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Aelryinth wrote:Math is great, but when that math is based on assumptions and interpretations it really isn't any more or less valuable than anything else.
They gave us numbers, someone used them, and got results. When someone says 'a planet's worth of something rare' and the math says $10,000 worth, we have problems. Math tends to narrow things down nicely that way. It's why we invented whole professions that do nothing but math and make it real.
Additionally, I rather doubt that whoever wrote up the original entry for the Adamantine Golem did all that number crunching. Most likely they just pulled out a number that they thought seemed semi-reasonable for the material costs.