The Temple-Brothel of the Rose and Heart
A temple that heals the mind, body, and soul
As seen in A Few Good Elves
The young elven officers entered the brothel-temple. The door was carved with an opening rose symbol within a heart, formed in such a way as to suggest something a little less innocent. Heady incense permeated the receiving room. Soft music played somewhere and everything was draped with silks and illuminated with a surplus of candlelight. A voluptuous human woman asked Molly, “Is everything all right?” She had dark, curly hair, and she was dressed only in a red negligee and stockings. “These young elves got into a bit of a scrape with Lars the Dark and his cronies,” she said. “They’ll need baths and some healing. This is Sally.” Sally’s mouth pressed into a hard line. She came over to them and put her hand on the side of Garan’s face. He winced. She nodded. “I’ll get some witch hazel,” she said, and disappeared into a back room.The Temple of the Rose and Heart is a multi-denominational temple dedicated to the service of multiple deities of love, sex and healing. Located on the busy Telasian port of Phoenix Rock in the Brisingamen Cluster , the Temple operates under the philosophy that if one wishes to heal the sick and wounded, one must go to where they are. Sailors seeking rest and solace go to brothels, so the clergy of the Rose and Heart Temple also serve as sacred prostitutes. In addition to providing a clean and safe place for sailors to find comfort of the physical kind, they provide numerous healing services, from hot baths after a long voyage, to the dressing and healing of wounds, to counselling.
Clergy of the TempleThe Temple is known for its kind and colourful clergy-folk:
- Molly Moonsdaughter - Gnome priestess of Aphrodite - a cheerful, flirtatious gnome woman known for her flaming red hair and her compassion
- Sally Stardancer - Human priestess of Freya - a strong woman who was a warrior in her youth, known for her stern demeanor that (thinly) covers her soft heart
- Ravi - a young, handsome male Gnome in service to Freyr, known for his musical talent, and sense of humour and fun
- Duruz - a quick-witted and sassy male Sluagh, also a talented musician and dancer, in service to Jack-of-the-Green
- Bertha - a generous (and generously proportioned) sweet-natured Dwarf maiden, in service to Freya
- Tasha of Clan One-Eye - a quiet and thoughtful Uruk woman in service to Cethlenn, the Den Mother
- Zavalyn - a free-spirited female Sidhe in service to Freya
- Wulfgar - a large Isan with a gentle manner
Purpose / Function
The Temple building was originally a harem quarter for the infamous pirate Voidbeard , who kept Phoenix Rock as his own private island-kingdom before he was defeated and hung by the Avalonian Imperial Navy. As such, it was perfectly designed for the needs of the Temple clergy and their clientele, with numerous common and private rooms, and a courtyard garden filled with exotic plants. The Temple clergy have maintained much of the original look of the decor, including pillows, braziers, low tables, and draping silks. These days, the silks are chosen for their soothing pastel colours as much as for the quality of their fabric.
The original doors of the building were reinforced by iron bars, and served as the only exit. Molly had the bars removed, numerous windows installed, and a store room knocked down to form an additional entrance and exit from the courtyard. She also commissioned the carving of the rose-and-heart symbol that adorns the oak doors, to celebrate the temple's purpose.
The courtyard garden, containing a variety of exotic plants and almost 50 different species of roses from many worlds, is a favourite of visitors. However, you must be staying at the Temple to explore the courtyard, so visitors are strictly vetted by the security staff, or "Temple Dogs."
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