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THE GIRLS OF THE RED HOUSE # 2
Copyright by Brian Howard Seibert
EMPRESS HELGA’S FASHION EMPORIUM
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THE GIRLS OF THE RED HOUSE of Circa 950
Queen Helga’s Fashion Showings in Constantinople continued being controversial for the use of translucent and transparent silk that often left little to the imagination, but the sale of Hraes’ Cathayan silk was growing exponentially and the Hraes’ store that had been constructed across the road from the Red House was one of the company’s biggest money makers. Queen Helga was allowed to resume her fashion showings at the Great Palace of the Emperor, but her more risqué designs were shown on the catwalks of the cathouse, the Red House of Constantinople, or The Rhoc of the Rhos as it was commonly called. The sale of concubine slave girls out of the Rhoc had grown exponentially as well and the sale of northern princesses to Roman royalty had grown with it. Varangian and Hraes’ influence in Constantinople, or The City, or CC, as it was called, was growing with the profits garnered. But the witchcraft and gladiatorial combats that had always been a part of the Red House, surprisingly, had become a great draw for the Roman princes and dukes.
The ancient Roman tripartite god religion of Jupiter, Mars and Mercury was a Vanir religion of conquest and was closely related to the Viking Aesir tripartite god religion of Odin, Thor and Tyr. Both had originated out of Persia and were religions of royalty and kings and the king of kings, or Caesars. And they practiced the same witchcraft and martial codes and now the Aesir were back and practicing their religion under treaty rights in the St. Mamas district of Constantinople and the Christian Roman royals flocked to the Red House to see how it had been done in ancient Rome. The gladiatorial combats and the martial magics and the orgies, all under one roof.
THE RED HOUSE and MAP of CONSTANTINOPLE:
NOW ON TO THE GIRLS OF THE RED HOUSE:
The Red House was a very high class and expensive operation, what some would call a house of ill repute, but its reputation was so much more than that. Like Varangians it ranged from good to bad to downright evil. The name Varangian comes from Way or Va and Rangers or Wanderers and the Hraes’, or Rhos as they were known to the Romans, were wanderers of the Nor’Way and the southern Dan’Way or Danaper River of the Hraes’ of Kiev. And it was through the slave schools of Kiev that all the new Girls of the Red House arrived.
The upper floors housed the northern princesses, the papered princesses that had been acquired through the infant exposure collection process that had been set up by the recently departed King Ivar ‘the Boneless’ of Kiev. Queen Helga was very successfully selling these concubine princesses to the royalty of Rome and its surrounding provinces. The princes and dukes of the so called Macedonian/Armenian dynasty were snapping them up, as were the Thracian and Greek dukes and the princes of Anatolia and Syria.
The middle floors had the rooms of the working girls of the Red House, the girls who strove hard to find their princes and ship’s captains and Viking merchants and, they too, were quite successful at it. The favourite girls of the captains of commerce received great gifts when their ships came in and often love blossomed between the girls and their captains and the price of these wives could be quite steep, as Queen Helga was known to drive a hard bargain. New girls were constantly arriving from the concubine schools of Kiev, captives of raids in Ireland and Angleland and Frisia and famine victims of countries in the north, and they were trained to seek their captains, for good lives could be found in the Mediterranean provinces of Rome.
The basement floors housed the Witches of the Red House and their Aesir religious practices of witchcraft and orgies and gladiatorial combats, the ancient entertainments that the Christian Romans found so compelling. The old Roman Vanir religion was another tripartite god religion of conquest that had been in direct competition with the Aesir religion for millenia in the conquest of the Celts of Europe and had lost, not to the Aesir, but to the new Christian religion that had grown like a cancer within the Roman Empire, and the new Christian Rome had retreated before the violent onslaught of the Aesir, first from Britain in a strategic retreat and then from Gaul in full flight. The Aesir pressed hard and the Romans relocated their capital to Constantinople before the inevitable fall of Rome to the Aesir Goths. The Eastern Roman Empire was all that was left, which was still quite a lot, but they now felt threatened by the Aesir Hraes’, threatened and intrigued, enticed by their own old ways and the Greco-Roman witchcraft that had refused to die out.