Age of Worms
The Feral Dog
Since most of the other taverns in Diamond Lake charge a small fee for entry most of the town’s poorest laborers must turn to a collection of run-down ale halls with more sullied reputations. The busiest by far is The Feral Dog, a sleazy tavern on the Vein’s central square. Every night and especially when the workforces of several local mines let out at the same time, cheering laborers within the bar scream obscenities and wave betting vouchers over two dogs in a lethal pit fight. No one savers the tinny ale, but the place is more about camaraderie, bravado, and desperation than about expecting exemplary quality or service.
A gang of criminals indentured to the corrupt mine manager Balabar Smenk casts a broad shadow over the Feral Dog’s squalid taproom. The patrons know from experince to respect the word of Kullen, the silently seething half-orc who leads the motley band with little tolerance for insolence and a powerful backhand.
Arguments commonly erupt at the Feral Dog, especially during the dogfights, when betting often grows contentious and even violent. About once a month, a drunk miner falls or is pushed into the thrashing dogpit, with predictably tragic results. During the worst brawls, someone usually gets knifed. A festering garbage pi in the sharp crags behind the buildings is said to hold the corpses of as many humans as dogs.