The Black-Haired Dog
The Black-Haired Dog Public House, also known as the St. Laocwyn Brewing Company and colloquially known as Hetmit's Rest, is a pub located in the modern capital of Rathen. Originally built as a monastery, it was turned into a public house after a series of disasters led its parishioners to sell the building rather than become debtors. The Black-Haired Dog has been serving patrons of all walks for over 800 years, making it the oldest pub in Adraus. The tavern's normal clientele is mainly working class people, but being at the heart of Rathen, it also can expect nobles, bishops from the cathedral, travelers, or more. As a rule, the Black-Haired Dog can not deny any person in need. This rule is widely enforced and has been since it was opened by Osmund Mrennar centuries ago. The Black-Haired Dog is considered a national landmark by many people.
In the early 600s, proselytizers of the rapidly growing Dreistic Faith began establishing religious centers throughout the northern Adrausii Basin in an attempt to convert the native inhabitants of the region. Laocwyn, a new convert, took it upon himself to spread the faith with intense vigor and began traveling across the basin. In 637, Laocwyn traveled to the southern region of the basin and discovered a wellspring bubbling from a broken stone on top of a low hill. Believing it to be a sign from the gods, he began construction of a small home. Eventually, it became known as Laocwyn's Wellspring and Tabernacle, and he began holding church services weekly. In 679, Laocwyn, along with his lifelong direhound companion, Hetmit, was buried beneath a cairn of stones on the church grounds after their death. Following his passing, the chapel was willed to two of Laocwyn's acolytes. By this time, the building had become a notable stop for many travelers and merchants. The priest's living quarters had already been converted into a makeshift hospice and sleeping quarters for such people. Often times, priests were forced to sleep on the floor or in pews with blankets because of the sheer number of visitors.
Sometime after building his chapel, Laocwyn was interrupted from his nightly prayer by strange noises outside. Curious, Laocwyn went to investigate with nothing but his shepherd's staff and a lantern. After wandering for a while, he stumbled upon the form of a large, dead direhound. Her side had been pierced by arrows and her breathing had stopped. Behind her, a small, pure black puppy lay whining as it nudged her dead form with great tenacity. Saddened by the sight, Laocwyn took the pup back to the chapel and named him "Hetmit," meaning "Little Loyal One."
Laocwyn & Hetmit
For thirty years, the two would become inseparable and become a common sight for travelers and merchants alike. Hetmit would eventually pass away from old age. Laocwyn buried him behind the church beneath a small cairn of stones. Laocwyn, brokenhearted, would pass only four days later.
-Adraus: Its History And People
Odachim Mrennar: The head chef of the Black-Haired Dog. At 45 years old, Odachim is a tall, tanned skin man with short-cut, salt-and-pepper hair and a full beard. He appreciates everyone who frequents the bar and isn't afraid to give out the occassional meal.
Adanna Mrennar: The hostess of the Black-Haired Dog. Adanna is noted for her stunning blonde hair and fair skin, she is a pleasant soul who welcomes all who enter.
Jania Mrennar: The 15-year old child of Odachim and Adanna Mrennar, she works as a server and back-up cook of the Black-Haired Dog. Much like her father, she is a bold and determined person who loves her family.
Oskar Mrennar: The 13-year old child of Odachim and Adanna Mrennar, he works as a server and helps clean tables of the Black-Haired Dog. Oskar, while he loves his family, has dreams to join the military and serve for life, as soon as he becomes 16.
Oswig Mrennar: The 12-year old child of Odachim and Adanna Mrennar, he works as a cleaner and dishwasher of the Black-Haired Dog. An excitable child, he often likes to pull pranks on customers.