Lost Mines to the Apocalypse
The Swinging Sword
The Swinging Sword is welcoming and luxurious by the areas rustic standards. Each room boasts a hearth, warm draperies and tapestries, and running water (provided by rooftop cisterns). Now run by the Irkell family from Waterdeep, the inn has become a popular stopover for wayfarers in the Dessarin Valley. The topmost guest floor is given over to dormitories where travelers can “sleep cheap” in rooms shared with up to six guests, but the lower floors are divided into pleasant suites of guest rooms, each with its own garderobe. Theres also a dining room on the ground floor.
The Sword has one recurring problem: kitchen fires. The one-story kitchen annex at the back of the inn, currently out of commission, was initially built with poorly drawing chimneys. Right now, cooking is rudimentary and done out in the yard, on grills flanking the bread ovens. The dining room is mainly used for drinking, with “the Helm” (the tavern across the road) currently providing the best meals in town travelers can easily buy.
While the Helm at Highsun is the place to hear Red Larchers unwind, the Swinging Sword is the polite social hub and neutral meeting ground of Red Larch.
The proprietor of the Swinging Sword is Kaylessa Irkell (female Illuskan human commoner). She is the fortyish matriarch of her family and a pleasant, sturdy woman. She is increasingly worried about “whats gathering in the dark” in Red Larch and brings up her concerns with any likely adventurers who stop by. Kaylessas staff are uniformly attentive and good at their work.