At Nocturne you can play in one of four groups – kitchen, sex workers, army and townsmen. These are also split into smaller sub-groups.
In-game, these characters are gendered, but your off-game gender identity doesn’t affect which groups you can play in.
The women at the top of the hierarchy. These women have carved out a place for themselves at Satin Dreams. They may be involved in the power struggle over who will succeed the Madame, or content in the place they are right now. In general these are the older and more experienced, and those who might be able to steer what kind of clients they usually see.
These girls are generally newer and younger. They are the ones who haven’t traveled or seen the world, who don’t understand how things work and lack the power to affect their own situation. They are the bottom of the hierarchy, and are fighting to stay at the brothel, and to stay away from any diseases that might put a stop to their job. They don’t have anywhere to go or enough money saved up to live a life outside the brothel. At least not yet.
Two female characters that will arrive with the soldiers. One of them is the former mistress of one of the officers, and the other is an older woman who has been a camp follower for years.
The girls working in the kitchen are led by the cook. The kitchen is a man-free zone, a refuge from handsy villagers and a safe place within the brothel. The girls who work here earn money for their families and may still be living in the village and keeping up with their childhood friends and acquaintances. However, those who have worked there for a while know the system by now – when young girls are brought in they are often being groomed to go into prostitution.
The cook, the scullery maid and the laundry maid will be played by helpers/organisers. The rest of the kitchen staff will be regular characters, but with some off-game responsibilities. Playing in the kitchen staff differs from the other groups because you will also be doing work that is off-game important, but you will still get a fleshed-out character with plots and relations, and be able to larp both in and outside the kitchen area.
The people at the top of the hierarchy. These officers come from wealthy families with a lot of influence in the outside world and have made an active choice to fight for their king and country. They have purchased a commission in the army, giving them the right to command men under them and with the possibility of reaching the highest ranks. They live a better and more comfortable life than the other soldiers and are used to high society, and getting what they want.
These soldiers have not purchased a rank, but instead enlisted in the army and in some cases advanced within the ranks. They often come from poorer families, or middle class ones. Some of them have seen a lot of action, while some of them haven’t even been in battle yet. Here we also have a group of local soldiers who have joined the British army, despite New Hampshire being a patriot state.
Three local tradesmen are joining the soldiers in order to assist with the mission of capturing spies in New Hampshire. They are essentially spies for the British, who are now showing their true faces, but they are not a part of the army and therefore are civilians.
BIPOC Characters at the Larp
The role of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour) fates in history is often minimised and whitewashed (especially so in the time period), and we don’t want to contribute to that pattern. Despite our best research however, we are aware that we might have some blind spots as white european organisers. Therefore, we are taking extra care with these roles, and have thus chosen not to have any pre-written BIPOC characters for this game.
BIPOC characters will instead be tailor made in accordance to player motivations, overall story and in collaboration with our sensitivity consultants. These characters will be denoted through their outfits (specific headwraps, cravats, etc). BIPOC players are under no pressure to play corresponding roles ingame; it is strictly opt-in (and you can do this in your sign-up form). Otherwise the player’s offgame ethnicity will not be part of the larp and should not be played on under any circumstances.