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Trog's Tavern LXXXVIII



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, the owner likes her privacy.

Trog's Tavern is no longer enchanted to be indestructible. Attempting to damage it will succeed. Now with Free Sweet, Delicious Wi-Fi.

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: Now hiring
Bartenders: Aurora
Bouncers: Ba'al
Cook: Now hiring
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.


GET A FREE DRINK ON YOUR FIRST POST HERE!

THE CURRENT DRINK MENU:
Wines:
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.
SLURPEES!
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.

MUNCHIES MENU:
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.
Gyros
Salads - Spring Greens, Caesar, and Italian Pasta
Who's Surprise
Muffins
Brownies

SMOKABLES:
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!
Who

"Awwww, aren't you adorable?"
wxdruid

Thecla's ears perk forward and she puts up one paw, as if to shake and greet her.
Who

Aurora attempts to shake the paw.

"Hmm...I wonder."
wxdruid

Thecla wonders what she wonders about, but shrugs in reply.  After shaking Aurora's hand, she settles down next to her, sitting on the floor.  Her tail steadily sweeps across the floor.
Who

Well she was wondering if she could do this. She focuses for a moment and where once Aurora stood is now a brown dog with bracelets on it's front legs standing on a pile of clothes.

"It worked!"
wxdruid

Thecla hops up, suddenly more excited.  She tilts her head in a questioning look.  She didn't expect that from her.
Who

"I thought it might be fun. So what do dogs do?"
wxdruid

Thecla lifts her muzzle to the ceiling and howls.  It's an eerie sound in the enclosed space.
Who

"Ooo, let me try."

She gives it a go, unfortunately howling herself into deadtime.
wxdruid

Noticing, Thecla curls up to wait.
apeoflight

Andrew stirs himself from his deadtime and lets out a small yawn.
Hawkeye

Rich nods to him "Evening."
apeoflight

He nods back with a smile. " Evening. "
Hawkeye

"Anything I can get you from the bar?"
apeoflight

" No thanks. "
Hawkeye

He nods "Fair enough. If you change your mind just let me know"
apeoflight

" Alright I will. "
Gnrlshrimp

"Well, I wouldn't say no to a drink!" Ba'al grins as he emerges from deadtime...though for how long I'm not sure.
Hawkeye

Rich looks at Ba'al "What can I get you?"
Gnrlshrimp

"A cup of coffee please." Woah, that's not right! Is Ba'al feeling ill?!?!

"Cut that crap out, I don't always go for drinks that could be used as explosives."
Hawkeye

Rich raises an eyebrow "Ok, if that's what you want." he makes the drink and passes it over.
Gnrlshrimp

Ba'al shrugs, "Hey, we all have our little eccentricities, or in my case the odd normality here and there. There's far weirder things I could've asked for than some coffee." And with that, he drinks the coffee.

"And I'll have some tea please." Hey look, the floating shrimp in military uniform is back!
Hawkeye

"Please don't tell me how you're going to drink it." he starts making the drink.
Gnrlshrimp

"Well, it's very simple actually." Especially now that the shrimp is a starfish, "See, I just float over the cup, drop my stomach into it, and let it do all the work. Simple."

"And that's the guy who controls me..."
Hawkeye

"I'm a bit more normal in how I do things. But I like his style in drinks." he pushes the now complete cup of tea over to the previous shellfish.
Gnrlshrimp

"A bit more normal? You sir, have no idea just how far off you are. In comparison to him, you're about as average as the name "John Brown"."

The starfish promptly turns into a straw and starts sucking up the tea...
Hawkeye

He folds his arms "Pfft, I'm dating a girl who lives 5000 fricken miles away. I'm crazier than a mule on a Ferris wheel"
Gnrlshrimp

"That's called a long distance relationship, lots of people have that sort of thing. But, everyone in the world is crazy in some way of course so that in itself neither proves nor disproves the theory that you are in some way more crazy than most other people."

"Nuts to this, can I go back to my normal mad mixtures? Maybe I can make myself drunk, then I won't have to listent to his crap."

The straw turns into a cane and smacks Ba'al over the head.
Hawkeye

"Hey, don't make me draw Tinker into this, I'm sleepy enough as it is without doing his crazy."
Gnrlshrimp

"Ah, but his crazy is a very predictable form of crazy. Furthermore, acting crazy for the sake of crazy is not actually crazy, it's a deliberate attempt to defy what the world considers to be normal behaviour. It's more an attempt to briefly escape from reality than real crazy."
Hawkeye

"Uck, I'm too tired for any sort of deep thinking or complex reasoning."
Gnrlshrimp

"So am I! And I've gotta get up nice and early for a trip on over to yorkshire so I can catch some fish. Trout, actually, rainbow trout. It goes down a treat with ridiculously strong garlic butter! Oh...and I haven't packed yet. Crap." The cane turns into a wall and bangs against itself for being so stupid as to forget that.
Hawkeye

"Well I'm probably going to bed soon, it looks like Melantha's date hasn't gone as planned."
Gnrlshrimp

"If things always went as planned this place would've died years before it finally kicked the bucket. Hell, the town probably would've died back on giantitp!" And, predictably, the wall becomes a bucket. A little plastic one with a spade in it.
Hawkeye

"Heh, well, back on GitP Wukei made sure that just about nothing went as planned."
Gnrlshrimp

"Ah, those were the good old days, such a shame that it's come down to, what, about five people using this site, and a load of drama queens running around Gitp with five doomsday plots a day?"
Hawkeye

He laughs "And they're four or five different versions of town. But that's the thing about the good old days, they're always old, never present. When it's present we don't seem to notice or respect it."
Gnrlshrimp

"That's because we never pay full attention to what's going on in the present. There's usually about a few billion other things going on and it's all TOO MUCH to take in at once! So we don't pay anywhere near enough attention to anything."
Hawkeye

He sighs "Those were the days..." he then looks towards the door "Well I'm ducking down now, I don't want to be seen with her in that condition." and he disappears behind the bar.
Gnrlshrimp

"That sounds kind of worrying..." The shrimp (yes, it's a shrimp once more) glances towards the door briefly then poof! It's gone.

"About bloody time! Go to sleep already! You're only going to forget stuff when you start packing!"
Hawkeye

The windows slowly begin to go to black, and it gets considerably darker in the room. Then the doors blast open and into the tavern steps Melantha, shadows surround almost like a dark aura and each step she takes leaves a brief shadowy fire.
Gnrlshrimp

Ba'al, typically, doesn't look at all bothered by this, though he does take the precaution of herding all the patrons over to one corner so they're as far out of the way as possible. "Ah, I take it the date didn't go so well?"
Hawkeye

The temperature in the tavern cools significantly and she points at him "Don't you even say a word about it." unfortunately the cool glowy effects that you used to be able to put on text lines in the old town can't be used, as that statement would totally have it on there.
Gnrlshrimp

"Will do, but, ah, could you tone down the darkness and shadows just a little? I don't think it's having a good effect on the patrons."

((Deadtime...about three hours later than it should've turned up...))
Hawkeye

She scowls and stalks to the backroom, slamming the door behind her. As she's gone, the temperature rises to about normal but the darkness remains.
Gnrlshrimp

Ba'al sighs and looks apologetically at the various patrons. "Sorry folks, but if boss lady is in that foul a mood, there's no point trying to reason with her so I'm afraid you're all just going to have to put up with this darkness for a little while. It'll be sorted out as soon as possible."
The_Librarian

Libris shivers out of deadtime, and then looks around.

"What happened to the lights?"
Who

Aurora undeadtimes, currently in the form of a brown dog. She has a sniff about.
The_Librarian

"Hello there," Libris says, offering her hand for the dog to sniff, not realising that it's Aurora.
Who

She sniffs the offered hand.

"Hiya."
The_Librarian

"Did you just... you sound familiar," Libris says, withdrawing the hand warily.  "Aren't you Aurora?  The hollygram?"
Who

"Yep that's me."

She wags her newly acquired tail happily.
The_Librarian

Libris grins.

"Ah, I see you've learnt a new trick, then," she says.  "Why is it so dark in here?  Did Mel forget to pay the lighting bills?"
Who

"Hmm...I don't know."

She sniffs Libris foot.

"Heh, this nose is awesome."
The_Librarian

Libris moves her foot away uncomfortably.  There's a day-old smell of tobacco and alcohol there.

"Having a good enough nose is almost as good as being able to read minds, or so Greeny would like to think, anyway.  Goodness knows the kind of things you can find out when you get good at recognising scents.  Some of those things," Libris adds sternly, "being of a personal nature, perhaps?"
Who

"Oh, sorry. You need a drink or anything?"
The_Librarian

"I'm all good for drinks, thanks," Libris says, smiling.  "But I may have to head home and make sure my daughter's been behaving herself."
Who

"You have a daughter?"
The_Librarian

"Yes," Libris says.  "You've met her, I'm sure.  I told her about you after meeting you the first time, when you were still a ghost.  She's called Jonah, and Jamin.  There's two of her."
Who

"Oh them, they were nice."

She's lying down on a pile of what was her clothes.
The_Librarian

Libris smiles.

"That's good to hear.  I'd hope she wasn't a little monster when I wasn't around. Anyways," Libris says as she gets to her feet.  "I'd best be off.  Hope you get the lights sorted soon."

And with that, she heads out of the tavern before the deadtime can get her.
Who

"Drive safe!"

She curls up and waits.
Gnrlshrimp

"Yeah, the light problem is Melantha's doing by the way, Aurora. Her date kinda went downhill by the sound of things. If you value your life, don't mention it."
Who

"Thanks for the tip."

Doggy-Aurora walks over to Ba'al and sniffs his foot.
Gnrlshrimp

And Doggy-Aurora will get a nice friendly kick in the face for doing that. Also, Ba'al's foot smells like brimestone...
Who

The head just liquidizes and reforms as Aurora jumps back.

"A no would have done it."
Gnrlshrimp

"Yeah, but simply saying "no" or some variation of that is incredibly boring when compared to kicking someone in the face!"
Who

The dog shifts into a blob, engulfs the pile of clothes and the floor and reforms as Aurora.

"It's not very nice though is it?"

And deadtime.
wxdruid

Alaric walks into the Tavern with both hands in his pockets.  He finds the bar and takes a seat.  He does wonder about the interesting darkness effect...

Thecla woke up once, saw it was dark and went back to sleep.  She's curled up under a table with her tail over her nose.
Who

And at the bar is Aurora!

"Can I get you anything?"
wxdruid

He looks over and smiles, Sure, I'd love a glass of Purple Worm Pinot please.
Who

"Coming right up."

After some faffing about she hands over the drink.
wxdruid

Alaric slides over the payment plus a generous tip before he picks up the glass and inhales the aroma of the wine.  Ah, so lovely, I do enjoy a glass of excellent wine.  Thank you.  He takes a sip and he's obviously enjoying it.
Who

"Haven't seen you here before, you new?"
wxdruid

Alaric chuckles, No, not really, I've been around on and off for a long time.
Who

"Well it's always nice to see a new face, I'm Aurora."
Hawkeye

The room gets a little darker and cooler. Looks like someone's up and in a bad mood.
wxdruid

He ignores the cooling room for the moment.  Hello Aurora, I'm Alaric, pleased to meet you.
Who

"Nice to meet you Alaric, if you need anything just ask."
wxdruid

Alaric wryly smiles, Thank you Aurora.  I would appreciate the bottle?  I think I might need it.
Who

"No problem."

She hands over the bottle.
wxdruid

He nods his thanks as he slides over the payment for the bottle.  I think that'll work wonderfully.  Thank you.  He takes another sip from his glass.
Gnrlshrimp

"Hmm, still in a bad mood by the looks of things. That doesn't bode well..." Ba'al however, isn't bothered. He does at least keep an eye on the patrons though, to make sure they're still safe.
Hawkeye

The door to the backroom opens and the lighting and temperature drops another notch. Melantha walks out, and stops when she sees who's at the bar. Him! In her tavern!
Who

This does not look good.....Aurora prepares to duck under the bar
wxdruid

He turns and he has a look of anticipation in his eyes mixed with desire.
Hawkeye

((kicks network))

She looks back venomously and points a finger at him "How dare you! How dare you have the audacity to come into my tavern!"
Gnrlshrimp

"You might want to start running," Ba'al says, smiling at the poor man currently being focused on by Melantha.
wxdruid

Alaric's expression turns neutral.  I didn't take anything that wasn't freely given.
Hawkeye

The room gets distinctly cooler and darker. A shadow like aura starts to appear around Melantha "Don't you ever bring that up again."
Who

"I think you better go..."
wxdruid

Alaric shrugs, As you wish My Lady.  I know I was enjoying it.  

And no, I don't think I'll go.
 The last he says to Aurora.
Hawkeye

Melantha almost screams "You had no right!" with that, her eyes turn jet black, she extends both arms towards Alaric and casts a mystery of her own design. It's in a form of a ball of condensed shadows, which upon impact does cold and electric damage, with a side helping of negative levels. Which she sends at her not-so-favourite person.
wxdruid

The ball seems to engulf him, but when it's done, he seems to have vanished.  He reappears behind her and whispers to her You took, I enjoyed and, his voice lowers and becomes husky, I tasted and you are so dark and beautiful.  I would never willingly harm you.  If he can, he'll trail one fingertip across her skin...
Hawkeye

When he touches her, she is freezing, most likely enough so to cause damage to his skin. She growls, whips quickly round and tries to grab his throat.
Gnrlshrimp

"Right, this is getting dangerous. Either you leave right now, or I boot you out! You're getting Queen upset and could well endanger the customers!" Ba'al gets up and walks over, his tone threatening. Melantha can easily go outside and beat him to within an inch of his life for all Ba'al cares, but as bouncer he has to keep the tavern safe! Well...he'd do that anyway really, but now it's an official responsibility.
wxdruid

When she turns, she sees what she's done to him.  He's looking fried and the marks she left on his cheek are vivid in the cold air of the Tavern.  He doesn't move as she grabs his throat.  He'll either survive or not, it's the thrill of the chase and the fight.  His eyes lock on hers and express his desire for her and despite the chill of her skin, his fingers trace a path towards her shoulder, even as they begin to turn white with frostbite.
Gnrlshrimp

"Well...doesn't look like he can leave now. Ah well, plan B then." And he turns and rather politely suggests that all the patrons wait outside for a little while. Any that stay then get herded out by him, since it kinda looks like Melantha may just freeze the whole place...and the last thing they need are NPC icicles. "Aurora...maybe you should head outside as well."
Who

She nods, blobifies and sluices outside.

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