Whitewalls public baths are one of the city’s noted treasures. A hot spring provides the city with a regular flow of both hot water and steam, which is diverted into a large complex of bathing pools, where the city’s residents gather to socialize and bath.
Cleanliness is held in high esteem by residents of Whitewall, and frequent bathing is considered a sign of good citizenship.
Though private, the baths fall under Whitewall’s definition of public space. Children (supervised) bathe in one section, adults of marrying age in another and elders in a third.
While Whitewall residents are quite proper (even prudish), nudity in the baths is expected. Friends, neighbors, co-workers and others, male and female, are accustomed to seeing each other here nude and accept it as a matter of fact.
Adults often visit the public baths to steam, to bathe and to be anointed with perfumed oils. For a fee, a visitor can be scrubbed, shaved (if necessary), groomed and tended to in other ways.