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October 31, 2006, 5:11 pm

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Madam Pernouds Alehouse


Located in the lower part of the community, Pernouds is the epitome of sleazey establishments. The floors are dirty and smell of excretement, urine, and worse. The chairs are ramshackle built, and the tables are all in poor shape.

Located in the lower part of the community, Pernouds is the epitome of sleazey establishments. The floors are dirty and smell of excretement, urine, and worse. The chairs are ramshackle built, and the tables are all in poor shape.

The selection at the bar is worse than poor. Watered down Orc-Piss ale, old grog, and soured wine are the only drinks available. There are a good number of whores at the alehouse, most are bored, hooked on potions, and drugs. There is a single room upstairs that the whores will use for some clients, but goin’upstaars costs extra. Most would prefer to handle their…ahem…affairs down at the bar.

The establishment is frequented by the pariahs, beggars and lowest of city dwellers. Thieves and criminals ply their trades in secrecy, using Pernouds as a front to launder money, set up meetings, and as a safe house. Informants also frequent the place, passing on their information unnoticed.

After leaving Pernouds, PCs should feel dirty, even if they didnt even sit down. If they sampled the ladies of the house, seeing a healer or apothecary wouldnt be a bad idea. Nothing at Pernouds is clean.

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Voted MoonHunter
November 8, 2005, 2:13
Short, Sweet, Direct, with dramatic elements that you can hang on to. One Paw!
Voted manfred
November 8, 2005, 5:03
It ain't a real town, if it ain't have an establishment of this kind.

One of the things that you can and want to paste into your setting without any consideration.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 8, 2005, 9:20
Solid location ready for insertion into a setting. Locations are the backbone of any setting and not all could or should be 5.0 ones. We need locations such as these to add believability, so take this 3 with honour for there is no disgrace in it.
Voted Dragon Lord
November 8, 2005, 9:35
Now that is the best description of a generic "dive" I've seen in a LONG time

Love it - 3.5/5
Voted Mourngrymn
November 8, 2005, 10:10
Ancient Gamer: Solid location ready for insertion into a setting.

The best choice of words by far.

I like it. Dirty city settings always are best visited at night when playing so the feeling matches what is being described. I like it.

A few questions however. Who is the owner? How long has it been there? Any exciting events happen there? Like did it burn down in a barfight only to be rebuilt back on the same spot exactly the way it was prior?
November 8, 2005, 10:30
Hmmm... well, as for "exciting events" there could be a failure of a bard playing now and then, to repay his drinking debts.
Voted Spark
February 10, 2006, 23:51
Short, yet solid, concise, and fun. You didn't waste any words here, and the form of the description really fits the blunt and make-no-amends nature of the tavern. Still, even though it's such a crap place, the description was so fun to read that I feel like poking my head in, just for kicks.
April 9, 2013, 13:18
I see what you did there..
June 14, 2007, 15:30
Bump I say!

Time to honour the lowest of the low places to go.
Voted Wulfhere
June 14, 2007, 15:39
Isn't Pernoud's place just down the street from Bassage Market?
Voted EchoMirage
June 15, 2007, 4:34
Only voted
Voted valadaar
April 9, 2013, 13:19
Woah. Now thats a skanky dive.
Voted axlerowes
April 9, 2013, 20:20

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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