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Naming Conventions of Inns and Such
Pubs, taverns, inns, brothels. and similar establishments in Turanga are named according to an alliterative tradition: an adjective and a noun, each starting with the same letter. Typically the noun is an animal or class of person, as in “Pickled Platypus” or “Merry Maiden”. First letter soundalikes are acceptable: the “Fugly Philistine”. Dwarfish accommodations near the border often follow the convention, but in more traditional clan holds it’s just “the pub” or “the inn”. If a competitor opens shop, it’s “the other pub” or “the other inn”. Elfish communities rarely have a place set aside for outsiders. If nobody in an elfish town likes you well enough to let you sleep on their couch, you shouldn’t be there.
The Turangan tradition started with one tavern, opened by Tammy Ptarmigan, named “Tammy’s Tavern”. She was very successful. Competitors weren’t sure what to imitate, so they copied everything, including the style of the name, as in “Bork’s Bordello”, “Ingrid’s Inn”, “Barry’s Bar”, and “Horseface’s Whorehouse”. Then Tammy’s Tavern went co-op, and the possessive, materialistic name was abandoned in favor of something more in tune with the world spirit: the “Tantric Tyrannosaurus”—the tyrannosaurus had been revered as a symbol of integrity and pride by an ancient, long-eaten tribe. Competitors followed suit again (the “Bendy Bovine”, “Ignorant Iguana”, and the overrated “Horrible Whore”) and the convention stuck.