Gold piece

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gold piece
gold piece

I wasn't sure what I was looking at. It appeared to be a gold coin -- not actual gold, more likely brass or some shiny alloy -- about an inch and a half across. One side featured crossed swords and some Chinese lettering, presumably some kind of logo from the game; the other side said "100 geeps", and then in smaller letters, "Shiawase-Mitsuhama Entertainment". What was this? A physical token you could buy from Shiawase-Mitsuhama, and then somehow convert into game time or currency? Okay, but why the physical middleman? Or was it the other way around -- use your in-game currency to buy physical tokens? But why would you do that?

I rolled the coin across my knuckles a couple times, pondering the question. If it worked both ways, you could launder money through the system. But then the mobs would end up moving these brass tokens around by the cargo-container full. Ridiculous.

Then it occurred to me that maybe I was just overthinking it. The game ran on magical systems designed by triads and manufactured by demons. Maybe the players were just manifesting their game currency into tokens, all on their own. They might not even realize they were doing it. It sounded insane, but I'd seen first-hand what triad magic had done to the shopkeepers' inventory this morning. Just about anything seemed possible after that.

Cannot be traded or discarded
Quest Item

(In-game plural: gold pieces)
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Item number: 6130
Description ID: 407591613
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Obtained From

Chinatown Tenement
desperate gold farmer
rabid MMO addict

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