuable commodities.

[–]bfandreas 28 points29 points  (1 child)

But those have bad value to weight ratios.

It's best to convert ones wealth into racehorse sperm.

[–]seriouslees 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I usually grab the Strength bobblehead and some power armor to mitigate the weight. The Strong Back perk is also great.

[–]_liminal 4 points5 points  (1 child)

just stash thousands of bottlecaps instead

[–]ronpaulfan69 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Bilbo proved himself wrong, gold's value is not a stable investment in the event of an apocalyptic scenario. He says so himself, in the apocalypse, food is more valuable than gold.

That really depends. An apocalyptic scenario could exist where nation states collapse (and the dollar, bonds, and other assets become worthless), but there is still functional trade dependent upon a medium of exchange.

Gold is more suitable to be used as a medium of exchange than food, as it's durable and compact.

[–]TheJamMaster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Also relative scarcity = high demand

[–]FallenCypher25 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I... I’m sorry but I don’t get it. Normally SMBC is something I can parcel out pretty easy but this makes no sense.

[–]Azrael_Garou 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Basically investing is greater than hoarding wealth.

[–]TheFuturist47 428 points429 points  (261 children)

I know quite a few people who are just like that lol

Edit: I enjoyed this comic so much I posted it on Facebook, and my friend replied "I dated this dragon for 2 years. It was a nightmare."

[–][deleted] 137 points138 points  (52 children)

Same, and I always tell them that there is nothing to worry about, we all die eventually and in death no one can harm you.

[–]GrethSC 143 points144 points  (18 children)

Clearly you haven't heard of the secret society of evil space necromancers.

[–]BoltorPrime420 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Oh shit

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Relaaaax, it’s just a crazy conspiracy! It’s well known the evil necromancers are based right here on Earth.

[–]big_bad_brownie 11 points12 points  (5 children)

*secret society of evil space communist necromancers

[–]PillPoppingCanadian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Am communist can confirm Soros pays me to maintain a space laser that will resurrect the dead and make them gay

[–]DrunkenAsparagus 36 points37 points  (25 children)

Yeah, and if the collapse that these people always talk about were to occur, i wouldn't want gold. I'd want water, food, and ammo.

[–]peon47 36 points37 points  (21 children)

Bullets are portable, non-perishable and can be used to get anything else you want. In any post-apocalyptic fiction, they should be the standard currency.

[–]larzolof 19 points20 points  (0 children)

They are in the metro books :)

[–]Allaun 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What is dead can never die.

[–]MxM111 91 points92 points  (189 children)

Just go to /r/libertarian to find one ... or two .... thousands of those. Why they equate gold hoarding to liberty is beyond me.

[–]pullthegoalie 76 points77 points  (36 children)

Ayn Rand did it in her book Atlas Shrugged. They create this ideal objectivist capitalist society where the only currency accepted is gold because it has “inherent value.” The book never explained or defended that assertion. It was so incredibly weird.

[–]ryhjhgj 48 points49 points  (1 child)

gold has inherent value because kings can build stuff with gold, like sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. you wouldn't understand.

[–]Wiggles114 12 points13 points  (0 children)

yeah. you never made anything.

[–]Average_russian_bot 17 points18 points  (4 children)

I thought it was less of a libertarian thing and more of a doomsday prepper thing. It just happens that theres some overlap.

[–]Charlie_Warlie 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Also the trick is if you have gold, you want demand for gold to go up, so you want others to buy gold, so you tell everyone the fiat currency will collapse.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah this reminds me of my reaction to when people start talking about these media conspiracies.. just walk away, you will never convince someone with a chip on their shoulder otherwise

[–]QueenoftheDirtPlanet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

... did you not know that fox news is partially responsible for driving up the price of gold...?

[–]Exbozz 20 points21 points  (11 children)

everyone over at /r/cryptocurrency "hurr durr gold doesnt even have value, it is set by the banks durr hurr and the banks print money"

yeah and your BTC is only worth what someonesle is willing to pay for it.

[–]jdovew 20 points21 points  (6 children)

your BTC is only worth what someonesle is willing to pay for it.

To be fair, you just described "worth" of literally anything with that description.

[–]cr0ft 204 points205 points  (7 children)

It's easier these days. You can hoard cryptocurrencies.

[–]Semblio 106 points107 points  (4 children)

hoard

hodl*

You can't just hide in a cave like this dragon, though. You've got to fly out and shill you favorites to other dragons.

[–]Piccolito 16 points17 points  (0 children)

but caves have great cooling systems for mining your bitcoins

[–]kabirka 453 points454 points  (8 children)

That is one woke fire-lizard

[–]StaredAtEclipseAMA 116 points117 points  (2 children)

The facial expressions were perfect, and the fire bit was a nice touch. It was like he was about to burn the knight, but got caught in an unexpected monologue due to passion.

[–]xternal7 33 points34 points  (1 child)

The fire bit seems more like a topical coffee spit to me.

[–]peacefull_protest 39 points40 points  (2 children)

They make the frogs gay next they will come for the dragons.

[–]PM_ME__LEWD_LOLIS 10 points11 points  (0 children)

it already happened, Kobayashi

[–]thehumangoomba 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Blowing smoke in more ways than one.

[–]SpikeRosered 43 points44 points  (4 children)

Reading a Monster Manual try to justify why monsters just hang around with loot waiting for adventurer's to kill them is always fun.

Like if a Dragon actually succeeded in gathering all the gold in the world and hides and defends it properly for hundreds of years to the point where it is lost to memory and no longer contains meaningful value to anyone but the Dragon, would the Dragon will want it?

[–]vtelgeuse 31 points32 points  (1 child)

You've just described hoarders. Dragons are very obsessive, just like the old aunts who pile away 5 decades of worthless junk that barely had sentimental value before, but too difficult to get rid of now. The psychological compulsion is inherent to their species.

[–]mfdanger33 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Why you generalizing old aunts line that. They're not different from our species.

[–]skeleton_clawSkeleton Claw[S] 115 points116 points  (7 children)

If you like my comics, you see the same ones but in different places by following me on instagram or twitter

[–]Napkin_whore 49 points50 points  (1 child)

I really enjoyed the final panel with the fading text and the knight exiting. It really captures the emotion of the knight. It made me laugh really hard because of how you sequenced the panels and drew the last one.

[–]cake-jesus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Happy Cake Day!

[–]thiago_28x 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved it man, really funny

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wow, you’re super talented man. Great stuff!

[–]ixiduffixi 108 points109 points  (61 children)

I work in tech support with a guy who keeps a gold coin on him at all times because, according to him, "the dollar is going to collapse" and he wants to make sure he has "something of value on him when it does."

He doesn't say this as "if it collapses," he says this as "when it collapses."

We also had to explain to him that 12pm is not midnight, so there's that.

[–]ariebvo 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Now i feel dumb. 12 pm isnt midnight?

[–]atalkingcow 31 points32 points  (3 children)

12pm is Noon, 12am is midnight.

Do not feel dumb, it is counterintuitive for a lot of people.

[–]wildmaiden 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It makes sense if you think about 12:30 instead of 12:00.

[–]ariebvo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah like that. Never really use AM or PM where im from but still this is i something shouldve known :p

[–]kingcolex 70 points71 points  (47 children)

Well I mean we have seen plenty of countries have their fiat fail. Look at the poor citizens in Venezuela today, their system failed them. Look at Zimbabwe, WWII Germany, Civil War US Confederate states.

Fiat fails, when it does a storage of value isn't the wildest thing to have.

[–]SwissVan 57 points58 points  (17 children)

In general fiat doesn't fail though. If the USD goes tits up I think I'll have more to worry about than money being worthless.

[–]Targetshopper4000 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Gold only has value if people agree that it does. Kind of like a fiat currency.

[–]hades_the_wise 22 points23 points  (18 children)

Fiat can definitely fail but something tells me that people won't just start trading gold coins for stuff right away. It may be useful to have a more easily-sold store of value, like real estate.

[–]kingcolex 18 points19 points  (14 children)

Which is extremely dependant on your local economy, you can't sell a house for a decent amount in a town where people are starving.

[–]hades_the_wise 4 points5 points  (13 children)

Yep. Farm-ready land will still be relatively valuable. You can also just let people pay you to set up tents on your land, when people start no longer being able to afford rent.

[–]kingcolex 8 points9 points  (12 children)

What makes you think they'd pay you and with what? Wheel barrels of worthless money?

[–]hades_the_wise 8 points9 points  (11 children)

See, that's the thing. They've gotta figure that out, not me. Because I hold the value they want, they've gotta figure out a way to trade with me if they want to make a trade.

[–]jwumb0 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Simple, just go full fuedal. They work the land and call you m'lord in exchange for being allowed to keep a portion of your crops they harvest.

[–]hades_the_wise 5 points6 points  (5 children)

That could work too. After all, if the currency is hyperinflated and the stores are barren, then farming is the best way to survive. And with enough land, I could provide for my workers (who I would need to farm that much land), myself, and have some to trade for other goods in the community (so I could get milk from the neighbor, if I didn't have cows, by trading him some of my excess grains).

[–]benisbenisbenis1 2 points3 points  (4 children)

What's stopping a mob from killing you and taking your land lol

[–]cheertina 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Until as a group they outmatch you. "I own the land, figure out how to provide value to me and I'll let you farm!" sounds like a good way to get yourself killed.

[–]stormfield 8 points9 points  (3 children)

All of those examples were sketchy economies to begin with that had no diversification and were horribly mismanaged. The idea that the US dollar could have a similar sudden implosion is still pretty far fetched without some kind of global catastrophe.

[–]Slowspines 8 points9 points  (3 children)

A post about gold yet nobody gave gold. Feels bad

[–]finntehuman 18 points19 points  (5 children)

The dragon named Joel Heyman

[–]strider_m3 55 points56 points  (31 children)

This doesn't make sense. The FED is a government institution and everyone knows the lizards actually run our government. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

[–]Elufson 30 points31 points  (14 children)

Actually it is not a goverment institution, it is a private organisation. It just has a name that implies it is a goverment institution.

[–]SirDidymus 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Interesting, too: how does he collect it? By bringing each coin there manually? Who guards it while he’s gone?

[–]Mange-Tout 9 points10 points  (3 children)

How does he even pick the gold up? In his mouth?

[–]Waxilum 3 points4 points  (0 children)

he doesn't have to leave, the gold horde attracts his food to him :)

[–]Pkock 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've been writing a comical DnD one shot for a friend's party, I've been trying to think of another quirk for the dragon and I think economic anxiety is the winner.

[–]thekillagram 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I see you've met my grandfather.

[–]Charon711 13 points14 points  (3 children)

To be fair, depending on his age he may have been a boy during the Great Depression. My grandmother was 5 when it struck and those are some heart wrenching tales. So in all honesty if he acts that way after possibly living through that I couldn't blame the guy. He's literally seen it happen before.