Ale at the Meet
Swords Meet, Continued
suites at the Meet can comfortably sleep four (far more if they don't
need beds), but they're all priced for one or two at 3 gp/night, with
an additional payment of 2 gp per night demanded for each additional person.
That 3 gp buys a suite and a meal washed down with all the tankards of
ale one desires, though Zhents of all sorts pay only 2 gp per night, and
as Helauther intended, have come to favor this establishment as their
home away from home.
and drinks can be ordered served in a suite, but there's a surcharge of
1 sp per such request. Most guests dine in the common room, a dimly lit
place of plush booths with a decor of battered battle trophy shields and
crossed swords. During most of the day soft minstrel-playing provides
entertainment designed to keep some diners from overhearing the secrets
room occupies the eastern front quarter of the Meet's ground floor. The
lobby and stairs take up the western quarter, and the southern half is
given over to the kitchens and pantries.
not renting rooms at the Meet come into the common room to enjoy drinks
of ale at 1 sp a tankard, or 8 sp for a meal and all the tankards they
desire to drain. Wines are always extra (2 sp to 10 gp per flagon) to
guests or visitors alike. The wine is plentiful in quantity but sometimes
limited in choice. When the cellar is thin, the choice is usually narrowed
to Arabellan dry, local clarry and mead, and Saerloonian glowfire, special
vat, and topaz.
also come to hire a few swordsfolk on furlough from the selection of Zhent
warriors drinking and dining here. Such folk are commonly employed for
local guard duty to keep valuables from going missing as they're loaded
or unloaded from waywagons or for dirty work (usually beating up a rival
or destroying specific property belonging to a rival). The common room
is almost always full and is the only such room in Voonlar that Gormstadd
of Cyric cares to be seen in. (He always visits with a strong escort of
lesser clergy to shield him from Zhents drunk enough to want to prove
their personal superiority over a "crow who kneels to the Lord of
is known for its strong home-brewed ale (known as night Aale for its dark
hue). One can sometimes get small amounts of other brews here, but don't
count on it.
serves heavy, gut-filling fare, and does it well. Hot buttered rolls and
skewers of sausage and fried mushrooms can be had at all times, and every
few hours the common room serves forth a remove (main dish) to all desiring
it. A favorite remove of the Meet cooks is seared venison and mushrooms
cooked in red wine served with side plates of strong, crumbly, yellow
Askata cheese from Impiltur, and followed by sugared biscuits slathered
with warm blackberry jelly. Another frequently-served remove is roast
goat -- extraordinarily tender, its flavor enhanced rather than hidden
by mint-and-hot-pepper sauce -- on a bed of fried medallions of parsnip,
potato, and radish, with side plates of baked goat cheese crusted with
almonds, followed with a fruit mash. Regulars, however, swear by a rarer
delight: pheasant spit-roasted to crackling and served on a bed of mushrooms
and field apples, with a side of sweet, moist, dark applecake.