The Adventures of the Barrel Battalion - CoS
Blood of the Vine Tavern
A single shaft of light thrusts illumination into the main square, its brightness looking like solid pillar in the heavy fog. Above the gaping doorway, a sign hangs precariously askew, proclaiming this to be the Blood of the Vine tavern
The tavern building is about 60 feet square. Close inspection of the seign revealed that it origianlly read "Blood of the Vine" (An "n" has been scratched over with the "f") This once finely appointed tavern has grown shoddy of the years. A blazing fire in the hearth gives scant warmth to the few huddled souls within. They include the barkeep, three Vistani sitting together, and a man later found out to be named Ismark Kolyanovich - who happens to be the son of the village burgomaster, Kolyan Indirovich.
At the Time…
The party was invited to drink with Ismark, he offered them a job. He wants the party to help him escort his sister Ireena to Vallaki, a settlement in the heart of the valley, beyound the view of Castle Ravenloft (he hopes) beyond the reach of Strahd. The party found out from Ismark that the letter from the local burgomaster that drew them to Barovia, was a fake not sent by the burgomaster.
The barkeep was a strange man, a little pudgy names Arik Lorensk. Mindlessly, he cleans glasses, one after another. When they're all clean, he starts over. When spoken to, he took orders for drinks in a dull, hallow voice.
A small glass of wine costs 1 cp. A pitcher of wine costs 1 sp. After serving drinks, Arik returns to cleaning glasses. He ignores all attempts to question him.