What is Patronage?
In Safavid Persia, a courtesan’s patrons would be wealthy clients who helped support her financially, gave her expensive gifts, fancy apartments, and the like. A patron of a House of Courtesans would help to maintain the household finery, and in return would expect the household to attend at parties and social gatherings. The patron would gain prestige through his association with an esteemed house.
In the SCA, patronage can be used solely as an element of persona development, or in some cases may involve an actual exchange of goods and services (NOT SEX). Every patron/courtesan relationship is different, and the details of the arrangement should be agreed to by all parties. Again, acceptance of a patronage offer does NOT imply any offer of sex.
As a household, we are particularly seeking patronage from nobles and households who can help us put on parties and events, or otherwise help our household thrive. Assistance may come in many forms: hosting space, decorations, volunteers to help with bartending, cooking, or security, for example. All NON-SEXUAL patronage offers will be considered.
Patrons may be of any gender or gender expression, and patronage relationships may be made either with an individual courtesan or with the entire household.