The Rod and Sceptre inn was located in the Outer Precinct of the city of Li Heng. It was said that the establishment "could not even claim the distinction of proximity to one of the two main gates of the city: the eastward-facing Gate of the Dawn and the westward-facing Gate of the Dusk. No, the inn rested within sight of the far less distinguished or profitable southward-facing Gate of the Mountains. At least, its owner and patrons could congratulate themselves, it was nowhere near the wretched northward-facing Gate of the Plains."
Once popular with merchant bodyguards and the Protectress' own City Guard, the inn was reduced to billetting caravan guards and Malazan soldiery.