Our last play session with me as rotating DM ended with the party about to enter the (classic Greyhawk version) Vault of the Drow. Currently, I am a player in another DM's game, but when it cycles back around to me, the party will indeed be entering and proceeding to the Black Tower.

Several weeks ago I read somewhere about an inn called something like the 'crowned cap' where Underdark foreigners and surface dwellers stay when they are in a certain drow city (I don't think the city was specifically Erelhei-Cinlu but don't remember). There was, if I recall correctly, even a floor plan of the inn included in the source material. Regardless of where it is from, I had planned to drop this inn into Erelhei-Cinlu and have the Bailiff of the Black Tower recommend the party stay there.

Unfortunately, in the time since reading it, I have lost reference to whatever source I found this in. I know it is not in the original first edition D3 description of the city, nor in the third edition version presented in Dragon 298. Neither is it in the third-party Rise of the Drow. I am pretty sure the inn is not specifically tied to Erelhei-Cinlu, as it is not mentioned in the greyhawkwiki for the city, so it is likely a generic 'drow city', but is possibly some version of Menzoberranzan.

Any help in identifying the source for my recollection of something like the 'crowned cap' inn would be appreciated.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is this 3rd edition or newer, or could you be remembering 2nd edition content? \$\endgroup\$
    – From
    Jun 5, 2023 at 21:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @From Unfortunately I have no idea of the edition. However, the linked inn you suggest is pretty clearly a surface inn and serving things like elven wine would not go over well in the Underdark. That's not the one I was looking for. While the name may not be exactly crowned cap, it was definitely something relating to fungus. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Jun 5, 2023 at 22:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ The closest in name I can find is the Skull Cup, but there's no map and only a short description. Here's a near-complete list from 2009: candlekeep.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12088 \$\endgroup\$
    – From
    Jun 6, 2023 at 0:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @From Neither of those, but the candlekeep forum list is a fantastic resource. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Jun 6, 2023 at 0:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RedAnne Ah, understood. Right after I wrote my question we decided to move to 'the other game' (we rotate DMs / games; I am currently a player in ToA). Given the lack of answer, I have designed-forward so that I will not need the answer when we switch back to the Vault - but I would still like an answer before then, so will leave the question up at least until then. However, my understanding of meta is that even if I no longer need the answer, if someone else might, it stays. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Nov 26, 2023 at 5:56


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