Lord Miner: Keeper of the Caves

Although the wealth of Slothjemia is not heavily relied upon by mineral deposits, the silver that is extracted in the Coreland has long given the kingdom a certain stability. The person tasked with making surveys of similar resources throughout the Empire is the Lord Miner, and it is they that arrange to purchase precious metals for use in the coinage of Slothjemia. Working closely with the Office of the Lord Minter, the Office of the Lord Miner makes sure that there is a steady and uninterrupted flow of gold, silver, and copper for making money. The Lord Miner also oversees any enterprise in which there is going to be tunneling, either for the purposes of finding minerals or for transit into the Underdark.

As part of their jurisdiction in the realms beneath the surface of the earth, the Office of the Lord Miner is also responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with any cultures that are encountered in the Underdark. Primarily this means the drow elves, and most of that contact is through a series of natural caverns and constructed tunnels that exist near the city of Jaggerholmschloss. Surveys are ordered from time to time through the Lord Miner’s authority to map out and document old mining operations, natural cave complexes, and similar “cracks in the earth” to give the Crown a sense of who, or what, might be dwelling beneath. One of the most peculiar aspects of life is the multi-dimensional coexisting of peoples. Dark elves beneath the ground, orcs above the ground, and in the air above that, dragons.

Any noble seeking to open up a portion of their estate to digging for gold, or gemstones, or even pleasing amounts of finely crushed gravel, must register their intent with the Office of the Lord Miner. No stones can be quarried without permission, nor can excavations beyond a certain depth be made. The levels to which these rules are enforced change from one administrator to the next, as do the depths, so it is always wise to check before beginning to dig.

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