The Dying Age
Raliel's Pleasure Houses
Pleasure Houses – the euphemism used in the Dragon Empire to refer to the Temples to Raliel, The Whore of Fortune – are found in all of the Seven Cities (and many smaller cities as well). The Whore of Fortune embodies both the heights and depths of luck, and her Pleasure Houses are meant to play that out for all to see.
Combination whorehouses and casinos, Raliel’s temples are very popular – catering both to more upscale worshippers and the common folk, Raliel’s priests can be porters, waiters, purveyors of games of chance, sacred prostitutes, negotiators or anything in between. Interestingly enough, part of the temple’s game for patrons is figuring out which employees are priests and which are merely secular laborers working for honest – or dishonest – coin.
The presence of these Pleasure Houses is a societal benefit to The Dragon Empire; by dressing vice up as virtue, cities that boast a Pleasure House feature better-quality whores, safer gambling establishments, higher quality narcotics and reduced illicit demand for these commodities. By creating an honest grift, the Pleasure Houses localize vice – and, they argue, reduce iniquity outside the walls of the temple.