Allow me to abut the last post, a boring "I'm not dead yet" update, with something more interesting - a bit of world building.
Mentioned only once in BrothelS.im, there is a special plant known as Maiden's Tea which has had quite an influence on the development of the world as a whole, and Vailia in particular.
On the continent to the west of of the city there grows a weed - a plant so prolific that you have to cut it back continually or it will strangle a field of any other crop, and so useful that wars have been fought over its possession. Related to mint and catnip, Maiden's Tea stands two to three feet high, with dark green leaves. It's harvested by cutting down the whole plant, stripping the leaves, and throwing away the stem - again, much like mint.
When dried, the leaves can be made into a bitter drink, the eponymous Maiden's Tea, or simply chewed up and spit out. One dose will render a woman infertile for two weeks, with no outward sign - she will still have her period as normal. Three doses will cause an miscarriage. Five doses in quick secession will render her permanently sterile, and sick for a week. Ten will kill her.
Small quantities have no effect on a man. Large quantities will still make him sick or kill him.
Growing weedlike as it does across an entire continent, Maiden's Tea is cheap, ubiquitous and absolutely vital to Vailia's culture. It renders absolute control over a woman's fertility into her own hands - married women and whores alike take it regularly, and without stigma. Children are a woman's choice in Vailia.
It is also a major source of wealth. While it grows like a weed to the west, the rest of the world has to import their supply - a supply that travels primarily on Vailian ships. The Guild is the association of adult entertainers, yes, but it is also responsible for a vast merchant fleet. Perhaps soon I'll get around to talking about why this is so much more exciting than it sounds. :)