Path of Heroes
Green Tankard Tavern
The tavern attracts young and old with its warm company and tall tales. But before buying an ale for one of the inn’s regulars, a visitor should think carefully. Many adventures have started from stories exchanged over cheap ale and greasy food, but not all have ended with the glorious exploits of which bards sing. An old story or a wrinkled map could be the doorway to adventure—or the path to a quick death. A sign with a green-painted tankard of ale proclaims the nature of this establishment. The tavern’s large common room holds a gregarious group that includes townspeople, riverboat folk, merchants, farmers, and one or two individuals wearing the badges of the Loudwater Patrol.
Called simply “the Tankard” by locals, this roomy inn and tavern serves as the public house for the southern portion of Loudwater; the Fisher’s Friend pub (area 15) serves the northern part of the town, including the docks. The Tankard offers beer, spirits, and a variety of expensive wines. Meals are available throughout the day, and rooms can be rented for overnight stays. Regulars and travelers alike gather each day to drink, gossip, sing, and engage in games of chance.
Marsh Laval: This loud, talkative halfling is the Tankard’s proprietor. He enjoys sitting back to tell a long story, even to the exclusion of other patrons who are waiting for his service. If asked about a particular NPC, Marsh indicates that person’s location in the tavern if he or she is present or gives the time of day that the person will likely turn up.
Roleplaying Opportunity: Many of the NPCs described in the “Key Personalities” section show up in the Tankard at some point during the day. These NPCs provide opportunities to engage the player characters in one or more adventures.
NPCs who don’t appear in the “Key Personalities” section also frequent the Tankard, including Darden (area 7), Calla Maran (area 6), and Megana Nistral (area 8), all of whom provide additional opportunities for the PCs to interact with Loudwater’s locals.