Parallar (no ontology)

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The parallar, shortened form of (para-dollar), commonly abbreviated as P$, is the currency used in the Mazes.

Parallars are strictly denominated in coins, generally with a stylized number on the obverse representing its value, and the MzW logo on the reverse, the same one found on the logos and shoulder patches of official personnel (such as Maze Soldiers). On the reverse of each coin, a latin saying can be found: opum libertas, which roughly translates to In wealth is freedom.

P$ coins are denominated in 12 types; from nickel coins worth 0.05 P$ to platinum coins worth 500 P$.

1/100 of a Parallar is called a Paracent, or simply a cent (abbreviated ). Although the term is not in common usage, since the smallest coin is worth 5 cents, the P¢ abbreviation is occasionally spotted on signs and sale tags for cheap items.

Backpacks all possess a money pouch, which allows the Contestant to carry up to 20 units of coins; these coins can be of any denomination, but their total weight must not exceed 20 units. The lowest amount of money a Contestant can carry in the money pouch is 100 P$ (2000 nickel coins), and the highest amount is 100 000 P$ (200 platinum coins).

Coin rarity

  • Nickel 0.05 P$ coin: 3.0%
  • Aluminium 0.10 P$ coin: 5.0%
  • Cupronickel 0.50 P$ coin: 6.0%
  • Brass 1 P$ coin: 70.0%
  • Steel 2 P$ coin: 8.0%
  • Copper 5 P$ coin: 2.0%
  • GC 10 P$ coin: 2.0%
  • Silver 25 P$ coin: 2.0%
  • Electrum 50 P$ coin: 1.0%
  • Gold 100 P$ coin: 1.0%
  • WG 250 P$ coin: 0.5%
  • Platinum 500 P$ coin: 0.5%

Coin types

Unit

Brass 1 P$ coin

The brass coin, worth 1 P$, constitutes the majority of all coins in circulation in the Mazes. It is composed of the same type of brass as that used for the production of ammunition casings, a brass called C260, or cartridge brass (70% copper, 30% zinc).

Roughly 70% of all coins in circulation are 1 P$ coins.

  • Color: Brass yellow
  • Diameter: 17.45mm
  • Thickness: 2.15mm
  • Material: C260 brass (70% copper 30% zinc)
  • Mass (grams): 4.386 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.01 / coin
  • Abbreviation: P$, more rarely Br
  • Slang terms: Paras, Bucks, Coins, Ones

Sub-units

Nickel 0.05 P$ coin

Nickels are the smallest and least valuable coins in circulation, being worth 0.05 P$ (or 5 P¢). They are popularly referred to as Als or Alberts, after the chemical abbreviation for Aluminium, Al.

During transactions, values that cannot be evenly divided are usually rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

  • Color: Dark gray
  • Diameter: 15.5mm
  • Thickness: 1mm
  • Material: Nickel (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 1.6836 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.01 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Ni
  • Slang terms: Nicks, Nickels

Aluminium 0.10 P$ coin

Aluminium coins are the second-least valuable coins in circulation, being worth 0.10 P$ (10 P¢). They are popularly referred to as Nicks or Nickels.

  • Color: Light gray
  • Diameter: 17.78mm
  • Thickness: 1.5mm
  • Material: Aluminium (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 1.0044 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.01 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Al
  • Slang terms: Als, Alberts, Dimes

Cupronickel 0.50 P$ coin

Cupronickel coins are the third-least valuable coins in circulation, being worth 0.50 P$ (50 P¢). They are popularly referred to as Cunnies (singular Cunny), after the chemical abbreviations for Copper and Nickel: Cu and Ni. Put together and corrupted, it would read CuNi - and is thus pronounced Cunny.

  • Color: Light yellow
  • Diameter: 16.12mm
  • Thickness: 1.25mm
  • Material: Cupronickel (70% copper 30% nickel)
  • Mass (grams): 1.8 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.01 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Cn
  • Slang terms: Halves, Half-bucks, Cunnies (singular Cunny)

Super-units

Steel 2 P$ coin

Steel coins are worth 2 P$, and are made out of mild steel, a softer grade of steel which is generally of lower value than other steels. They are sometimes referred to as Steves, in line with the nicknames for some other coins being patterned after given names, and due to its close similarity with the word Steel.

  • Color: Reddish gray
  • Diameter: 20.8mm
  • Thickness: 2.5mm
  • Material: Mild steel (99.75% steel, 0.25% carbon)
  • Mass (grams): 6.668 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.02 / coin
  • Abbreviation: St
  • Slang terms: Steves, Deuces

Copper 5 P$ coin

Copper coins are worth 5 P$. In medieval times, copper coins were referred to as Gusil, and were the smallest denomination at the time. Today, they are generally referred to as Coppers or Fivers, after their material and value, respectively.

  • Color: Copper
  • Diameter: 27mm
  • Thickness: 3.25mm
  • Material: Copper (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 16.67 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.02 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Cp
  • Slang terms: Coppers, Fivers, Gusil (medieval)

Gray copper 10 P$ coin

Gray copper coins are worth 10 P$, and are made out of an alloy of silver and copper called Gray copper. They are popularly referred to as Grays, despite the fact they are dark copper-ish in color, or as Tenners, after their value.

  • Color: Dark copper
  • Diameter: 28.69mm
  • Thickness: 3.25mm
  • Material: Gray copper (40% silver, 60% copper)
  • Mass (grams): 20 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.02 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Gc
  • Slang terms: Grays, Tenners

Silver 25 P$ coin

Silver coins are worth 25 P$. In medieval times, they were called Silil, and were the most common type of medieval coinage. Today, silver coins are generally simply called Silvers.

  • Color: Silver
  • Diameter: 32.92mm
  • Thickness: 3.5mm
  • Material: Silver (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 31.25 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.05 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Si
  • Slang terms: Silvers, Quarter-golds (rarely), Silil (medieval)

Electrum 50 P$ coin

Electrum coins are worth 50 P$, and are made out of a unique alloy of gold and silver which, sometimes, occurs naturally. Electrum coins are referred to as Greens, after their greenish color, or as Trums, a shortening of the word Electrum.

  • Color: Greenish gold
  • Diameter: 33.025mm
  • Thickness: 3.3mm
  • Material: Electrum (45% gold, 55% silver)
  • Mass (grams): 37.31 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.05 / coin
  • Abbreviation: El
  • Slang terms: Greens, Trums, Half-golds (rarely)

Gold 100 P$ coin

Gold coins are worth 100 P$, and are exactly what they imply: made out of 100% gold. They are the third most valuable coins in circulation.

In medieval times, they were known as Limil, and are arguably the most popularly depicted type of coins in medieval-themed fiction (despite the fact silver coins were in far greater usage than gold coins). These days, gold coins have many names: Gs (pronounced Gees) and Golds being most common, although a variety of other words referring to its gold color (Shinies, Auroras...), or its value of 100 P$ (Hundreds, C-coins...) are also used.

  • Color: Gold
  • Diameter: 35.619mm
  • Thickness: 2.6mm
  • Material: Gold (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 50 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.05 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Au
  • Slang terms: Gs or Gees, Golds, Limil (medieval)

White gold 250 P$ coin

White gold coins are worth 250 P$, and are the second most valuable coins in circulation. They are made out of an alloy of gold and platinum, giving them a color halfway between gold and platinum with shiny white luster. They are sometimes referred to as Half-plats, but usually they are called Whites, after their color.

  • Color: Whitish gold
  • Diameter: 37.206mm
  • Thickness: 2.6mm
  • Material: White gold (60% gold, 40% platinum)
  • Mass (grams): 56.82 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.1 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Wg
  • Slang terms: Whites, Half-plats

Platinum 500 P$ coin

Platinum coins are worth 500 P$, and are the most valuable coins in circulation. In medieval times, they were referred to as Zeril, and authentic Zeril coins are some of the most sought-after medieval artifacts.

  • Color: Platinum
  • Diameter: 39.946mm
  • Thickness: 3.1mm
  • Material: Platinum (100%)
  • Mass (grams): 83.33 grams
  • Weight (inventory units): 0.1 / coin
  • Abbreviation: Pt
  • Slang terms: Plats, Ps or Pees, Zeril (medieval)

See also