The Shining Serpent Inn

The Shining Serpent Inn

Before the Luskan invasion of Neverwinter in the Year of Wild Magic (340 NR, 1372 DR), the Shining Serpent Inn was the largest and most popular guesthouse in Neverwinter. Its sculpted silver serpent signpost made it stand out, so visitors could easily find it. The mud-brick building rises four stories with several flights of wooden stairs running down the back. It had a reputation as a clean, safe place to stay, despite persistent rumors that it was the place where most of the smuggling into and out of Neverwinter was arranged. One room is said to be haunted by a hoarse, whispering voice that talks of spells and wizardly deeds of long ago.

As the area around it turned into the Beggar’s Nest, it became known as the safest place in the quarter. The proprietor, Harben, took pride in providing a safe haven whether threatened by gangs, the initial outbreak of the Wailing Death that so many seemed content to ignore so long as it remained confined to the poor quarantined in the Beggar’s Nest, or the undead who followed them. Harben rebuilt the inn after the invasion and passed it on to his son, Lander, who followed his father’s example and made the inn a haven once again during the Spellplague. When Mount Hotenow erupted in the Year of Knowledge Unearthed (419 NR, 1451 DR), Harben’s great-grandson Geth refused to abandon the Shining Serpent, even though it was now dangerously close to the Chasm and on the wrong side of the Wall. Geth has kept the doors open for over thirty years. There are a handful of brave (or insane) individuals who more or less live at the Shining Serpent, serving as the small militia needed to keep the inn from being overrun.

When the paladins and clerics from the Eye of Justice arrived to restore the old temple of Tyr next door to the inn, Geth formed an immediate alliance with them. The two now work closely together to help anyone who finds themselves on the wrong side of the Wall.

Drayton’s Militia

Drayton Ashensmith Drayton Ashensmith Proprietor/Commander
Seldon Ashensmith Seldon Ashensmith Scout
Betha Tree-Ghost Betha Tree-Ghost Lieutenant
Meklan Revenmar Meklan Revenmar Painbearer

The Shining Serpent Inn

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