What might be expected of, or be representative of, someone at that level of affluence
|10||King of England, Aga Khan etc.|
|9||Prince or similar.|
|8||Earls, Dukes etc. Money no object.|
|7||Minor royalty, landed gentry with country estate and multiple town houses, millionaire.|
|6||Landed gentry with country estate and town house. Drones with this sort of affluence are very rare indeed.|
|5||Landed gentry with a country estate or large town house.|
|4||Can afford a good town house or substantial country mansion.|
|3||Can afford a superior central London apartment. Can always lay his hands on two fivers or afford to take a friend to dinner at a really good restaurant.|
|2||Can afford to live in a good town apartment or suite in a good hotel. Usually has enough cash in his pocket to pay for meals out, rounds of drinks, large tips etc.|
|1||Can afford a town apartment or a room in a good hotel to live in. Might be short of ready cash towards the end of the month if dependent on an allowance.|
|0||Typical Drone. Can afford club bills but probably in debt to the tailor. Doesn't need to work for a living.|
|-1||Probably works for a living e.g. prosperous doctor, lawyer or industrialist. Minimum wealth for entry to the Drones Club. A Drone at this level can usually settle a debt of honour.|
|-2||Works for a living; senior professional or owns a good business. A Drone at this level can probably buy a meal for his lady-friend at the Lyon's Corner House but not at a good restaurant.|
|-3||Works for a living; professional, bank manager, very superior servant. A Drone at this level probably avoids buying a round of drinks if he can.|
|-4||Has a reasonably well-paid job or owns a profitable small business. A Drone can buy a birthday gift for a favourite nephew but has to be careful with money.|
|-5||Earns just enough to own a small house and probably travels 2nd class. A Drone at this level requires a loan to pay the bar bill but can afford cigarettes.|
|-6||Has little spare money and probably lives in accommodation that goes with the job. Basic subsistence level for a Drone; has to wash his own socks.|
|-7||Skilled worker; probably rents a home. Visits from debtors (e.g. bookies) are a serious possibility for a Drone at this level.|
|-8||Unskilled labourer. A Drone at this level requires a loan for a bus ticket and is in debt to most tradesmen.|
|-9||Casual worker, street sweeper, paper vendor etc.|
|10||Breadline for ordinary people.|
Normal levels for a starting Drone are in Bold.
See also the Starting cash table and the Purchases table.
Buying something that is a constant drain on resources (e.g. servant, car) drops The Readies by 1 point per item as long as the character still has it.
E.g. Bertie has a The Readies rating of 3 but he employs a gentleman's gentleman, who requires a regular salary, he also runs a flashy sports car so his effective Readies is reduced to 1 when considering his ability to buy expensive things and the likelihood of him having five or ten pounds in his pocket.
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