As the (reputedly) Mad Wizard-King of Jagatap, I would like to move my court to the remote fastness I recently finished building in the be-jungled hills of Nam.
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The altitude and fresh breeze makes it quite pleasant, and the roof under the open stars is a great place for summoning Eldritch Horrors from the Beyond. Also, I like the view.
There are some practical problems with this setup, however. I like to keep a large court. A 600 man regiment, my harem, generous guest quarters, not so generous incarceration quarters, various apprentice wizards, advisers, flunkies, etc. You can see that it quite adds up. There is a reasonably good road, and a water source at the foot of the peak; but that is all about 300 meters below the main level of my palace.
I'm going to be moving in soon, but I need to know this: How many slaves do I need to bring with me to move food, water, and various other luxuries from the road below up 300 meters of steps to my palace?
Pack animals are more trouble than they are worth in this climate. They die within the year from disease, and I just don't want to spend the money. Slaves will last 5 years easily, as long as you feed them once in a while. And let me tell you, as a Wizard-King, you just seem to acquire slaves by the thousand.
I suppose I could summon a Terror from the Beyond to do the work for me, but they have to be bargained with or magically subjugated or whatnot. If I keep my palace running for a few centuries, there are going to be a lot of pissed off Abominations in the Beyond. I don't want to deal with that.
Assume that I keep 1500 people in the palace. Do remember to count the slaves in your calculations, I want them to last the full 5 years, remember?
The goods and supplies I need only have to be brought up 300 meters. Transportation of goods from nearby settlements is already handled.
Mechanical solutions reek of 'progress.' Generally, people who reek of progress find themselves in my throne room. Or at least, their skull does after the vultures have had their fill.