ER:Sign of the Flatiron

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A sleazy bar in the Errant Road on-line free-form role-playing game. (In Errant Road, there apparently are no bars but sleazy ones.) Needless to say, it doesn't exist in the Poe-verse.

This fine(?) institution caters to discerning palates (meaning anyone who can't find food and drink anywhere else) in the small town of Ester in southwestern Farrel, not far from the larger Port Lorrel. It does double duty as headquarters for the Falkenrohr, a small Farrelite guild that more or less controls the town and the nearby countryside. The shadowy Tom Odd, apparently the head of the Falkenrohr, is a regular here.

It first shows up in the game when PCs Tamina, Udo, and Jamie (with Nera in a somewhat indeterminate state) wander in after a murderous fight with a band of "cultists" back in Lorrel. Unsurprisingly, it isn't long before a bar fight breaks out. Jamie quells this with superior firepower, some of which is applied fatally to bad-guy Winslow, who just happens to be the head of the outfit (the "Expendables") that had just been, well, expended in Lorrel. They hang around just long enough for Jamie to receive partial payment for her next job, a hit on a member of the unpleasant Oshima gang; however, the key action for this gig happens somewhere else.

The Flatiron is visited again, much later in both game and (particularly) real time, when Tamina and Udo join up with members of the Silver Hands and the reluctant Khoo (and his definitely not-so-reluctant girlfriend Anna-Lisa) for a revenge visit to the "Mushroom Woods" outside town. It's mainly just a rendezvous point and little of the action connected with the Mushroom Woods happens here; however, Eisenfaust big shot Elke happens to be in town as well, and runs into the merry crew at the Flatiron after their "quest" has come to a more or less satisfactory conclusions. This encounter sets in motion shadowy events that continue to this very day, so despite its seeming obscurity, this bar actually is kind of a happening place, of sorts.

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