Rise of the Runelords (MM Crew)
The Rusty Dragon
The Rusty Dragon is the oldest inn in Sandpoint, and thanks to its owner and its ever-present “Help Wanted” board is also one of the most popular and adventurer-friendly. Owned and operated by Ameiko Kaijitsu, the inn can be found just past the southern bridge overlooking the Turandarok River at the corner of Market and River Streets. Known for its spicy and exotic foods, it is a favorite at the community’s annual Swallowtail Festival free lunch.
This large wooden building is the first structure one encounters after crossing the southern bridge entrance into Sandpoint, marked by a sizeable iron dragon that looms over travelers from the building’s roof; time and weather have taken a toll on the sculpture’s iron form, which undoubtedly is the source of the tavern’s name. Upon entering, patrons are in the largest room in the inn; the common room with over a dozen tables, a large stage, a hearth, and of course a bar.
Some of the finest food and drink in all of Sandpoint can be found at the Rusty Dragon. In addition, rooms may be rented at full price, or at a discount for anyone with an exciting adventure story. The “Help Wanted” board by the bar provides a well-known waypoint for many townsfolk and travelers to hire mercenaries, adventurers, guards, handymen, and others possessing such interests.
The inn features a dozen rooms and five of them are considered luxury rooms with their own commodes. All the rooms have names of dragon races and the keys to each room bears a small carving of the associated creature. The seven smaller rooms having one bed each, are named the Black, Blue, Red, White, Green, Drake, and Wyvern rooms. The Gold, Silver, Copper and Brass rooms are luxury rooms. The price for the simple rooms is 5 sp and for the luxury rooms 2 gp (or half the prices if the guest is a storytelling adventurer). Guests are also allowed to sleep on the common room for 1 cp. The fifth luxury room, the Bronze room, is used only for special guests free of charge. This room has many rumors about it, some of which are; that the owner’s mysterious lover lives there, or that it is haunted by a merchant who committed suicide in some exotic manner.
During festivals and other special occasions, a banquet fee of 3 sp is charged for an all you can eat during the patron’s stay. Most of these include a new recipe Ameiko has come up with for this celebration. Most of these end up good, but some such as goblin brain cookies, or porcupine skewers end up as flops.
The stage in the common room allows musicians, actors, speakers, and bards of all types to perform for the crowd. The entertainers are allowed to keep any tips they earn. Adventurers are also invited to get on the stage to tell tales of their exploits, Ameiko is known to have given discounts for real accounts of these deeds.