Taverns & Tea-Houses

A couple of tables I worked up, for taverns and tea-shops in the D&D setting I’ve been working on the last couple of years.

[A brief note on the setting, Amerath: A swashbuckling, sword-and-sorcery wuxia setting, with inspiration less from medieval Europe and more from the Americas, Asia, and the European Bronze Age.]

Taverns

 

Random Tavern

d6           Construction

1              Wood planks

2              Cut stone

3              On a boat in the harbor

4              Whitewashed walls, red roof tiles

5              Over water – on stilts or pilings, perhaps also acting as a bridge.

6              Rice-paper and red-painted wood

 

d4           Interior

1              Cushion seating and low tables, futon beds

2              Chairs and tables

3              unfurnished floorboards (50% chance of being covered in straw), bare benches and stools

4              Long communal tables

 

d12         Atmosphere/Other Notes

1              Carpets strewn about the floor, colorful wall hangings (1-3 patterned, 4-6 scenes)

2              A smoky haze hangs over the main room

3              Live plants and lava stone, black velvet paintings, trained pseudodragons on the bar and in the rafters

4              Additional seating outside

5              Well-behaved merchant patrons

6              Raucous laborer patrons

7              A bar fight is currently in progress

8              Informal, casual, friendly

9              Funded by a temple, staffed by priests, holy iconography prevalent.

10           Dim lighting, gloomy, quiet muttering

11           Thieves’ guild safehouse, secret cellar

12           Owner waters down the drinks

 

d10         Food Offered 3 of:

1              Roast meat (1-2 turkey, 3-4 moose, 5-6 mutton)

2              Lamb/mutton and potato stew

3              Bread (1-2 sourdough, 3-4 rye, 5-6 rice, 7-8 flatbread)

4              Cheese (1-2 moose, 3-4 goat, 5 yak, 6 sheep)

5              Seafood (1 trout, 2 salmon, 3 catfish, 4 bass, 5 perch, 6 carp, 7 mahi mahi, 8 halibut, 9 crab, 10 shrimp, 11 lobster, 12 crayfish)

6              Bread and sauces

7              Meat pies

8              Rice

9              Meat or vegetable skewers

10           Noodles

 

d6           Drinks Offered 3 of:

1              rice wine

2              beer

3              red wine

4              white wine

5              orange wine

6              pink wine

 

d10         Also Offers 1d3 of

1              Pipe-leaf

2              Side room with (1-2 singing, 3-4 dancing, 5-6 drama, 7-8 comedy)

3              Private room with screen, access to bar, offers private drinking for higher price

4              Dancing girls

5              Free lunch with purchase of one drink

6              Communal bath, using water from nearby hot spring if any

7              Fruit pies

8              Gaming supplies (1-2 dice, 3-4 cards, 5-6 pattern guessing games, 7-8 roll d6 twice)

9              Live music, open stage

10           Spiced potatoes

 

 

Tea Shops

 

Random Tea Shop

d6           Construction

1              Wood planks

2              Cut stone

3              On a boat in the harbor/river

4              Underground (1-3 cave, 4-6 cellar)

5              Over water – on stilts or pilings, perhaps also acting as a bridge.

6              Racial (1d4)

1              Elvish: walls of graceful stone and living trees, a canopy of branches and a latticework of stone, a floor of moss or short-cropped grass, lit by jars of fireflies at night set loose when morning comes. Trees artfully scattered across the main room.

2              Dwarvish: walls of stone in geometric shapes, set tight without mortar; a floor a few steps below the level of the ground, so the building seems larger inside than out; few windows, with light provided by lamps filled with glowing spores; reading material may be provided.

3              Drow: red lanterns, silk tapestries, the faint smell of roses; no windows, curved and fluid stone; soups sipped quietly from shallow bowls, food eaten with knives or pairs of sharpened sticks.

4              Tallfellow Halfling: Built of wood, with many windows; spacious feeling, but a ceiling around 6’; anything colored is mainly in vibrant shades of brown, yellow, or green.

 

d4           Interior

1              Cushion seating and low tables

2              Chairs and tables

3              Private compartments

4              Long communal tables

 

d12         Atmosphere/Other Notes

1              Carpets strewn about the floor, colorful wall hangings (1-3 patterned, 4-6 scenes)

2              A haze of incense and smoke

3              Flooded ankle-deep in clear water, a slight current taking away any detritus; seating areas may or may not be raised on dry platforms.

4              Additional seating outside

5              Well-behaved merchant patrons

6              Raucous laborer patrons

7              Fountain fills the room with the sound of trickling water

8              Every patron is required to wear a carnivale mask

9              Reading materials are provided, and conversation kept to a low murmur

10           Tables, counters, bowls, utensils, fixtures are made of copper and bronze

11           Owner runs a smuggling ring. Secret door in basement leads somewhere convenient. Rough-looking folks at the side table are off-work employees.

12           Haunted. Do not sit in the corner, it is taken.

 

d8           Teas Offered 3 of:

1              White

2              Yellow

3              Green

4              Oolong

5              Red

6              Heilong

7              Blue Lotus

8              Herbal

 

d10         Also Offers 1d3 of

1              Pipe-leaf

2              Hookah

3              Rice Wine

4              Dancing girls

5              Pastries (3 of: 1 bubbly pie, 2 fruit tart, 3 chasan, 4 churro, 5 cream horn, 6 kolache, 7 cheese pastry, 8 curry puff, 9 fig roll, 10 lotus seed bun, 11 samosa, 12 empanada)

6              Soup (1-2 rice-noodle, 3-4 fish, 5-6 rice-noodle with fish, 7-8 lamb and vegetable, 9-10 turkey and potato)

7              Steamed buns, filled with meat or vegetables

8              Sandwiches and cakes

9              Live music

10           Sweet iced tea

 

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