Many of the games I’ve attended have had some form of courtesan or prostitution available as a player class or NPC- or even, in one memorable case, as potential income sideline for player characters. Folk of negotiable virtue appear to be as familiar a part of a pseudo-medieval setting as the blacksmith, from my (rather small) sampling of US larps.
There are a few things required for prostitution as we’re talking about it- basically a certain level of social complexity that distinguishes between short term relationships of mutual exchange, and transactional ones. Which leads to one of the first tools of the trade: a method of storing the results of those transactions. This is deliberately general; the method will vary greatly from time period to time period, and by the financial success of the sex worker in question. Someone living hand-to-mouth probably needs only a personal wallet, whereas a more successful person would need secure storage either personal or institutional. I.e. what they use will probably be the same thing every other security minded player in your larp uses!
Now, on to the specifics:
That last requirement should be particularly comforting for games that already enforce strict garb requirements for various roles.
The adventurous among you will have noticed the absence of sex toys in the list; that is a many and varied topic that might well get its own post one of these days, but I’ve also left it off because in every larp I’ve ever heard of, the role play doesn’t get that detailed. If you’re looking for ways to officially incorporate sex roleplay in your game (not least so your players can know what to expect!), check out Ars Amandi for some cool mechanics.
Shown Above: Dr Suess Elf Hood Brown Strip Faux Fur by Avante Garb. Ships worldwide. $40 USD.
"Huh. Strangest looking turkey I ever saw, I tell you what."
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, enjoy these rather detailed turkey-feather wings.
Shown Above: Angel Costume Wings by Lindsey M Hottin. Ships to the US only. $250 USD.
As I am much further north in the Northern Hemisphere than I used to be, things like these great chainmail mittens have been catching my eye. And in case you’re wondering, yes, chainmail mittens have been a thing, at the very least since the 1200s CE.
Shown Above: Persian Style Chainmaille Leather Mittens by Sundance Wolf. $50 USD
Good morning, gentlefolk! As it’s the week of Thanksgiving in the US, I’m taking a break from the Tools of Trade series to post some brief accessory ideas; after all, ‘tis the season for rediculous sales and faux fur!
Speaking of which, shown above is the Threshold Faux Fur Throw in Ivory, via Target. (Modelling by the fashion-puppy Brigid and her new toy, which, disappointingly, only squeaks and does not in fact recite worried C-3PO lines as I’d hoped.) It’s made of 65% acrylic and 35% polyester, and is entirely machine washable. $35 USD
Today’s DIY Friday is all about Hammers. Above is really more cosplay relevant for those who like Marvel’s Mjolnir; this link is more useful if you want a warhammer humans can use. Enjoy!
I found the 8th image of this post kinda interesting, as I’m pretty sure I’ve been to that (imaginary?) place, near Hocking Hills, Ohio. Sorry for the state of the photographs, this was before smartphones kiddies.
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