In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor of the rich as a result. However, this presents us with a problem.
This leaves the artisans, merchants, and lower nobles who can't afford the gems in a poor position. They are high enough to be a major threat, but cannot afford the gems to protect themselves. There is of course, also a problem for rebel groups who may wish again, to protect themselves. There are several uses in public works, government funded projects, and awarded to certain followers of the wealthy.
How might I avoid or fix these problems in my world, whilst still favouring the rich to a significant, but not overpowering degree?
- The system works on a basis of poetry. The gem doing the magic can be quite small, with smaller gems tending to be more powerful, but less noticeable. This is a fact being quickly forgotten amongst the noble classes.
- Each vein is quite small and all veins come in different colors, no two the same. Each colour of gem forms a set with one inscribed, and the rest following the instructions on the inscribed stone.
- If more than one is inscribed, none work
- Until one of the set in inscribed and the set is working, the gem has the material properties of stained glass. After, it has the properties of diamond mixed with cast iron and graphene.