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What Can Good Girls Do for the Devil?

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

What Can Good Girls Do for the Devil? is a solo play-by-post game written by Joshilyn (The Player) and Lydia (The DM). Read along with the adventures of Frangelica the tiefling bard, as we play through our saucy version of Lost Mine of Phandelver and Dragons of Icespire Peak.


Frangelica's story will begin soon, but you can start by reading all about her here:


Centuries ago, an ambitious merchant family made a deal with a devil to become wealthy and influential. We shall draw a veil lightly over the details, but every generation produces the devil's Price: a tiefling child to do his work in the world. It is matrilineal, and almost all Pooit children are female; sons are vaguely possible, but most are sterile.


Noble families with third and fourth sons are eager to wed their spare boys into the family, as they are certain to have affluent, well-connected lives. Since Pooit sons are so rare, it is u


nderstood that the husband of one daughter per generation will take the name. To the world, this looks as if it is decided by the Pooit parents, and each groom hopes to be chosen; the name comes with control over the estate and the bulk of the Pooit fortune. Often this seems to happen as a consolation prize, when this couple or that suffers a late miscarriage or loses a child at birth. In truth, this is a cover story to hide the shameful birth of that generation's teifling.


Evangeline and Derbal Pooit had two healthy little blonde girls and then produced Frangelica, who came out tail-free and with human feet, but definitely purple and sporting undeniable horn buds. They claimed the child was born dead, buried an empty urn, and farmed the baby out to be raised by a Nanny in another town. The Pooits came to check on her every now and again, but had no love for her. Frangelica felt this rejection deeply, and as a child she tried many times to saw or grate or grind or break her horns off and change her skin color to no avail. Her anger and sorrow deepened when Evangeline produced a fourth perfect blonde daughter, as if to replace the daughter she never acknowledged. At the same time, Fran was provided every luxury, every advantage, and the kind of education noble young human women need; she is proficient on multiple instruments, understands fashion and repartee, and can set an exquisite table.


Now of age and with her education complete, her family assumes the devil will deploy her (with deep pocket backing and a fabulous wardrobe) to some far court to ooze her evil way into the king's ear —-probably via his bed. Instead, as her sisters are groomed for arranged marriages with the younger sons of royalty and nobles, she leaves town and heads for the borderlands where her war-besieged country is barely holding the line against the evil Dral empire. She plans to prove she is brave and resolute and amazing, a true hero, hoping this will finally allow her to be accepted by her family.

The Pooits have a rep for charity and goodness, though once, when Fran's nanny, Agnes Plainsong, was in her cups, she let slip that they abuse their power and eat up the money they "raise" for charity; Fran thinks Agnes was trying to make Fran feel better about being rejected. She truly believes the Pooits are excellent and wants to be accepted by them.


She sets out with the intention of doing a lot of amazing hero stuff (hopefully in places that have plumbing and some decent restaurants. She wants to be a hero, sure, but not sleep in bogs or eat stew, sweet Torm, who does that?) so she can appear at her sister Mara's wedding as an honored guest, hero, and acknowledged sister.

Frangelica's story begins April 17, 2023.




 

What Can Good Girls Do for the Devil? is a solo play-by-post game written by Joshilyn (The Player) and Lydia (The DM). Read along with the adventures of Frangelica the tiefling bard, as we play through our saucy version of Lost Mine of Phandelver and Dragons of Icespire Peak.

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