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An escort is a person offering companionship andsexual services in exchange for money.
Human/Halfling clothing and armor:
- Top: Tank top or Night dress
- Bottom: Shorts or Thong
- Footwear: Running shoes or High-heeled shoes
Equipment and inventory
- Condor utility rig, General capacity: 2x Glock 9mm 10-round magazine, Standard JHP
Skills: Species' natural skills + the following:
- Combat skills: Basic (Semi-auto pistol)
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Though not strictly necessary for playing the game, you are encouraged to read this section if you wish to have a better understanding of the game's universe.
An escort is a person who works in the red-light industry (sex work). Specifically, an escort is a person who offers companionship and sexual services in exchange for money to customers, referred to as johns or janes depending on gender. Escorts can themselves be of any gender, but the vast majority are typically humans and halflings. (See this section for details.)
The term escort is synonymous and partially interchangeable with prostitute. Escorts consider that prostitution is specifically the sexual aspect of their job and that the word "prostitute" does not fully encompass the range of services they can offer, which ranges from simple companionship to advanced sexual services.
There are two broad categories of escort work; independent and organized.
Organized escorts are the most common. An organized escort works for an escort ring, led by a boss (pimp or madam). They usually work within a designated area; usually a single town. Large rings may operate in larger geographic areas. An organized escort must pay a percentage of their earnings (ranging from 15% to 75%) to their boss in exchange for protection and fulfillment of basic needs, usually food and shelter. Most escort rings are themselves subordinate to a gang or criminal organization, generally for the purpose of protection.
Independent escorts are rarer. They do not work within a ring and therefore have no bosses, usually working alone or in small teams of 2-4 escorts. Being independent allows them to keep 100% of their earnings, but they are fully responsible for their own safety and protection. Independent escorts generally have more freedom, usually operating in a designated area or adopting the itinerant escort business model, travelling between towns and intersections, and selling their services "in passing", using the temporary nature of their stay as a selling point.
Many escorts work in a strip club, where they are also expected to perform strip dances and keep company to customers who request the "host/hostess" or "girlfriend/boyfriend" experiences. It is customary for escorts to push their customers to bring alcoholic drinks to share, valuable gifts (especially custom jewelry), or to go for one of the more expensive club services.
The Yatela Crime Syndicate is thought to possess the largest network of escort rings. They are known for their aggressiveness towards competing networks and independents, usually harassing or attacking their customers, coercing them into assimilation into the Syndicate's own network, or driving them out of business through more violent methods. This campaign of domination of the escort industry - nicknamed Operation Toss The Pineapples, referencing the stereotypically unpopular pineapple pizza - is thought to have begun in E7-694. Within 2 years, the Syndicate gained control of a majority of escort bosses across the Mazes and managed to successfully suppress legitimate youkai escort businesses, virtually driving all of them out of existence.
The costs of an escort's services vary greatly. They can be defined by an escort or fixed by their boss or organization, and they can be fixed prices for specific acts, or hourly rates.
Typical prices (organized escort working for the Syndicate) for each service:
- Companionship (may be variously referred to as the girlfriend/boyfriend experience, friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/etc. for hire and other similar euphemisms): 50 for an afternoon, 250 for a full 24 hours. Light touching and kissing usually allowed but sex acts cost extra.
- Certain escorts may offer a more expensive "all-inclusive" package with fewer restrictions. These can cost several thousands of Parallars and last for several days.
- Oral sex: 50-100
- Penetrative sex: 100-250
Youkai and escort work
Although strictly speaking, youkai escorts can exist, they are virtually impossible to find. As part of the Yatela Crime Syndicate's Operation Toss The Pineapples, the Syndicate consistently harassed and drove youkai rings out of business, often with extreme violence and prejudice, to delegitimize youkai sex work and ensure the Syndicate's control over the industry. The term "pineapple" was briefly known as an underground euphemism for a youkai escort.
Today, youkai sex services are confined to youkai communities, inside of secret, exclusive clubs that do not openly advertise their services. These clubs are reserved for a curated selection of customers who are usually sworn to secrecy, to protect the escorts' names and identities. Breaking a club's rule of silence is generally punished by death, and retribution is believed to be carried out by Youkai Nation activists.