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There was a time when the rise of pubs, taverns, inns and bars made families and transplants to RhyDin scramble over one another to build and buy land. The success and permanency of the Red Dragon Inn inspired many, and RhyDin was no stranger to clubs, bars and inns. Unfortunately, the draw of the Red Dragon was difficult to reproduce. Many inns faltered. Some taverns were simply abandoned while others were forgotten; rebuilt upon or wiped from the landscape to make way for the new. Fortunately, O'Cleary's became one of the few that have survived over the years. Built by Dennis O'Cleary nearly twenty years ago, the pub's meant to give off the feel that it's been part of the landscape of RhyDin for hundreds of years. Displaced from his original time and place, O'Cleary wanted to give himself and his family a taste of home in the often very alien and very strange land and he was successful. Many of the displaced Irish in RhyDin found themselves drawn to O'Cleary's, its intimate setting and old fashioned warmth was a little bit of heaven in a harsh life. Though never reaching the fame of other watering holes, O'Cleary's survived the test of time thanks to its stubborn and wonderful patrons.

O'Cleary's Pub stands in a quieter part of RhyDin, far away from the bustle and business of the main city and market place. Following a gravel road south from the city named simply Criac, burned into rickety looking sign, the road to the pub is marked with the passage of horse, carriage, feet and even a few tire marks. The brown weathered bricks of O'Cleary's can be seen once a traveler has crested a gently sloping hill, sleepy little straw houses and squat brick homes dot the landscape beside it.

O'Cleary's was built from a mix of wood from various old places, the re-used stones of an old tower, a surviving wall from a crumbled castle, creating the sense of a structure that has been here much longer than just 20 years. The bar room is not a sprawling monstrosity of luxury. All aspects of the pub are intimate and made to bring people together and encourage the sense of a home more than a bar.


I

The first section of the pub once a patron passes under the arch of the old castle wall is the O'Cleary courtyard. The Courtyard is the outdoor seating area where old barrels make up tables, tall stools around tall tables, benches and other well-loved and old furniture gather to create a homey experience. The courtyard was built with bricks gathered from all over Rhydin, creating a muted stone rainbow of colors that glitter occasionally when the light hits them correctly. The courtyard is mostly covered with faded canvas with hanging lanterns to shine softly at night. All around the courtyard edges are barrels, raised beds and other planters filled with dirt and blooming herbs or flowers in the summer.

Directly in line with the entrance arch into the courtyard is the door to the main pub area. To the left is a path that lead to very old fashioned outhouses.

In between the outhouses was a hand pump and a bar of soap. Hand-drying was left up to patrons.


II


Across the courtyard was the square and squat white-washed O'Cleary's pub. When a thirsty adventurer comes to the thickly paneled, hand made oaken front door and crosses the thresh hold, the first thing they note is how much darker it is inside and how much character and life has passed through the pub. Directly across from the main door, making the new patron meander through benches and tables, chairs and tables, sat a very small, modest looking oaken bar. The bar in the main room was jammed packed with bottles upon bottles, and behind the bar a multitude of different taps for ales and beers sat like waiting soldiers to fill a pint or two. (Or three or four.) The walls are covered in the many paper bills and coins of RhyDin's countless currencies signed by the many visitors over the years. (And pub goers are encouraged to tack a new one up if they haven't been to the pub before.) Statues and figures, some old gods and some new (if they were deities, they were most likely representations of those who enjoy fun, frolicking, good times, good people and good drinking) scatter themselves through shelves, flat surfaces, behind the modest bar. There's a few hats hung on the walls, notes from old tavern goers and new. Old labels from beers that were no longer found in the realm, pictures of guests and pub goers too could be found tucked between the currencies. O'Cleary's pub kept its history on its walls and encouraged newcomers to add to it.



To the left of the bar was a door that led to the kitchen, a smaller area than the commons. Here, O'Cleary's daughters and hired hands brushed elbows and legs with one another rushing to and fro in cooking and baking, but none seemed to mind. The ceiling was crammed full of woven baskets filled with the freshest of cooking herbs. Hand picked in the summer from the courtyard or fetched from the RhyDin Market places in winter. There were many traditional kitchen accessories mingling with the newer technologies quietly masked to blend in with the rest. (Running hot and cold water, for instance, but drawn by miniature hand pumps. A wood stove beside an electric one.) To the back of the kitchens nearest the back kitchen door (which is often open a little bit summer or fall to cool the area off) is a long dining room table for kitchen staff to sit and take breaks; candles in re-purposed wine bottles keep the area a lit at night (though cleverly woven through out the bar are tiny little electric lights that one of O'Cleary's daughters had installed.)



CREDIT: O CLEARYS PUB IS DIRECTLY BASED ON THE BRAZEN HEAD PUB IN DUBLIN, IRELAND. MANY THANKS TO THE BRAZEN HEAD FOR PROVIDING THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT RHYDIN PUB!
 

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O'Cleary's Pub NPCs

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The O'Cleary clan primarily is made of Dennis O'Cleary and his seven daughters. Dennis' O'Cleary was married three times and was given daughters from each marriage. His first wife, Aileen, died at the hands of a vicious vampire attack. His second wife, Siofra, did what many RhyDin citizens seem to do: disappear. His third and last wife, Siona, died of a heart attack at sixty seven, leaving Dennis a widow and quite done with marriage at the current age of 70.

Many of his daughters married and had children. Because their father never gave up on them and often raised them alone they are fiercely protective of him and have decided to keep their maiden names. Any child of the O'Cleary clan under the age of 18 is kept away from the pub firmly until they are old enough to drink. Or work. Children in the pub after 8 o'clock at night is often quietly discouraged. The O'Cleary's have an old fashioned view point on kids around drinking.


Dennis O'Cleary
Dennis O'Cleary is a silvery haired, brown eyed, bewrinkled and wiry old man that still rises at five o'clock in the morning, no earlier, no later, to make his way down to his pub cane in hand. Despite having handed the business off to his oldest daughter, Aednat, he still has his hands in every aspect of the business... albeit from a table and chair with his hand around a pint of dark stout that takes him all day to finish. Often, Father and daughter can be seen walking hand and hand in the wee hours of the morning, long before the rest of the family trucks in at 8 to begin cleaning and preparing. Dennis and Aednat often go heatedly head-to-head about how to run the pub. Dennis has long since mistrusted technology, non-humans and outsiders, the reason why O'Cleary's has been one of RhyDins best kept secret pubs for the last 20 years.

Aednat O'Cleary
Aednat O'Cleary is the first born of Dennis O'Cleary, and his first wife, Aileen. She has her father's dark eyes and her mother's blond hair though a few streaks of silver are sneaking in. She is a plump woman who oversees every aspect of work, from hiring, firing, kitchen, cleaning, cooking and book keeping. Her father gave her the pub seven years ago though the two of them often (and loudly) fight about how its run. Aednant married a dark elf twenty years ago, unfortunately for Dennis, and does not share his mistrust of the many different races and peoples of RhyDin. Though she is not familiar with much of the technology rolling through these days, she tries her best to understand the changing needs of the realm. Hot and cold water was installed soon after she was given the inn, electric lights were tucked away along the ceiling that ran on a silent generator provided by the Gnomish Association for Lights and Power (or GALP for short.) Aednat has a good heart and will give a job to just about anyone who needs it; but she can take after her name "little fire," if she finds those she's hired stealing, being lazy, or taking advantage of her and her family's good graces--she can be merciless when it comes to protecting the business and her family. Aednat and her father, Dennis, are currently having a heated debate about installing more modern plumbing to replace the outhouses and a small parking lot installed nearby. Dennis, as usual, is refusing to budge.

Brigid O'Cleary & Isolt O'Cleary (Twins)
Brigid O'Cleary and Isolt are twins who look so much alike patrons often cannot tell them apart. The sisters do not have different features, nor do any of them carry (visible anyway) a mark or mole that differentiates one from the other. Brigid is in charge of the cooking in the kitchen and all other chefs and chefs in training. She oversees nearly every meal personally and her touch is in many of the signature traditional (and non traditional) dishes available. Isolt is in charge of plating those dishes and the wait staff that carry them out. Both are much like their older sister, warm and inviting when shown respect--but waspish and unafraid to put their foot down when encountering foolishness. To make matters more complicated and amusing, the sisters are also married to twins: Liam & Padraig.

Ryanne O'Cleary
Ryanne O'Clearly is in her early 30's, and despite being younger than Aednot and the twins, she appears to be the oldest with wiry grey hair pulled into a no-nonsense bun with nary a piece of hair out of place. Ryanne never married and shows no interest in it. She has her mother's light grey eyes and a long, disapproving mouth that to most outside the family would suspect has never smiled a day in its life. Ryanne, of course, is warm, caring and loving with family--but an intensely private person. She is in charge of cleaning for both the pub as well as taking care of and training any of the cleaning staff hired. Ryanne has an eye for perfection and is what some modern folk might call: a clean freak. Ryanne's obsessive habits are actually a boon for the pub, as cleanliness is imperative to not scaring away customers. Her sisters have been trying to work on her personality for ages, with no success.

Shauna O'Cleary
Shauna is the family's nature lover. Shauna has always been a bit of a dreamer (her sisters sometimes say 'spacey') with light grey eyes that seem swept up in some thought or another. She has a natural green thumb and is in charge of the O'Cleary's herb and vegetable garden planted all around the property in the summer. In the winter, she focuses her attention on the stables and horses. She is in charge of the stable boys or girls winter and summer, but often only steps in to maintain the latter if she finds them out of line. Shauna has a sweet, round face and a horrible case of generous brown freckles everywhere. She smiles and giggles often. Shauna has been married many times, but has been devastatingly unfortunate in each marriage, with husbands or wives running away, dying, or leaving her for someone else. Like her father, Shauna has decided she'd rather be single.

Noleen O'Cleary
Noleen is the swiss-army knife. Noleen takes care of booking singers and story tellers when possible but she's also taken a shine to the new plumbing system installed. She has a knack for carpentry and building things; her hands are always rough and fiddling with something to figure out how it works. Or how to break it and fix it. Noleen is both handy-woman and in charge of hiring out professionals if there are major repairs she can't handle. If something breaks, however, Noleen can often fix it in a pinch. Noleen shares her sister's, Shauna's, freckles, but has a lean figure and lean face. Noleen is married to a lovely lady, Miranda, who happens to be a succubi. If Noleen is not fiddling or fixing something, she is often found mooning about thinking of her new wife.

Kaitlin O'Cleary
Kaitlin is the youngest at a fresh-faced 20. She was the last and only child of Dennis and Siona and is and will forever be the 'baby' of the family. If guests thought the sisters were protective of their father, they have no idea really, how protective they are of Kaitlin. Kaitlin has the rich brown hair with red hints that her mother had, with her fathers dark eyes. She works behind the main bar nearly every day the bar is open, genuinely enjoying slinging the drinks. Kaitlin seems to thrive on being out-going and nights that it gets so busy most people wonder how she keeps up. Although Kaitlin's sisters and father watch her like a hawk, this doesn't seem to bother her in the slightest. She understands why and where it comes from. Kaitlin is also in charge of training new hires behind the bar, but many of them do not stay for long as O'Cleary's hardest job is keeping up with the drinks in all three bars. Though Aednat is generally in charge of hiring and firing for all sections; due to the revolving door and burn out of bar tending, Kaitlin has leeway in hiring anyone interested in tending for any length of time, letting people get behind the bar to help or to help themselves as long as they pay.


Deceased:

Aileen O'Cleary, Dennis' first wife and mother to Aednat, Brigid and Isolt
Siofra O'Cleary, Dennis' second wife and mother to Ryanne, Shauna and Noleen.
Siona O'Cleary, Dennis' third and final wife and mother to Kaitlin, the youngest.
 

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OOC: O'Cleary's Pub FAQ

Who can play in O'Cleary's Pub?
Everyone. O'Cleary's will be (if accepted) a public room for anyone and everyone to RP in. Modern, medieval, fantasy, sci-fi, fiction, modern fantasy--there is no restriction on who can play in O'Cleary's.

Who can work at O'Cleary's pub?
Anyone. Aednat is willing to hire anyone who looks like they need a job and money, but she is also quick to fire anyone who disrupts the business, is lazy, is caught stealing or being rude to customers.

What kind of jobs can be filled at O'Cleary's?
Waiters. Waitresses. Dish washers. Table cleaners. Bar tenders. Cooks, cooks in training, carpenters, cleaners. Stable boys/girls to look after horse or carriage.

Can my character get their own drink if Kaitlin is not working behind the bar/too busy/if I want?
Yep! And if Kaitlin is not being played, characters are welcome to make themselves at home!

Who can use/write about/control the NPC's at O'Cleary's?
Anyone. All that I ask is that you remain true to the general idea of them. Dennis wouldn't make out with an elf, let alone make out with anyone, Aednat wouldn't drink on the job and be lazy, etc.

Can players use this setting outside of GreaterRealms?
Yes. You are free to mention, write in and otherwise feature O'Cleary's in any of your RP, live or forum on Rings of Honor or Red Dragon Inn.

Can players destroy/blow up/set fire to/steam roll over/have a dragon eat and otherwise obliterate this setting?
I am sorry, no. You may not do anything which destroys O'Cleary's pub or the courtyard.

What about breaking chairs/glasses/bottles/tables/etc?
With a modicum of common sense; yes. Fights, bar brawls and accidents happen. Things break. "RAWR ME SMASH ALL THE THINGS," however, isn't cool.

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