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The Archive => 2010 => En Garde! France 1622 (Jim) (June - Aug 2010) => Topic started by: Richelieu on 09:33, Friday 18 Jun, 2010.

Title: Houserules 6 - Female Companionship
Post by: Richelieu on 09:33, Friday 18 Jun, 2010.

Characters must receive some form of female companionship once per month or they will suffer the ill effects of Parisian gossip. The loss of status is equal the 2SP per month, cumulative after the first. During the 17th-century any alternative was socially unacceptable, even for the elite of society. Although there is now some debate amongst historians as to the sexual activities of Louis XIII, amongst others, the game will simply avoid the issue. Companionship may be gained by acquiring a mistress or by visiting a brothel. Spending time at the front does not negate the effects of prolonged loneliness, but no female companionship is required whilst at the front.

In order to win a mistress’ favour, a character must go courting. Courting costs 3*mistress SL per week. A further +1 to success is gained for every multiple of this spent on gifts thereafter. This does not work on wealthy mistresses who require more than mere gifts to win their approval. The success rate depends on the difference in SL between the mistress and prospective beau. See the courtship table below where the difference in SL is equal to the character SL minus the mistress SL. Courting is never certain and an unmodified roll of 1 on 1d6 is always a failure. There is a +1 to success for each duel a suitor has won to gain the right to court the lady.

Courting takes a full week action. Failure in one week may be followed by additional attempts in subsequent weeks. Money is spent on the courtship before the week begins, regardless of outcomes. A character may not court a mistress more the six SL higher than himself.

Should two characters meet courting the same mistress in the same week there may be difficulties. Either character may withdraw honourably, but if the withdrawing character is of higher SL he will lose SP equal to the difference in their SL. If neither character withdraws a duel is required to settle the matter before the mistress will consider either suitor.

A character may have only one mistress at a time. This does not prevent him from courting other mistresses. If the courtship succeeds he must immediately give up the previous mistress. If it fails there is a 1 in 6 chance that his current mistress finds out and dumps him! He gains SP for each mistress he courts within the same month, promiscuity gets noticed in Paris.

Once a character has a mistress he must pay her support costs equal to 3*mistress SL per month. If she is wealthy she will carry that cost herself and give her beau little gifts equal to her SL + 20 Fr income, assuming that her SL is higher.

A character gains +1SP for having a mistress. He gains +1SP if she is of higher SL than himself. He gains SP equal to the difference in their SL, if hers is higher. He gains +1SP if she is beautiful or noble. Mistresses also grant favours in the form of influence, which renew each January and accumulate if they have not been used. Noble mistresses are heiresses to their fathers fortune. If married, the King may convey the title as a wedding gift (roll 6, 1d6, influences apply).

A character need only be seen with a mistress once per month to satisfy female companionship and a courtship need not be a success to do so. An existing beau may combine companionship with a trip to his club or a party, taking the mistress as an npc guest. He must of course pay all her costs, even if she is wealthy.

If a character gains 4*herSL in SP during the month, her SL will rise. Similarly if he fails to gain enough SP, her SL will drop.

There is a chance each autumn, at the end of September, that an unwed mistress will leave Paris and break up with her beau (roll 2, 2d6, mistress influences apply). A mistress will automatically leave Paris is she has been socially embarrassed or if her beau is disgraced.
A character may attempt a liaison with the mistress of an existing beau. He may do this publicly or in secret. Standard courting rules apply.

There is a standard –1 modifier to the attempt and an additional –1 modifier for each of the following; the beau is titled, the beau holds position at court, the beau has seen her once already that month, the beau is equivalent to a colonel or higher. There is an additional –1 modifier if the mistress is pious, married or has children.

There is a +1 modifier for the following; the beau is at the front or did not take her out in Paris during the previous month, the beau is not keeping her in a suitable residence, each publicly embarrassing act in the previous month.

Assuming the attempt is secret, it will go public if either the current lover is accompanying the mistress, or if the attempt fails, the mistress will tell her lover of the indiscretion, forcing her beau to issue a duel challenge.

Should the attempt succeed the mistress will say nothing and the character gains female companionship but may choose to keep the secret, in which case rumours circulate and the beau loses 3SP. Additionally there is a chance the mistress may dump her beau and go off with the new lover instead (6, 1d6). There is only cause for a duel if the mistress reveals the liaison by leaving her beau.

Alternatively the cad can boast his success, claiming his female companionship and deliberately humiliating the mistress, who will flee Paris! The beau loses the mistress, any SP for her and her SL in SP per month until honour is restored. This is righteous reason for a duel!