Majetag, 23rd day of Gildember, 432 AC
First Watch rising 18
Song of Life Tavern Begins Remodeling
by Trampas Whiteman, Staff Writer
PALANTHAS – The Song of Life tavern is a bit of an oddity where taverns are concerned as it once doubled as a temple of Branchala. The land on which it sits was once a temple to the Bard King, but was demolished and replaced with a tavern in the Age of Might. The clerics of Branchala eventually bought the tavern, thinking it a perfect place for a temple of Branchala, and have been running it ever since.
"The Song of Life has had its ups and downs throughout the years, but we've seen dramatic change lately," high priest Astin Locastus said. "We've trained performers here for years, providing entertainment for our guests. When the gods left, the old church still followed old traditions, even though Branchala had left."
The Song of Life tavern doubles as an academy for bards during the day. High priest Locastus personally oversees their training, offering courses in singing, juggling, and stage acting. The results can be seen every night when the tavern doors open for business.
"We have had a massive interest of late in studying here. With Branchala's return, he's recruiting more followers," Locastus continues. "We specialize in training as singers. There's always a song to be had here. We've also had an amazing turnout with a new type of bard – one who uses music to tap into the power of wild sorcery. The wizards may turn up their noses at them, but we're more than happy to have them along. The more the merrier!"
The greater number of students and greater freedom allowed with the departure of the Knights of Neraka has had a dramatic influence on the Song of Life's business. Locastus has recently made the decision to remodel the tavern, expanding it and offering rooms for students."
"It will be amazing when it is finished. In a sense, we're paying tribute to the old temple of Branchala that used to stand on this spot in the Age of Might. Among the things we're adding are stained-glass doors and windows, and there's going to be a nice dome at the top. Ivy will be growing all about too."
According to Locastus, remodeling will finish shortly before Yule.