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PostSubject: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:09 pm

The Green Dragon Inn is located in Greyhawk's River Quarter, along a wide street crowded with rivermen, cutthroats, and thieves. At night the two-story stone building comes alive with activity, the sound of boisterous laughs and the sight of flickering windows attracting custom from all quarters of the city. Most of the shabby clientele are locals, Dockway bully-boys or bargefolk looking for cheap drinks and good atmosphere. The Dragon provides the latter in quantity, for its proprietor does little to quell light violence and overtly encourages enthusiastic drinking and carousing. Weapons and armor are allowed (and a wise precaution). It's a dangerous place but a friendly one, as long as no one harms the staff.

The Green Dragon's inviting taproom swells to capacity of nearly sixty patrons on weekend evenings and remains busy into the small hours of the morning. Against the back wall, to the right of the expansive and well-stocked bar, is a raised platform supporting a private dining area with a fireplace and a long mahogany table capable of seating eight. When he is not mingling with his patrons, Damaris holds court from the dais, surrounding himself with a coterie of intriguing folk. Since he considers the PCs his saviors, he frequently invites them to join him at the "Lord's Table."
For more than thirty years, adventurers have favored the Green Dragon Inn as a font of information about strange happenings in the city, unexplored tombs in the Cairn Hills, and even rumors about "lost levels" of Castle Greyhawk. The more adventurers who frequent the tavern, the deeper the information network grows, and the gregarious Ricard Damaris -- seldom far from the taproom -- is there to hear it all. Ricard closely follows events these days out of curiosity, but in an earlier time, information was the sole purpose of the inn. Robilar was a regular in the tavern until his betrayal of the Circle of Eight in 582 CY, but even then he didn't want anyone to know he was the owner. No overt signs of Robilar's involvement in the establishment remain, but a clever PC can figure it out easily enough.

The kitchen's specialty is "Quij's Plate," a heaping bowl of undercooked sausages and soggy potatoes large enough to please an ogre. A successful DC 18 Knowledge (history) or bardic knowledge check confirms that Quij was the name of an orc henchman of Lord Robilar. He has not been seen in years. If asked about it, Ricard smiles wistfully and recalls that the orc was a regular patron years ago but disappeared after Lord Robilar was run out of town back in 570 CY. He never admits Robilar's financial stake in the Inn, instead claiming that he owns the place himself and always has (a story that checks out according to the city's office of records).

The inn's second floor boasts several rooms for rent, each accommodating up to two characters. Only three rooms are available when the PCs first visit the inn, so members of larger groups might have to suffer the indignity of sleeping on the floor. Ricard and his staff live on the premises in a series of apartments off a hall from the guest quarters.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:12 pm

Gulthen (bartender, evening): A friendly, bald man with muscular forearms, Gulthen (N male human expert 2) serves his customers with an open ear and generous pours for good tippers. Once he has developed a bond with a PC, he sees it as his duty to point out attractive members of the opposite sex and "tough customers" who shouldn't be trifled with.

Minerva(barmaid): Damaris plucked Minerva (N female human expert 3) from the Sea Willow, a brothel two blocks away on the notorious Strip. The intelligent, beautiful woman vastly prefers her new job to the old, not least because she is free to slap customers who offend her. Minerva respects those who respect her, and might find herself attracted to a gallant PC capable of taking her away from the hardscrabble life of the River Quarter.

Dendra (bartender, day): A thin, sarcastic woman with gray hair tied back by a multicolored cord, Dendra (NG female human expert 3) doesn't care for small talk with customers. She is frazzled by the influx of pilgrims and festival-goers that keep the Green Dragon busy even during the afternoon, and she talks openly about leaving for another job that "might turn out."

Tolenn Tolan (cook): This dark-skinned cook speaks with a thick accent from the fallen Duchy of Tenh, several hundred miles to the northeast. He fled to the Free City in the dying days of the Greyhawk Wars and brought a previously missing culinary flair to the Dragon when he joined as night cook two years ago. Fiercely proud, Tolan (N male human expert 4) brooks no complaints about his cooking and frequently emerges from the kitchen to berate disrespectful customers.

Mevissin (cook): Mevissin (N female human commoner 5) has worked for Damaris almost a decade, sticking with him through good times and bad. Her cooking brings no honor to the establishment, but Ricard sees her as an older sister and will not lift a finger against her. She lost a nephew in Castle Greyhawk twenty years ago, and personally warns the PCs against exploring the place if she hears that they intend to do so.

Bethel (barmaid): Competent and dedicated to her simple duties, Bethel (NG female human commoner 1) is the newest of Ricard's staff, and hence is saddled with the earliest, least lucrative shifts and is responsible for cleaning the place in the morning. She wanted to be an adventurer when she was a little girl, and working at the Green Dragon Inn is probably as close as she will ever come.

Birgit (barmaid): Chatty and exuberant to a fault, the pale-skinned, round-faced Birgit (NG female human commoner 2) thinks of herself as a friend of regular patrons, making a point to remember their names and favorite orders.

Evessa Gale (barmaid): A quick tongue and a good eye for trouble have kept the red-haired half-elf Evessa Gale (N female half-elf commoner 4) in business at the Green Dragon Inn since its first day of operation. Ricard considers her among his best of friends, paying her a scandalously high salary for her services (with the approval of Robilar, who adores her playful humor). On orders from Damaris, she strongly encourages her customers to drink to excess, questioning their courage and fortitude if they appear to demur. The quarreling clientele of the Green Dragon seldom agrees on anything, but nearly all of the patrons consider Evessa Gale a friend


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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:14 pm

THE GREEN DRAGON'S STAFF


Ricard supports a staff of eight, four of whom are on duty at any one time. The following notes will help you personalize the staff and add color to one of the adventure's critical locations.

Ricard Damaris ("owner," proprietor): At the age of twenty-five, Ricard Damaris fought in one of the most pivotal battles in modern history on the fields of Emridy Meadows against the denizens of the Temple of Elemental Evil. He came away from the battle missing the fourth finger on his left hand and with an odd triangular scar on the left side of his chin. He also left with a firm understanding that the world was a fascinating place filled with hidden wonder, and set off for an adventurer's life. Years later, in the Village of Hommlet, Ricard fell into service with Lord Robilar and became one of the accomplished fighter's most trusted associates. Thirty-six years ago, when Robilar asked him to give up the adventuring life and run the Green Dragon Inn, Damaris jumped at the chance, eager for an easy retirement and fully cognizant of his luck in surviving even this long.

The tall, gruffly handsome man looks about a decade younger than his sixty-one years. He wears his thick black hair down to his shoulders, and he dresses fashionably but not ostentatiously. Ricard reveres Olidammara, the Laughing Rogue, and encourages the boisterous character of his inn, believing it to be the secret to its continuing financial success. Fistfights, broken-bottle battles, and even dagger duels don't bother him unduly, though he might step in with a heavy club if a brawl gets out of hand. His regulars know when to stop.

If more serious weapons are drawn, dangerous magic is used, or if a member of his staff is attacked, Damaris does not hesitate to draw his own weapon (now a fine steel +2 longsword in lieu of the blade of chaos) and attack the offender until he flees into the street. On a few occasions Damaris has killed an unruly patron outright.

Ricard's wife, Florence, and his twenty-six-year-old daughter have moved to land they recently inherited outside Dyvers. He still adores them and visits a few times a year. Damaris doesn't really care about Robilar's "betrayal," since he has never trusted his master's dealings with wizards. He holds Mordenkainen in particular disdain, claiming that he and the treacherous Rary are more similar than they are different.

Ricard Damaris can be used to introduce the PCs to other characters from the neighborhood, push along a lagging adventure by feeding them an important overheard clue, or foreshadow later events with Lord Robilar in the dungeons below Castle Greyhawk. The PCs should come to know him as a trusted friend and a strong ally.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:12 am

OoC - This is continuing on from the bar scene where Adora was shot in the shoulder by a disgruntled brother who wanted to avenge his sister whom Adora had re-captured for her father.

Weena looked at the barkeep and replied "that bolt nearly hit me, so how was I supposed to know who it was meant for". She takes her seat and looks to Adora "are you ok my dear, I was worried he might have killed you". She re-shuffles the cards and then re-deals them, with the excitement over they continue to play thier game.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:17 pm

Adora rolls her shoulder and rubs the spot where the bolt hit. "It certainly wasn't for his lack of trying. Yes, I'm ok. Thanks to Mille." Adora looks over at Mille, nods slightly then sits down for another round. After a few moments Adora says, without looking up from her cards, "And thanks to you to."
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:54 am

"You are most welcome, as I said that bolt nearly hit me so he deserved it. It was rude to walk into the Inn and start shooting, there I think that means I win this hand". Weena was not certain she had actually won and made no attempt to pick up the money, her display of magic was she hoped a hint that Adora could take the shacles from her father and ram them down his throat. Killing your father because he was evil is allowed, at least it was in Weena's book as her father had abused her and her mother for a number of years. She had taken her revenge and made it last for two weeks before he died, that is when she had met Tilly her best friend, lover and mistress all in one.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:05 am

"Not this time, see, my hand is a higher rank than yours." Adora picks up the coins and deals out another hand, but she seems slightly distracted.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:25 am

As the girls play thier game a large man enters the bar, he heads straight for the bar and orders a drink. Once he has one he downs it and demands another, once he has that he drinks half and then pays for a third. After he drinks his second he scans the room he see's the girls playing cards and he walks over  "deal me in" he says in a gruff voice. He stands about 7 feet tall and has a muscular body, he does not look like he spends much time indoors, he has a weather beaten face and the look of a pirate.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:22 am

Adora looks him over quickly as he sits down then shrugs and deals him a hand. "Sure. What's your name? I'm Adora."
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:53 am

The Man looks at Adora and says "what is a name for, a label that is all. You wanna call me summat call me Max, now you gonna play". Max plays his hand and looses to Weena, Adora wins the next four in a row and this causes Max to explode. "You cheatin bitch, now you gonna pay". He then stands kicking the table over along with all the money, Weena stands with Imp on her soulder and murder in her eye as Adora also has a rage boiling within her. Cheat me a cheat, how dare he.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:29 pm

Adora shrugs and concentrates on her cards. After winning the next four hands, she sensed the man tensing about to explode. When he finally did, she easily leapt clear of the table and so did most of the patrons at their own tables. She watched the man warily, her hands moving toward her sword. "Just because you play badly, you think others are cheating? Sounds like you have an over-developed sense of self." Mille has also jumped up, drawing her mace but not intervening yet. "Still making friends Adora?" Mille called out.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:52 pm

Max drew his knife and stepped closer to Adora, Millie suddenly drops down in a pool of blood, Weena slid out her falchion and Imp flew into the rafters. Everyone backed off but no-one tried to stop it, a form came into view where millie had stood, "hurry Max, I do not have all night". Weena looks at the guy and says nothing, Imp drops onto the new commer and flys back off in an instant.

Weena sheeths her sword "Max your friend is dead, give it up before she kills you". "Fuck off bitch", "he is all yours Adora" as Weena says those last words the guy who stabbed Millie drops dead.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:58 pm

With the table on its side between Max and herself, Adora jumped onto the edge and before it could tip, was already off it into the air, leaping over Max. As she passed over his head, he tilted his head to watch her as she hoped he would. Her swords made a neat deep slice into his neck and he fell, his blood flowing down his front. Adora landed on her feet and wiped her blade on Max's clothes. Then looking around, she frowned as her eyes looked at Mille's body. "Stupid woman. Not knowing when to leave well enough alone." She looks around again, "What a mess."
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:06 pm

Weena's imp starts to feed on the blood.

"Nice job, I was going to behead him but this works". Weena picks up the table as two cleaners arrive with a barrow, just before they take Millie away Weena loots it and places it all infront of Adora.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:24 pm

Adora stares at the articles on the table before her and sighs. "I don't want these things, but I know someone who might." Just as she finished speaking, a tall man - well built with shoulder length thick black hair and expensive well tailored clothes come walking to the bar. He doesn't look around but heads straight for Adora. She quickly drops to her knees, bowing her head before this man. "Well?" He asks her in a baritone voice. Adora explains all that has happened quickly and briefly since the time he originally left the bar. He stares down at her, pauses, then nods. He looks over Mille's belongings, casts a spell and the items vanish. "Rise Adora and deal me in." He moves to sit opposite of her. "Yes, father." Adora says and shuffles for a new deal. She is now more tense and subdued since this man entered.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:56 pm

Weena assumed that this must have been her father the slaver, Weena may have been less than straight but enslaving your own was wrong. The whole concept to her was rude, she still had her manners and family values. Weena walked away without another word, she could not sit at the same table as this man.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:05 pm

Her father, Nicholas, watched Weena leave and chuckled. They played a few hands together - he won all of them - but few words were exchanged. Eventually a very confident man walks into the room and Nicholas smiles when they see each other. The man is very non-descript, but has piercing gray eyes. Without a word to Adora, her father gathers his coins and sits at a different table with the man. Opening a pouch, Nicholas took out a chess set with a cloth "board" and they soon had a game going while they chatting softly with each other. Adora sighed, gathered her coins and returned the cards to the bar. She sat back at the table and relaxed, sipping her newly ordered drink.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:12 pm

The bar attracts many types of people, some good, some bad, then there is Michale. He is on another level, he would eat his own children just for fun. He walks to the bar and orders a drink, no one sits by him and people all look like they would kill him for a copper piece. He sees Weena and walks over to her but all of a sudden he backs off with a frightened look on his face, he then see's Adora and moves to her table "ello darlin need compn'y do ya".
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:28 pm

Adora looks at the man and shrugs, "Sure, sit down. What's your name? Where are you from?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Dragon Inn of Greyhawk City   Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:52 am

Michale looks at her and she see's her father, she looks across to her father and he is still there, she looks back and a lady is sitting next to her. She smiles at Adora "I am a spy and a very successful one toboot, I take what I want from who I want when I want. My life is a curse and everyone will pay", he stabs Adora rises and leaves.
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