I’ve been creating lists of random items as part of my pre-writing exercises, and I started a list of Tavern Names. I thought mixing up some of the names might also be interesting, which led to the following random tables.
Each tavern name consists of two words. Roll 2d4 to determine which two of the following lists to use. If a 1 comes up twice, reroll one of them. You can use the people, animals, or items as adjectives as well. For example, “troll” and “nose” could be “The Troll and Nose” (which is a little silly), or “The Troll’s Nose” (a tavern run by former adventurers, and containing a number of odd trophies from their adventuring days), or “The Nosy Troll”.
Tavern names often relate to a story from the history of the area or of the establishment itself. Once you have a name, come up with a story and atmosphere to fit.
Light and laughter spill from the windows of the Nosy Troll. Locals gather here nightly to have a bite and a pint, and to hear the tales spun by the traveling bards who know the customers to be appreciative tippers. No tale is a good as the one the barman and owner, Dannil Brewer likes to tell of his great-grandfather, Pedrick Brewer, and the troll that came sniffing around the brewery. The troll would sneak into town, search out the best cask, and make off with a barrel every six-month. Pedrick, powerless to stop the creature on his own, hired a sellsword to dispatch the beast. The sellsword followed the troll’s trail, and easily dispatched the drunken beast, bringing its head back as proof of the deed. Pedrick paid the fellow, and mounted the head above the fireplace. Unfortunately, Pedrick forgot that trolls regenerate, and a week later discovered the head climbing down on tiny hands and feet. Evading the troll as he ran through the tavern, Pedrick tried to subdue the creature by throwing casks of ale at it. Of course, true to its history, the troll continued to chase poor Pedrick until he drenched it with his finest brew. With the troll head thoroughly soused, Pedrick was able to kick it into the fire, and was once again able to sell his best brews to human patrons.
d4 and d4 to determine which tables to use.
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