‘The tavern where adventurers all meet to begin a quest’ - prompted by @neverwhere
I can confirm that is run by Fry Guy, but isn’t owned by him and he hates all the regulars.
Bitty works there as a cook. He knows how the magic in the tavern works and he’s always amazed to watch it.
(Basically it will put together an unlikely group of people for quests that seem impossible, he’s seen it happen a few times.)
Jack shows up like once a month, harassing Fry Guy about all the available lone jobs *not* posted yet on the boards, then leaving with the hardest one. He never orders a drink but does leave a tip, however the amount of people who later come to complain about Zimmermann getting special treatment is just not worth it.
Shitty is always in the tavern, he’s loud and has a lot of opinions about everything. He knows a lot about a lot of random things and would be a good person to have in a quest for the value of his knowledge alone if he wasn’t so annoying sometimes.
Lardo is a badass and pretty ok actually, but she always has paint in her hands or glitter, so it takes ages to clean up after her.
Random and Holster are never seen without each other, they are actually one of the tavern success stories.
Bitty can totally tell by the magic in the air that the tavern will do its thing soon, and it starts with Lardo showing up and sitting with Shitty, a scroll in her hands. Shitty looks interested and the two speak for a really long time.
Holster and Ransom arrive, and zero in on Lardo who apparently won the scroll from them in some sort of drinking game. They don’t seem mad just very impressed. They sit down and order drinks.
Jack shows up, and before he can get to the bar, spots the scroll which Shitty is holding up to the light. Jack joins their table. They talk for a while before he pulls out a key, their group starts to whisper in excitement and then they fall into the usual negotiations when it comes to group quests.
The group orders pie, and Bitty goes to serve them since they are short staffed that day. He peers curiously at the scroll.
“Samwell?” He reads out loud curiously, and blushes when they all zero in on him. He knows it was rude of him to try and find out details about a quest to he apologises, but Lardo grabs him by the arm and makes him take a seat.
“You can read it?” Jack demands.
Bitty looks around the expectant expressions and oh, so this is why the magic felt kind of heavy today. Shit. “…yes.”
Bitty really tries to get out of joining their quests. “I am but a simple kitchen witch!” He complains loudly, “I don’t even know how to use hexes or use swords! I can only make pies appear.”
“You can make food appear!?!?? Like that’s so damn useful, we have enough people with fighting skills around.” “It’s decided you are coming with us!”
Bitty despairs. He really is just a simple kitchen witch with no interest on adventure.
“That means you are the main character,” Johnson, the owner of the tavern tells him cheerfully while giving him a packed bag.
So off they go in their quest. Jack apparently to reclaim his kingdom which has been cursed and hidden from him till now. Shitty in search for rare knowledge that is said to be only found in the library. Lardo for inspiration. Ransom and Holster for a cure to free people from the LAX plague. And Bitty who is just being dragged alone since he’s the only one capable of reading the map.
“4 gold coins that he discovers his inner strength and true love on the way,” Johnson bets Fry Guy.
“No bet, you are a seer,” replies Fry Guy cleaning a mug and thinking how peaceful it’ll be around the tavern with all the annoying regulars gone.
“Call me a frog again to my face!”
Then two guys start fighting, while a third one tries to stop them. Fry Guy sighs, spoke too soon.