Inn of the Last Home
Article written by Uziel & Drazoul Dracotheris
The Inn of the Last Home is a tavern in Solace that is famous for its wonderful food and ale, as well as being the meeting place of the Heroes of the Lance. It has seen several owners and a number of incarnations, but is still one of the coziest and most welcome inns for anyone wandering through Abanasinia.
The Foundation of the Inn
Before young Otik came into Solace, the previous owner had let the Inn go somewhat. The walls were grimy, the building itself was shabby and in need of extensive repairs. The Inn was known for serving watered down ale and food that was barely edible. When Otik offered to purchase the inn, the previous owner practically leapt at the chance and offered it to the young adventurer for a "kender half-penny", according to the saying. Over the course of the next few months, Otik repaired the inn to become a lovely and cozy place, hiring some new staff, including a wonderful cook, and developed his own fine ale and spiced potatoes. In a short time, the Inn of the Last Home became a famous stop for travelers through Abanasinia and gained a good reputation far and wide.
Otik himself became fast friends with the residents of Solace, who knew the man as a cheerful soul, and the townsfolk were mostly all regulars in the inn. Amongst the folk who almost lived at the Inn was a circle of friends, all of who later became Heroes of the Lance. During the War of the Lance, the Dragonarmies attacked and devastated Solace, destroying most of the buildings in the town. The Inn was one of the few places preserved, however it was lowered to the ground and the great vallenwood on which it was perched, was burnt to the ground. The Inn was then effectively taken over by the Dragonarmy forces, until they were later driven out of Solace and the Whitestone Forces reclaimed it. Otik continued serving even the Dragonarmies through the war period, but once they were gone from his inn (and he'd scrubbed everything clean thrice!), it resumed operation and his old regular patrons returned.
At the end of the War of the Lance, Otik planted a vallenwood sapling in the ground where the old former vallenwood had been, so that in generations to come, the inn could again stand in the trunk of another great tree. Rumors purport that a certain gray-robed wizard was seen talking to the tree after the war, and that the tree then grew extremely fast and far larger than anyone expected. It was just after this point in 353 AC that Otik retired and handed over management of the Inn to Tika Waylan Majere, whilst still remaining as the owner.
Caramon and Tika
Tika and her husband Caramon Majere operated the inn for Otik for five years from 353 AC to 358 AC, until they had saved enough purchase to make Otik an offer. The kindly old man gladly sold the inn to the couple, remaining a regular patron of his former inn. Once purchased, Tika and Caramon undertook reconstruction the inn in the new Vallenwood Tree, so it could be raised above the ground once more. The Inn was fully completed in 363 AC and reopened once more in the trees with an Opening and Consecration ceremony, which was attended by many of the most influential folk in Ansalon.
Caramon and Tika ran the Inn successfully throughout the rest of the Age of Despair and into the Age of Mortals. In 388 AC, at the beginning of the Dragon Purge, warring dragons fought over Solace. Several Green Dragons knocked the Inn of the Last Home from the vallenwood tree it rested on and sent it crashing to the ground. The inn was devastated once more and was rebuilt once again, where it was raised once more into the mighty vallenwood trees.
The Inn Today
In 420 AC, Tika Waylan Majere passed away, leaving the inn to be managed by her husband Caramon. By this stage, Caramon himself had already had to hand over most of the duties to his daughters Laura Majere and Dezra Majere. When Caramon passed away in 421 AC, ownership of the Inn of the Last Home went to his three surviving children, Laura, Dezra and Palin Majere. With Palin forsaking magic and returning to Solace, he now assists his sisters in running the Inn.
In the Age of Mortals, the Inn of the Last Home is still notorious for its fine dark ale, spiced potatoes, and warm hearth.
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