Background: Harlot

Before you took to adventuring, you were once a member of the oldest profession, exchanging money for the pleasure of your company. The life of a harlot is a dangerous one – only slightly less dangerous than being an adventurer – and you have survived based on your quick wits and natural charm. You may have have started in the trade young, forced into the life after a childhood of poverty. Alternatively, you have have only recently taken up the profession to pay for adventuring school.

Skill Proficiencies: Insight and either Deception or Persuasion
Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set and one musical instrument
Equipment: A long crimson cloak, a set of common clothes, a set of revealing clothes, and a belt pouch containing 15 gp in singles (and other assorted coinage).

Speciality

There are many different types of harlot based on social standing and clientele. Much also depends on if you worked alone, for a pimp, or were employed in a brothel. Choose your speciality, or roll on the table below.

d8 speciality

1 – Slovenly trull
2 – Brazen strumpet
3 – Cheap trollop
4 – Typical streetwalker
5 – Saucy tart
6 – Wanton wench
7 – Expensive doxy
8 – Haughty courtesan

Feature: Welcome Company

People pay well for fine company, so you seldom have trouble finding a roof to sleep under. Even if your hosts do not fully avail themselves of your services, you know how to engage the imagination and entertain the spirit.

While relaxed, people often let information slip that they shouldn’t. You can use your wiles to learn local rumours and secrets. This information tends to be unfocused and learning specific details is more challenging. You are also able to identify local harlots, who are typically willing to support fellow members of their profession. They are also able to share information they have pried from their clients and loan you mundane goods and other simple equipment.

Suggested Characteristics

No matter how well you were treated, the life of a harlot is not easy and leaves its marks, although these are not always visible to the eye. Skilled harlots are able to mask their own personalities, to better become who or what their client wishes them to be; despite this facade, your inner nature reveals itself in subtle ways, creeping to the surface no matter how often it is veiled.

d8  Personality Trait

1 – I remain cheerful and optimistic despite my lifestyle, as if heart were made of gold.
2 – I’m bitter from painful experiences, and everything I say sounds sarcastic or cynical.
3 – I’m a mimic, adept at shifting my persona to what the situation requires. I adore trying new things and being new people.
4 – I like to take what I want, when I want. I loathe being told “no”.
5 – Regardless of my situation, I maintain an air of class and distinction, and always remember my manners.
6 – I’m a shameless flirt, and love being the center of attention.
7 – I’m a little suspicious, worried about being betrayed and caution of being assaulted.
8 – I’m quiet, always listening and paying attention to my surroundings.

d6  Ideal

1 – Independance No one will have power over me again. (Chaos)
2 – Number One The only person I ‘m concerned about is me. (Evil)
3 – Honesty One must abide by their deals and fulfill what they paid to do. (Lawful)
4 – Money There are things I won’t do for gold… but not much. (Evil)
5 – Secrets Knowing someone’s secrets gives you power. (Neutral)
6 – Pleasure Find joy in life whenever you can, with whomever you can. (Any)

d6  Bond

1 – All sex workers are my brothers and sisters, and I must defend them.
2 – I owe a sizable debt to my pimp or madame that I must pay off.
3 – I protect the identity and secrets of my clientele.
4 – I have family that I’m working to support.
5 – My reputation determines my value and must be maintained.
6 – I once called a burlesque house or bordello my home, and will protect it with my life.

d6  Flaw

1 – I no longer believe in love.
2 – I judge people for what they can do for me.
3 – I cannot let go of the past and react poorly to reminders of my old life.
4 – I am fighting addiction to an illicit substance with varying success.
5 – I come from a broken home and hate being reminded of this fact.
6 – I will do anything to raise my station in life.

 

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