This installment f the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page foreword, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
A gorgeous white mansion caters to the ladies of good taste; it is frankly a fact that whomever has two X-chromosomes alongside a certain standing and pedigree should most certainly not be seen slumming in rowdy taverns. Instead, it would indeed be significantly more rewarding for such privileged ladies to visit the Delectable Dragonfly, a tea house of exquisitely good taste, where the gossip of the local elite and rich and powerful coalesces.
And yes, dear ladies – there are delectable additions to add to the menu, which include massages…and everything else a discerning lady might wish for…particularly if her lord has certain…ahem…shortcomings. Prudes around there: You can put away the pitchforks, anything sexual herein is conveyed via innuendo and is absolutely PG. That being said, personally, I applaud this often neglected and stigmatized aspect of the facts of life. Run by Prim, a fetchling expert/luckbringer and most charming hostess, who comes with full stats, this place is indeed a veritable oasis of delights – and information: The detailed rumors and events provided further emphasize this.
The ruggedly handsome staff comes with well-drawn b/w-mugshots as well that could have been taken straight from a fantastic romance-novel, further underlining this theme. The fluffy write-ups themselves are flavorful: What about a halfling masseur with meticulously clean feet who can feel knots with them? Then, there would be the ruggedly handsome investigator Vadim (with full stats) as well as his multiclassed devotee/friend Sonia (similarly, with stats) and several regulars provided for a rich array of NPCs to interact with – including the local inquisitor (again, with full stats and the truth-seeker archetype), convinced that a brilliant serial killer is stalking the town. Well, guess what? She is right.
If some of the classes and classes features mentioned before just generated question marks above your head, rest assured that the pdf’s appendix will cover all relevant components – from the Sensuous Charm and Love’ Devotion feats to the complex truth inquisition and the relevant class features for the mistress’ luckbringer tricks.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no significant hiccups. Layout adheres to a no-frills two-column b/w-standard. The b/w-artworks featured herein are all originals and well-made indeed. The cartography featured is rudimentary, but serves its purpose and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for our convenience.
I really enjoyed Kelly & Ken Pawlik’s delectable dragonfly – it is a unique and flavorful establishment that represents a nice change of pace- a sanctuary of women, a place to enjoy gossip and the finer things in life, the tea house is evocative and flavorful. The NPC-builds are creative and varied and then adventuring potential conveyed via the rumors and events as well as the serial killer subplot, is extensive. There isn’t much more one can ask of such a nice humble pdf. 5 stars + seal of approval.
You can get this fun, inexpensive little pdf here on OBS!