The Foundation Stone
The most popular tavern in Hammerfast for adventurers and other ne’er-do-wells, the Foundation Stone plays host to mercenaries, explorers, and roughnecks. Anyone who needs to hire adventurers for a job heads to the Foundation Stone.
The Stone, as it is commonly referred to, is a large stone building that once served as a meeting hall for Hammerfast’s guards. With the rise of the town as a trade center, Hammerfast had a growing need for entertainment to distract visitors. Mercenaries hired to guard caravans had a disturbing tendency to drink themselves stupid and pick fights with one another and with town residents. To most folk of Hammerfast, the Foundation Stone is a holding pen for the undesirable elements necessary to grease the wheels of commerce.
The tavern is built from dull, brown bricks. Its first floor is a wide, open, common room filled with tables. The second floor consists of a balcony overlooking the main bar, more tables, and a few private rooms for relatively quiet discussions.
The Stone’s reputation for rowdiness is well earned. Knife-throwing contests, wrestling matches, and other competitions that become more interesting with buckets of cheap ale keep its customers busy until dawn.
Fun And Games
Drink is not enough for the caravan guards and adventurers who frequent the Foundation Stone. To help pass the time until the next job, the Stone’s patrons engage in various contests and games.
The most popular game in the Stone pits two (likely drunk) combatants against each other above the festering Pit. A wooden plank is laid across the Pit, and the two competitors have their hands tied behind their backs. They then face off upon the plank, starting at opposite ends.
The goal of the game is simple. The first one into the Pit loses. Of course, without hands the contest becomes a rather comical exchange of kicks, body checks, and foot stomps. With a few tankards of ale in each competitor, fights more often than not end with both combatants plummeting into the Pit.
Surprisingly, no one has ever been seriously injured by a thrown knife in the Stone. Competitors stand 10 feet from the target dummies and let fly.
As a rough-and-tumble place, the Stone has attracted more than its share of colorful characters.
- Milo Longfathom
For all his flaws, he is beloved by the toughs and rowdies he serves, precisely because they respect someone half their size who is ready, willing, and able to brawl with anyone who crosses him.
- The bartender Graal
Is a crude half-orc who has little patience for questions or newcomers. A being of few words, he prefers to express his displeasure by spitting in the beer of anyone who annoys him.
- Two big, burly humans, Krank and Gaff
Serve as Milo’s bouncers. The twin brothers are skilled pugilists who have never lost a fight. Despite their great strength, they are quite friendly to strangers. They love hearing stories of distant lands, and listen to such tales with childlike wonder.
is a stunning eladrin beauty who seems out of place in a dump like the Stone. She is willing to be taught how to throw knives.
A warrior Merc available for hire when travelling the dangerouse outdoors.
- The tall, mute goliath named Kubosho
Currently reigns as the Giant’s Feet champion. He drinks himself into a stupor each night and competes for money to pay for the night’s ale.
- A tiefling bard, Trell
Has an unmatched store of bawdy stories, crude jokes, and raunchy limericks. He performs at the Stone several times a week.
An eladrin bard, performs nightly at Rondal’s Inn, as well as in the Gate Market and at the Stone.