To Slay The Last Dragon
The Bleeding Heart Tavern
The Bleeding Heart
Formerly known as ‘The Beaming Hearth’ (it’s a long story), The Bleeding Heart Tavern forms the social hub of Hengistbury. At any given moment during it’s open hours at least a half dozen local residents can be found enjoying the fine offerings as served by Meridith Jones. The Tavern has a somewhat unusual arrangement with the local populace. Lord and Lady Pemberton own the tavern, but regularly appoint individual members of the community to run the bar on a weekly, rotating basis. Typically this passes through more established members of the community, such as Stefan the Baker and Rorus Klain, the blacksmith. Those who run the tavern are allowed to keep a percentage of that week’s profits to offset their losses from their regular business during the week. Sometimes this duty is rotated through the less fortunate members of the area if they are in need. Lord and Lady Pemberton are not so foolish as to allow the more unsavoury members of the community to have this opportunity.
This means that more or less everyone in Hengistbury is invested in the The Bleeding Heart’s success as well as being far more appreciative of the labour involved in making it run when they are merely patrons. It is rare for a fight to break out here and the locals are quick to shuffle anyone who has enjoyed too much cheer safely home before trouble starts. The travelling bard, Three-Fingered Jake, spends most of his time here when he is in the area as the patrons are very happy to have him perform and tip him generously. If there is a rumour or bit of news to be had in Holdenshire, The Bleeding Heart is the place to find it.