Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
The Jenny's Guild
The guild began in 1598 with Jenny Malone. Jenny was a prostitute arrested for the killing of an abusive customer. It was deemed self defence, which was a landmark in itself, and she was acquitted in an Avalon court. However, this legal victory was only the catalyst for her other
accomplishments. The man she had killed was a minor noble. He had been disgraced a long time ago, yet his family fought to protect their name. All her life Jenny had believed that the system was made by and for the nobility. So she was more surprised than anyone else when she
defeated them in the court. She had fought hard, for she was fighting for her life, but she had no doubt she would lose. The best she had hoped for was to be executed with dignity, knowing she had tried everything.
Winning changed her life. The rules were not written the way she thought they were. The law did not always protect the nobles. More importantly she realized that one person can make a difference. She realized she could change her life, and the lives of others for the better. All she needed was a plan, and the will to see it carried through.
The guild today has a simple structure. It has no Apprentices or Journeymen. A girl is either in the guild or not. The only way to join the guild is by working for it. Few women turn to prostitution because they want to, and testing for mastery of the craft is difficult (and more than a little intrusive). So power in the guild is generally based on seniority. It is accepted that younger girls must defer to the elder women. After all, it is comforting for the younger women to know they will not be alone and cast out when their looks fade. They know there is a career path open to them. Few rise to become madams and guild house owners; there are only so many places. However, there is always a need for cooks and nannies.