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Prostitution is a facet of fantasy RPGs that go all the way back to some of the earliest books released for Dungeons and Dragons. While there has been controversy surrounding sex workers in the game, most will acknowledge they are an obvious aspect of most worlds where adventurers are looking to carouse the night away after surviving their last quest. And whether your setting has a brothel in every town worth the name, cults dedicated to various gods and goddesses of love or merely taverns and inns where doxies tend to gather in search of a client for a night, this supplement is full of unique practitioners of the world's oldest profession.

These NPCs can be used for far more than just set dressing, however. Many of them come with small mysteries attached to them that can be used as plot points, or they might be individuals learned in the magic arts in addition to their usual profession. They may have heard rumors in the sheets that could help adventurers uncover the truth of a conspiracy, or they might even be former warriors, crusaders and more who have taken up a new trade. Many of them may still remember their old trade well enough, and they might teach younger adventurers the things they need to know, or even take up the sword and the spell one last time to help out the party. How you use these characters is up to you!

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  • Jessari Trevails: A beautiful woman with a head of raven curls, and a husky voice that is like warm incense smoke breathed over the ears, Jessari is a mystery to most. She claims to come from a dozen different places, all of them miles and miles away from one another. She speaks half a dozen different tongues, but seems to have no accent in any of them. Even her name is false, taken from a popular series of road stories about a beautiful, treasure-hunting adventuress. And where there is no truth to be found, the curious will fill the space with conjecture and rumors. Whether Jessari is a runaway farm girl, the daughter of a duchess living a secret life, a spy looking to move without being noticed or something else entirely, only she can say for certain.
  • Vane Therris: An arboreal sorcerer of some power, Vane looks like some woodland king found in an old storybook. With eyes of vibrant green, deep mahogany skin and a crown of leaves growing amidst his hair, a perfume of flowers seems to follow him everywhere he goes. His voice is deep and commanding, and he has certain... effects on people. While he tends to reserve the use of his charms for those who request to experience them, Vane is unique in the trade for one aspect of his services. It's said that to lie with him is to be blessed by the fecundity of nature, making him sought by husbands, wives and sometimes both at once when they are hoping to have healthy children of their own.
  • Lenore: A quiet, wistful woman, Lenore always seems to suddenly appear like a spirit manifesting when one's eyes are drawn elsewhere. Lenore never speaks above a soft whisper, and there is a longing in her gray eyes that speaks to those who gaze into them. Even those who've sought her out on several occasions never learn more than her name, except for the fact that she can only be found during the night hours, and that she always vanishes from their arms and beds with the morning light.
  • Arno Wren: A man with silver in his hair, but who still has plenty of steel in his spine, Arno is typically hired for back of the bar work these days. A hellion in his youth, it was said there were very few experiences he couldn't provide if one slid him the right amount of coin. Though he's more mature these days, those who seek him out typically do so because they're looking for someone else to take the reins, and to be in-charge for a while. And while that's usually a metaphor, there are some clients for whom that is a very literal description of what they're paying for.
  • Nyssa Shadowhearth: A hearth warmer by trade, Nyssa and those like her filled important duties among the elves under the black mountain. The warmth of another body is both a physical and spiritual need to those in these communities, and just as fire requires tending to stop it from going out, so too did those of Nyssa's trade tend the fires of one's heart (and, when necessary, loins). Skilled, soft-spoken and enthusiastic in her duties, those who know the ways of her society understand that her name has an important meaning. Only when the fire of a hearth goes out is it filled with shadows, implying that she is outcast from her society. Why that would be, though, only Nyssa herself can rightly say.

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Nijineko P April 27, 2024 8:59 pm UTC
(Having a neurodivergent moment here.)
You do realize that is NOT the world's oldest profession?" The association between the phrase "world's oldest profession and prostitution first occurred in the 1889, and became more widespread in the 1890s, thanks to a Rudyard Kipling novel.

Many other professions have been touted as being the oldest prior to that time. An historical analysis also reveals that there are several professions that archaeologically long precedes the titular cited reference. It is speculated by scientists that "toolmaker" is actually the oldest profession, and by the Abrahamic faiths "gardener" is the oldest. (Okay, back to your regularly scheduled merchandising. Thanks for reading.)
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Adrian K April 28, 2024 8:23 am UTC
I might have gone for something along the lines of shaman as the oldest profession. You are not the only one to think along these lines!

However, this title works better.
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John B May 01, 2024 11:20 pm UTC
Job and profession are not equivalent... Careful of your proclamations if you intend to play loose with the language as well.
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Josh C May 03, 2024 10:30 am UTC
I'm inclined to disagree here. Selling one's body for goods happens not just in humans but in other animals as well. There is a species of penguin, for example, that will sell sex for cool pebbles, one was even observed taking payment for a pebble and then running away to hide behind her mate, she cheated on a payment. My point is that if even a mere penguin is capable of prostitution then I'm sure humans have been doing it since before we had complex tools.
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Paul C April 23, 2024 8:31 pm UTC
Great book, but I wished it included suggested prices for services.

Hope you do a similar product on slaves and slavery, another neglected subject in RPGs.
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Adrian K April 24, 2024 11:59 am UTC
I think prices are tricky, because they can be very dependent on a setting.

Slaves and slavery is a difficult subject, so I'm not sure about that. I'll pass it on, though.
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Badger B April 22, 2024 4:39 pm UTC
Hey there,

Normally your previews are quite useful but this looks like an intro to the document text.

As someone who has bought many of your products before, is it possible to see a sheet with examples please?

It usually persuades me to buy the product
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Adrian K April 22, 2024 4:51 pm UTC
Oops, I didn't check what the preview was showing! I'll fix it; you may have to refresh cache or use a different browser. I know they update but it can sometimes take a bit to propagate. Thanks for letting me know.
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Kent B April 22, 2024 4:36 pm UTC
The preview for this seems out of place.
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Adrian K April 22, 2024 4:53 pm UTC
It's the wrong preview; I'm fixing it!
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