Blood and Magic
The Ghostly Minstrel Inn
An inn, a pub, and a restaurant all in one, the Ghostly Minstrel is the adventurer’s meeting place of choice. It has earned a reputation as a central feature of Midtown.
On its second and third floors, the inn has a total of thirty guest rooms. A night’s stay at the Ghostly Minstrel costs either 5 sp, 7 sp, 1 gp, or 2 gp, depending on the room’s size and location. Keeping a horse overnight in the stables behind the inn costs an additional 5 sp.
Vance Hillman, the owner of the Ghostly Minstrel, keeps a low profile. Although he is there most days, he spends his time in the kitchen or in his makeshift office in the third floor storeroom. The “faces” of the Ghostly Minstrel are Epiphany, a pretty young woman with reddish-brown hair who serves tables, and Andiron Fleet, a bald, fat bartender with a disturbing sense of humor, who remembers virtually everyone who comes in.
In recent weeks, about every other night the taproom has a minstrel named Sturm Strum performing and entertaining customers. Sturm is an amazing draw, particularly to the female clientele; he has a magnetic sort of charm in addition to his fabulous good looks.
The Ghostly Minstrel, as its name suggests, is rumored to be haunted. Those staying in the inn, particularly on the third floor, report encounters with the spirit of a dead bard pacing the halls and strumming upon a lyre. “The Minstrel,” as he’s called, is not hostile and never inflicts any harm.
Still, the Church would like to see the spirit exorcised permanently, despite the fact that Vance, the tavern’s owner, actively does not want the Minstrel chased away or destroyed; he feels the spirit is a sort of patron of the place, providing good fortune, not bad.