Secrets & Riddles
The Magic Maidenhead
This tavern is found near the docks in Lepidstadt. It stands out from the others of the district because it is far less rambunctious than the others as it is frequented by customs inspectors, traveling merchants, and ships officers rather than the enlisted crew.
The Magic Maidenhead was built from a decommissioned merchant riverboat, the Dragon’s Maiden. The original owner, a retired and now deceased merchant captain (and Varisian wanderer) retired from a life traversing the rivers and after meeting the woman who would become his wife. He built the tavern using the wood from his riverboat, placing the figurehead in honor above the bar. It is said that the figurehead is enchanted and instills a sense of calm in the tavern’s patrons, but most dismiss it as hogwash and folktales.
When the original owner died, it was purchased by Kir Gratcheva, an adventurer and sometimes treasure hunter (some would say grave robber). He operated the tavern for years, apprenticing his daughter, Calina Gratcheva, and teaching her the business. Kir was killed recently on a treasure hunt into the Shudderwood border marshes east of Lepidstadt, leaving Calina to run the tavern.