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The Hissing Stones bathhouse was an amenity and local landmark of Baldur's Gate, being one of the oldest buildings in the city as of the late 15th century DR. The establishment had a sterling reputation as the city's safest and most confidential meeting area among the various Baldurian power groups.[2]

It was owned and operated by Merilyn Allaryr, a moon elf with enough experience and acumen to effectively manage the various personalities and political groups that patronized her establishment.[2] She paid her staff well enough that they were largely insusceptible to bribery.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The bathhouse featured a central cloister of cold lounging pools with steam rooms in the western wing and hot baths available in the eastern wing.[1][2]

The bathhouse was decorated in the same architectural style as buildings from the Old Empire confederation of city-states of Chessenta, with hypocaust flooring and walls decorated by beautiful mosaics made of tile.[1][2]

ServicesEdit

Discretion and neutrality were the greatest services provided by the staff of the Hissing Stones. The bathhouse was often selected as a venue to engage in negotiation that, if engaged in at any other location, would likely prove to be hostile.[2]

Often, the companions and courtesans of the Lower City used the bathhouse as a locale to find new clientele. In fact, the Revelers' Union crew used the Hissing Stones as a regular meeting place, as of the Year of Three Ships Sailing, 1492 DR.[note 1][2]

PricesEdit

Costs of the bathhouse as of 1479 DR:[1]

  • 5 sp for a day at the bathhouse,
  • 1 gp for a session with a "sinew soother", and
  • 2 gp for a curative salt bath.[1]

RulesEdit

The owner and attendees of the Hissing Stones maintained a strict set of rules:[1][2]

  • Clients were not allowed to bare any weapons within,
  • Clients were only allowed to wear the house's own complementary silk robes, and
  • No violence of any kind was permitted inside.[1]

TriviaEdit

The Hissing Stones was a favored stop of the Grand Duke of the mid—15th century DR, Abdel Adrian.[1]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Canon material provides two distinct dates for the events described in Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: the adventure itself, described in chapters 1 through 5, takes place in 1494 DR, according to events mentioned in pages 7 and 47, while the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer describes the city as of 1492 DR (p. 159).

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