Isle Of Blain Economy

While rich in wildlife, fish, and (generally marginal) pastureland, the Isle of Blain is poor in metals and timber; only a few stands of usable wood exist along the island's southern shores, and aside from a few minor deposits of copper and gold no accessible ores have been found. Timber and iron form the bulk of the island's imports, largely raided from Yddr settlements or traded for furs, ivory, and salt fish at ice-free ports during the summer.

Thanks to this scarcity, Blain produces a volume of nonmetallic tools and weapons far out of proportion to its technological sophistication; spearheads and cutting tools of seal or whale bone are quite common. Likewise, many small craft produced on Blainer shores are crafted not of solid timber but of stretched and sealed hide over an inner wooden frame. Blainer smiths are adept at extracting value from their limited resources, however, and the island's pattern-welded steelwork, while generally more expensive, often meets or exceeds the quality of its continental counterparts.

Despite its wildness, the island also produces a few more exotic goods. Nodules of amber frequently wash up along Blain's southeastern beaches; this "sea-gold" makes up an irregular but essential luxury export and sees frequent use as a store of value in the interior. Brimstone and other volatile products of the island's native volcanism are occasionally traded to Moorvic ships, though few venture so far north.

Blainer woodwork bears the marks of its Yddr origins but shows substantial influence from the island's tribal roots. Wooden articles are often intricately carved, and bone and ivory inlays and relief carvings are very common. Scrimshaw engraving is endemic to the island, and decorates many small articles in suitable material. Housing shows a similar mixture of influences; longhalls of turf and stone are common in the south, often half-buried for warmth, while semi-portable shelters of hide and whalebone are more common among the hunters and caribou herdsmen of the interior. During the winter, igloos and quinzhee are commonly used for temporary to semi-permanent shelter, especially in tribal areas of the icebound north with little Yddr influence.

Coastal life revolves around the sea; whitefish is a staple food, eaten fresh or preserved by a variety of means. Whaling is scarcely less common, along with the hunting of seals and walrus; both provide not only food but an essential source of bone and ivory. Little of Blain's land is arable, but a number of farms exist along the warmer southern coastline. The interior is mainly pastoral; herdsmen raise caribou, sheep, and a few scrubby cattle and horses, while hunters seek bear, elk, and the rare and dangerous mammoth.


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