"Actually, lutes can be of even greater value than gold," said a deep-voiced man from the other side of the bar. He had long red hair and he either had become too lazy to shave or was in the midst of growing a beard.
The dwarf spit his ale in surprise. "Are you mad? Nothing's of more value than gold."
"Value is circumstantial," the red-haired man said. "During the war, I spent a winter in the Nemerian Wastes. Gold would, at that point, been of far less use than a lute, as a lute can be used for kindling."