Once a hilltop wayside inn, this site has become a walled community of ramshackle, often-rebuilt wooden towers and buildings now entirely cloaking a hill that overlooks the village of Womford across the river.
Bargewright Inn reeks of manure and filthy mud. It houses blacksmiths, dealers who buy and sell horses, mules, oxen, wheelwrights, coopers, and wagonmakers. It has inns, stables, and warehouses, and two concentric rings of high protective walls with gates that are firmly closed at barred at night. Although you can bribe your way over the walls after dark.
Bargewright inn fell under Zhentarim influence a few years ago. Any member or ally of that faction can find a discreet welcome (and a few or low fees) within these walls. Bargewright Inn is ruled by a plutocracy of of business owners, most of whom are in the pockets of the Black Network. The unofficial leader is Chalaska Muruin, the terse, cold-eyed “senior Sword” and master of the militia.
The largest inn, the Old Bargewright, was recently rebuilt as a substantial stone structure with thick walls and private chambers hidden behind secret doors. Inn keeper Nalaskur Thaelond keeps watch over comes and goes, for this is where the Zhentarim operatives meet to broker deals involving smuggling goods, poisons, dangerous magic, and the like.