Shovels In Spades

by

Lone

Book 1 Chapter 18: Court and Motivation

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Lord Upgrade
Court of Lords
Description
Naturally, Lords are a civilised group of nobility and like to contest and confer with one another, but a location is needed for such things.
Upgrade
Allows the Lord to teleport to a separate dimension dedicated solely for Lord-type rulers.
Price
10,000 Merit Points
1,000 Base Points

'Hrmm, I think I should buy this... it might be useful to talk to other Lords and find out about other classes and monster types from them... not to mention, how the rest of the world is doing,' Daz thought before he decided to buy this upgrade. 'Purchase Lord upgrade, Court of Lords, please.'

Confirmed. Lord Upgrade [Court of Lords] purchased.
The total merit balance of the host is now 168,510.
The total balance of the base is now 4000.

'That'll do for now. I'll check out this 'court' later, but for now, let's quickly look at the five other upgrades before I check to see what Lyle had picked for me. No point wasting all of my base points solely on Lord upgrades," Daz pondered before he took a minute to view the five remaining upgrades that had caught his interest.

Lord Upgrade
Baronship
Description
Those that stand above the Lords, but below the rest of nobility.
Upgrade
 Changes a Lord's status to that of a Baron
Price
200,000 Merit Points
20,000 Base Points
Lord Upgrade
Fiefdomnship
Description
 What is a Lord without properly granted land? It is only natural for a Lord to be the owner of a base, but what is more impressive is a Lord who owns a Fiefdom.
Upgrade
Adds 'Fiefdom' to the bases current base types. 
Price
100,000 Merit Points
10,000 Base Points
Lord Upgrade
Territorial Advantage
Description
Battles are an inevitable part of a Lord's life, so it is only natural that a Lord would fight in an opportune location.  
Upgrade
 Grants the Lord's base a territorial boost based on its location.
Price
75,000 Merit Points
7,500 Base Points
Lord Upgrade
Mounting
Description
What is a Lord without his trusty steed? Only a true Lord has a loyal steed at his command. 
Upgrade
 Grants a bonus to the Lord when riding a being classified as a mount.
Price
5,000 Merit Points
500 Base Points
Lord Upgrade
Monarchy
Description
 Naturally, all Lords follow a certain type of Government. A Monarchy is the most optimal Government for those who wish to rule their kingdom alone.
Upgrade
 Allows the Lord to create ten laws that the citizens must follow at all times.
Grants access to Ruler battles.
Price
1,000,000 Merit Points
100,000 Base Points

 'A lot of interesting things, huh? I definitely need to get the Monarchy and Baronship at some point..hrmm... I can probably skip Mounting unless it counts Rimmy as a mount, but I don't think the system does. I guess I'll get Fiefdomship and the Territorial Advantages first when I buy more Lord upgrades,' Daz concluded before he stood up and stretched a bit.

He took a moment to look around at his base. The recycling facility was small, maybe two-hundred meters by one-hundred meters. Although it was small, it still managed to hold eight skip bays, three skips on the ground level, a car park, the bothy and a small trail walk for kids to teach them about the benefits of recycling. 

Daz had only worked here for six months, but he was quite fond of the place. It was quiet most of the time except the odd burst of busyness, which Daz liked. He was normally quite lazy due to having no motivation to live really, but now he had changed. The Apocalypse has changed him. Daz smiled before he walked over to Lyle. It was now time to upgrade the base physically.

Lyle noticed his approach and stopped talking to the system before he turned to face Daz, a smile on his expression. "All done? I found four upgrades that I think we desperately need now, while I found two that might be beneficial, but we don't need them. I wasn't sure how many merit points you had, but I gained three thousand for doing nothing today, and just over two thousand for yesterday, so I went on the assumption that you had around fifty thousand points since you've been doing far more than I have."

"Mmm, I have a lot more than that, but that's good. I need to buy more stuff for myself too so that much should do for the base," Daz replied in a far more sociable way than earlier thanks to the fact that he knew Lyle was loyal to him.

Lyle's smile only grew when he knew that his estimate was accurate to the amount Daz was willing to spend. He was very happy to be of help. "Well, this whole 'system' function is fascinating. I'll tell you what upgrades to view now, my Lord," Lyle said, to which Daz cringed a bit, but he chose not to chide Lyle for continuing to call him 'my Lord'.

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