Shades of Grey
Mugs and Mead Tavern
The Mugs and Mead Tavern is located in the Blocks of Redwater. It is a bawdy place, filled with bully boys, drunk laborers, and other people with little to look forward to in life. The drink is cheap and it tastes that way, but it gets you drunk just the same. For all the rowdiness and fight potential in the place, there are no fights in the Mugs and Mead, no one wants the Red Watch to be forced to enter the tavern, as it is also the base of operations for The Cartel.
People who start trouble are immediately subdued by regulars and sent downstairs to talk to the boss. The Syndicate once tried to destroy the Mugs and Mead tavern. This attempt met with a disastrous body count of Cartel boys, Syndicate Soldiers, bar patrons and guards from the Red Watch.
Orden Hardhammer is the head barkeeper at the Mugs and Mead, though several subordiantes and bar wenches actually pour most of the drinks. He is a smooth character, able to talk his way into and out of just about anything. Orden often proclaims, “I get paid to talk and I get paid to shut up, and if you’re lucky you might be able to figure out which.” He is a skilled performer and will often perform bawdy songs at the request (with coin) of his patrons.
Orden is a member of The Cartel and is the generally accepted gatekeeper to the higher levels. He recruits promising young criminals for the boss and is usually the contact for low level Cartel members.
Garden variety offenses in the bar meet with an intimidation check from Orden, during which time he will cut their purse and throw them out.
Note: Orden is fond of one of his bar wenches, a young human woman who he calls Amber. Anyone caught harassing her meets with swift retribution (intimidation with weapons involved) from Orden, who is very handy with a blade. One of his favorite things to do to someone who offends Amber is to force them to strip to their skivvies in the middle of the bar. He then throws them out.