House of the Silver Swan
|The House of the Silver Swan|
|Location:||Church District, Drache|
|Type of Business:||Brothel, Inn|
|Owner:||Dennon "Four Hands" Ulathee|
Originally built as the country villa of a ranking member of the Order of the Beady Eye, the House of the Silver Swan is synonymous with serene opulence. Decadent pleasures await for any who can afford them and behave with proper decorum. Of course, the doormen are picky about who is let in, and the security is far better than anything else of this nature in Drache. The rich like their security, and the House of the Silver Swan offers plenty of it, all part and parcel with the exorbitant prices. With plenty of magical and physical security, no violence is tolerated. It is ruthlessly stamped out by skilled mercenaries from the Ebon Hammer who watch the floor, and by highly paid mages of some skill who are always on watch to make sure magic isn't being used to cheat in gambling and to quell any truly dangerous threats.
The decor is full of exotic woods, rich fabrics, and exquisite artwork that costs more than what a self-styled crime lord or noble would make in a year. It is the favored meeting place of Drache's high society when they don't meet in their own homes. Gentry and rich merchants tend to lounge about, and one can even spot some of the more successful courtesans of Drache plying their trade here; exotic, erotic and beckoning to any man that they make eye contact with. The courtesans are tolerated because they are both subtle and stylish, and are not drugged or enslaved. There is no regulation upon them in the House, they merely come of their own accord and are afforded the luxury of safety within its walls. The House of the Silver Swan offers luxurious suites of rooms for rent, and is often the lodging of choice for foreign aristocrats and royalty visiting Drache.
No activity escapes the watchful eye of the owner, a former master thief by the name of Dennon "Four Hands" Ulathee, a man of grace and wary politeness, who knows every trick a thief might try in here. Merely because the owner is retired does not mean he is not well informed or well connected. He is both, but inactive so long as his establishment remains free from threats. The respect he commands, and the favors he can call in from the upper crust of high classed criminals, magic users, and other influences of the city is enough to deal with major threats to the establishment. The house itself is built for discreet entrances and exits as well as for security. Famous customers seeking liaisons without fear of being caught in the public eye are given access, for a price, to the secret passages that run through the place. It is a favor granted to few and guarded jealously. The passages are warded, scryed and watched for intruders carefully, and are even trapped.
Due to its security and privacy, the House of the Silver Swan has played an important role in Drache's history on several occasions. Lorla Daranek invited a select group of individuals to the House of the Silver Swan to hear her proposal for what would become the Regency Council. Marcion ul-Fenduth Tagran Aldenbar held meetings with several of the key players in the civil unrest to help defuse the situation and restore order to Drache.