Strip 162 - "It's in the rulebook!"

18th Apr 2015, 12:49 AM in Corvus Village
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DragonTrainer 18th Apr 2015, 12:52 AM edit delete
So... I don't suppose anyone just happens to knows whether or not there's historical precedent for paying to use someone else's bath water? ^_^



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Zilfallion 18th Apr 2015, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
You know, unless she recently exploded someone with magic, or sacrificed them to her god, and the list goes on. It could be some quite bloody water.
nathan400 18th Apr 2015, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
In a similar vein, just because she's clean now is no reason to assume that she didn't look like the creature from The Black Lagoon just a little while ago.
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Actually, it varied from place to place, but in Rome, all the way up through the middle ages, they had communal baths. Pay a few coins, and you bathe with all the other people. For a few extra coins, you could bathe privately. In the middle ages, however, there was some massive disagreement between what I think were a bunch of soapmakers, and the catholic church. Yeah, the church said "screw you" and declared that bathing too often was a sign of vanity, so they pressed the king to put high taxes on soap, which reduced bathing. It wasn't as bad as it sounds, though. Queen Elizabeth rarely bathed, but she had attendants to cleanse her, and the general populace had mixed responses, like all things.

Basically, yes. Reusing bathwater was common in some places, less common in others, and it all depends on the time period.

Oh, and the disagreement between the soapmakers and the church is speculation, but there were lots and lots of internal politics and struggles in the catholic church at the time. It is an educated guess.
Malroth 18th Apr 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
The Sorceress knows Prestidigitation as an at will power, meaning that as a standard action she could have, for free, been exactly as clean or dirty as she wanted to be before a bath and left her bath water exactly as clean or dirty as she wanted afterwords, meaning if this is her bath water then it's very existance must be some type of trap.
Book O Dragons 19th Apr 2015, 3:58 AM edit delete reply

Some people just like to relax in hot water.
Disloyal Subject 19th Apr 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
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She's a drow. Of course it's probably a trap.
fellow 19th Apr 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
According to my preschool history class, pre-WWOII era families shared bathwater this way. Then again, that same history class said Napoleon only managed to conquer Belgium because his troops came down with diarrhoea.
Raxon 19th Apr 2015, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
Sharing bathwater in America was extremely common in the era before public running water, when families pumped water by hand from the ground, or brought it from a well or nearby water source.

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holywhippet 19th Apr 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

I'm pretty sure in Japan in places with a hot bath (houses, hotels etc.) you are supposed to scrub yourself thoroughly outside of the bath first, then rinse and finally enter the bath to soak.
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