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The Travellers' Rest


After a long day on the road, what could be more inviting than a hot meal and mug of ale - just don’t criticise the cook


The Travellers’ Rest Inn is a large brick building in the centre of town (can be placed in any small market town along any major trading route). It is run by a retired adventurer called Kurtz, his wife Jenna, and their daughter Katelyn. They are assisted by three serving girls and one bouncer.


Kurtz - human male - age 51 - getting a bit flabby with age

An ex-adventurer and mercenary who settled down with his wife 20 years ago. He can still be a dangerous fighter when the mood takes him, despite his expanding girth. He is well aware that his wife has a short temper but nonetheless tends to intervene on her side in any fight - unless her opponents’ actions are obviously and exclusively defensive (e.g. using a shield). Note that parrying with a weapon might well be misconstrued.

Jenna - human female - age 46 - highly overweight

Extremely short-tempered and quite likely to attack anybody on the slightest provocation (e.g. criticising her cooking, commenting on her weight, etc). Her weapon of choice is the soup ladle, with which she is high efficient.

Katelyn - human female - age 14

Katelyn is just on the verge of blossoming into womanhood. She has a tendency to flirt with any handsome young adventures who enter the inn. This is little more than childish play but does little to calm her mothers’ temper.

Serving Girls - human females - age early 20s

The serving girls are in the habit of leaving heavy wooden trays scattered around the bar room (for customers to use as shields). This makes the place look untidy but Kurtz turns a blind eye (it avoids misunderstandings).

Bouncer - human male - age 27

The bouncer is in the habit of asking visitors to surrender their weapons. This is not compulsory but most of the locals and regular visitors comply (to avoid trouble).

Roleplaying Notes:

The locals and regular visitors are well aware of Jenna’s temper and how to avoid misunderstandings but occasional visitors (like the PCs) may not.

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Comments ( 3 )
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Voted Cheka Man
November 16, 2005, 11:42
I can imagine PC's getting into a huge fight if they are not careful.
Voted valadaar
April 22, 2008, 11:52
A functional piece but barely so. Apart from the hairtrigger temper of the wife, there is little to distinguish this.
Voted Murometz
January 21, 2015, 18:15
I echo val's comment. Perfectly functional Inn staff, but there's literally nothing going on here. Also, Kurtz!! What if his adventuring background mirrored that of Colonel Kurtz!? That'd jazz him up some! Another idea that just came to me would be to have Kurtz his wife and daughter resemble Lear and his daughters in personality.

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Quool's Tide

       By: Murometz

Once every decade on the eve of St. Poskov's Day during mid-winter, the coastal city of Tiyabon experiences a horrific event. Quool's Tide rolls in, depositing hundreds of bloated, fish-eaten corpses upon the pebbly shores of Tiyabon's wide bay. This singularity is to this day unexplained, though countless theories abound. It is said for example, that these corpses are not eaten by the myriad fish of the seas completely, due to the fear all creatures of the seas hold for Quool.

Named for Quool, a terrible, antediluvian god of seas and storms, who no longer exists for he has no worshipers, the Tide chokes the beaches and surf with the countless rotting bodies of those who had perished at sea in a violent way.

Almost immediately, the lifeless corpses are fed upon by crabs, gulls, and worse things that await the horrid feast. The townsfolk let nature take it course with disinterested disgust, though lately some enterprising adventurers have taken to searching along the beaches of flesh for former deceased companions, with intentions of raising them again!

Surprisingly no undead ever rise from among the many corpses. This is also a mystery.

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