TANTILUS ISLAND: SEA OF FATE
|Cities:||Nolos, Tork, Vivelle, Karvelle|
|Ruling Body:||Sdorin Stricher, Duke of Tantilus|
|Maps:||Tantilus Island Closeup|
Tantilus is home to the rich and artisans of textiles, painted ceramics, paintings, and sculptures. This small island (roughly 5 miles long and 2 miles wide) with high cliffs around it off of Sesamar
is the richest island in the entire sea. This is a well-known fact. It is a pickpocket's dream come true (but don't get caught!).
Appearing as if the island has been thrusted out of the ocean, winding steps lead to its top.|
Upon stepping on the top of the island, expensive merchant shops wind with the streets. People wearing rich robes, cloaks, and jewelry going to and fro. Exquisite smells of meats and pastries fill the air.
The temperate climate makes it sought after as a place to live and retire, if one can afford it.
Tantilus is known for its public baths, expensive items, and general opulence.
If you want it, Tantilus will either have it or you can get it. Keep in mind, Tantilus is an extremely discrete trading zone for merchants.
The following information pertains to the city of Nolos, which rests at the northwest edge of the island.
Notable Taverns/Bars/Inns: Grandeur (I), Purple Pegasus (I), Drop Some Coin (T), Splendoor (T), and Janith's Vine (T).
The inn...? No. It is a hotel. It is hard to tell how many stories there are due to the complex exterior facade, but there are at least four stories. Each level has tiled floors, impressive tapestries, and personal rooms.
The rooms Grandeur has available are described below.
|These small rooms. They contain a medium bed (sleeps two comfortably), chests with blankets, chamber pot, and bowl of fresh water for cleaning.||2g/person|
|These rooms are larger than Blue Gem rooms and they are considerably more lavish. These rooms are in a separate area from the other rooms. They also contain a large bed (sleeps three comfortably), fruit plate, writing materials, and an oil lamp.||5g/person|
|These rooms are palatial. The rooms contain everything from the Red Gem rooms but are twice the size. They also come with a personal attendant who will care for the individual needs of all occupants (extra fees may apply).||10g/person|
The managers, Garland Felstaff, Fa Turland, and Tythus Backbone, are notorious for getting people whatever they need, for generous tips, of course.
The Grandeur offers these specialty foods and drinks, as well as common foods and drinks.
|Island Allure||This is an exquisite red wine served in a brilliant painted brass goblet.||5s|
|Sea Foam||This is a light ale. It has a soft taste with a lime and salt after taste (made in part from seaweed) and it is served in a hefty wooden mug.||4s|
|Moribund Brew||This strong beer has a very strong hops flavor and it is high in alcohol.||3s|
|Beef Ribs||From the finest Kornas calves, these ribs are cooked tender in a faint vinegar sauce. It is served with vegetables and a boiled potato.||8s|
|Half Chicken||A chicken in simmered in a vegetable broth with marjoram. Then it is coated with oil and served with a baked potato.||5s|
Purple Pegasus (I)
This inn is less elaborate than the Grandeur, but it overlooks a bizarre where many important transactions take place. This is the place to stay for wealthy merchants who want to make timely trades.
The theme is of course purple with Pegasus.
Rooms are comfortable, clean, and cost 6s per night per person. The place is run by a militant man, Hal Hawkson. Here are the foods and drinks it offers.
|Winged Flight||This is a fortified white wine that is initially sweet, but a strong dry after taste lingers.||6s|
|Flaired Nostrils||This ale has a peppery taste. Like a horse at full gallop, an imbiber of this brew with flair their nostrils, too.||6s|
|Purple Grouper||Resting on a bed of its own purple scales, this fish is cooked with leeks and served with butter and lemon. It comes with a side of carrots, green beans, and small, boiled potatos.||7s|
The entrance has a distinctive black iron fortified huge double wooden doors. Wihin one of the doors is a smaller door that opens to allow patrons to enter, one at a time. Beyond the door is a passage that leads to an open courtyard for patrons who wish to eat at large tables. On the far side of the courtyard is a door that leads to the bar area. The bar contains long tables with bench style seating. The wooden bar is long and intricately carved. It contains jewels and reliefs. The reliefs depict mermen, mermaids, and hippocampi.
|Merm Ale||This is a robust ale made from seaweed and tarragon.||5s|
|Ocean Nymph||This mead has a strong honey taste that is balanced with some undescribable flavor to soften it. It is as delicate as a gentle mermaid.||6s|
|Maximum Muscle||Mussels are extracted and cooked with cream, marjoram, and pepper. Then, the pasty mix is placed back onto the shells and served with bread.||8s|
|Crab Cakes||This is a mix of crab, onion, mustard, and egg. It is breaded and pan-fried in butter. It is served as three large, but delicious lumps with corn on or off the cob.||1g|
Drop Some Coin (T)
Like everywhere in Tantilus, this place is richly furnished. One 20 foot wall is covered with platinum pieces -- floor to ceiling! This establishment is open from noon to 10 pm.
|Grape Flutone||This red wine is super smooth and is server in an intricate chalice.||8s|
|Coin of the Realm||This is a sudsy, Dwarf-influenced ale with thunderous affect due to its high alcohol concentration.||7s|
|Blued Fin||This is freshly caught fish (halibut, tuna, yellowtail, cod, sea trout), usually served with toasted bread and a sweet, blueberry marmalade.||7s|
|Cheese Plate||Four cheeses from Kornas, three bread slices, warm goat milk (beautifully laden with a mysterious alcohol), and tender cuts of salted ham from Astor. This is an appetizer for three people.||8s|
Janith's Vine (T)
This is a typical type of tavern, but no tavern has quite the same view. The tavern literally has an open section that extends over a cliff. While the structure is very secure and it is angled in such a way as to make it difficult to stumble over, the drop would certainly be one no normal person could recover.
Ropes that have been dyed green to resemble vines hang over the structure and can be seen below by passengers aboard ships.
The name of the restaurant refers to an old tale about a rugged seagoer whose boat crashed on the rocks. The man climbed up vines to navigate up a cliff face. Long story short, Janith, being distraught that his son died an untimely death, threw himself over the cliff to the rocks below. The legend goes on to say that the sea did in fact claim the man's life the day his boat ran on the rocks, but the man simple did not know it.
This tavern is more about the view than it is about drinks and foods.
|View of Heaven|
|Drink enough of this strong red ale and you will depart this world for your end journey. It tastes devine (no-nonsense blast of mild alcohol made from cinnamon and cloves), but the hangover is like a devil smashing a rock on your skull (so rumors say).||8s|
|Lamentations||This is a nutty flavored mead. It contains several spices said to bring melancholy.||6s|
|Seaweed Salad||It comes with pan-fried chicken, pine nuts, (White Cliffs) honey, and drizzled with sweet vinegar. It is wonderfully balanced and surprisingly filling. It is likely not enticing cuisine for a barbarian, but Tantilus is not tolerant to such riff-raff. ||6s|