Depending on the different social class, what do people in your fictional world do with their spare time?

What do rich people do?

What do poor people do?

What do rich people buy and own?

What do poor people buy and own?

What jobs/careers do the rich have or what jobs/careers would make a person wealthy?

What jobs/career do the poor have or what jobs/careers would make a person not entirely wealthy?

I have been thinking a little about this and I have become curious as to what the people of Avantica (depending on the country) do with their spare time for myself.

Rich people in Avantica lead such lavish yet hardworking lives.
Poor people in Avantica lead such mundane yet somewhat easygoing lives.

I don’t know, but this is something that I really must figure out.
What are your thoughts?

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Luca likes to cook, but his main passion is drawing or sketching. With Jonathan being a doctor and an an Alpha, he does not really have time for fun.

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To generalize, as it’s a bit complicated, mostly they attend parties’ whey they mingle and engage in political machinations. For a quite evening, a lot of them will spend their nights reading a book of some kind, eating dinner with their family, or catching up on managing the house finances.

A lot of their hobbies include reading, playing an instrument, and engaging with people of their social class, generally taking part in a lot of gluttonous behavior. Planned breakfast, lunches, dinners, they always dress in decadence, and they don’t put as much value on spending time with their children–as, most often, their children are away at a boarding school or with a private tutor.

Due to educational reform, the poor do much as the rich in terms of hobbies. Although, due to working and going to school, they don’t have as much free time and therefore their interest in those things dwindles much more. Because they don’t have time to practice, there’s not a lot of great poor artists. More than this, at the age of thirteen many children defect and go to an apprentice school where they’re selected by master craftsmen to learn a trade.

Because of this, they have more practical abilities. Woodworking, cooking, knitting, etc. all hobbies which usually tie into aiding the community. They’re also more family-bonded (or genuine in their relationships) so there’s sometimes festivals or celebrations whenever there’s a birthday of some sort.

Rich people things, haha, is the short answer.

They usually buy luxury garments, own manors with far too many bedrooms, have house staffs, have a lot of finery in their homes. If they’re exceptionally rich, they’ll own a car, but most own carriages. Lots of horses/unicorns as well, and dogs–which are a pretty important staple in the military. They’ll probably own a whole weaponry area, where all house members are encouraged to have proficiency in some kind of weapon. Libraries. A lot of them engage in debauchery. Drugs. Rare, exotic (oftentimes magical) animals.

Again, the poor in this world are far more practical. They usually own much smaller (sometimes too small) homes, perhaps a small garden and chicken/cow farm. They don’t often buy things if they absolutely do not lead it. They usually make their own way with things as well, and a lot of the finer things they own are hand-crafted or second-hand from a relative or close friend.

If a poor person is looking to get rich, the best career they can find themselves in is crafting instruments. Music is celebrated throughout the land, it’s something that’s not only loved world-wide, but religiously it as a lot of significance. So, getting into a trade where they craft instruments can make them a lot of money.

The only problem with this is, like everything, they have to work much harder than the average person. Or be exceptionally talented. And even when they do make it big in their career, they’ll only be making mid-tier income, which means they’ll never be a part of the aristocracy unless they invest into owning a business of their own, and from that business earning rich patrons.

The next way is to join up with the dorcha–which is another word for the king’s military. If they have any acute talent for engineering and science, the dorcha will elevate them into a position of power as–in their mind–intelligence outranks nepotism. If they’re talented in battle/spying/tracking, etc. then they’ll find a comfy position in one of the dorcha sects. They won’t be rich, but they’ll be comfortable. If they don’t die first.

There’s also just being talented at a particular artistry. Some talented poor people can get a rich benefactor to pay to further their education in painting/music/writing, what have you. Although, this is kind of rare, and hard to get unless you’re a genius in your talent.

Most of the rich people who are already rich have a lot of nepotism, so the kids of rich people don’t need to worry much about making a name for themselves and earning an income. Most of the rich also have ties to the military–most of the richest people in this universe are military-ranked officers.

Trades, why they can make you a comfortable income, still have very little room to grow. A lot of the poorer communities will have a lot of maids, servants, messengers, farmers, miners, shopkeepers, or fishermen.

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In my world…

The Lords

The rich patriarchs manage their domain. The landed and titled lords carry civic duties such as overseeing and planning housing, roads, crop fields, irrigation, and sewer systems of their lands. They offer patronage to the arts, organise communal feasts and festivals, and sponsor medicine. The unlanded lords are involved in commerce and martial duties.

Their wives are concerned with the domestic running of their demesne, providing instructions to servants, and raising offspring. They buy all sorts of trinkets and wares to fill their houses with: books, chests, mirrors, pottery, exotic animals, harps, lutes, drapes, furs, rugs, tapestries, portraits, couches, talismans, potions and magical artefacts, and the newest fashions from the royal courts.

For leisure, they host feasts, hunts, tournaments, visit the theatre, pleasure houses, bathhouses, inns, and pursue any of their hearts’ desires within reason. The newest fixation among the high ladies is pickling and sharing recipes with each other.


Almost all of the working class are freemen who owe minimal service to their lord. However, they do pay taxes to their lords, and some lords may ask for additional tributes. They are involved in all sorts of work: farming, fishing, transport, medicine, merchanting, service, the arts, military. There is less of a distinction between men and women in the working class; most everyone works. They furnish their homes however they can, prominently, books, potions, talismans, and magical trinkets. Most cannot afford the luxuries the rich can.

Their leisure time is spent in inns (drinking, playing games), pleasure houses, public bathhouses, wrestling grounds, theatres (watching puppets, poets, plays), the night markets, or pursuing hobbies such as reading, swimming and fighting. Festivals, theatres, and street parties are some of the instances that which the lords and freemen intermingle.

Merchants, or How to get rich quick

You could become rich by merchanting raw materials, especially metal and lumber. Although most mines and forests are not owned by merchants, enabling logistics is very profitable. So much so that the merchants have become very wealthy, threatening the precarious power of the lords. However, merchants are still considered working-class instead of their own separate class in the hierarchy, which has lead to tensions between the Crown and merchants.

Merchants can afford more luxuries than other commoners. They have merchant-only social clubs at their guildhalls they often visit after work, where they drink and network. They frequent pleasure houses, sponsor travelling music troupes and oddities, sponsor racing, wrestling, cockfighting, partake in gambling and travel for leisure.

Knights: The worst job

It would be servitude to sorcerers… but the knights of the realm claim they are indeed the most misfortunate, Knights are usually highborn third or fourth sons who are unlanded. The Crown has the sole power to anoint knights, and is responsible for their wages. With the rising cost of upkeep for their weapons, armour, horses and wages for their squires, their allowances are stretched thin. Most knights are on the verge of poverty by the end of the year, relying on the grace of their lord fathers. The handful of low-born knights fare worse, vagrant and hungry, at the mercy of common folk.

The realm, it seems, has moved on from knighthood; the Crown cannot increase wages because of the ongoing political machinations, the army has little use of their combat skills because of the growing number of warrior-sorcerers, plus there is no war to fight in as the realm is in a declared time of peace, the quests and errands are all taken up by lowly mercenaries, the merchants refuse to let knights accompany them for protection (they believe knights are puppets of the Crown), and the tourneys are few and far between as public has lost its reverence towards the knights. A Knights’ Rebellion is about to erupt.

Knights are considered lower nobility, however they cannot afford extravagances for their leisure. The most sophisticated among them prefer the passions of poetry, singing, reading books, journaling, riding, swimming, tracking, swordsmanship, marksmanship and pursuing love (romantic, fraternal or pleasure houses).

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Lyriumia: There aren’t really rich and poor people. Rules were put in place in the very early days of the world to prevent that from happening. Yes, some people have more money than others but there’s a very generous minimum, and the Royals are to, by law, provide those who go below it (for legit reasons) to get them back up to it. Though we don’t talk about where the Royals get that extra money from :joy:

Aside from that, there’s not really much difference between jobs here and there. Got your business owners, employers, employees, self-businesses, etc. People are able to follow their interests and, if they want, make money off it (though that’s usually more of a side/fun gig unless they have it as their business).

Terpola: Basically it’s the same as Earth’s screwed monetary system so enough said there. But, thankfully, under the new Ruler, they’re moving to slowly push it toward something more like what Lyriumia has because they FINALLY have a Ruler who actually wants to make things better for the people, not themselves. It’s a slow change but it’s still happening


Well, first off: if it’s not really a use for the story, I don’t usually up and talk about what those of other status are doing. But since I’m using “pre-industrial” with “otherworld fantasy”, I often have to lean on the basic background of a 3rd world nation. As much as Americans complain about the gap between our rich and poor, most of our poor are living 1st world nation poor, which is fabulously wealthy elsewhere. So, it’s easy to get out of touch with really being poor.

Hell, we go for “self-sustainging” and “off the grid” without realizing that there are probably a couple billion, if not more who are forced to live “self-sustainging” and “off the grid” without always having the tools we have.

It’s why so many of us will not survive if our nations crumble too far.

Rich, truly rich people do what they want. They’re most often ruling class. I rarely write about those who have arrived, bit more work on those who are striving to attain.

So, a rich son who could inherit, but daddy and others want to see MERIT to inherit.

That’s Dreithan and his younger half-brother. They are both candidates for King, which makes them princes of their people, but Dreithan has figured out his little brother is going to be a better leader and himself would make a better “commander of armies”, subject to his brother’s rule.

So, he took a job for the empire as a soldier, got booted into a program for spying on outer-land mercenaries, and so lives as a mercenary with his Lizard partner.

The implications of everyone thinking he took on a lizard as a lover screws with his plans on pretending to aim for the kingship until his brother takes up that role.

The story really starts at where the factions are starting to fight.

So, the dude lives mostly as lower middle-class with a wage, but has the financial backing and connections of just-below ruler of the light elves. He’s slumming, but it serves a purpose.

Way too poor and helpless, you starve and die, as is the reality of anyone who is destitute without skills or connections.

Any step up from that? Apprenticeship (learning a trade under the more skilled) to become aides to wealthier people (like a nanny or a knight). Having something dropped on them that makes them suddenly valuable and they’re running from everyone trying to control that.

But these are mostly non-entites like the absolutely powerful would be because they’re not in great positions to “rise up”.

Land, ways of moving goods around, people (either literally or via jobs), money producing environments (mines, manufacturing), protection (mercenaries, knights, fortresses, bribes and secrets), organizations (you can’t control everything yourself).

Food. Shelter. They buy themselves ways into a bigger man’s hands.

It depends on the era. For my Assassin’s Journals, they work a job that can make them wealthy, but there’s not enough talented people, and retiring may not be an option. They are borderline nobles and middle class for a reason: not all wealth is power, and the powerful are like living wells of riches because their talents are a commodity. For example, their current Emperor is the ultimate head of the Assassins, and he’s absolutely badass the one time I have him out in the storyline. But the kings under him aren’t automatically Assassin’s (although some are), and young assassin’s live more like the up-and-coming bourgeoisie or upper-middle class, due to their income-earning potential.

Butchers, bakers, candlestick makers aren’t wealthy. They are lower middle class. Their kids can live off the fat, but it’s not rich, and poor is any lack of working (step) away.

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