D&D 5e, Forgotten Realms

Goodbye Slut Street, We Hardly Knew Ye

One last point from the article on Canon I discussed yesterday:

The number of eyes on a stock beholder has been consistent throughout D&D’s history. No need to meddle with perfection, I say. On the other hand, if you’re familiar with old maps of Waterdeep, you might recall that one of its seedier avenues was named Slut Street. When we updated the map for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, we gave that street a new name. The old name was never good to begin with and does not withstand the test of time.

Perkins

I’ll be honest with you: I’m astonished that there was ever a street named “Slut Street” in the Forgotten Realms to begin with. It’s unimaginative, boring, and quite frankly unfunny.

I have a hard time imagining Ed Greenwood creating a street with that name; however, If he was responsible for that naming I will be giving him a pass though as he mapped out, and wrote, much of the setting when he was younger. Such things can seem funny when we’re in our teens and early twenties – especially back in the 70s and early 80s.

Either way, goodbye to Slut Street. You will not be missed.

4 thoughts on “Goodbye Slut Street, We Hardly Knew Ye”

  1. I find it hilarious that Perkins would waste time on this rather than fixing the problems in Avernus and Frostmaiden.

    The etymology of slut was a lazy, untidy man. It might have been an immature joke but it’s removal is now considered shaming. Women should be allowed to do with their bodies whatever they want.

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    1. Did they rename it to Grape Lane?

      From wikipedia: It was normal practice for medieval street names to reflect their function, or the economic activity taking place within them (especially the commodities available for sale), hence the frequency of names such as The Shambles, Silver Street, Fish Street, and Swinegate (pork butchers) in cities with a medieval history. Sex work may well have been a normal aspect of medieval urban life;
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grape_Lane

      I recall too there was an establishment in some adventure module which was described with an archaic term (which I don’t recall at this moment). It was a synonym for brothel that few would recognise.

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  2. I’m glad that things like this are being examined.
    Even in the real world these names have been sanitised. Magpie Lane in Oxford is a family friendly name for what it used to be called. There were many of these in England. Please do not google if easily offended by strong swearwords or the actions of a former US president.

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