Brawl of the Bull
It wasn't quite as bad as when that bard sung 'Old Muriel's Maid' one too many times to get back at a heckler. Still, was worth it to watch Riley put that fool in his place. It's how I got the new windows!The Gray Goblin Tavern sits on the outskirts of the community of Furloc, which itself is just south of the Arichala Valley. The rural town is usually quiet, with the Pendelholm militia just close enough to keep trouble at bay. The most lively times come during the end of the year, when everyone has been without much to do through the winter snows. During this time, there are often times when tempers flare and the only viable outlet is a good brawl - rarely are these brawls taken to an extent where there are serious wounds on anyone involved, but there are always exceptions. And then there is the 'Brawl of the Bull', which became the high water-mark for how rough it could get.
It was the thirteenth day on the Tenth Moon of the year, and the weather had turned very poor through the region. Snowfall was accumulating tall enough to almost bury some homes built on lower points around the village, and it had proven a truly heroic task to clear much of the center of town to allow residents to go about their business. After the sun set, two of the villagers - Riley Caskmoor and Adam Trest - entered the Gray Goblin with the intention of drinking until they passed out and had to sleep in the 'Aleman's Room' set aside for such things. Adam was quoted as having said, "it beats trying to make it through the snow" when explaining it to an incredulous farmhand who heard the plan.
As the night wore on, and patrons began to filter in despite the weather, there were many of the usual tavern games going. During a game of Dragon's Hoard the wagers had been changed to being about who pays the bar tab. Riley began to lose rather spectacularly, and chose to bet his prized bull on the next roll. Players at the table began to argue over whether it was acceptable stakes, until Adam commented it was fair enough. "After all, it's not like he can make the roll."
And then Riley made the roll, and managed to leverage this into taking most of the Hoard for himself. As Adam took the dice and began his turn, he allegedly made an unkind suggestion about Riley and his bull which was only heard by Riley.
Jirard Havanul, the owner, had to enlist the help of a couple friends to tie up the conscious (and yet unable to resist) and sort out who among the unconscious was still there. The tavern wound up closed for three days to sort out exactly what was broken and capable of being repaired... or what was irreparable, and most of all what was irreplaceable.
Yes, sir, I swear I'll watch my drinkin' next time... what do you mean 'banned'?!"Once the damage had been assessed, and many of the residents sobered up, Jirard made the following points "clear as elven crystalware".
- Once any person had sobered up, they were "to go home and stay there until the day after next".
- Adam and Riley were expected to help replace the furniture, either through finding it for sale or making it themselves. If they made any furniture themselves, it had better be able to last through the winter until a better replacement could be acquired.
- In addition, absolutely everyone was expected to pay restitution determined by exactly how much contrition on waking. A surcharge was appended for every excuse such as "but he hit me first".
- Anyone who did not pay their part in restitution could not get a drink at the bar. Failure to comply meant being thrown out, in the literal sense.
- Nobody was to play 'Dragon's Hoard' over bar tabs ever again.