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Trog's Tavern XCV



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.

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: Now hiring
Bartenders: Aurora
Bouncers: Now hiring Temp. Bouncer: Aurora
Cook: *NEW* 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.


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
Muffins
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.

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!
Hawkeye

Who wrote:
"Sorry boss..."

She folds the apron up and deposits in carefully under the bar.


Melantha grins "There you go. Much better."
Who

Aurora looks away, there's just something about that grin she's not too keen on. She heads round the bar and wordlessly begins her usual cleaning routine while she builds up the courage to ask Mel something.
Hawkeye

Melantha makes a drink for herself and sits down on a stool by the bar. She smirks and sips her drink.

Aurora meanwhile is starting to attract attention because of her attire.
Who

Something she's trying very hard to ignore.

"Mel?"
Hawkeye

Melantha looks across at Aurora "Yes sweetie?"
Who

She doesn't look up from table cleaning, if she doesn't look up she doesn't have to acknowledge the attention she's getting.

"You know all that stuff you can do with shadows? How do you do it?"
Hawkeye

Melantha pauses for a while before answering.

"I...I just do it. I found out at an early age that I could manipulate shadows just be thinking about it. What I wanted the shadows to be I could create it just by visualising in my mind what I wanted, I wasn't very good at it for the most part early on but I could do it." she opens a hand and a ball of shadow flame appears above her palm, she closes her hand and the flame extinguish "Now there's not much I can't do with them. And how I do it...it's  best explained by I just think about it and it happens."
Who

"It's not something you can learn then?"
Hawkeye

Another pause.

"I don't think it's something you could learn, either you have it or you haven't. Take normal magic, you can learn it by study as a wizard, but a sorcerer has magic running in his blood, he doesn't have to learn or study for it he can just do it. I and my normal shadowcasting kin are more like sorcerers than wizards."
Who

Well that's definitely given her something to think about. She goes back to cleaning tables, mulling things over in her head.
Hawkeye

After a moment Melantha looks towards Aurora again "Why did you ask that?"
Who

Once again she doesn't look up from table cleaning, she's on the last one though.

"When Quinn got kidnapped I felt really useless and I thought if I could do stuff like you then I would have been able to help."
Hawkeye

Melantha sighs "It's good, admirable even, that you'd like to help honey, but what I do I don't think it's possible that someone could learn how to do it. And shadow casters are by and large attracted more to dark and evil things, you're profound objection to that dress proves to me that you haven't got quite the right mind set for it."
Who

"But I could still learn other magic, right?"

She sounds worried now, what if she's useless forever?! She heads back tot he bar with a collection on dirty glasses.
Hawkeye

Melantha nods "With the correct study, yes. What type and level depends on your ability and mind, but I'm unable to tell you what that is."
Who

She smiles, very much relieved.

"Thanks for explaining this."
Hawkeye

Melantha smiles back "Your welcome sugar."
Who

She hops over the bar and starts cleaning glasses.

"Is there a library round here?"
The_Librarian

"Amiria had one," Jamin calls down from the rafters.  "It was in a big white tower floating over a lake."

Jonah scowls at one of the npcs oggling Aurora.
Who

Aurora looks up and smiles

"Thanks"
The_Librarian

Jamin gives her a cheery salute.  Jonah bites into a brownie, shifting her glare onto another npc and making him sit lower in his seat.
Who

Ah, what would she do without them?

"Need anything?"
The_Librarian

"Hmmm... how about a couple of muffins?" Jamin asks, dropping down elegantly from the rafters.  "And some llamanade, please."
Who

"Coming right up."

She pours our a pitcher of llamanade, and puts some muffins on a plate. Also she gets some cherryade because I really want some and can't have any.
The_Librarian

"I thought the apron was a cunning ploy," Jamin says, pouring herself a glass of llamanade.  "But if you did spill something on it, does Mel have a spare?"
Who

She nods,sipping cherryade.

"Yeah, there's another dress."
The Bushranger

Clearly though it wasn't as cunning as a fox who's professor of cunning at Oxford...


Meanwhile, Amist, the gray-skinned, white-haired half-drowess, comes downstairs, arches an eyebrow at Aurora's 'dress', then heads for her usual table.
The_Librarian

Jamin pouts.
"Poot," she says.

"At least if you get cold, we can heat things up a little," Jonah says, letting a flame wriggle through her fingers.
Who

The Bushranger wrote:
Clearly though it wasn't as cunning as a fox who's professor of cunning at Oxford...


Meanwhile, Amist, the gray-skinned, white-haired half-drowess, comes downstairs, arches an eyebrow at Aurora's 'dress', then heads for her usual table.


((You are worryingly well versed in British culture))

"One second."

Off she goes to Amist's table.

"Can I get you anything?"
The Bushranger

((My mom is/was a fan of Britcoms. And Doctor Who, for a time back in the day.))

"Oh, I believe I'll try a Black Shadow, if you please," Amist says with a nod in response to Aurora. "And you have a...fine outfit, if I may say so."
Who

"Er, thanks, I guess."

Off she bustles to the bar, returning shortly with a Black Shadow.
The Bushranger

Which Amist accepts with a smile. And payment."Thank you."
She takes a sip; in said payment, Aurora will find a considerable tip.
Who

"Thank you."

Whooo! She can like save up the money and buy regular clothes.
The Bushranger

Amist nods in acknowledgement, and settles back to enjoy her drink, studying the NPCs.

And maybe giving them something to look at other than Aurora. Razz
Who

Smile That's jolly decent of her.

Aurora heads back up to the bar and cleans glasses
The_Librarian

Jonah relaxes from glaring at hopeful male npcs and looks at Amist curiously.

"Not seen you here before," she says.  "I'm Jonah," she says, and offers her hand to shake.  Jamin also offers her hand.

"And I'm Jamin."
Hawkeye

Melantha grins at the two Jonahs. It was so much better when there was two delicious beauties before her.
Who

Aurora's fallen asleep by the bar, she's still getting used to the whole biology thing.
The Bushranger

The_Librarian wrote:
Jonah relaxes from glaring at hopeful male npcs and looks at Amist curiously.

"Not seen you here before," she says.  "I'm Jonah," she says, and offers her hand to shake.  Jamin also offers her hand.

"And I'm Jamin."


Spoiler:



Amist shakes the offered hands with a lopsided smile. Pleasure to meet you Jonah, Jamin. Amist Halcyon," she introduces herself properly, a hint of an exotic accent in her tone. "I used to live here for a time, then headed out on a quest for awhile. I only recently returned, but have been spending a good bit of time to myself, I must admit."
Hawkeye

Melantha yawns and looks about the tavern. On seeing Aurora asleep she gives a little giggle and tries to think of something mischievous to do to her.
The_Librarian

"Ooh, you went on a quest?" Jamin asks Amist.

"What were you questing for?  Did you win?" Jonah asks.  "I died on my last quest, but I found a pretty awesome city when I was dead, so I guess it's a win overall."
Hawkeye

Melantha disappears into the shadows, intent on doing something that would probably not go down very well.
The Bushranger

((dun Dun DUN!
It's sneaky-Mel!))

"You died?" Amist asks, arching an elegant eyebrow at Jonah's statement. "I suppose you got better. And yes, I suppose I found what I was looking for. As for what I was seeking - I was actually sent on the quest by The Gentleman," she explains. "He told me to find a pleasant memory, or memories. I believe I was successful."
Obscurejones

Alex wanders into the bar and glances around for a friendly face.  He's got a few days worth of stubble and his normally immaculate suit is rumpled and slightly disheveled.
The Bushranger

Alex is over at the corner table, talking to the Fireball Twins.

Her player however has to run for a bit, should be back in an hour or two though.
Obscurejones

As deadtime takes her he shuffles up to the bar and orders an espresso.
Who

Aurora wakes up with a jolt.

"Just resting my eyes!"
Obscurejones

Good for you.  To prevent me doing the same, how about some coffee?
Who

"Sure yeah, coming right up."

She rubs her eyes and quickly hands over a pot of coffee.
Obscurejones

He raises an eyebrow.
Espresso, if you have it.  A double shot.
Who

"Right, sorry."

She quickly sorts it out, working double pace in order to compensate for 'resting her eyes'.
Obscurejones

Alex downs his espresso, pays with a small tip.
Who

"Thank you, anything else?"
Obscurejones

Any idea where in town I could get a shave and a new set of clothes?
Who

She thinks for a moment.

"I think there's this big place called the Omnishop."
Obscurejones

And would this shop have a a barber or surgeon on staff?
Who

"I'm not sure, but it is really big though so it might do."
Obscurejones

He nods slightly and heads for the door.
The Bushranger

Amist, spotting Alex, sends a wave in his direction.
Obscurejones

He waves back and pauses.  Does some mental debating.  Gestures towards any empty seats at her table.
The Bushranger

Well, the Fireball Twins are deadtimed, but even if they weren't there are plenty of good seats available.

And so Amist, chuckling, motions torwards one of them in reply.
Obscurejones

He moves to sit across from her.
Forgive a tired traveler the dust of the road?
The Bushranger

"Not a problem at all." Amist chuckles. "After all, a well-traveled man can be more attractive than a pretty boy. What have you been up to since we last encountered each other, hm?"
Obscurejones

He smiles slightly, and visibly relaxes.
Studying pre-divinity shamanistic cultures.  Some interesting trance magic.
The Bushranger

"Oh really."
Amist arches an eyebrow a little.
"How interesting are we talking?"

((back soon, grr))
Obscurejones

From a magical point of view?  Very.
The Bushranger

"Ah, so they're interesting...from a certain point of view."
Amist nods, and orders a second Black Shadow for Alex.

She'll order drinks for the twins too if they want. Razz
Obscurejones

He smiles slightly.
Although, not to be presumptuous, I detect you were more interested in their lascivious applications?
The Bushranger

"Ahh, you know me too well."
Amist winks, and chuckles softly.
"Because you would be correct."
Obscurejones

He shrugs.
I suppose if one was truly interested in intimacy the rituals could be helpful.  They were heavily spiritual though.  Ill-suited to sinful pleasures of the flesh.
Who

Aurora's totally about, doing stuff, wondering when she can clock off shift.
The Bushranger

"Ah, I see. Perhaps that area of study then would be better suited to you then to me."

Amist waves Aurora over to order a refill.
Obscurejones

He smiles slightly.
And I will yield to your superior mastery of the lewder aspects of the art.
The Bushranger

"Compromise isn't always bad, is it?" Amist asks with a chuckle, then changes the subject. "Are you planning on staying here very long before heading out on your magical mysteries tour?"
The_Librarian

The Bushranger wrote:
((dun Dun DUN!
It's sneaky-Mel!))

"You died?" Amist asks, arching an elegant eyebrow at Jonah's statement. "I suppose you got better. And yes, I suppose I found what I was looking for. As for what I was seeking - I was actually sent on the quest by The Gentleman," she explains. "He told me to find a pleasant memory, or memories. I believe I was successful."


"Sounds like an awesome quest, but an easy one," Jamin comments.  "We've got loads of good memories."

"Many involving brownies and/or fire," Jonah adds with a grin.

"But it looks like you and your friend need to catch up, so we'll leave you in peace.  Oh, but we're taking our muffins, sorry," Jamin says, chucking one to Jonah.

"Nom nom nom!"  With that, the girls move to a table not too far away.
Obscurejones

I thought I might stay in town for a few weeks.
The Bushranger

Amist grins back at the Fireball Twins. "But, what about fiery brownies? I was nice meeting you. I'd enjoy talking again sometime."

She waves as they depart, then turns back to Alex with a chuckle. "Do you have a place to stay?"



Quinn, meanwhile, walks into the Tavern and heads torwards Jonah and Jamin with a broad smile.
Obscurejones

At the moment, no.  I was debating presuming upon a relative.
The Bushranger

"Hmm, well if they presume otherwise, you'd be quite welcome to share a room here."
Amist smirks, and winks.
Obscurejones

He blushes slightly, barely perceptible, at the wink.
I... would hate to be a trouble.
The Bushranger

"Trouble? No, the only troublemaker around wouldn't be you," Amist drawls, chuckling. "Of course, if you don't want to, that's fine..."
Obscurejones

He responds quickly, nearly cutting her off.
I'd love to.  It sounds delightful.
The Bushranger

She grins.
"I thought you might like that. Care for a drink to celebrate?"
Obscurejones

He nods, a slight nervous smile slipping through.
The Bushranger

Amist waves over Aurora (or Paige) and orders two Black Shadows.
Obscurejones

Alex starts running through Sumerian naming rituals in his head.  It's the magical equivalent of the infield fly rule.  Razz
The Bushranger

Razz

The drinks are delivered, and Amist raises her glass in proposing a toast.
"To...magical research."
Obscurejones

He smiles and raises his glass.
And all its... varied applications.
The Bushranger

She smirks, and the glasses clink as the toast is made.

Followed by an appreciative drink.
Obscurejones

He drinks a bit more than he should in a single gulp.  In a completely new situation for him, he's nervous.
The Bushranger

Amist, for her part, drinks her Black Shadow slowly and smoothly, shivering pleasantly - then noting Alex's presumably rather more severe shiver.

"I didn't know you liked them that much," she observes.
The_Librarian

The Bushranger wrote:
Amist grins back at the Fireball Twins. "But, what about fiery brownies? I was nice meeting you. I'd enjoy talking again sometime."

She waves as they depart, then turns back to Alex with a chuckle. "Do you have a place to stay?"



Quinn, meanwhile, walks into the Tavern and heads torwards Jonah and Jamin with a broad smile.


"You're looking happy..." Jonah observes.

"We approve of this," Jamin says.
The Bushranger

"I'm glad to have your approval." Quinn grins and goes to take a seat. "I just got done getting fresh food and cleaning the kitchen. It was pretty fun - not as much fun as brownies though."
Obscurejones

He smiles slightly.
I'm not sure that I do.
The Bushranger

Amist chuckles and shakes her head.
"You seem like you might need a confidence injection, then, if having a beautiful woman here makes you that nervous."
Obscurejones

He smiles and seems to get a bit of his confidence back.
A beautiful woman who's also a fairly competent mage.  And has shown a proficiency for... Unique applications of her gifts.
The Bushranger

That brings a bit of a pleased smile to her face.
"I've found that practicing one's...talents in unconventional ways helps to expand the mind. And I had a most excellent teacher."
Obscurejones

He smiles and glances over her body.
As do I.
The Bushranger

Amist leans back just a little, the better to facilicate said glancing.
"Why, you make a girl feel flattered," she drawls.

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