What’s a rover?
The word “rover” originally described a pirate. A close relative of “reave,” there was no doubt that “roving” implied plunder in old England, rather than the gentler connotations of being a “wanderer” that the word suggests today.
Into the tavern
When our heroine, Shadowhand, seeks refuge, The Rover’s Arms extends its welcome; an inn packed with ruffians, serving hearty food and ales.
The British Pub today is an institution recognised by locals and visitors alike. Coaching inns were important pitstops in the 18th century, where travellers on long journeys could get fresh horses and grab a bite to eat. (A bit like a motorway service station).
On the menu
You could rely on an inn like The Rover’s Arms for a satisfying, traditional meal, like this seriously health-boosting steak and ale pie.
There are always a few drunks getting out of hand.
This chap has had one too many Tankards of Ale – which are great for the constitution but can slow your reflexes a bit in a brawl. And watch out, he has a hammer.
The refreshments are good but we can’t promise that the clientele are particularly desirable.
This rogue has a nasty brutal glove, and he’s been getting meaner by downing a dubious local beverage, Brute’s Brew, which is reputed to give a greater chance to stun.
It’s been fun, but Shadowhand should probably call it a night and move on…perhaps The Rover’s Arms is a bit of a sketchy venue, after all.