Saturday, June 10, 2017
A story has to begin somewhere. If you've ever played a RPG then you know that many stories start in taverns. How else are you to gather a diverse collection of characters in one place at one time to send them off on an adventure? But what if a story started in a brothel? Not just any brothel though. This one only serves the rich and powerful. Those who work the brothel aren't just warm bodies to offer for carnal delight. Oh no, these are courtesans. Highly skilled, pleasing to the eye, and with a wide array of talents to keep the attention of those with the kind of money to buy anything they desire.
Welcome to the Empire of Shenendril. Over a thousand years ago an enemy rose to power who wished nothing more than the destruction of all humanity and their allies. It took one man, Shenendril, the son of the Gold Dragon Aurovath and a human woman, to unite the three human kingdoms into an alliance that could defeat their enemy. From that alliance the Empire arose. Now centuries have passed and the alliance is no longer as strong as it once was. The aristocrats grow greedy and decadent. The Guilds grow more powerful and sneer at the extravagant lifestyles of the nobility. While the common people of the Empire just try to survive.
Enter Lucas Leander. Orphan. Beggar. Thief. Plucked from the desperate poverty of the Gulch, cleaned up, educated, and now one of the most desired Courtesans in the House of Sighing Shadows. This is his story. His hero's journey. This, which I share now is an introduction. A peek into the life of a courtesan before his life changes forever. You will meet Lucas as the pampered whore. Lucas the pawn of his powerful criminal Mistress, the Empress of Shadows. Lucas the spy. Come and take a peek into the Empire, get drawn into the web of intrigue. Though be mindful of the shadows, who knows what is listening.