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PostSubject: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:27 pm

  • Area 5 (the Wicker Goat)

The Wicker Goat:
This mostly wooden building is nestled in the tight confines of the eastern New Town district of winding cobblestone alleys and lovingly tended terraces. It is shad in pale oak boards, and gird with iron three stories high with rows of frontward facing windows on the second, and third floor. Wisteria has grown and draped itself over most of the iron accents. A drooping wicker goat hangs above the main entrance to this establishment, it's belly long since fallen into disrepair and accommodating a family of pigeons to roost inside. The Wicker Goat is one of the oldest buildings in Saltmarsh, and is certainly its oldest tavern so it sticks out noticeably among the late era construction around it.

When first planning the city walls around Saltmarsh the town council chose this building as the primary boundary for the east end. This results in booming business for the tavern. It's literally the first building travelers from the east see upon entering the city, and bands are often found milling around in the small court at the behest of it. From inside is often the din of merry travelers arriving or departing, and news from the bayous trickling in and then subtly being dispersed again.

Prices at the Wicker Goat are slightly higher then most, being about 125% of the list price in the PHB. The locals tend to prefer the taverns closer to the heart of the city. The Wicker Goat, however, serves a variety of ale, mead, and even SOME wine. But notably doesn't sell any of Ryan Kirtap's ales (area 19), they hold a grudge against one another (which neither man seems willing to talk about in public).

A bear of a man named Lankus Kurrid owns and operates the Wicker Goat; he stands nearly 6.5' tall. This muscular human spent much of his youth traveling between towns in and around the Hool Marshes/Dread Wood swamps; and got into just enough trouble that moving on to the next bayou town seemed the only option at times. Eventually, his habits earned him enough coin and circumstance presented itself so that he bought, and settled down in, the Wicker Goat. He keeps meaning to change the name of the place, and remove the expired wicker goat in front, but simply hasn't gotten around to it yet.

Street level, the tavern is a hot bed of music, and rumors. The wide open doors allow the sea breeze in as well as the steady stream of arrivals. The long benches on the west side of the tavern are regularly filled, emptied, and then filled again as companies come and go through the daunting (and wisteria clad) arches that face south toward Causeway road.

On the east side of the room is a general store, having several crates of beer, mead, ale, and wine all neatly stacked and for sell.

A light, standard wall partitions a stockroom in the northwest corner of the tavern. The door there remains locked nearly all the time. A nearby stove services the tavern owner as does a practical basin, and a counter stocked with all the Wicker Goat's finest of drinks and spirits.

A slim staircase looms nearly in the center of the tavern, leading to the host's apartment on the third floor, and the rentables on the second. It's banister is the old iron bracer of some forgotten ship of war's keel.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:33 pm

"Hail, you!" greets the tavern owner, Lankus Kurrid as you come in, "I'll be with you as fast as my legs can carry me!"
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:36 pm

After a hard day of training, Jandar heads to the Wicker Goat to relax. He orders a large ale and a loaf of bread.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:45 pm

Leaving the market, Luck is gripped by a sudden craving for watered down wine at extortionate prices. Fortunately the Wicker Goat is nearby, so she skips in for some light refreshment.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:01 pm

Jandar casts about waiting for his order to arrive. He happens to notice the woman who had entered behind him. She has the most remarkable eyes. The more he tries not to look at her, the more compelling it is for him to do so. Finally he says something, because she can't possibly have missed his continued glances. "What's a nice place like you doing in a girl like this?" He immediately realizes the Spoonerism, but its already out and there's nothing for it. His neck and cheeks feel slightly hot.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:05 pm

Slips in quietly to find a corner to rest in
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:10 pm

"Argh!" complains the tavern owner as he arrives laden with two pitchers and cups for the lot of you. "Blasted kobolds make such a damned mess when they leave." Lankus Kurrid wipes feverishly the bench as he examines you all.

"Aha, a loaf of bread for you, sir!" he points hospitably toward Jandar. "Would the rest of you like anything from the kitchen, also?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:12 pm

Luck had indeed noticed, it's hard not to when someone is staring at you that fixedly. She was just considering which handy pointy instrument to confront him with when he spoke.
She tried to raise one eyebrow in that quizzical sort of way, but had never been able to raise just one, so they both went up and instead she just looked startled.

"I hear the wine here is really terrible, I was just about to test that hypothesis." She replied.

"A glass of wine!" She demanded of the bartender/inkeeper.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:28 pm

"Hypothesis, huh huh," Jandar tries to laugh off not knowing the word, but he's not sure he accomplished anything. "I've heard the wine has maggots, but then I'm not really a true wineographer, so maybe that's a good thing," his banter was bad enough, but he felt the need to add, "I ate snails once."
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:35 pm

By now Luck had gotten the impression that this person wasn't the sharpest dagger in the armory.

"Careful not to eat the Cyrillian Mandrago Snail, those are poisonous." She drummed her fingers on the table. "The service here sure is slow." She commented.

(Truth be told, there was nothing wrong with the speed of the service, sometimes when making awkward conversation with strangers you just say random things).


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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:35 pm

"Straight away," he assured Luck. And absently wringing his hands on his apron he went to the north west part of the room to produce these things. Upon returning he pipes "Aha, a snail platter, too then?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:47 pm

"Aha, a snail platter, too then?"

"Why not? But hold the Cerulean Fandangos," Jandar insists, applying his newfound knowledge.

He sips his beer and makes a satisfied 'aaah' sound.

"I trust your wine is suitably horrid?"


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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:59 pm

Luck thanks the bartender, pondering the implications of Kobolds on the premises while she tastes her wine. It isn't as horrible as expected, she is slightly disappointed.
"It will do." She responds.
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PostSubject: Re: The Wicker Goat - A Tale of a Tavern   Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:54 pm

Jandar almost immediately began to second guess the wisdom of ordering the snail platter. A bench opened up and he pointed this out to Luck and then slid into the seat next to Aliab, whom he had not met. He greets the man, offering a paw and annoucing that, "Jandar's the name, bludgeoning's the game."
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