Holding Staff

Common household staff are a general, undifferentiated mix of servitors. Ordinary servants might represent peasant farmers, maids, vineyard workers, stableboys, or any one of the hundreds of minor laborers that keep a household running. While none of them are particularly superb at their duties, they're all respectably competent. Hiring servants is done with a single, one-time price to represent the ongoing outlay of pay without needing to keep track of monthly maintenance costs.

Ordinary servants are just that- commoner men and women with respectable competence in their duties. Ordinary servants won't normally betray or steal from their employer unless badly mistreated, overwhelmingly tempted, or forced by some outside threat. They'll generally oblige any lawful duty they're set to that doesn't promise physical danger beyond the ordinary degree expected by any hunter or peasant farmer. By general custom, servants in the employ of a landowner consider him or her to be their lord and master for most practical purposes, and the idea of a particular task being "not my job" is one that rarely occurs to them. Deeply dissatisfied free servants will quit and go elsewhere, but the provocations required tend to be quite extreme compared to more modern sensibilities. It's possible to acquire thrall servants, but the net cost works out to be the same as free once extra security and training expenses are considered.

Chief servants are more experienced souls, exceptionally knowledgeable in their duties and capable of cuffing shirkers and laggards around until they work as they should. For every ten ordinary servants, one chief servant is required to keep them from malingering or making the occasional botch of their duties. This requirement is not mandatory, but those who neglect hiring experienced help can expect to have noticeably shoddier work done. Chief servants cost more, but they're still satisfied by ordinary servant's quarters or barracks accommodations, and don't require private rooms.

Stewards are expert professionals, trained and gifted in estate management. They keep a household of any size running smoothly and gracefully, without unfortunate incidents or slack work. They are also singularly loyal, and nothing short of magical control will provoke a betrayal of their master. Most stewards are also capable of handling security arrangements for a household, and can ensure that assassins and thieves are opposed with the full efficiency of the estate. They can manage any number of chief servants.

Courtesans are purely optional members of the household. Men or women trained in carnal entertainments, they're also experienced in more chaste hosting and entertainment duties. A courtesan in the household can oversee entertainment of guests and prevent any unfortunate mistakes of etiquette when dealing with high-ranking nobles. Courtesans may be either free or thrall, at the same price.

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