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Are you a Hero on a quest? Have you been tramping through the wilderness fighting off Mooks and monsters? Are you running out of supplies? Is the confrontation with the Big Bad approaching, causing you to wonder if can possibly complete you quest and/or survive?

We have everything you need here at our Rest And Resupply Stop.

Services provided include:

  • Safety — (at least temporarily) from the Big Bad, his mooks and other dangers, to allow you time to rest and plan your next step.
  • Sleep — guaranteed to last the full night, including protection from any pesky prophetic dreams.
  • Supplies — if you are not fortunate enough to have Infinite Supplies, you can gather more to replace those you used or had to abandon; including specialty items that may be needed later on.
  • Healing — for any new wounds received, or old ones playing up. Depending on the type of wounds, may only be enough to get you to the final confrontation (not guaranteed to last the fight).
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  • Information — our library specialises in ancient and esoteric texts relating to the Big Bad, McGuffin and other such useful topics. We can also provide mostly accurate and up-to-date information on current affairs for those who have been out of contact.
  • Directions — either verbal, maps, or the services of a guide; for the next stage of your journey.
  • Motivation — even Determinators can get disheartened. Here in the peace, comfort, and (optional) beauty of our Rest And Resupply Stop you can remind yourself what you are fighting for and renew your Heroic Resolve.

Just be careful to keep your goal in mind and not stay here too long. After all, The Call Knows Where You Live and we’d really rather not become a surrogate Doomed Hometown.

In settings where appropriate, the RARS is often a Hidden Elf Village or equivalent. May also be an Inn Between the Worlds, the Only Shop in Town or a fantasy tavern. The video game equivalent is a Healing Checkpoint. Often contains the Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene


Truth in Television, of course, ranging from the caravanserais of the old Silk Road, to rest stops and motels next to the modern highway, to visitor centers just over the state line, and even large towns and cities that started out as important rest stops for travelers passing through.


Anime and Manga

  • Deltora Quest: Tom's Shop. Said shop includes supplies and the directions needed, but that the heroes cannot follow.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • In The Second Raid we have the little gem when it was the similar prostitute that looks a lot like Chidori.
    • In the manga version (specifically on Sigma) we have a moment after Chidori is taken by Leonard Testarossa. After the kidnapping which includes bombs and pretty much a good deal of a good fight, Sousuke is bound to find a few of these. The Determinator part actually delivers the best gem of that arc.


  • The Lord of the Rings
    • The Hobbit. Both Rivendell and Beorn's home provide shelter and support to the weary travelers on their long trek to the Lonely Mountain.
    • The Fellowship Of The Ring. Frodo and his party find refuge at Tom Bombadil's house and Rivendell, and the Fellowship benefits greatly from their stay in Lothlórien.
    • The Two Towers. Faramir's hideout in Ithilien, where Frodo and Sam find food and rest during their journey to Mordor. Faramir grants Frodo (and anyone under his protection) the right to go anywhere in Gondor for A Year and a Day, and gives Frodo and Sam walking staffs with the (magical?) virtue of finding and returning.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The beavers and their lodge acts as a rather short-term version and demonstrates the dangers of offering these services.
  • City of the Rats has Tom's shop; particularly high on the resupply factor...
  • Valley of the Lost: Their brief visit to Tora magically relieves them of their stress and worries while they are there.
  • Return to Del: Withick Mire where they make their final plans and Barda heals from being poisoned.

Live-Action TV

  • Battlestar Galactica had variations of this in both the classic and reboot shows, both in the pilots, no less:
    • Battlestar Galactica (1978): In Saga of a Star World, Galactica and her wards are dangerously low on supplies, and put in at the planet Carillon to rest and resupply. It's a Cylon trap, and it's only through the efforts of the Properly Paranoid Colonial Warriors under Adama's orders that they are able to get the Colonial civilians back to their ships and fight their way out.
    • Battlestar Galactica (2003): In the pilot miniseries, Galactica is effectively unarmed, having just been converted into a museum ship, and the entire fleet is short of supplies because it consists mostly of whatever ships happened to be traveling between the Colonies when the war kicked off. So they put in at Ragnar Anchorage, a secret Colonial supply base protected by a radioactive cloud that interferes with Cylon systems. This is also how they discover the Cylon "skinjob" infiltrators when one of them begins malfunctioning due to the radiation. Once they've loaded up everything they had time to grab, they have to fight their way out past the waiting Cylon fleet.
  • Doctor Who: The TARDIS functions as a mobile Rest and Resupply Stop despite being the iconic ship of the series. Functioning as a place where the Doctor and the companions find most of the items in the list; including supplies to chase the Monster of the Week such as in "Vincent and the Doctor".
  • In an early episode of Star Trek: Enterprise the Enterprise crew come across an automated repair station which is just what they need after suffering damage in the previous episode. They pull in and get refitted, only finding out later that the station has no problem covertly salvaging parts (including crewmembers) from the ships it is repairing.
  • "Encounter at Farpoint," the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Farpoint One wants to get certified by the Federation to be an official wayside stop and the Enterprise is sent to check them out.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is set at one of these.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. Given that they are stranded on the far side of the galaxy, Voyager must stop off at these from time to time though not as often as some fans like.
    • In "Prime Factors", a Pleasure Planet invites them to stay for R&R, asking only for tales of their adventures in payment. However, the planet also has technology that could get them home faster, causing a rift in Voyager's crew when the locals refuse to trade it.
    • In "Fair Trade", Voyager stops a a Space Station before crossing the Nekrit Expanse, and Neelix becomes obsessed with finding a map of the Expanse because he's passed out of the region he knows.

Video Games

  • There are several such places in Final Fantasy X. First, there is Rin's Travel Agency, which has several locations across Spira. Normal towns have also served as such for the protagonists.
  • Breath of Fire II: Providing Sleep, Healing and a Save Point in the middle of a Crossroad between a Witch Tower, a Restaurant where they will cook the weak, a town where you can't save and the river route to a Cake sale.
  • Breath of Fire III takes it further by making the player bring it over for almost everything but Supplies. Given that the characters discuss the events you can remember where you left your game all that time ago, but not your fairy village (which the player can make it a supply point and a place for buying some top tier weapons), and recall which town or dungeon you needed to go.
  • Poke Marts and Pokemon Centers act as a cross between this and Healing Checkpoint in Pokémon games.
  • The ports in the Uncharted Waters series are subdivided into full-scale ports with all manners of shops and institutions, and these—tiny settlements, usually far from the main civilization centers, whose only function is to give your fleet a chance to weather a storm, stock up on food and water, and repair your ships if necessary.
  • Dragon Quest VI has the Service Call ability, which summons a random merchant/inn/priest while on the field.
  • Luxaren Allure has the combination inn, weapon and consumables store, and alchemy facility, on a side path off the Pehl Mountain Path.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has stables all across Hyrule, which also serve as inns, and Beedle can usually be found nearby.