3 Votes


Hits: 5839
Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.5
Condition: Normal
ID: 2420


March 17, 2006, 4:48 pm

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


The Purple Bowl


The Purple Bowl is a very nice place in a very bad part of town. From the outside, it seems like nothing but a grungy tavern. The inside reveals much more.

The Purple Bowl
This is a very nice place in a very bad part of town. This is where the upper echelons of the Shadow Class (criminal society) dine. An occasional noble or merchant might find their way here, either on a dare or for a secretive meeting. The fare is fine. The fare is also prohibitively expensive for the neighborhood, it is even expensive for most of the city, yet the place is well patroned. Note: the house sauce is Xoct sauce 308 (more accurately Xoct’s Sauce).

The proprietor, Valgelous the Chef, once sold food to the Nobles and the Rich. He was the Chef for a number of finer establishments, catered parties, and was even the Prince’s personal chef for a time. But the mighty often fall. After a series of “indiscrete incidents” ruined his name, he found he was no longer in demand by the rich and famous. So he began to provide food for the rich and infamous. “Gold is still Gold, no matter the source”, he has been heard to say. He opened the Purple Bowl in a less reputable part of town. The criminal and secretive classes have treated him very well. He also knows they are not the hypocites the Rich and Nobles are. They are honest thieves, rather than lying self important brigands with a veneer of respectability. 

The Purple Bowl appears to be a grungy tavern in a less that savory part of town. Once you get past the grungy bouncers in the antechamber, it opens up to a very nice dining establishment. It is not quite equal to the Noble clubs and salons, but it is ranking. The lighting is dim. The booths are high backed and very deep (allowing for some shadows). They provide discrete dinning. They are also bolstered with fabric to deafen the sound. It is quite quiet here.

The food is exceptional. The house sauce is Xoct’s Sauce. The wine list is not quite to Valgelous’s standard, but he is working on it.

He does “support the community”. Though he demands that his clients be clean and well dressed (as well dressed as they can be), nobody is turned away. (“No pretenses of nobility here. People are what they are.”) The lower and middle echelons of the shadow class can dine here as well (as well as middle classes who have the cash); there are simpler and cheaper menu items here. (The current bowl d’noir is The Bounder’s Special which consists of a bowl of noodles, rice batter fried chicken, and Xoct Sauce. Note: Bounder is the current slang for a cat burglar. It comes from bounding from roof to roof. ) Even the beggers and street kids can get a hand out from the back door.

Oh yes, the dinnerware is a near royal purple with a very thin gold ring trim. As are all the cups. One should not steal from here, as those in power over criminals will become slightly upset.

Note: Regular clients can purchase small bottles of the Xoct sauce (as they call it here) that they are making locally.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Suggested Submissions

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 4 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

March 17, 2006, 16:47
Black Market Linkage assured
Voted Scrasamax
March 17, 2006, 17:25
Interesting, though I think the purple flatware is going to clash with the blue sauce. In all seriousness I like the scorned chef concept, kinda imagining a Wolfgang Puck like chef with a bone to pick. Perhaps he works with the guild since they would be able to smuggle in those dandy little things that make the sauce so expensive, so that he is able to let the riff-raff the nobles snub dine on the same foods they pay through the nose for. Good turn-about.
Voted CaptainPenguin
March 17, 2006, 18:13
Somebody used one my ideas?
Revolutionary. ;)
I like it, not much to say about it.

Voted valadaar
November 27, 2012, 9:56
Only voted

Link Backs

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: ephemeralstability

The city of Nausopol is built on stilts. Lots of very sturdy stilts and butresses, of course, because it rises about five hundred feet from the ocean. Even the most terrific of storms is only heard in the city as a distant cacophony of blasts as waves strike the solid stonework fathoms below. It has never been attacked because of its isolation and impregnability.

It's not a place for the faint-hearted: vertigo and sea-sickness are not desirable traits. But when you are standing in the middle of the city there is no way you could tell that you were standing above an ocean, separated only by a gulf of air and a few stones.

A thousand steps lead down from Nausopol to the floating docks. These docks are pitch-coated wooden and can be raised by winches during squalls. Trade with other cities and countries is good: Nausopol is built over a sunken atoll whose minerals are still mined by divers, and it was from this that it originally derived its wealth.

But the principal method of getting to and from the city is by riding the giant sea-eagles which have been captured and bred for that very reason.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | September 24, 2002 | View | UpVote 1xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.