The Dawn of the Blackwatch
Vain Robert's Gibbet
Robert Van Robert was a notorious bard who lived over 200 years ago. He was a talented musician and storyteller but what he was best known for was his romantic exploits with powerful women. Princesses, queens, high priestesses, and even some minor deities all fell victim to his legendary charm. The only person who loved Robert Van Robert more than the women in his life was himself. Vain Robert soon found that telling the stories of his romantic adventures drew bigger crowds and fed his ego more than any songs ever could. As might be imagined, Robert angered many a powerful husband, father, brother, and lover and eventually his enemies caught up with him in the town of Blackwater. Even though the outcome was never in doubt a trial was held which became quite a public spectacle with women flocking to try save Robert. When he was found guilty a gibbet was erected on the cliffs over Blackrock Bight and it is said that women begged, borrowed, and stole boats to witness the event. It is also said that the weeping and wailing could be heard for miles as Vain Robert was hanged. A few years later the Hale family built a tavern on the spot and it soon became known as Vain Robert’s Gibbet. Today it is run by Bertram Hale and has the reputation as one of the finest taverns in the land. In the spirit of Robert Van Robert, the inn is staffed by Bertram’s three daughters,Summer, Autumn, & Twilight, who do not share a common mother.