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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Courtly Love, Romance and Sex!

Greetings!

Well, 'tis a fine day indeed. I hope everyone is having a good day, and enjoying themselves. I present an extensive article here concerning Courtly Love, Romance, and Sex. Courtly Love, properly understood from the Medieval period, is something of a combination of attitude, philosophy, and social consciousness as well as a "social force". Romance and Sex, often topics strictly avoided by many--have worked their way into my own campaigns from the interest of several players--especially women--though the men have embraced the inclusion of such as well. Personally, it has always seemed a natural thing to include in a campaign. I have found that such elements develop NPC's as well as player characters in a richer manner, with greater depth. In addition, the characters involved often develop side quests, and more detailed relationships with other NPC's, especially family members and friends, but also family members and friends of NPC's--especially of the NPC that the player character is romantically involved with.

Enjoy!
Oh...and Merry Christmas!

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

COURTLY LOVE

Courtly Love--enflamed and inspired the imagination and the human spirit during the High Middle Ages, and was developed from troubadours and knights returning from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Courtly Love grew, and was contributed to by important commentary and literature written by women, as well as men during subsequent years. Courtly Love became a multi-faceted thing--part literature, part social ideal--and perhaps, even embracing aspects of a new form of spiritual consciousness.

Courtly Love was at its core a social relationship between a noble, valiant knight--and a beautiful, noble, and glorious woman that was essentially unobtainable by the knight pursuing her, and seeking her hand and a full, consummation of their love affair. The relationship could not typically be consummated because of moral sanctions; the woman in question was typically already married, and as adultery was held to be a terrible sin, and forbidden conduct to anyone that was pious, righteous and honourable.

Punishment for adultery was typically quite dreaded and ruthlessly swift in execution if such adultery was discovered. Knights discovered to be adulterers were usually swiftly executed by being disemboweled, or suffered some other form of agonized and ferocious death, often after long hours or days of being savagely beaten and tortured. Women that were guilty of adultery were also often executed, or condemned to spend the rest of their lives committed to a Convent, where they were made into a Nun. Nuns were female servants of the medieval Church, and forced into the strict, disciplined hierarchy of the Convent where they endured lives of absolute discipline, hard work, hyper-spirituality, and swift, severe punishment, where they were constantly supervised and controlled in every way, by the hierarchy of pious and devout nuns ranked above them, all under the leadership, discipline, and authority of the Mother Superior.

Courtly Love survived, however, and flourished, despite being constantly criticized by the medieval Church and being preached against as sinful, lascivious, and wicked. Courtly Love was increasingly developed--often by women thinkers and writers--some of whom, ironically--wrote and contributed from within the halls and isolation of the Convent. Courtly Love developed into a sort of social and spiritual consciousness, and lifestyle. Courtly Love developed and expressed entirely new ideas of how to think about relationships between all men and women--not just nobles and knights. Courtly Love promoted ideals of Chivalry, Grace, Absolute Devotion, Romantic Love, Friendship, Passion, and Beauty. Courtly Love sowed the seeds of radically redefining the goals and standards of virtually all relationships between men and women, regardless of social status, especially in regards to the ideas of romance, love, equality, and the institution of marriage.

Thus, it can easily be seen why many nobles however would feel threatened by the ideals of Courtly Love, as well as attracting the resistance and condemnation of the Medieval Church. Nonetheless, Courtly Love was embraced and supported by many younger noblemen and knights, traveling minstrels and troubadours--and by vast legions of women. It is perhaps not terribly surprising that women during the Middle Ages wildly and passionately embraced and supported the ideals of Courtly Love in every way, and at every opportunity, from all stations of life and social status--from peasant farm-girls, to professional women working in breweries, crafts, and other guilds, to women writing and speaking from Convents, and to women that were of high noble status, such as wives of powerful nobles, or their daughters, or mothers.

When it becomes clearer that even among the noblemen and priests that hated and feared the ideals of Courtly Love, that when nearly every woman around them--their own wives, their own daughters, their own sisters, and their own mothers--supported and embraced the ideals of Courtly Love, the success and growth of Courtly Love became increasingly difficult to resist. Then, of course, many young noblemen and knights--ever and always eager to gain the favour of beautiful women that they desire--fully supported and embraced the ideals of Courtly Love. The young noblemen and knights were, of course, not only influenced by the desires and even the bold commands of the women that they sought in romance--but also by the advice, teaching, admonition and influence of the other women in their lives--their mothers, sisters, aunts, and other women throughout society. The sweeping and zealous support of women from all levels of medieval society guaranteed that the ideals of Courtly Love spread like wildfire, and when it also gained the support and following of many younger men, Courtly Love became a social force that was ultimately irresistible and unstoppable.

In the light of the often typified medieval social standards of many campaigns, how might Courtly Love affect NPC's and player characters alike in the campaign?



ROMANCE

Romance is virtually an ever-present feature in stories both historical and mythological throughout human history, from Helen of Troy, and Aeneas and Queen Dido, to Sampson and Delilah of the Bible, and King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot of the Arthurian Myth. Romance is certainly an important element for most heroic stories, as romance adds a great deal of dramatic and interesting elements to the story, as well as creating various layers of tension and motivation for the principle characters involved in the romance.

Certainly, player characters may greatly enjoy developing romances with various NPC's throughout the campaign--but also, other NPC's that have developed romances with other NPC's can have significant effects and influences on motivations, story-arcs, and adventures that involve the player characters as well.

I have developed some material for use with determining some various details of romantic relationships and motivations between different NPC's, as well as some motivations and event tables that can be used with player characters and their NPC lovers/romances. Obviously, romances pursued and conducted between two player characters would develop their own motivations, dynamics, and events.

Generally speaking, the DM should roll 2-4 times on each type of event table per campaign year that the romantic relationship between two characters endures, as well as adding occasional additional rolls in response to various changing circumstances throughout the year in the campaign.

Is The Character Married, Involved, or Single?
01-50% The Character/NPC is Single
51-80% The Character/NPC is involved in a romance with another character/NPC.
81-00% The Character/NPC is married.

The Nature and Dynamics of the Romantic Relationship
01-25% A New Romance
26-50% A Mature Romance
51-75% A Deep Romance
76-00% A Profound Romance

A New Romance
01-25% The Joyous Romance
26-50% The Uncertain Romance
51-75% The Stable Romance
76-00% The Estranged Romance

01-25% New, Joyous: The Joyous Romance is in the beginning stages, and is fresh, vibrant, and joyous.

26-50% New, Uncertain: The Uncertain Romance is in the beginning stages, and while generally satisfying, have some unresolved problems and challenges.

51-75% New, Stable: The Stable Romance is in the beginning stages, and while the relationship encountered some problems and challenges, has overcome them and seems to be stable and satisfying.

76-00% New, Estranged: The Estranged Romance is in the beginning stages, and while the relationship was fresh, vibrant and joyful at one time, it has now become endangered by arguments and discord, and has become tension-filled with passions, resentments, and anger; or, it has become cold, evasive and indifferent, and the relationship is now estranged.

A Mature Romance
01-25% The Joyous Romance
26-50% The Uncertain Romance
51-75% The Stable Romance
76-00% The Estranged Romance

01-25% Mature, Joyous: The Joyous Romance is advanced and mature in time, and is fresh, vibrant, and joyous.

26-50% Mature, Uncertain: The Uncertain Romance is advanced and mature in time, and while generally satisfying, have some unresolved problems and challenges.

51-75% Mature, Stable: The Stable Romance is advanced and mature in time, and while the relationship encountered some problems and challenges, has overcome them and seems to be stable and satisfying.

76-00% Mature, Estranged: The Estranged Romance is advanced and mature in time, and while the relationship was fresh, vibrant and joyful at one time, it has now become endangered by arguments and discord, and has become tension-filled with passions, resentments, and anger; or, it has become cold, evasive and indifferent, and the relationship is now estranged.

A Deep Romance
01-25% The Joyous Romance
26-50% The Uncertain Romance
51-75% The Stable Romance
76-00% The Estranged Romance

01-25% Deep, Joyous: The Joyous Romance is deeply enmeshed and endured greatly in time, and is fresh, vibrant, and joyous.

26-50% Deep, Uncertain: The Uncertain Romance is deeply enmeshed and endured greatly in time, and while generally satisfying, has some unresolved problems and challenges.

51-75% Deep, Stable: The Stable Romance is deeply enmeshed and endured greatly in time, and while the relationship encountered some problems and challenges, has overcome them and seems to be stable and satisfying.

76-00% Deep, Estranged: The Estranged Romance is deeply enmeshed and endured greatly in time, and while the relationship was fresh, vibrant and joyful at one time, it has now become endangered by arguments and discord, and has become tension-filled with passions, resentments, and anger; or, it has become cold, evasive and indifferent, and the relationship is now estranged.

A Profound Romance
01-25% The Joyous Romance
26-50% The Uncertain Romance
51-75% The Stable Romance
76-00% The Estranged Romance

01-25% Profound, Joyous: The Joyous Romance is profoundly enmeshed into a deep spiritual, physical and emotional bond that has endured many seasons, and is fresh, vibrant, and joyous.

26-50% Profound, Uncertain: The Uncertain Romance is profoundly enmeshed into a deep spiritual, physical and emotional bond that has endured many seasons, and while generally satisfying, have some unresolved problems and challenges.

51-75% Profound, Stable: The Stable Romance is profoundly enmeshed into a deep spiritual, physical and emotional bond that has endured many seasons, and while the relationship encountered some problems and challenges, has overcome them and seems to be stable and satisfying.

76-00% Profound, Estranged: The Estranged Romance is profoundly enmeshed into a deep spiritual, physical and emotional bond that has endured many seasons, and while the relationship was fresh, vibrant and joyful at one time, it has now become endangered by arguments and discord, and has become tension-filled with passions, resentments, and anger; or, it has become cold, evasive and indifferent, and the relationship is now estranged.

Romantic Relationship Events: Challenges and Problems

01-05% Secret Romantic Affair
06-10% Unemployment
11-15% Huge Weight Gain
16-20% Huge Weight Loss
21-25% Chronic Business/Financial Failure
26-30% Crippling Accident
31-35% Struck By Severe Disease
36-40% Develop Insanity/Psychological/Emotional Disorder
41-45% Criminal Endeavor/Criminal Activity
46-50% Powerful Addiction
51-55% Chronic Unemployment
56-60% Family Disapproval/Criticism
61-65% Friends Disapproval/Criticism
66-70% Death of Child/Miscarriage/Children Attitudes
71-75% Unresolved Personal/Relationship Problem
76-80% New Religion/Spiritual Philosophy
81-85% New Political/Cultural/Social Philosophy
86-90% New Lifestyle/Personal/Relationship Attitudes
91-95% New Sexual Interest/Practice/Attitudes
96-00% New Family Obligations/Living Arrangements

Relationship Challenges and Problems

01-05% Secret Romantic Affair: The character's spouse/lover becomes involved in a secret romantic affair.

06-10% Unemployment: The character's spouse/lover becomes unemployed.

11-15% Huge Weight Gain: The character's spouse/lover gains a huge amount of weight; this development in turn typically engages a potentially radical personality change, as well as a radically new sense of personal and social identity.

16-20% Huge Weight Loss: The character's spouse/lover loses a huge amount of weight; this development in turn typically engages a potentially radical personality change, as well as a radically new sense of personal and social identity.

21-25% Chronic Business/Financial Failure: The character's spouse/lover chronically fails in their business or management of personal and joint financial affairs.

26-30% Crippling Accident: The character's spouse/lover suffers from some kind of crippling accident.

31-35% Struck by Severe Disease: The character's spouse/lover suffers from some kind of disease.

36-40% Develop Insanity/Psychological/Emotional Disorder: The character's spouse/lover develops some kind of Insanity or psychological or emotional disorder.

41-45% Criminal Endeavor/Criminal Activity: The character's spouse/lover becomes involved in some form of criminal endeavor or criminal activity.

46-50% Powerful Addiction: The character's spouse/lover becomes involved in some kind of powerful addiction.

51-55% Chronic Unemployment: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by a spouse/lover's chronic unemployment.

56-60% Family Disapproval/Criticism: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by the spouse's/lover's family disapproval of the other spouse/lover based on religious, racial, social or cultural attitudes.

61-65% Friends Disapproval/Criticism: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by the spouse's/lover's circle of friends' disapproval of the other spouse/lover based on religious, racial, social or cultural attitudes.

66-70% Death of Child/Miscarriage/Children Attitudes: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by the death of a child, miscarriage, or unwillingness or inability to have children.

71-75% Unresolved Personal/Relationship Problem: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by some kind of personality trait, attitude, or mannerisms of a spouse/lover that has been an ongoing, unresolved problem or challenge, which proceeds to intensify or otherwise endure, and resist any meaningful change.

76-80% New Religion/Spiritual Philosophy: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by a spouse/lover's new involvement and embracing of a radically or distinctly different religion or spiritual philosophy.

81-85% New Political/Cultural/Social Philosophy: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by a spouse/lover's new involvement and embracing of a radically or distinctly different political or cultural/social philosophy.

86-90% New Lifestyle/Personal/Relationship Attitudes: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by a spouse/lover's new involvement and embracing of a radically or distinctly different lifestyle, ranging from changes imposed or developed through a change in athletic activities, professional requirements, social involvement, or domestic or interpersonal and relationship attitudes.

91-95% New Sexual Interest/Practice/Attitude: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by a spouse/lover's new involvement and embracing of a radically or distinctly different sexual interest, practice, or attitude.

96-00% New Family Obligations/Living Arrangements: The Romantic Relationship is challenged by the spouse/lover's perceived obligations in allowing a family member or several family members, as well as any family member's dependent children to move in with them and share the romantic couple's home, for an unspecified duration of time, or otherwise on a permanent basis.

Romantic Relationship Events: Blessings of Fate and Fortune

01-05% Modest Professional/Commercial Gain
06-10% Substantial Professional/Commercial Gain
11-15% Great Professional/Commercial Gain
16-20% Fantastic Professional/Commercial Gain
21-25% Modest Financial Windfall
26-30% Substantial Financial Windfall
31-35% Great Financial Windfall
36-40% Fantastic Financial Windfall
41-45% Modest Fame is Gained
46-50% Substantial Fame is Gained
51-55% Great Fame is Gained
56-60% Fantastic Fame is Gained
61-65% Gain a Wealthy and Powerful Family Patron
66-70% Blessing of Loyal and Devoted Friends
71-75% Blessing of Suzerain Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item
76-80% Blessing of Holy Creature Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item
81-85% Blessing of Fortune-Blessed Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item
86-90% Blessing of Psychic Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item
91-95% Blessing of a Wondrous Home
96-00% Blessing of Wondrous Land/Animals/Herd Beasts

Blessings of Fate and Fortune

01-05% Modest Professional/Commercial Gain: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with some kind of modest professional promotion--or a period of modest business or commercial success.

06-10% Substantial Professional/Commercial Gain: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with some kind of substantial professional promotion--or a period of substantial business or commercial success.

11-15% Great Professional/Commercial Gain: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with some kind of great professional promotion--or a period of great business or commercial success.

16-20% Fantastic Professional/Commercial Gain: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with some kind of fantastic professional promotion--or a period of fantastic business or commercial success.

21-25% Modest Financial Windfall: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with a modest financial windfall--either a gambling boon, a personal gift from a close friend or mentor, professional or business bonus, or some kind of family gift or inheritance.

26-30% Substantial Financial Windfall: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with a substantial financial windfall--either a gambling boon, a personal gift from a close friend or mentor, professional or business bonus, or some kind of family gift or inheritance.

31-35% Great Financial Windfall: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with a great financial windfall--either a gambling boon, a personal gift from a close friend or mentor, professional or business bonus, or some kind of family gift or inheritance.

36-40% Fantastic Financial Windfall: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with a fantastic financial windfall--either a gambling boon, a personal gift from a close friend or mentor, professional or business bonus, or some kind of family gift or inheritance.

41-45% Modest Fame is Gained: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with modest fame in the local neighborhood community from some unusual personal event, deed, personal accomplishment or hobby achievement, or some kind of professional development.

46-50% Substantial Fame is Gained: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with substantial fame in the local town or city settlement from some unusual personal event, deed, personal accomplishment or hobby achievement, or some kind of professional development.

51-55% Great Fame is Gained: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with great fame in the local regional area or province from some unusual personal event, deed, personal accomplishment or hobby achievement, or some kind of professional development.

56-60% Fantastic Fame is Gained: The character's spouse/lover is blessed with fantastic fame in the large regional area, province, kingdom, or empire where the couple makes their home from some unusual personal event, deed, personal accomplishment or hobby achievement, or some kind of professional development.

61-65% Gain a Wealthy and Powerful Family Patron: The character's spouse/lover is blessed by gaining the friendship of a wealthy and powerful person. The wealthy and powerful person develops into a personal and family patron, taking a sincere interest in the spouse/lover and their immediate family, including the characters, prosperity, happiness, and security.

66-70% Blessing of Loyal and Devoted Friends: The character's spouse/lover is blessed by enjoying a group of deeply loyal friends. While these friends are generally of the same social and economic status as the spouse/lover, their continued loyalty and friendship benefits not only the spouse/lover, but also the character, and any immediate family in many significant and meaningful ways. Such a blessing is wide-ranging and multi-faceted, and typically may include, but not necessarily so, various social, political, and economic benefits, quite apart and separate from the social gain and deep personal enrichment of simply having a group of loyal, devoted friends.

71-75% Blessing of Suzerain Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item: The character's spouse/lover is blessed through some great spiritual blessing or boon of Fate, and gains the Suzerain Template. The character's spouse/lover also passes this special template as a great blessing onto any and all children born to the couple. Alternatively, if the character's spouse/lover already has the template, the DM should reroll on the table until something appropriate is gained, or provide the character's spouse/lover with a Major Magic Item, gained from some way, either through adventuring, as a gift, some unusual discovery while traveling, gained as an inheritance, and so on.

76-80% Blessing of Holy Creature Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item: The character's spouse/lover is blessed through some great spiritual blessing or boon of Fate, and gains the Holy Creature Template. The character's spouse/lover also passes this special template as a great blessing onto any and all children born to the couple. Alternatively, if the character's spouse/lover already has the template, the DM should reroll on the table until something appropriate is gained, or provide the character's spouse/lover with a Major Magic Item, gained from some way, either through adventuring, as a gift, some unusual discovery while traveling, gained as an inheritance, and so on.

81-85% Blessing of Fortune-Blessed Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item: The character's spouse/lover is blessed through some great spiritual blessing or boon of Fate, and gains the Fortune-Blessed Template. The character's spouse/lover also passes this special template as a great blessing onto any and all children born to the couple. Alternatively, if the character's spouse/lover already has the template, the DM should reroll on the table until something appropriate is gained, or provide the character's spouse/lover with a Major Magic Item, gained from some way, either through adventuring, as a gift, some unusual discovery while traveling, gained as an inheritance, and so on.

86-90% Blessing of Psychic Template/Children Blessed/Gain a Major Magic Item: The character's spouse/lover is blessed through some great spiritual blessing or boon of Fate, and gains the Psychic Template. The character's spouse/lover also passes this special template as a great blessing onto any and all children born to the couple. Alternatively, if the character's spouse/lover already has the template, the DM should reroll on the table until something appropriate is gained, or provide the character's spouse/lover with a Major Magic Item, gained from some way, either through adventuring, as a gift, some unusual discovery while traveling, gained as an inheritance, and so on.

91-95% Blessing of a Wondrous Home: The character's spouse/lover channels a great blessing of some kind that significantly benefits the couple's home in some wondrous way. This wondrous blessing is gained for the couple's home only so long as the couple remains together. The blessing fades if the couple breaks up, dissolves, or otherwise abandons or destroys their romantic relationship.

96-00% Blessing of Wondrous Land/Animals/Herd Beasts: The character's spouse/lover channels a great blessing of some kind that significantly benefits the couple's personal, private lands or animals or beast herds in some wondrous way. This wondrous blessing is gained for the couple's personal, private lands or animals or beast herds only so long as the couple remains together. The blessing fades if the couple breaks up, dissolves, or otherwise abandons or destroys their romantic relationship.

SEX

Sex is an important--even critical aspect of life, everywhere. Certainly, as interesting, vital, important, as well as oftentimes controversial and heated topic that sex is within the real world may be--it isn't terribly surprising that the subject develops in various elements of any campaign. Naturally--some prefer more or less detail in the campaign detailing their sexual relationships, escapades and adventures. Of course, modify any such content based on the age, maturity, and preferences of any players participating in the campaign. Generally speaking, I have found that most people in my campaigns, both male and female, typically have enjoyed some attention and thought devoted to their various character's sexual relationships, motivations, and preferences and so on. They of course possess certainly some good-natured amusement at their character's sexual relationships, and all seem to generally agree that some attention and detail is important to add a level of detail to their character's motivations, style, personality, and social verisimilitude.

The players sometimes want to learn things about their own friends, lovers, and so on, as to such a character's attitudes, motivations, preferences, history, for any number of reasons, from merely personal, to determining the character's suitability for marriage, as a romantic interest or lover--to various inquiries or investigations involving some adventure and such like. Either way, I have come to organize a few things to quickly and succinctly determine such details about any given NPC so that whenever a player wants to know something about an NPC that interests them, I have such intriguing information and detail readily at hand.

Character's Public Sexual Demeanor
The character possesses a certain attitude concerning sex, sensuality, eroticism, and sexuality in public. Obviously, people are generally more reserved about sexual matters and topics in a public setting, and are more cautious and reserved in what they express, and to what detail they provide with others about themselves, or in general. Certainly, various regions and cultures have different ratios of such kinds or degrees of public reservation. The DM should simply adjust and adjudicate a different percentage based on the campaign's particular region or culture that the character comes from when determining the character's public attitudes and demeanor regarding sex, and sexual topics.

Character's Public Attitudes and Demeanor Concerning Sex
01-30% Very Reserved
31-70% Generally Reserved
71-90% Generally Expressive
91-00% Very Expressive

Very Reserved
In a public setting, with casual friends, associates or strangers, the character is very reserved, conservative, and private. The character entirely avoids or refuses to discuss sexual topics in any but the briefest details, if that.

Generally Reserved
In a public setting, with casual friends, associates or strangers, the character is generally reserved, generally conservative, and modesty detailed, and cautiously discreet.

Generally Expressive
In a public setting, with casual friends, associates or strangers, the character is generally expressive, generally liberal, and discreetly explicit and detailed.

Very Expressive
In a public setting, with casual friends, associates or strangers, the character is very expressive, very liberal, and boldly explicit and detailed.

Character's Private Attitudes and Demeanor
Characters possess their own private beliefs and attitudes concerning sex, sexuality, styles, different ideas, as well as their willingness to engage in conversations about such topics when they are in private; typically, when they are alone with their lover or spouse, and or gathered together in a private setting with only the closest and most trusted friends. Character's private attitudes and demeanor may in fact be entirely different from their typical public demeanor, or, it may be very consistent with their known public demeanor.

With the following table, I have assigned roughly 20% for Very Conservative, and 20% for Very Liberal, with the remaining middle 60% being divided equally into 30% each. In my view, most people seem to fall into these two ranges primarily, with those being Very Conservative or Very Liberal being fairly unusual, or at least more uncommon than the other two types.

Character's Private Attitudes and Demeanor Concerning Sex
01-20% Very Conservative
21-50% Generally Conservative
51-80% Generally Liberal
81-00% Very Liberal

Very Conservative
The character is distinctly conservative about most new ideas, styles, and techniques. The character is not particularly adventurous, or enthusiastic about most new or different ideas, styles and topics. The character possesses many strict taboos or reservations concerning sexual practices and activities.

Generally Conservative
The character is generally conservative about most new ideas, styles, and techniques. The character may be cautiously adventurous, and enthusiastic about a few new or different ideas, styles and topics. The character possesses more than a few taboos or reservations concerning sexual practices and activities.

Generally Liberal
The character is generally open-minded about many new ideas, styles, and techniques. The character may be generally adventurous, and enthusiastic about a variety of ideas, styles and topics. The character possesses several taboos or reservations concerning sexual practices and activities.

Very Liberal
The character is explicitly open-minded about new ideas, styles, and techniques. The character may be very adventurous, and very enthusiastic about a broad variety of ideas, styles and topics. The character possesses few, if any, taboos or reservations concerning sexual practices and activities.

Character's Sexual Experiences/Relationship History

01-05% Properly Virginal
06-10% Chastely Virtuous
11-50% Cautiously Selective
51-80% Discreetly Adventurous
81-95% Brazenly Promiscuous
96-00% Thoroughly Lascivious

Properly Virginal:
The character has remained properly virginal, entirely chaste, and has had no explicit sexual experiences or relationships. The character has primarily engaged in thoroughly innocent, proper platonic relationships. Some, however, may have engaged in intensely emotional and idealistic romantic relationships.

Chastely Virtuous:
The character has been thoroughly chaste and virtuous in their sexual and romantic relationships, having engaged in sexual relationships with perhaps 1-3 people, and such relationships have been generally discreet and sincere in every way.

Cautiously Selective:
The character has been cautiously selective, engaging in 3-8 (Roll 1d6+2) serious sexual relationships with various romantic lovers, all of which have been genuine and generally sincere. In addition, the character has engaged in 2-5 (Roll 1d4+1) serendipitous flings, wild parties, torrid affairs, manipulative seductions, and secretive liaisons.

Discreetly Adventurous:
The character has been discreetly adventurous, engaging in 5-10 (Roll 1d6+4) serious sexual relationships, all of which were genuine and generally sincere; as well as 3-8 (1d6+2) serendipitous flings, wild parties, torrid affairs, manipulative seductions, and secretive liaisons.

Brazenly Promiscuous:
The character has been brazenly promiscuous, and engaged in 7-12 (Roll 1d6+6) serious sexual relationships, most of which have been genuine and generally sincere; as well as 15-30 (Roll 3d6+12) serendipitous flings, wild parties, torrid affairs, manipulative seductions, and secretive liaisons.

Thoroughly Lascivious:
The character has been thoroughly lascivious, and engaged in 9-14 (Roll 1d6+8) serious sexual relationships, most of which have been genuine and generally sincere; as well as 30-60 (Roll 6d6+24) serendipitous flings, wild parties, torrid affairs, manipulative seductions, and secretive liaisons. Naturally, the character may have engaged in many more such relationships--though, in view of the nature of relationships and how they actually develop and work, increasing numbers of lovers tends to devolve into increasingly limited and emotionally shallow relationships.

Does The Character Have Children?
01-50% Yes
51-00% No

How Many Children?
This table is primarily focused on a human birth-rate, in a largely agricultural environment--or enormous urban environments where birth-control is very limited in either effectiveness or availability. Obviously, fertility rates among different creatures and races of humanoids may be similar, less than, or greater than the birthrates depicted. The DM should simply make reasonable adjustments corresponding to the birthrates of the particular humanoid race in mind.

Children Born/Sired by the Character
01-10% 1-3
11-20% 2-5
21-30% 3-6
31-45% 3-8
46-60% 5-10
61-75% 7-12
76-90% 9-14
91-93% 11-16
94-95% 13-18
96-97% 15-20
98-99% 19-24
00% 25 or more

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