Atlantis was renowned for its public baths and bath houses. The Atlanteans would spend at least an hour per day when they were not engaged in other activities resting in the baths, attended by dozens of slaves. Bathing was of prime importance, but many other activities devoted to politics and business were also conducted in the baths.

Types of Bath

  • Noble Baths: Noble baths were cast in silver, gilded in gold, and adorned with precious gems and rare shells to enhance their beauty. Bathers would have no less than 3 slaves of the gender of their choice attending them while they bathed in distilled water scented with fragrant oils. Many deals relating to the slave trade, politics, social life and business were conducted as nobles cleansed themselves of the day's grime and nibbled on exotic appetizers before their evening meal. The Noble Baths were considered a place of peace, so though negotiations could get heated, violence was never recorded. Of special note was the custom of Zindat. By this process, betrothals were announced in the bath houses, the information was left filter back through society.
  • Common Baths: The common baths, while certainly functional, did not come close to matching the opulance of the noble baths. The baths were cast in functional terra cotta, and customers paid a small custom for an assistant to help with the process. Also, unlike the noble baths, which were funded from the public coffers, patrons of the common baths were required to provice their own bathing accoutraments.
  • Slave Baths: The slaves were required to bathe twice a day in rocky pools set aside near the shore, so their fith would be carried out to sea and not taint the beautiful island of Atlantis. The slaves made due with materials provided by the Taskmasters. The mixture used for their baths was changed daily, to make the job of the Tasters easier. Tasters were assigned to lick the slaves as they went to work and retired for the night. Any slave not found to taste of the sea salt and the common herbs used in the bathwater of the beholden were subject to punishment. The punishment for a slave not found bathing the requisite number of times was laceration of the feet with no reduction in duties assigned. However, most slaves subjected to this punishment were moved to the jurisdiction of the Sexual Taskmasters until their wounds had healed.

Scribed this day by Samraat Monish, Keeper of the Book

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