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PostSubject: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:08 am

The question of servants in Victorian households has recently arisen. Keep in mind that servants - maids, butlers, cooks, charwomen, sweeps, drivers - probably know all the other servants in town or can network to them somehow. They have their own society outside of normal society (not elite, middle or working class) and even have taverns and pubs largely dedicated to their special needs. Servants talk.

As a bit of a tangent, Victorian houses do not have indoor plumbing. For normal bodily functions, Victorians had chamberpots (there are a variety of names for these depending on how fancy you wish to be) and the wealthy could have special build cabinets or entire rooms dedicated to storage and use of the pot. For those households with a mixture of kine and kindred occupants, keep in mind that servants empty these pots on a normal, daily rotation.

Can anyone see an issue here that might raise questions in the servant community unless addressed?

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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:04 pm

Useful Vampire Recipes

Mix one dose of water with a tiny amount of yellow ink. Then carefully add one to two drops of household ammonia (a common cleaning solution) - add mix to chamber pot on a daily basis.
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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:09 pm

That's great. 1 bonus x.p. to Mary. Anyone else?

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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:54 pm

I would say that if you do in fact have a servant at your home throwing away food in a sneaky fashion every once in a while would be a good idea, otherwise they will surely notice that you do not eat and such.

If they notice that someone has not been eating for 2½ years at home, they would be very likely to tell someone else. Furthermore making sure to sleep out of the house every once in a while could be a nice way to not let the servants know about your sleeping patterns.

Then again, I haven't had to think about such things as Barathrum is rather servant-less Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:06 pm

My servants quit after the potted plant incident. Sad

Before then, I just supposed ghouls were used as a viable excuse. I doubt servants could tell the difference between whose poop belonged to whom.
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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:35 pm

Well, the point is that there is a chamber pot in your room and one in your ghoul's room and one in your other ghoul's room.

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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:27 pm

You could just say you prefer to use the great outdoors.
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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:34 pm

Obviously, further down the social scale you go the more viable this option becomes.

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PostSubject: Re: Stuff arising as a result of game play.   Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:39 am

Pee on a tree...Go gangrel, go gangrel :p

Another one is illness, it goes around, if your servants all get sick, be sure to get sick yourself, remember to heat your skin, coughs, ask for herbs or medicines, make a bit of a fuss about being ill Smile You can also give yourself spots by just pricking your skin and not healing it, or a bit of blackberry juice, dab it accordingly or apply to your skin for appropriate red flush against the palour of illness, it leaves a good 'red rash' or bright red fevered cheeks until you scrub it off. But not so sick that you have doctors pounding your door, just a few potions and back to normal.


Ladies... you have periods, remember that for your servantw Smile a bit of blood on fabric and in the chamber pot, mark your cycle down too, a bit of a mood shift as well if you have a lot of close servants that don't know what you are, knowing that every X days you will be testy, or crave something is key.
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