Curse of Strahd
The Paradox is a profitable tarven located in Waterdeep.
The Paradox was unusual in many small ways aside from its surreptitious purpose. For instance drinks and meals cost nothing…nothing at all. Even though the fare was perhaps the finest in Waterdeep, there was never any charge for food, drinks or service. Nonetheless, the Paradox was undoubtedly the most profitable establishment in the city. It brought in enormous amounts of gold coin. Its income was derived solely from commissions. When a clandestine assemblage in the Paradox consummated an information transaction, they left ten percent of that transaction value on the table. And, payment was always in platinum or gold…no silver, no copper. If no deal was reached, nothing was left on the table, there was no charge for failure. Sometimes meetings drug on for days culminating in no payment being left behind. At other times a table might almost collapse from the weight of the gold left atop it. Did anyone cheat? Only once had that happened. The region from which the miscreants came was denied entry into the Paradox for two-hundred years. As a result the disenfranchised area’s economy suffered terribly at the hands of those who possessed the information to which they no longer had access and it also lost three bloody wars. No one nicked the Paradox.
Slate sat quietly glancing around the room. The serving women were all attractive elven girls. Brielle trained them all, not in serving but in eavesdropping, lip-reading and ingratiating themselves with customers. What they learned, Brielle learned. Being elves each girl stayed for decades or even centuries. They each had lives outside of the Paradox but they were untouchable for any nefarious purpose. Absolutely no one molested a Paradox serving girl. If one fell asleep on the docks at night. when she woke not only would everything be intact but she would likely find that someone had placed a blanket over her. Thus the name, Paradox. A place filled with the most reprehensible professionals in the Realm, was the safest place in the land.