Shanty of the Sea, or "The Shanty", as the locals commonly shortened it to, was a tavern and restaurant nestled at the heart of Blue Maiden. This wasn't exactly your normal, run-of-the-mill tavern, however. Oh no, because the thing about the Shanty was that it was an old boat. No one throughout the whole Swamp was able to say exactly how the boat had gotten where it did, or for how long that it had been there. The most prevalent story was that sometime long, long ago, some sailors, whether explorers or perhaps even pirates, had gotten a little bit too adventurous. Seeking either treasure or glory, they had foolishly taken their vessel from the sea where it belonged and had ventured down the waterways of Midoro Swamp. They soon found themselves having bitten off more than they could chew and found themselves unable to maneuver the boat, eventually becoming stuck between a few trees and sitting in a shallow pool of water where the bottom touched. It was still a mystery of what had happened to the people manning the watercraft, though their bodies were likely part of the surrounding earth. Years later, as the settlement of Blue Maiden was built up, inhabitants decided to make use of the abandoned ship, since it couldn't be moved out of the way. An old lizalfos merchant claimed ownership of it and cleared it out, setting up shop inside. He began to peddle his wares out of it and was able to make decent money from the growing town population. One day, he also began to sell alcohol that he was able to acquire, and then business really took off. Blue Maiden kept growing, and through the years, the lizalfos merchant passed his business down through the family. To that current day, Shanty of the Sea, keeping the original name of the boat that was sprawled across its bow, was still owned by a descendant of that original lizalfos. The business had seamlessly transitioned into a full on tavern, serving any kind of booze that one could desire, as well as a limited food menu. It wasn't a large boat, it had two levels total. The lower deck was the main hub, there was a hole in the ship that opened up to this deck and was the entrance for the tavern. It was made accessible by a suspect wooden bridge that had been built over the small distance of water to land. Once you stepped inside, there were many improvised seating areas. Tables and chairs were made out of whatever had been available, anything and everything from wooden crates to large rocks to well constructed actual tables. Then in the stern of the ship was the bar, where the cargo hold likely was, which made great use of the all the storage shelves that where there. There was a small counter set up with a few stools. There was a ladder by the bar that you could climb and get onto the upper deck, where there was some outside seating and another small bar. ------------------------------------------ Zain stepped inside the Shanty, having been referred there by almost all of the town's inhabitants that he had come across. Apparently, this was one of the most popular and busiest places in Blue Maiden. These claims were confirmed when the sight of people everywhere met the Twili's eyes. It would surely be difficult to even find a seat. Everywhere you looked there were people eating, drinking, and laughing. Zain began to make his way through the crowd, every step on the old and worn wood creaking loudly. There were even the occasional puddles of swamp water leaking through the floors where the wood had been broken. The Warden pressed on toward the back of the boat and managed to find an open stool at the bar. He sat himself down and ordered an exotic rum when the bartender came over. Soon he was sipping on this drink and had turned around in his stool, curiously watching all the people before him.