The Crow and Cat
Sign: A crow, perched on the back of a black cat
The Crow and Cat is a single storey tavern that backs onto a river. To the casual observer it appears to be a simple, well appointed tavern, offering beverages and basic grub. Thieves will know better. Signalling one of the staff with whatever thieves sign they wish when paying for a drink, and they'll let you know with a curt nod if the back is open for business.
The tavern has two to four staff members behind the bar most of the time. As well as several tables, there are semi-private curtained booths along the walls for customers who seek a little privacy. It seems a little colder than the usual pub but is otherwise ordinary.
At the end of the hallway leading to the private rooms is an unmarked door. Knock once for each worker behind the bar when you entered and you'll be given entrance to the back rooms.
Being that the Crow and Cat is visited often by many of a larcenous bent, the back rooms are little more than a gambling den. The atmosphere here is noticeably more jovial than in the front room, perhaps because the drinks are 10% cheaper. Under the watchful eyes of two well armed rogues, roulette tables and card games do a brisk trade. The odds are fairer than at a typical gambling den, and 1 coin in 10 is expected to be tithed to the house.Go to Comment