You're right of course - the likelihood is dependant on the availability of easy (and comfortable) long distance travel and efficient transport of goods, which is why this is a relatively recent phenomenon in the real world.
Bear in mind however that in a truly magical fantasy universe much of what we do with technology can be achieved with magic (teleport spells, flying ships, bound spirits / minor imps to carry messages, etc). This means that a fantasy world with a medieval of earlier technology might well have more modern culture, at least in some respects. Thus a playground for the rich and famous might well exist.
Another plot hook
Don't forget the paparazzi (or some equivalent) - the rich and famous can get REALLY annoyed about these guys - plenty room for PC fun here, either as the paparazzi trying to unearth an embarrassing story or as a nobleman's bodyguards trying stop them. Go to Comment
Nice. I like the concept of the "social elite" district, and the potential complications of PCs ending up in the "no poor people allowed" sector. It does seem to me that it has the potential to devolve into Soap Opera Central, if not used properly. Go to Comment
That is because you have seen Shrek II one time too many. It is a good idea, the dig at modern culture aside. The only thing that limited the existance of such places in the "real world" was the ability to travel. There was a limit to the distance that could be convienently traveled (in comfort). This limited the concentration of rich/ noble/ important people, to only those in a certain area. (Plus how far did the goods have to travel to satisfy them). If you "wave your hand" to that issue, places like this have to exist. Go to Comment
Already got the ball rolling, besides most of the above listed shops are going to run exorbitant prices. The fantasy equivalent of $3000 dresses, diamond studded shoes, and the most expensive of fragrances. Theatres are a must, as well as reputable establishments for gambling, but it has to be tailored and immaculate, this isnt Vegas, you know. Thanks for the comment, I like the connotation of the Forbidden city, I was slighty fixed on an amalgam of Rodeo Drive, and Fifth Avenue. Go to Comment
Don't forget places to waste cash, man! Theatres/gladiatorial arenas, a noble casino or two, an extra-fancy auction house...
the major banks should also be housed in the vicinity, perhaps this area of town could be surrounded by a second city wall, creating a true forbidden city... Go to Comment
I enjoy this idea, but I think there could be so much more done with it. Think of all the social fauxpas all the uncouth adventurers could make! Scandal would tarnish their reputation in the cities forever, especially with how gossipy these girls are. And beyond the girls the merchants who cater to these wealthy twits are equally catty and vicious as well I am sure. A rival chocolatier is trying to muscle in? Sabotage, murder, chocolate golems! Go to Comment
Well, in theory a small amount could be placed in a miniature replica of the urn and used as a chilling device. But, the fire has a mystic aspect to it, as normal fire does. Where many accord fire with creativity, passion, and energy, cold-fire saps these things, so the people who had such a magical freezer would eventually find themselves lethargic, bored, and emotionally detached. Go to Comment