The Hole in the Wall

You can't do anything about painful memories. Here, have a drink. It'll take the edge off.
— A barkeep trying to keep spirits up
 

The Hole in the Wall is an alcohol and foodstuff dispensary formed by some of the survivors of Eden III on the HWCS Excalibur. It was one of the first modifications made to the cargo ship after it became a makeshift home for more than a thousand people. The bar was primarily made to distribute rations to each survivor, but it soon became a gathering place and eventually gained its name.

 

Name

The dispensary is named for its location next to an area that has been reinforced after taking damage during the evacuation from Eden III. It originally had no name, but the survivors of Eden III began calling it "The Hole in the Wall" as a shortening of "The Place Next to the Hole in the Wall".

 

Staff

The few staff members the Hole in the Wall has are all refugees from Eden III. Each one of them had a job in the food service industry before Pardisa was destroyed. They were each selected by Selby to take over the duty of distributing rations, and most of them excelled at their job. Those who proved themselves unfit for the task were replaced.

 

The Hole in the Wall is technically owned by Ace, as the Prime Minister of Eden III and as the one who commandeered the HWCS Excalibur. Despite this, Selby has taken on the responsibility of managing the dispensary and ensuring that no one goes uncared for.

 

Food

Originally, the Hole in the Wall only distributed prepackaged rations known as REMs, but they expanded their menu as soon as the people became discontent eating the same thing over and over again. Recipes were largely made by trial-and-error with the supplies contained in REMs. Eventually, ingredients expanded to include anything they could purchase with the donations they received from the people they serve.

 
Is the Eden III Special good today? I'm getting it either way, but I wanna know what I'm getting in to.
— A patron of the Hole in the Wall
 

A popular dish among the Hole in the Wall's patrons is what is known as the "Eden III Special". This dish is a stew made with water, dried meat, salt, gelatin, and any other precooked ingredient available. To prepare the Eden III Special, the dried meat is simmered in the water with salt, then the other ingredients are added in no particular order. The resulting soup is then thickened with a gelatin packet, and is ready to serve within minutes. Despite this stew's large variability, it has remained popular amongst the survivors. This popularity is largely attributed to the name and the reminder it serves as.

 

Other meals provided by this dispensary include Chicken and Noodles, Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Pasta with Cheese, Chili, and various sandwiches. There are extremely limited options for those with food sensitivities or allergies, but the staff will prepare meals especially for those who have these dietary considerations.

 

A Monument

If you need assistance carving a name into the wall, please ask for JEZZY at the counter.
— A card near the wall of names
 

There are countless names of loved ones that were lost during the destruction of Pardisa carved into the walls surrounding the Hole in the Wall. The staff of the dispensary have taken it upon themselves to fill in the carvings with brightly colored enamel to make them stand out. There has been more than one occasion where a staff member helped a child carve in the name of a parent or friend who didn't make it off the planet.

 

Some time after the HWCS Excalibur was restocked, a mural of Pardisa was painted on one of the walls nearby along with the word "HOME". Pictures compiled from the survivors were placed around the mural. This is said to be the final monument to Pardisa and those who were lost. The survivors collectively resolved to move on after an impromptu memorial service.

Hours of Operation
24/7
Founding Date
14 May 2118 SE
Type
Bar
Owner
Ace
Compartment of Vehicle
Manager
Selby
Staff
20 people

Comments

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8 Mar, 2022 12:52

Fantastic read! I love how the place came to be in such an organic way, from the tavern itself to its name. I also love the addition of the Eden III Special recipe. It gives the tavern extra character and a brief look into the lives of the people roaming the ship (in search of a new home?).   Keep up the good work! :D

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8 Mar, 2022 17:23

I do enjoy how a cargo ship was turned into a tavern/ Bar. Although the name at first made me think of something else entirely!, Would love to know more about the staff, how many are their and what do they do, Does the prime minster take a active role or leaves it to someone else ( How much say does the prime minster have in the run of the tavern)   Overall a good article, keep it up!

8 Mar, 2022 21:12

Sometimes it isn't just food and drinks that people need, and it seems the Hole in the Wall provides.

9 Mar, 2022 05:15

Wow, great job. My first thought was "that's a shipwright challenge ship" and i'm glad I was correct. Glad to see the people onboard have a place to help lift spirits and also act as a sort of memorial to get some closure after the tragedy that befell their planet.   One possibly thing you may want to mention/clarify: It seems to serve alcohol (based on the opening quote). If most of the food is from REMs (which i am assuming is an MRE equivalent and so probably not very taste heavy and definitely non-alcoholic) where did the booze come from? Are they fermenting it onboard, or was some saved during the evacuation? If it was saved from the planet how tightly is it rationed out? Birthdays and Holidays only, a reward for exceptional service?

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9 Mar, 2022 19:18

Great question! I've been trying to figure out what exactly gets done about that situation myself.

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11 Mar, 2022 13:20

I like how The Monument section grounds the whole survivor angle of the place. I tend to go into articles like this expecting fairly light-hearted content. Having something to basically say "A lot of people died and we remember them" is a nice touch.   Good work!   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Feel free to check out my Tavern Challenge article if you want to see what I am up to! The Black Hare Tavern

12 Mar, 2022 03:38

Great article! Clean layout and easy to read while covering an interesting topic. I like the emotional touch of carving names into the wall/hull. I also enjoyed your take on what the people did to try and get around the monotony of the REMs.