One of the great universal constants across the multiverse, The Usual Restaurant exists simultaneously across all parallel worlds sometimes leading to people being deposited on a different world than the one they entered from.
|The Usual Restaurant|
It is well established that on nearly every world the Usual Restaurant was owned and operated by a version of Dragonmaster Cale Charis. However, the version on Twisted is not. It was constructed as the first building on Twisted along with The Twisted Street and as such the two are nearly inseparable. Across all worlds the Usual generally has an identical layout caused by an overlap between dimensions. As Twisted's version differs in several ways from the standard Restaurant it has become a bit of an anomaly and will attempt to pull random patrons into it's branch even if they entered a totally different version of it. This has led to situations where a group of people enter the UR only to have one of it's group dropped unexpectedly on Twisted as they attempt to leave the establishment. Luckily this only seems to affect people who have personally visited Twisted meaning at worst they just need to find a way back home. It also means it's highly possible to randomly see people from other worlds come into the Twisted branch unexpectedly and only for the duration of that single visit.
|Note:||To put it another way, all versions of the UR on TwistedMUCK and the connected worlds located on the Grid are actually the same version of the restaurant. Feel free to use this as a means of returning to Twisted. However, this means characters from any connected world may also enter the UR. If a player brings characters from a connected world with them as NPCs they will be alone when they leave with the assumption that the NPCs went back to their own worlds. This is a deliberate decision. Please adhere to it.|
While inaccessible by any normal means, the Usual Restaurant has many floors beneath it filled with treasures collected from lifetimes of adventures. Included down there are the equipment that maintains the nanobots responsible for repairing the Restaurant and equipment that generates replica costumes of patrons of the establishment. At one time these where used to help people who arrived needing clothing as well as food but as access to the lower levels of the UR have been completely forgotten, so too has this equipment and the costumes it created.
Due to the unique way that it's built, virtually anything can be ordered. In fact finding something that can't is nearly impossible. Ingredients have a way of simply being on the shelves when people go looking for them. Recipes have a way of being in the right place when they're needed. It's not magic in this case but science in a process not entirely unlike what one would see on sci-fi shows like Star Trek. The staff still has to prepare everything, however.
Because of all this the menu items are generally free with any cost being for the labor involved in preparing it. That's why anything paid is considered a tip. You don't have to tip, but you should. Always be nice to the people who prepare what you eat or drink.
The Usual has a long standing reputation of allowing anyone to work part time and keep any tips they earn, because of this there are very few people who are actually considered full time employees. Traditionally there is a large cabinet near the entrance of the kitchen which is filled with various sailor fukus with the initials 'UR' embroidered on the backs of the collars.
While the colors are not mandatory, the uniforms are. Male and female uniforms are pictured below.
On Thursday nights one of the random television stations in Mabase shows a John Wayne marathon which the skutters watch habitually. Trying to prevent this will likely get you hogtied in the kitchen where you'll be forced to watch it with them. (They even make little costumes, it's disturbingly cute.) As such Thursday is considered the 'slow' day. If you insist on going in on that day, you might want to accept you'll have to serve yourself.
Sitting beside the stage, covered in dust, is an often-ignored karaoke machine in addition to the ones accessible in the Dance Club. Being a multi-verse setting, they seem to have every song imaginable in its digital catalog, assuming anyone is willing to waste the time to try and browse through it. This includes theme songs to the very same anime some characters on the game have come from. Like much of the Usual Restaurant, it's better not to ask too many questions about this.
The following is a listing of NPCs people are free to use and abuse in scenes. At this point they've been around long enough to become permanent fixtures.
Below is a listing of semi-permanent employees who currently work in the UR. Need your character to know everyone who comes and goes? Be sure to include these names as well.
The Usual Restaurant(#1836R)
You walk into a very large restaurant with high ceilings that leave the rafters exposed. Fluorescent lamps hang from the ceiling, adding light to the floor and tables. Windows adorn the sides of the place, looking out onto the chaos that is Twisted. On some of the walls are paintings, photographs, and holograms of different movies, and a number of people who tend to visit the UR - caught as they're singing karaoke. The hardwood bar rests at the back of the restaurant, surface polished and shiny and all-together spotless (most of the time). Behind the bar are the various beverages that are serveed, and a giant mirror. There seem to be an inordinate amount of different drinks. A large stage rests in one of the corners of the restaurant, with an amazing sound system and a few microphones strung around it. Multiple round wooden tables are in the room, and a swing door leads into the kitchen. Another door leads to the dance club, and another to the gym. And of course, there's an exit. A large fireplace nestles in one of the walls, with a beautiful stone chimney that flows up and out. A long spiral staircase rests near the entrance to the kitchen, leading to a second-floor balcony that overlooks the UR itself. The lights up there are a bit dimmer than those down below.
This is a nice clean kitchen, the stoves and ovens spotless, and well-maintained. There is a big storage unit, freezer, and refrigerator containing all kinds of food and drink for meals. There is also a small table with a few chairs in the middle of the room, and in the corner is a set of stairs leading up to a small hatch - allowing you access to the roof.
UR: Staff Quarters(#1849RLA)
This is a nice room, with a small entertainment center and a couch and chairs set up around it. It has been redone slightly, and now there are multiple soft, comfy, and large bunkbeds along the wall allowing multiple resting areas.
You climb out the window and on top of the roof of the UR. It's an ordinary roof - although you notice lots of makeshift repair holes spread about in many different places. It slopes down on both sides, as would a normal roof, but not too steeply; so that you can sit and look out across a great view of the city, and even the ocean beyond.
The UR: Boys Bathroom(#4376R)
It's a typical male bathroom. Nothing fancy at all. Stalls, urinals, sinks, and a single open shower to wash yourself off with.
The UR: Girls Bathroom(#2831R)
The girls side of the bathrooms is lavish and lovely. Beautiful marble tile decorate the floor and sinks, and there's a ridiculous amount of stalls and there is always a gentle smell of strawberry's hanging about in the air. It's quite, quite nice! There's even a closed off section where one could shower if desired!
UR: Dance Club(#1842R)
A subdivision of the UR's main restaurant, built after one of the many times the UR has been damaged. Most obvious is a large hardwood floor, perfect for dancing upon, and empty of all hazards that would trip or injure budding dancers. It has been built to accomodate most everyone found in Twisted, with a high vaulted ceiling for those of more than normal height, and also for any fancy flips, leaps, etc. that the more ambitious dancers might attempt. Also, the rafters have been left showing so you can just hang out or dance upon them! There is a stage against the left side of the wall with stairs going up along both sides, microphones resting upon it for anyone who might want to attempt some karaoke. In the back right corner is a small circular platform upon which is a DJ station with all kinds of CDs waiting to be played. The four corners of the room hold giant speakers for giving that powerful surround sound experience. A small padded bench runs along the walls so that one can sit and take a breather in between songs.
This is not your average gym, as the ceiling expands well above the normal height of the main UR. The walls seem to be lined with an odd material that's practically indestructible. Equipment of every kind is spread around the sides of the gym, from weights - ranging from 'wimpy' to those even a Saiyan might have trouble lifting - to jump-ropes. In the middle of the room is a large pad that could adequately fit ten people fighting at once; ideal for those big training sessions. Numerous other pads rest here and there with some even fixed to the walls. There is a small table-like object in the corner that lets you change the gravity of the room ranging from 1-100, along with tons of warning labels preventing you from sueing the UR if you get hurt. Near the back right corner is a large trunk filled with all kinds of weaponry. The rafters of the roof have been left exposed to practice those overhead aerial attacks, and also against one wall is a large panel where you can generate a holographic opponent.
Holographic Opponent Generator(#1841)
Embedded into the wall of the gym is the Holographic Opponent Generator, or H.O.G. for short. In it is a large control panel with a screen in the middle, and various buttons in the front. There is a small display on the panel that reads, "Please enter your opponents' power levels." Looking down at the keypad you'll find you can make virtually any kind of opponent from strong to weak, magic-user to powerhouse. It's fairly easy and the directions are simple to understand. A small blinking button that says "generate" lies to the side of the machine, just waiting to be pressed.
|The City of Mabase|
|The City of Twisted|