The Mortel Fleur is a large brothel located in Whitecliffe. Brothels are legal in The Hegemony, however the Mortel Fleur has another purpose: it is the headquarters of the famous (or infamous, depending on your standing with The S’engouer) Cotillion. The Mortel Fleur is a chain brothel of sorts, taking in hundreds, sometimes thousands of children each year. The children are given an education, taught to read, write, fight, and eventually the finer arts of sociality and seduction, if they are not placed into an apprenticeship first. As they grow they pay their way by tending to the needs of the employees, gathering water and supplies, sometimes even aiding Cotillion members with similar tasks. Upon the child reaching adulthood their path is chosen for them: some will become prostitutes throughout S’engouer lands (or perhaps other lands if no house will take them), those who show prowess in combat will become soldiers, others will be given apprenticeships in various trades; but for a rare few… a rare few are so physically gifted, so sharp of wit and tongue that they are accepted into the ranks of potential Cotillion members.
Those who are given to the Cotillion endure nearly a decade of brutal, relentless training. The exact nature of this training is hidden to the world, but it’s known that it involves intensive scholarly training (members of the Cotillion are some of the most well-read individuals on the planet, surpassing even most members of the Arcane University), physical exercise that presses well beyond the limits of most mortals, and even field training, killing lower nobles and the like. Of the rare individual accepted into training by the Cotillion, rarer still is the man or woman who survives the challenge, and even if one survives the training, it does not guarantee admission into the Cotillion.