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Trog's Tavern C

Upon entering the tavern you find it to be rustic, dim, cramped, and smelling of spilled beer. Moving through the crowd, half of which seem to be deadtiming, you spot a fireplace with a banjowood carving on the mantle, you also make out through the haze the curving bar and private booths hidden behind ferns. A side door leading to a bamboo patio outside reveals a hungry looking dumpster mimic sneaking towards an unsuspecting customer.

On the wall is a large, ornate mirror which people seem to step in and out of freely. A winding staircase near the front door leads to rooms for rent upstairs. The backroom is now completely off-limits to all patrons and most of the bar staff, it's occupied by the bartender.

Trog's Tavern is no longer enchanted to be indestructible. Attempting to damage it will succeed. Now with Free Sweet, Delicious Wi-Fi.  We've recently renewed our liquor licence!

New: Anyone that is not a bar staff that tries to pilfer drinks out of where they are kept will get a maximised disintegrate to the head. You have been warned.

In Memoriam (hall of former staff): Trog (owner emeritus), El Jaspero (manager emeritus), Hoseki (bouncer), Tempest Stormwing (bouncer), Valthreborn Valthera (bouncer), Vivian (bartender), Alex Shipmaster (bartender), Erdan (bartender), Kantur (bartender), Who (cook), Zee (cook)

Current Staff:
Owner and Proprietor: Melantha
Manager: *NEW* Alex
Bartenders: Aurora
Bouncers: Now hiring!  No seriously, Inquire within! Temp. Bouncer: Aurora
Cook: Ghoolion
Entertainment: T.B.A.

NOW HIRING: Bartenders, Cooks, Talented bards, Burly bouncers, etc.
(Hey bards: just take spotlight in the tavern's center and start singing!)

Only the finest NPC servers:

Nina - A feisty and vivacious 18 year old (she's legal). Mean and completely unavailable.
Paige - A sweet and wholesome elf working her way through college here in town.
Cosmo - A quick-witted and oppressed gnome scoundrel.

All will be happy to serve you. Since all are NPCs they are up for communal control. Feel free to say what they do or say to you or any other patron. To a point.


Catoblepas Sauvingnon
Chimera Cabernet - A hearty red with a hits of oak and black cherry.
Kobold Chianti - Tart and tangy! Try it with fava beans!
Merfolk Merlot - Full-bodied with a hint of rose.
Purple Worm Pinot - Earthy aroma.
Funky Llama - A rich fruity wine, available in white or red.
Iames Agonia - This tart, dark red wine will stun you and leave you feeling good for hours.
Xorn Zinfandel - Sweet and fruity!
Cormyrian Fireamber - Imported and very good.
Spoonake Chablis - Straight from the Underdark!
Feline's Fancy - A purplish, swirly mixture that any feline will adore.

Mixed Drinks:
Pina CoLlama - If you're not into yoga and have half a brain.
Swampwater - A Phosphorescent lemon-lime delight.
Jasphattan - Sweet vermouth with bitters and more.
White Russian Wukei - Vodka, Kahlua, and Milk.
Long Island Iced Tea - Tastes better than it will make you feel in the morning.
Mai Tai - Dark and pineapple juice.
Sneak on the Beach - Vodka, Cranberry juice, pineapple juice and Peach Schapps.
Rust Monster - Scotch and Drambuie.
Coffee Martini - Buzzzzz.
Murderita - Wasted away again...
Rampaging Rail Mixer - Mad strong!
Ice Liqueur - Guaranteed to cool you down.
Dwarf Spirits
Aboleth Absinthe
LEVEL UP LIQUER - Need a few extra XP? We gots XP in a bottle!
Dragon's Liver Buster - The strongest drink in the house. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Constitution Crushing Wine - Fort. DC 35 or pass out!
Djinn and Tonic - Whirling ice cubes, fizzy soda, and one drunk genie.
Rum Llamonade Daquiri
Mudslide Daquiri
Chuul Lounge - Bacardi Limon, Aberration, creme de bananes and juices
Ichor Liquor - Made from a fermented mix of various kinds of blood
Black Market Wallbanger
Hydrogelic's 110 proof Firewater
Guild Vodka No. 3
Black Shadow - A strong concoction guaranteed to send a chill down your spine at any temperature.
Haley's Liquer - Named for the redheaded rogue, a sweet creme liquer, excellent over ice.
Wizard Blizzard - Crushed ice and Bourbon. The effect depends on the spell stored in it.
Black Ice - Named after one of the greatest rock bands, this mix of Black Shadow and Ice Liquer is guaranteed to give you a chill
Nut Brew - An herbal mixture combined with whiskey. So sweet, it's like your not even drinking!

Beers & Such:
Grim Brewery brand Ginger - Death-o-licious!
Archon Ale
Guilders Ale
Balthor's Best
Mind Flayer Mead - Mmm... brains!

Other Fine Beverages:
Celestial Soda Pop - Soda specially brewed in Celestia. Tastes divine.
Darknight Coffee - Cream has no effect.
Root Beer
Red Minotaur - Energy Drink
Llamonade - That cool, refreshing drink for quadrupeds.
Dragon's Fire Breath - Cherry Kool-Aid for the kids!
Fox Cola - The choice of the furry generation.
Hot Chocolate - With little marshmallows and stuff.

Hot Spicy Peanuts - Damned Spicy!
Velvet Elfish - Trogtilla chips with hot cheese and meat dip - soooo good.
Fortune Cookies - I got this deal with a local factory see...
Bamhacon - Where ham meets bacon.
Salads - Spring Greens, Caesar, and Italian Pasta
Mint Brownies - The original Ghoolion treat.  Bright green and available with and without walnuts.
Three Metal Cake - A delectable mix of vanilla, chocolate, and confetti cake frosted with alchelmically treated Mithril, Adamantine, and Platinum.
Carrot Cubes - Six sided dice made of carrot cake.

Dwarven Cigars - From our axe-hewn humidor
Coffin Nail™ Cigarettes - Get Nailed!
Halfling Pipeweed - Bogart™ brand

If you don't see it, ask for it!

Melantha flounces back into the tavern with a spring in her step. She sits down at the bar and orders her favourite drink.

Cosmo brings it over. And E floats over
Someone looks cheerful.

Melantha smirks and flicks her hair back "You could say that."

E raises an eyebrow/ the mind flayer equivalent.
Who died?

"Oh please, do you think I'll only get happy about someone dying? I'm not that sadistic."
The Bushranger

Speakin of 'who died', the young man using far too much hairgel who 'died' at his table now sits up with an alltogether too cocky smirk.

Melantha gives the newcomer a quick glance, but nothing more.

E turns to look at the ex-corpse
Took you long enough.

Aurora creeps out of the back room, sneaking towards the exits.

Melantha turns her head slightly at Aurora "'Lo minion, haven't seen you around here in a while."

She eeps and turns around, a little startled.

"Um, hi boss."

Also she is not a minion!

To Melantha she is Wink

"Haven't seen you around for a while."
a slight pause "Then again I've not been here very often."

Yeah, she kinda is isn't she?

"It's been okay, there was this virus thing but it's under control."

Melantha tilts her head "So...are you infectious or any thing?"

She shakes her head.

"No, I got cured. Some other people might be though."

A random NPC patron freezes suddenly.
Like him.

Melantha giggles "Well that means that I don't have to worry if you spontaneously decide to leap on and make out with me."

Bit of a push but she liked teasing/sexually harassing her favourite bar maid.

And as is customary with these exchanges Aurora's face is quickly overcome by a blush, unwittingly having pictured herself and her boss making out in her mind's eye. She quickly tries to stear the topic of conversation on to something else.

"Is it okay if I'm gone for a few days Boss?"

Melantha nods "Sure hun, going anywhere nice?"

Aurora nods, trying her hardest not to give the game away.

"I'm helping my sister with her wedding."

Melantha nods again "That's a worthy cause, have fun with that." she gives a little smile so hopefully it gets across that she's actually being genuine and not her usual self.

Aurora smiles back, heading for the door.

"Thanks Boss. I will."

As Aurora is leaving, a man comes into the tavern. His clothes are a bit of a mix up of time periods. Blue jeans, a leather jacket, a cowboy hat, and a strange pair of metallic looking shoes. There is a handgun holstered at his side. He sits down at the bar and looks over the drink menu.
The Bushranger

Keledrath wrote:
E turns to look at the ex-corpse
Took you long enough.

And now he bats away a particulally annoying deadtime ooze.
"Oh, you know, had to be thoroughly convincing."
The greasy-haired, trying-too-hard-to-be-suave young man chuckles, then eyes the newcomer.

Aurora creeps back in to Trog's, the sharp eyed amongst its patrons might notice she's a little grimy. Also she may have borrowed some of her roomate's clothes.

Meh. You didn't miss much.

The other man glances over at them, then returns to his drink.

Melantha tilts her head "Run out of clothes?"

Yes, she knew exactly what Quinn liked to wear Wink

Damn, she's been caught out! Thinking quickly Aurora spins the latest in a series of falsehoods.

"Umm...yeah! I kind of got behind on my laundry."

E just shakes his head in despair. Amatures.

Melantha leans back and rests her chin on a hand. Considering that Aurara is most likely a pretty bad liar and herself had an obscene amount of sense motive she's very curious "Laundry huh? Is that what you're sticking to?"

Yeah, Aurora can't lie to save her life. Though to her credit she tries to act casual, moving behind the bar and tying her apron.

"I just got behind is all."

"Oh, Aurora, if you're going to lie as least be somewhat creative about it. I might let it slide then." she looks skywards for a moment while she thinks "Something like in a sudden lustful frenzy you leapt on your unsuspecting housemate (pun thoroughly intended) and banged her senseless, and in a post-coitus haze you put on the closest thing at hand, which happened to be her clothes, and rushed to work without thinking about it. Something like that would have got you off." she pauses for a moment "Please tell me that really did happen, that would be so adorable."

Aurora goes completely and utterly red, quickly shaking her head.

"I'm going to go bind..."

With that she bolts for the back room.

Melantha giggles and waits for Aurora to return, thinking of suitable 'punishments' if Aurora kept avoiding the truth.

I'm sure there's some kind of employment standards agency that would love to have words with Mel. Anyway eventually Aurora returns sporting her customary horns, her face having returned to normal she quietly starts cleaning the bar.

Oh, she'd be up for all sorts of sexual harassment charges, but seeing as they're not...

"Well? I'm still waiting for an explanation."

Aurora doesn't look at Mel when she answers, not after that last exchange.

"I told you, I've been too busy helping my sister to get my laundry done."

A sterner line from Aurora, probably from the binding, but Melantha's not going to let this one go. Even though curiousty was the demise of the feline "Now from the earlier statement I've already established that to be a lie." she does however wonder how the bind would effect Aurora's ability to lie properly.

This one? She lies the same, just gets cross easier. She keeps her eyes on the job at hand, perhaps if she Mel can't see her face it'll make lying easier.

"I'm not lying..."

"Oh come on Aurora, you know that you can't lie, to me at least if I happen to pay attention, your way out of a paper bag."

Aurora sighs, it was worth a go. Or at least worth changing tact.

"I don't want to talk about it."

That might work, but Melantha's curiosity now was threatening to get the better of her keeping her nose somewhat out of other peoples personal issues "Now we're getting somewhat closer to the mark. Having a blind stab in the dark, something to do with your sister?"

She shakes her head again, still not meeting Mel's gaze.

"It's nothing to do with her. She doesn't know."

((And now I sleep. Damn it's late.))

Melantha puts on her detective hat "Hm, something that you wouldn't tell your sort of twin sister must be something big, with the possibility of hurting her in the long run. Cheating boyfriend? No, you would tell her about that. Something embarrassing about yourself? Possibility. Although your personality makes you get embarrassed by all sorts of minor things that shouldn't ordinarily do. Quinn's clothes most obviously tells me that your clothes are not available. But seeing as you and Quinn live at the same place if your clothes are not available, Quinn's shouldn't be as well. All destroyed or otherwise ruined? Possibility but means of unknown. Or there is the possibility that they've just been stolen or mislaid but then you wouldn't have to lie upfront about it. Grubby appearance possibly suggests that you've been sleeping outdoors, but you've got an apartment or if you've been helping your sister she would have put you up. Sleeping outdoors might have also ruined clothes unless they been put neatly aside. And that would possibly mean you've been sleeping almost naked outside, and for you that is laughably unlikely. Being forced to stay and sleep almost naked outside? Very vague possibility. Although that would coincide with you feeling embarrassed, especially if it was something that was perverse it nature. But you are again not the person for anything perverse. Hum."

The entire monologue is said without any noticeable pauses, kinda like how Yahtzee does his game reviews (or how Morden speaks in Mass Effect if you know the character).

Well if the whole bar thing doesn't work out for Mel she could always open a detective agency. As Mel begins stumbling nearer towards the truth Aurora puts a desperate attempt to put an end to it.

"Please boss. No one's gotten hurt or anything, can you just forget about it?"

E just chuckles at Melthana
You'll get it one day, dear.

The man, his backstory finally completed, looks up. He seems to be looking at Aurora, and there is a glint around his eyes, as if the light were reflecting off of something.

Oh hey! A distraction. Aurora bustles over to the new man's table.

"Hi. Can I get you anything?"

As Aurora gets closer, she'll be able to tell that the glint comes from the fact that his eyes seem to be metallic.
The usual, Aurora.

"Um..have we met?"

He extends a hand.
Jit Falnon, time's most hated man. We've met later.

Aurora is not as surprised as you'd think by this revelation.

"Oh you're a time traveller. Come from anywhere nice?"

Not so much a time traveler. Like I said, time hates me, so it throws me from place/time t place/time as it wills. But to answer your question, the last place I came from was hell. Literally. Not sure which one though.

Aurora's vaguely sure that's something that can happen. Dawn'd probably know better.

"Oh, sorry. So what can I get you?"

I think I'll have a Pina CoLlama today, if you would be so kind.

"Coming right up."

With a smile Aurora heads off to the bar, quickly coming back with the drink.

"Here you go. Hope you like it."

Thanks. Sorry for startling you, I'm usually able to tell what time it is, but I'm always a bit frazzled coming out of a rift.

"It's okay. Why's time mad at you?"

Not a clue. I grew up like a normal kid, and then one day a rift in time and space just appeared, sucked me through, and closed. I think the longest I've gone since then is six months between rifts.

"I know some people who might be able to help."

No thanks, Who can't help. He'll try later on, but every time I get near a TARDIS, I get whisked off. And sometimes the TARDIS follows me.

"What about my sister? She doesn't even have a Tardis."

Dawn? Probably not. But I guess I should introduce myself, in any case. When I met you all, you already knew me.

"Okay. You know where she lives right?"

I think so. Of course, they could have moved by the time I meet them, but we can check if I have the right place.
He proceeds to list off accurate directions to the right house.

"Yeah that's right."

Wonderful. Well, I'm off to see the Timelord.
He downs his drink and stands.

"Um, you have to pay for that drink."

Sorry, completely forgot.
He reaches down towards the holster at his side.

Oh god she's going to get shot isn't is? Regardless she waits for payment. That's just how damn dedicated and bizarrely loyal she is to this place.

Would he do that? He still has to meet her, after all.

As his hand reaches the holster, it changes into a clear plastic sorting box. He pulls it up and puts it on the table.
What currency is in use right now?

"Gold coins.  But it probably didn't cost that much, have you got any coppers or silver?"

He mutters to himself while running his finger across the top of the box, locating the row and then the right lid.
Coin standard...precious metals.
Flipping the lid open, he pulls out an appropriate number of coins in the right value, and includes a tip.
That should cover it.

She takes it and squeaks a little as she heads over to the bar.

"Th..thank you."

As she puts the money in what ever kind of till they have at this establishment she wraps her hand in a bar rag, trying to conceal the red mark the silver coins left.

E winces a bit when she touches the coins.

Well, I'm out. See you later.
Jit puts the storage box back to his waist, and the holstered gun reappears as the box vanishes. He heads for the door.

Jit returns, this time leading Kin and Meta.

(off for a while. Dinner)

Wow... Haven't been here in ages.

I sense a soul in search of questing. Would that be you lot?
See? I told you the Tavern was a good place.

Always was.

He turn to E.

Yeah, that'd be us.

Good. I need someone to close that hell portal that's been in the sewers for the last six years.

Sounds easy enough.

Well, demons have probably been wandering through the entire time. There's likely a sizable army by now.
It's been a while since I helped storm hell. I'm in.

Sounds like a perfect test to make sure I've not got rusty.

Well, let's go.
By the way, if you see my granddaughter, kill her. It isn't actually her, just the concentrated evil of her that her mother sent to hell to open the portal.


Jit heads for the door, seemingly lost in thought. Kin follows him.

And Meta follows them both.

((oops, sorry for the wait))

Melantha tilts her head at Aurora "Something wrong hun?"

((No worries))

Aurora quickly shakes her head, wishing she had some pockets to put her hand in.

"No, I'm fine thanks boss."

"You sure? From that yelp it was almost like something hurt you."

Aurora quickly shakes her head.

"No I thought I saw something trying to get out of the cellar."

"That would only be plausible if someone had said the 'q' word." she folds her arms "Hands, please. Front and back. Including the one you've got wrapped in a towel."

Aurora complies although I'm not strictly sure she has to, holding out her hands but leaving the towel were it is.

"Without the towel please."

She reluctantly unwraps the towel, she's such a doormat. Underneath the towel is a bright red mark, like a rash or a burn.

"There was probably something on the coins is all."

(("Darn right, she's my doormat ^.^"))

Melantha tilts her head "Hm, then why be so uncomfortable and edgy about it like before? Possible interlink? Maybe, but you're like that most of the time anyway. Looking closer at the mark it looks like a severe allergic reaction. Something on the coin? Possible. Something about the coin? There have been cases of someone being suddenly very allergic to copper, but in that case the expecting result would be surprise and confusion. Not the necessity to hide it away. As was the necessity to hide away where she has been in the previous few days." she sighs "And in a few cases some people have been highly allergic to another metal, and have found it uneasy to mingle with other people on certain times of the month. I'm so sorry Aurora."

Melantha PI strikes again!

Aurora frantically shakes her head, her mind racing. Now she's going to lose her job and she wont be able to pay her half of the rent and then she'll have nowhere to live!

"It's not like that."

"Then what is it like, hun?"

Aurora panics, her mind clutching at straws. Looking down to break away from Mel's gaze she says the first thing that comes in to her head.

"Please don't fire me..."

E almost laughs at that point.
Aurora, I'm almost positive your boss has darker secrets than you think your condition is.

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