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Alyi Ellnaqua (ˈAhl-Yee Ell-ˈNa-Kwa)

The Jeweled Vine

Thanks to CelestialSpider for help with the menu.
Few buildings in Pavorno are as beautiful and as striking as the luxurious wineshop known as Alyi Ellnaqua, or The Jeweled Vine, located in the heart of the Flower District. While the establishment is well-known for its expansive wine cellar and sumptuous feasts, its primary reputation is as a place to see and be seen -- or to try not to be seen. The Jeweled Vine has been the site for liaisons both discreet and indiscreet ever since its founding in the early years of the city, and masks are almost a part of the dress code.   Alyi Ellnaqua is the exclusive province of the nobility. Grey-clad staff move like ghosts through the crowds, going about their business with lowered eyes, so as not to pry. Discretion and incuriousness are the qualities most looked for in a server, here. Those found trading in information are fired immediately. The customer's privacy is paramount. There is even a private back stairway to the upper floors, available for a price, if one wishes to avoid the crowds downstairs.  
Oh, sure, the nobles wear masks, and we're not supposed to stare at them, but it's amazing what you can tell from hands and shoes. People don't think about such things.
— Nina Meloni, Former Serving Girl at Alyi Ellnaqua


  Built on the site of an old temple to Vidona, the Goddess of Revelry, the wineshop's courtyard still boasts some of the original mosaics. The rest of the three-story building is inlaid with terrazo marble flooring, installed during the last renovation and expansion.   Most of the decor, however, is owner Cithrel Wysalar's innovative bottle art. Windows, dividers, and even the walls of the courtyard entryway are comprised of old glass bottles in various shades, embedded in the local limestone plaster. The result is striking, and at night, the building shines like a jewel box.   The structure has been expanded and remodelled at least five times during its two hundred and twenty-five year existence. It is U-shaped, with open archways leading into the surrounding courtyard, lit by more colored lights. There are balconies and wide arched windows all along the second floor. The third floor windows are smaller, and often shuttered.  
bottle wall displaying two trees and an archway
Bottle house (w flash) by copperred


  The ground floor of The Jeweled Vine is the central location for mingling and people watching. The primary wine stewards are stationed here, as well as one of the wineshop's two kitchens, specializing in appetizers and desserts.   The open floorplan is furnished with tables and chairs, as well as platforms with couches to recline on and show off one's wealth and generosity. There is always at least one party in progress on these daises. This is also the primary location for entertainment, with bards playing a tasteful selection of ballads and love songs on the main stage, and an assortment of board and card games available for those who like that sort of challenge.   A different sort of challenge can be had on the second floor, where open tables give way to sheltered and screened booths or curtained alcoves, for those who wish more privacy and discretion. Strolling minstrels provide a musical backdrop and the main kitchen is here, for those who wish to dine on the Vine's famous seven-course dinners.   Then there is the third floor, comprised entirely of enclosed, private dining rooms. If one has the gold, complete privacy can be had between these walls. Each room is furnished with tables, dining chairs, several couches around the perimeter, and a bell pull for that room's dedicated servant. Over the years, lavish parties have been thrown, bastards conceived, business mergers and rebel uprisings planned, and at least one assassination attempt made in these secluded chambers.  


Kallianeira arrived wearing a lacy jeweled mask that did little to hide her face. The gentleman she was with was robed from head to toe in a black, hooded cape and wore a full-face black mask. He had, however, forgotten to remove his signet ring.
— Personal Letters of Lady Valeriana Spera
  One can hardly describe an eatery in the Flower District of Pavorno without discussing the courtesans. These beautiful women, entertainers on many levels, ply their trade at Alyi Ellnaqua just as any other wineshop. In fact, The Jeweled Vine is a gem in the diadem of any courtesan. It is the pinnacle of status symbols to be allowed to entertain there. No courtesan has ever become famous without the Alyi Ellnaqua stamp of approval.  

Food and Drink

  The wineshop boasts two kitchens, which have their own service stairwell connecting the three floors. The finest chefs in the area have been hired to design mouth-watering main courses, antipasto plates, and desserts, among other dishes. The Jeweled Vine has a rotating menu, with only a few dishes for each course available on a given night. Occasionally, a particularly generous or showy patron will "clear the board" - ordering platters of every dish on the menu for their party to enjoy together.   Naturally, Alyi Ellnaqua serves a wide assortment of fine wine, from the House Reds and Whites, to a single five hundred gold piece bottle of 1159 Mollo Frizzante. This 214 year old jewel might still be fine wine, or it could be vinegar. No one has wagered to try it yet.   Most patrons are happy with a moderately priced Doval Sec or Quechen Bianco, and there is always a wine steward on hand to assist in choosing an appropriate year. There are also sherries, port, whisky, and more available at the bar and as an addition to a course of one's meal.   It has become something of a game among the gentry for the host of a dining party to order food and wine for the entire group's banquet. If he or she can put together a suitable meal with complimentary beverages, then there will be a good rise in status within Pavorno's social scene. If, however, they pair a red wine with fish, they may never live down the shame, and the gods help the poor noble who is forced to consult with the wine steward.   Few can remember a time before The Jeweled Vine existed, and it seems that, if Cithrel Wysalar has her way, it will outlast them, as well.  




  Cithrel Wysalar is an Elf of Glaerhiel, from their capital city of Sela Shaeras. The entrepeneur moved to Pavorno when she was a young woman of 153. She had worked in various smaller wineshops in her home town, and dreamed of opening a place of her own. She chose Pavorno due to its location on several trade routes, and its proximity to the various vineyards of Galieri, Montlimar, and Asnium. She is a strong leader who inspires loyalty in her staff, a shrewd woman who can read people well, and a creative spirit who designs all The Vine's bottle art.

Head Waiter

Chief Wine Steward

Jhotrix the Head Waiter is a Lizardfolk raised in Pavorno. His family was one of several from Ochua who were convinced to relocate to work as servants as a novelty for a noble, in exchange for guaranteed food, shelter and clothing. He worked several footman jobs before Cithrel invited him to be her Head Waiter. He is known for his impeccable eye for fashion, and his ice-cold heart, that will turn any not worthy away at the door. It is said that he can count the coppers in your pocket by the cut of your cloak. Jhotrix is also responsible for hiring and disciplining all floor staff, especially ferreting out those who are selling information.
Umber the Chief Wine Steward's polished topaz-like skin proclaims her as an Earth Genasi. She hails from the Aubermasse region of Montlimar, where her family owned a small vineyard. Her innate knowledge of the soil, and how it, weather, and nearby plants can affect the flavor of the grapes makes her the consumate wine steward. The newest member of the senior staff, she simply marched up to Cithrel and presented herself as a wine steward. That was five years ago, and Umber was head of the wine steward staff within three. This makes her responsible with vetting new employees for her department, along with her other duties.

Master Chef

Rear Porter

A Pavorno native, Skillful the Tiefling has worked in food service most of her life, starting as a scullery maid at The Blue Oyster. She has been climbing the rungs of the culinary ladder ever since. Determined and focused, her goal has been to become a master chef from the start. Unfortunately, her tiefling heritage often barred the way. She went from place to place, trying to get a little closer to her dream. Cithrel hired her away from the elf's favorite eatery, and never regretted it. Skillful created her first signature dessert within two years, and was the head of the kitchen within ten. The tiefling runs the double kitchens with an iron fist, making it clear that these are her domains. Only kitchen staff are allowed in, and all of them have been personally vetted by Skillful. Serving staff pick up the dishes at long windows along the kitchen wall. Cithrel allows Skillful her little kingdom, so long as the food continues to be superb.
One of the more important positions at Alyi Ellnaqua is guarding the back door and private entry. Despite his well-tailored and well-groomed appearance, Brakamash the Half-Orc is often perceived as someone people do not want to tangle with, and so he can do the job of two. Like Jhotrix, he sizes up would-be patrons and decides who gains entry, but also provides protection when needed. A resident of Fairmouth, across the river, he grew up as the latest in a long line of serving people. Sadly, the lord they work for, and all the other gentry, would not take him on as an employee due to his looks. He was forced to resort to dock work before finding his way to The Jeweled Vine. While he regrets that his appearance forces him to work the back alley and not the floor, he is grateful for the opportunity to use his well-honed skill sets instead of being driven to brute manual labor.




  Nylva (pl. Nylvae) is the rage when it comes to appetizers or desserts at Alyi Ellnaqua. A thin, flaky wafer that compliments toppings both savory and sweet, it has become a word synonymous with the wineshop. Owner Cithrel Wysalar brought the recipe with her from Glaerhiel. In the elven country, such wafers are incredibly common, but they were unheard of in Galieri until the opening of The Jeweled Vine. Now, they are the province of Pavorno aristocracy, and a tasty kind of status symbol.  
Founding Date
Alternative Names
The Jeweled Vine
Pub / Tavern / Restaurant
Parent Location
Fairmouth and Pavorno
The cities of Fairmouth, Troyso and Pavorno, Galieri.

Sample Menu

choose one of each


  • Cheese Stuffed Figs
  • Nylvae with Savory Goose Liver Spread
  • Borgamo Cheese, Spinach, and Ham Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Nylvae with Almond and Avocado
  • Cooked Confit of Chestnuts

Soup of the Day


  • Gentle-Fried Fennel & Lemon Oysters
  • Basted Sweet & Savory Scallops
  • Fire-Roasted Mushroom Crab
  • Deep-Fried Walnuts & Snapper
  • Fire-Grilled Garlic & Onion Tuna
  • Smoked Pine Lobster

House Salad

Main Course

  • Braised Red Wine Venison*
  • Seared Rice & Lamb
  • Oven-Grilled Fennel & Thyme Rabbit
  • Dried Cranberry Boar*
  • Seared Mushroom & Apricot Chicken
  • Tea-Smoked White Wine Duck*
  • Simmered Onions & Cream Quail
  • Smoked Rosemary & Onion Turkey
Side Dish
  • Fire-Roasted Mushroom & Garlic Risotto
  • Roasted Fennel & Garlic Goulash
  • Grilled Butter Spring Vegetables
  • Stuffed Watercress Bake
  • Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Fruit and Cheese


  • Almond and Date Steamed Pudding
  • Nylvae with Nutmeg and Date
  • Red Wine Fruitcake
  • Nylvae with Gooseberry and Strawberry
  • Elderberry and Pistachio Crumble
  • Stewed Mint & Berry Bake

Twenty Gold Pieces

items with a * have an additional 5 gp charge

Additional Options

Antipasto and Dessert Platters are available separately for 10 gp each

Cover image: Building Header by Nightflyer0ne


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12 Mar, 2022 01:42

A beautiful article about a beautiful building. It sounds lovely and I like all the details from the menu and the elven staple to the use of bottle art. Like Malachi said, maybe a little more about the staff could be nice. Pronunciations are always a nice touch when folk are able to write 'em down. Overall a wonderful read. c :

23 Mar, 2022 00:04

Thank you for your kind words! I've added some staff and there should be pronunciations if you mouse over the word

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
13 Mar, 2022 10:12

This sounds like an amazing place! I love how the nobles can wrap themselves completely in cloth and cloak and still get recognised because of small details and stupid mistakes XD The food seems sooo tasty ... (did you mean "mains" instead of "entrées" since entrées means starters?) I love that its one of those restaurants with more than the classic starters/mains/cheese/dessert courses, as it's not something I've seen often even in real life XD

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13 Mar, 2022 19:48

In America, the entrée is the main course. I'll alter it to avoid confusion and accents on the wrong e.

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13 Mar, 2022 12:17

Nicely constructed article! The CSS is good, it's well written, easy to read, and I had no idea you could use a map like that!

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23 Mar, 2022 00:06

Thank you, I've worked hard on the CSS, and try to avoid the "wall of text". I had to learn a little about inserting maps to get it to place just right.

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Mikael Jokela
13 Mar, 2022 12:33

This must be one of the most beautiful article overlays I have seen! Awesome work with the CSS!

23 Mar, 2022 00:08

Thank you so much, I'm very proud of the CSS, it took me a while. And thank you for steering others to my article!

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Mikael Jokela
23 Mar, 2022 08:00

It really deserves it!

16 Mar, 2022 13:14

The meals and drinks here sound delicious, but I'd mainly attend for the glass art myself. Just sit there brooding and arrange for people to meet me occasionally while being as silent as I am, making all the other nobles completely paranoid about my plans, while all I'm doing is watching the beautiful glass.   Speaking of beautiful: This article. It's a lovely styling with enough space between text, making it real easy on the eyes. And I really like the content too!

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23 Mar, 2022 00:11

Thank you so much, I'm glad you like the styling and the bottle art. Maybe I'll make you an NPC, the brooding regular in the corner that no one knows anything about.

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16 Mar, 2022 19:54

Hm, I would like these wafers too. But in any case, a nice taverna. Good, especially for the nobles and the rich, but I find it very beautifully and in detail described, what all is taken care of for them and the staff seems really deeply elaborated despite the short descriptions. I was particularly taken with the bottle art, though. I think it could also be submitted to the unofficial Art Challenge. Simply very pretty. Thank you very much ^^.

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23 Mar, 2022 00:14

Thank you, yes, this is a noble's playground. The bottle art really is beautiful, isn't it? I would submit it, but it's not my art. It's a chapel in NC.

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17 Mar, 2022 08:12

ooh I love that you used the bottle wall style and called it Jeweled Vine

23 Mar, 2022 00:15

Thank you! I thought it fitting to have a wine shop with bottle art.

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18 Mar, 2022 13:33

Ooooh, I do love me some fun intrigue, and the idea that this sort of establishment has been home to that sort of intrigue is a fun idea!

23 Mar, 2022 00:17

Yes, it's one of its primary functions in Pavorno, as a place for intrigue and counter-intrigue. Thank you for you comments.

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18 Mar, 2022 19:06

This is a very beautiful article both in aesthetics and in the content! The concept of the place is intriguing and I love how the privacy of the tavern increases when going up. The pictures of the bottle art and the mosaics are beautiful and deepens the feel of the overall overlay. I like how diverse the staff of the wineshop is and how I got a good feel of them even from the short texts. The menu of the wineshop is impressive and I love how it feels like a real well thought out menu. I would have liked to know how the site of old temple became the wineshop, but of course the word limit restricts the challenge article and it is not the most important thing here. Overall you have done great job with this lovely article!

23 Mar, 2022 00:21

Thank you very much! I'm glad the staff personalities came through even in so short a space. I shall have to write about how the temple came to ruin someday - after I figure it out!

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22 Mar, 2022 17:37

This is incredible! I must thank Journeyman Hiisikuningas for pointing me tot his article. He was correct in saying the layout is one of the best! This reminds me of something I would find searching for a fancy Italian restaurant downtown. I am a huge wine lover/sommelier so it was a joy to see you quite elegantly describe some of the wines sold here. The menu is so well done, I would be so delighted to be able to dine here. Incredible work!

23 Mar, 2022 00:25

Thank you so much, I'm glad you followed the suggestion. The secret to a well-put-together menu? A good food randomizer and a friend who cooks and can tell you which combos might taste great.

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23 Mar, 2022 03:56

Great job on your artwork and formatting. I guess the only thing that surprised me a little, depending on the world and city, is that Cithrel doesn't either use the wait staff as spy's for herself (or at least appear to, for the sake of protection from pushy nobles) or offer spy services for a price in the private dining rooms. But that may be a recently read book shading my opinions.   I guess one thing that isn't clear is the relationship between the courtesans and the Jeweled Vine. Are the ones that ply their trade there employed by, or at least under the protection of, The Jeweled Vine, or does the bouncer keep lesser courtesans out?   One other thing that seemed off to me was the comment "the gods help the poor noble who is forced to consult with the wine steward." If it is a noble only establishment it seems that either the nobles would consult Umber in private if they could afford the 3rd floor to plan a future banquet, or in "public" on the second floor. Is it more taboo to consult the wine steward or to incorrectly pair a wine and food?

28 Mar, 2022 13:42

It is perfectly acceptable to consult the wine stewards under normal circumstances, but if a noble takes up the challenge of arranging the whole group's banquet themselves, they are expected to not lean on outside help. It's part of the game. (Sneaking over and consulting ahead of time is not unknown.) Courtesans work independently of Alyi Ellnaqua, but they are expected to give a percentage back to the winehouse, like a tip for usage. The door staff are aware of Pavorno society, and know which courtesans are known favorably, and which are just making do, and turn them away accordingly. The exception would be an apprentice in the company of an established courtesan. An additional half-percentage is expected in that case, which is part of why most courtesans start out well in debt. And now I've got a whole article to write.... Cithrel chose not to deal in information to encourage her clientele to keep coming back. Officially, the Jeweled Vine is neutral territory.

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23 Mar, 2022 10:18

I love how much you went into details with the staff. Everyone feels predestined to fill up the role they worked themselves into, a vibrant combination of multiple personalities.   Interesting Winehouse and very funny quotes, how many fail to hide their identity hence pulling up those ridiculous outfits and masks.

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28 Mar, 2022 13:44

Thank you! Yes, Cithrel has an eye for talent, no matter what the species

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28 Mar, 2022 06:30

Incredibly beautiful work

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28 Mar, 2022 13:44

Thank you so much!!

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28 Mar, 2022 19:08

Nicely done! And as I said before, the look perfectly fits the article.   One question: Are there only lady courtesans? What about men?

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28 Mar, 2022 19:37

That's a very good question, I'll have to ponder on that. I was mostly leaning on Renaissance Venice with my initial mentions. Thank you for the comments!

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