The Tavern in Patrician 3 is more than just a place where one can have a drink. All kinds of businesses and transactions take place here.
Tip: Having an empty ship in every port is a useful tactic that allows you to quickly search multiple taverns for useful information or opportunities.
Here is a list of characters that you can occasionally meet in the tavern:
Here you can hire crew for your ships. Sailors are recruited from the beggars of the town, so check if there are beggars availabe if you can't find any sailors.
Dismissing too many sailors at once will damage your reputation among them throughout the Hanse, and you will not be able to find new sailors for a long time.
Captains watch out for storms and icebergs that could damage the ship, and are required to create convoys and automatic trade routes.
Usually there are two captains at any time available in random taverns. If you hire one of them, a new one will appear in a day or so. If you don't hire captains for a long time, a lot of captains will be available in various taverns.
If you have accepted a delivery order in the Notices of the Town Hall, you will see the name of the broker in the destination tavern.
This character sells information about events like famine, sieges or goods shortages, approximate locations of pirates, as well as final pieces of treasure maps.
This character will offer to sell a large quantity of overstocked goods (usually timber) for a small price.
This character will pay a small sum of gold if you transport him to a distant city.
This Underworld character sells illegal weapons. Talking to him may result in a fine if somebody notices you.
You can give a ship to this Underworld character, which he will use to plunder your competitors' ships and share the loot with you. He will not attack your own fleet, as long as you don't damage his ship. Crayers and Snaikkas are preferrable ships to use. Talking to the Pirate may result in a fine if somebody notices you.
Usually there can be up to five active pirates in the Hanse, so hiring pirates is a good tactic that will prevent your fleet from being harassed.
This Underworld character will attempt to break into the warehouse of your competitor in that town. There is a high chance that he will get caught (and report you). If he is successful, you will receive a share of stolen goods. Most players don't hire burglars very often, since the risk is high while the rewards are low. Talking to the Burglar may result in a fine if somebody notices you.
In the Side Room you can accept various missions and contracts:
Here you can buy the first piece of a Treasure Map. This is a rare opportunnity that is not offered very often.
Send a convoy through several cities. Pirates might attack the convoy at some point.
You need to transport a fugitive to another city, and fight off the pirates that will attack you along the way.
Same as Fugitive.
You will receive a map that shows the location of a pirate. Send in your warship and destroy him.
Deliver a small amount of packets to several towns.
Transport a large amount of packets to another town.
This character will offer to buy some goods, usually at a low price.
You are asked to provide storage space, for a price.
You are asked to attack a trader's competitor.
You are asked to smuggle some illegal goods. Talking to this character is not illegal, but accepting his offer may result in a fine.