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October 17, 2007, 3:31 am

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The Stinking Rose


This tavern and common house (restaurant) looks like any other quaint building in the area. It is a good sized common house, serving upto 50 people comfortably. The Stinking Rose gets its name by the primary ingredient for its food - Garlic.

This tavern and common house (restaurant) looks like any other quaint building in the area. It is a good sized common house, serving up to 50 people comfortably. It would be quite notable, if there was no other aromatic business nearby (like the corral and dyers). In fact nobody notices its peculiar scent except on the few holidays for the dyers.

The Stinking Rose gets its name by the primary ingredient for its food - Garlic. They serve it roasted to rub on bread, stuffing chicken, squicken, and beef, in salads, with noodles in sauce, in creme soups (house specialty), and in a variety of other recipes. The proprietor is quite mad for the stinking rose, attributing his robust health to his intake of garlic. (He owns the land that produces it locally).  He has managed to make it the local fad among the gentry, so he is doing very well despite the location at the edge of town.

The beer and drink here is top notch.  The local workers will come in for a pint or three and for lunch. They used to stay in mass after work, but the gentry has pushed them out. (Though a couple still stay at night for the fun of it). Garlic consumption, beer, and the occasional hand of cards, sums up a night here.

The sign of the Stinking Rose is quite large, with a bulb of garlic on a thorny rose stem. The name Stinking Rose comes from the words of a great bard who also believed in the power of Garlic.

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Voted Cheka Man
November 10, 2005, 18:00
A good place to hide from vampires,lol.I like it but I would not eat there myself as I dislike smelly breath.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 12, 2005, 13:14
Very well written and quite the name. I guess the medieval populace knew little or nothing about marketing, or the name would have been different ;)

This is a very well fleshed out location and as such easily a 3.0. It gets its .5 bonus point for thoroughness and believability and would have gathered further points had you included even more. In some ways I really want to give this place a higher score but that would not have been in line with my previous voting pattern.
Voted KendraHeart
November 20, 2005, 1:14
I like this place. It is a little wierd, but in someways that is what makes it more real in my mind. You can see the Falstaffian proprietor who turned a gimmick into a success, probably suprising himself in the process. It has some drama as the old clientel mix with the new.

The write up is a bit short. But I forgive you. It works for me
Voted Pariah
December 23, 2005, 23:27
I like it, it will keep out the the vampires and other things that go bump in the night.
January 4, 2008, 2:01
That could be a plot line. Perhaps part of the success of this place is that there is "something that goes bump". Those nobles that patronize the place seem to be having fewer "night time accidents" than those that don't. Eventually everyone who is rich and important will want to be there, even if they don't realize that Garlic is protecting them from the "thing that bumps".

Those that don't attend this place, or intake garlic, are more likely to become victims. Thus the poor and destitute will be the first to go, as per usual, followed by the rich and foolish. Evolutionary pulls will make this place popular by accident.

Of course, perhaps the owner "imported" something that bumps the night and is allergic to garlic, just to ensure that his garlic crop is well recieved and to improve his common house's business.
Voted valadaar
October 9, 2006, 12:04
Er, there is a Stinking Rose in S.F. which specializes in garlic-endowed , so this is definately realistic.
January 4, 2008, 1:48
There is also one in Gilroy CA, The Garlic Capital of the world. There is supposed to be one in Stratford as well.
Voted PoisonAlchemist
March 24, 2013, 19:54
The submission itself is okay, but other than just dropping it into a game as a little extra flavor (pun intended) I see nothing that makes it special. It would really become unique as MoonHunter already suggested if it played into the dynamics of the town. If there is a nightstalker that is avoided by partaking at the inn and the gentry have pushed out the commoners it could ignite some class strife.

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