tavern names

You meet in a tavern, it’s called …

Tavern Scene-1658-David Teniers II.jpg
Tavern Scene by David Teniers the Younger, Public Domain, Link

Start with “The…” then roll on the following tables.

Some names will suit certain localities better, such as near a maritime dock, or an out-of-the-way place only visited by local farmers.

If you get something that doesn’t suit, just roll again or pick something near it that strikes your fancy. Pretty much any name works if you grab two words at random and join them with an and. Names starting with the same letter or similar sounds are easy to say and work well.

Try and come up with a reason for the name and decide if it’s true or just a legend. It could be used as an adventuring hook and inspire PCs or NPCs to investigate.

Pre

Prepend the result from the Item table with a descriptive word.

d20 pre…
1 Black / Sable
2 Brown / Tawny / Dun
3 Golden / Azure
4 Green / Vert
5 Red / Ruby
6 Silver / Argent / Crystal
7 White / Albion / Pearl
8 New
9 Old / Rusty / Broken
10 Happy
11 Merry
12 Jolly
13 Naughty
14 1d8 qty, 1=Lone (eg The Loan(ly) Arrow)
15 roll on Append table (eg The Kings Lament)
16-20 roll twice on Item table (eg The Frog and Spoon)

Append

Append an emotion if it suits (eg The Kings Lament)

d8 emotion
1 Folly
2 Gambit
3 Joy
4 Lament
5 Pride
6 Quest
7 Sorrow
8 Victory

Item

To use the below table, roll a d6 three times (or three diff colours at the same time and declaring one d6 as high, one as middle and one as low, or even just push them into a line) and instead of adding them you concatenate the numbers

Text in brackets provide suggestions and variations to use, but can be ignored if it doesn’t work.

d216 thing
111 (1d4: 1.New 2.Half 3.Full 4.Blood) Moon
112 (1d4: 1.Sun 2.Moon 3.Stars 4.Sky)
113 (1d6: 1.Apple 2.Cherry 3.Orange 4.Pear 5.Walnut 6.Yew) Tree
114 (1d6: 1.Axe 2.Rake 3.Fork 4.Scythe 5.Sheers 6.Basket)
115 (Baron / Baroness)
116 (Bay / Pack) Horse (and 1.Cart 2.Groom 3.Jockey 4.Wagon)
121 (Bow and) Arrow
122 (Brewers) (Tap / Cask)
123 (Corner / Halfway / Dog / Brew) House
124 (Crooked) Billet
125 (Crossed) (Key / Sword)s
126 (Duke / Duchess)
131 (Grape and) Vine
132 (Hairy / Bald) Goblin
133 (Jester / Fool)
134 (King / Queen) (’s roll on Append table above)
135 (Kings / Queens) Crown (and Anchor)
136 (Locked / Key and) Gate
141 (Locked / Broken) Chest
142 (Lord / Lady)
143 (Mean) Fiddler
144 (Mended) Drum
145 (Mouse / Ferret)
146 (Plume Of) Feather(s)
151 (Prancing) Pony
152 (Rod and) Fish (and Dolphin)
153 (Sea) Dragon(s 1d6: 1.Hoard 2.Head 3.Claw 4.Tail 5.Eye 6.Wing)
154 (Setting / Rising) (Sun / Moon)
155 (Square and) Compass
156 (Squealing / Smelly) (Pig / Sow)
161 (Wild) Boar(s Head / Tusk)
162 (choose a Person) Daughter
163 (choose a Person) Father
164 (choose a Person) Son
165 (choose a Person) Wife
166 Abbey
211 (Abbot / Acolyte) (s Quest)
212 Adder
213 Albert
214 Alexandra
215 Anchor
216 Angel
221 Assassin(s Blade)
222 Axe
223 Badger
224 Baker(s Arms)
225 Bandit
226 Barbarian
231 Bard
232 Barley
233 Basilisk(s Gaze)
234 Bat
235 Bear
236 Bee(s Sting / Hive)
241 Beggar(s Hand)
242 Bell
243 Bird (In Hand)
244 Bishop(s Blessing)
245 Boat (House)
246 Bones
251 Boot
252 Bow (and Arrow)
253 Brewer(s Arms)
254 Bricklayer(s Arms)
255 Bride
256 Bridge
261 Buccaneer(s Haven)
262 Buck
263 Bull(s Head / Horns) (… and Bush)
264 Bush
265 Butcher(s Arms)
266 Camel(s Back)
311 Carpenter(s Arms)
312 Carter
313 Castle
314 Centaur
315 Chain
316 Coach (and Horses) (…House)
321 Cooper(s Barrel)
322 Cow
323 Crocodile(s Smile)
324 Cross
325 Crow
326 Cup (and Spoon / Bowl)
331 Cyclop(s Eye)
332 Deer
333 Doe
334 Dog (House / and Partridge)
335 Donkey
336 Druid
341 Dwarf(s Head / Axe / Gold / Helmet)
342 Eagle(s Wing / Talon / Beak)
343 Elephant(s Trunk / Ear) (…and Castle)
344 Elf(s Head / Bow)
345 Falcon(s Beak)
346 Farmer(s Arms / Wife / Son / Daughter)
351 Fawn
352 Ferryman(s Arms)
353 Fleece (and Sheers)
354 Forester(s Arms)
355 Fountain
356 Fowl
361 Fox (and 1d4: 1.Goose 2.Hound 3.Rabbit 4.Hare)
362 Frog (and Toad)
363 Gardener(s Arms)
364 Garter
365 Giant(s Hand / Head)
366 Gnome(s Head)
411 Goat(s Horns / Hoof)
412 Goose
413 (Grapes / Plums / Apple / Pear)
414 Greyhound
415 Griffin
416 Halfling(s Head / Hands / Feet)
421 Hand
422 Hangman(s Noose / Drop)
423 Harbour
424 Hare (and Hounds / Tortoise)
425 Harp
426 Harrow
431 Heart
432 Hen(s Teeth / Nest / House) (…and Egg)
433 Highwayman
434 Hope (and Anchor)
435 Horseshoe
436 Huntsman
441 Imperial
442 Joiner(s Arms)
443 Journeyman
444 Jubilee
445 Junction
446 Key (and Chest / Gate)
451 King(s Arms / Head / Crown)
452 Kitchen
453 Lad
454 Lamb (and Anchor)
455 Lass
456 Lighthouse
461 Lion(s Mane)
462 Lock (and Key)
463 Maid
464 Maiden(s Hair)
465 Manor
466 Mare
511 Mason(s Arms)
512 Mermaid
513 Milkmaid(s Stool)
514 Mill
515 Miller
516 Miner(s Arms / Pick / Helmet)
521 Minotaur(s Horns / Head)
522 Minstrel
523 Mitre
524 Monk
525 Mother
526 Mule (and Donkey)
531 (Tooth and) Nail (and Hammer)
532 Navigator
533 Oak (and Acorn)
534 Ogre
535 Orc(s Head)
536 Ox
541 Pard / Leopard
542 Peacock
543 Pheasant
544 Phoenix
545 Pipe
546 Plough
551 Pudding
552 Queen(s Arms / Head / Crown)
553 Rabbit(s Foot)
554 Ram(s Head / Horns)
555 Rat(s Tail)
556 Raven
561 Rooster(s Tail)
562 Rose (and Crown / Thorn)
563 Sailor
564 Scorpion
565 Sheep
566 Shield
611 Skull (and Bones)
612 Slime
613 Sloth
614 Smith(y’s Arms)
615 Smuggler(s Den / Nest)
616 Soldier(s Wife / Son / Daughter)
621 Sparrow(s Nest)
622 Spider(s Liar)
623 Spoon (and Bowl)
624 Stable
625 Stag(s Head)
626 Star (and Garter)
631 Swan
632 Swine
633 Talbot 1
634 Thiefs(s Hand)
635 Thorn
636 Toad(s Hole)
641 Tortoise (and Hare)
642 Traveller(s Rest)
643 Troll(s Head)
644 Trumpet
645 Turtle
646 Unicorn(s Horn)
651 Vineyard
652 Wasp(s Sting / Nest)
653 Water (Front / Side)
654 Weasel
655 Weaver(s Loom)
656 Wheat (Sheaf)
661 Wheelwright
662 Windmill
663 Wizard(s Wand / Hat)
664 Wolf(s Claw, Pack, Howl)
665 Woodsman(s Arms / Axe / Wife / Son / Daughter)
666 Wool (Bale / Cart / Pack)

generate

Create the above list with:

for i in {1..6}{1..6}{1..6} ; do echo $i ; done

For more info on generating tables like this, see d216 and markdown tables


  1. A hunting dog, see Talbot↩︎