[RPG] What’s the training cost for, and is it still paid if you’re being taught for free


I have a player in my game who wants to learn Draconic from his two party members in their downtime. Something that he was wondering about was why he has to pay 1gp if the party members are freely teaching him how to speak the language. In the 5e PHB, it says:

Training lasts for 250 days and costs 1gp per day.

Now, the question is, is that cost for paying the instructor or is it for something else entirely?

Best Answer

What makes the most sense to you?

The rules text doesn't make it at all clear exactly what that money is going to. There are three different options that I see: training materials, paying the instructor, or both. Depending on how you and your group sees it, any of those three options are totally acceptable. You should figure out which one makes the most sense to you, and stick with that ruling.

If the cost of training is just for materials, then you should pay full price. If it's just for paying the instructor, then you shouldn't pay anything. If it covers both, then you should pay a lesser amount, perhaps half.

The important thing to remember here (and elsewhere in 5e) is that when the rules are super vague like this, the best thing to do is figure out what makes the most sense for your group, and stick with that.

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