The Purple Pomegranate
The Purple Pomegranate is a cider-house (pub/cabaret), located in
the Docks area near the Lakeview lift. It has a history dating back
to the Age of Rationality in one way or another. However, it has only
recently become known as a center of Phoenix Faction intellectual life
under its new owner, Chesterfield Hazelton.
In addition to Phoenix Faction politics, it is known for an eclectic
variety of entertainment: talented Aerad dancers, an enthusiastic house band,
sophisticated special effects (with an in-house somna projector that covers
both stage and audience), and occasional avant garde or high brow
The high point of the season has been the performance of the Bama Acrobatic
Troupe during the annual visit of Lord Ben, Regent of Bama. Despite a close
call with tragedy, the evening was a complete success, winning approval
from VIP's such as the heiress to the Phoenix Feather.
The Dock area is outside the walls of the city, and
so not in the main somna field. Therefore, rowdier behavior is tolerated,
since it won't corrupt the morale of the city or disturb the Eldest Makoo.
The atmosphere in the Pomegranate is uninhibited, but there is an attempt
to maintain a respectable face: Mokoo visitors are always welcomed and
greeted with relaxing root-baths.
It attracts a diverse crowd, ranging from Dean Tolerance, who enjoys
avant garde art and cultural events, to the mysterious rebel called the
PC's are expected to be regulars at the Purple Pomegranate. There are many
reasons why your character might enjoy unwinding here: an interest in
politics, an interest in art, a place to meet adventerous contacts and
the intoxicating Aerad dancers and distilled beverages, or just as a
convenient place for Lakeview residents to socialize.
As regulars, they will have at least a nodding acquantance with the
employees and other regulars. This gives your character some grounding
in the game world, and a pre-game relationship with the other PC's.
Employees of the Purple Pomegranate
Chesterfield Hazelton: Varagh. Owner of the Purple Pomegranate,
as well as the Phoenix faction newsweekly "Out of the Ashes"
and a successful Lakeview Heights accounting firm whose profits
make up for his other endeavors' losses. He
likes to play the radical, but is really the cautious accountant at heart.
That maybe why "Out of the Ashes"
has survived when many other Phoenix faction newspapers have been censored.
He pays top money for stories but prints only a small fraction of what he
buys. He has a laissez-faire
attitude towards the Pomegranate, but likes to hang out there.
Regatta Vancouver: Varagh. Bartender and Chesterfield's niece.
Has a photographic memory, and knows everyone's name,
face, favorite drink and saddest story. Laid back and apolitical.
Serves drinks and food
without seeming to move, and without a pause in conversation.
Colby, Debby and their kids:
The Pomegranate's Darbies-in-Residence.
Colby affects to disapprove of the
scandalous goings-on at the Pomegranate, but does so with a salacious
expression of enjoyment. He is very loyal to his friends.
Debby is honorary mother to all the regulars and dancers. She is apt to
play favorites for the current prima donna. Loves to find errands to do backstage.
Arby,Baby, and Cubby are their older children. Full of energy, they are
constantly doing small tasks and
bringing trays of food and drink all over the Pomegranate.
The younger kids Gobi, Hoby and Robby are also all over the Pomegranate,
but are playing games and
pranks rather than working.
Aerad. Director of choreography. Sophisticated and worldly, she likes
to run the dancer's lives for them. She is protective but patronizing
towards her dancers. She can be vindictive if crossed.
Although no one knows for sure if she has magical talents, the dancers
swear she is a sensitive and a diviner, by the way she knows everything
they think or do.
Director Zzazza: (nickname: Zza)
Aerad. Technical director. Conjurer. Does special effects for dance performances.
A bit of a perfectionist. She prevented catastrophe during the Bama Acrobats'
performance by discovering a magically concealed assassin.
Has a pet wiener dog Misty.
Aerad. Dancer. Naive, innocently vain up-and-coming superstar. In a
year or two, the Pomegranate will
just be a stepping stone to greater fame. If she survives,
which is doubtful given her foolish stunts and the
other dancers' jealousy.
Aerad. Dancer. Current prima donna. Intensely jealous of Chilich. Temperamental.
Meup, Brigit, and Cricket:
Aerads. Back-up dancers. Also work as hostesses when there's no show.
A musically-oriented gorilla pack that claim the Pomegranate as their turf.
They are the house band, and do heavy lifting jobs. They also have outside
One of two Alpha-males of the Howler pack, Bert is gentle and easy-going.
He works as the Pomegranate's roadie, usually under Zaza's supervision. Bert is the
one Howler with no musical
pretensions. However, he is the Howler Sisters' favorite. He is large
and strong even for a male gorilla.
The other Alpha-male Howler and Berts full brother. Bart is both the
Pomegranates bouncer and plays
percussion and back-up vocals with the Howler Sisters. He shares his brother's
strength and size, but not his gentle temperament. Bart is rather jealous
of Bert's popularity, especially with the lady gorillas.
Flo, Sue and Pat: the Howler Sisters.
Locally popular a cappella singing trio, usually backed up by Bart on
percussion and a random selection of
their friends and relatives. They play the Pomegranate several times a week,
either on the dancers' night off or as an accompaniment. Their day job is managing
the Howler's Lakeview produce stand and
Dockside produce warehouse. The exact membership of the Sisters changes
over the years, but they're
always the highest status female Howlers.
A male Gorilla approaching adolescence. He is the darling of the female
Howlers, and is musically precocious, sometimes appearing with the females
on stage. A little insecure and somewhat mischievous.