Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mid-morning, the Road to Augsburg

Monday, May 12, 1650

Jan answers Delfig, "What question do you refer to?  Ah, here is my associate, Andrej."  Jan gestures forward to a man a hundred yards away.  He was sitting, but he has just stood up.  He's not a very tall man, only 5'4", somewhat powerful in build but looking hard and lean.  He is fairly handsome, but Delfig's sharp eye detects certain characteristics that remind him of Kazimir.  Certainly there is orc in the man's background.  "He is a friar, like myself," says Jan.  "But be careful what you say to him.  I have come to realize he is a man quick to anger ... a good man, a holy man, yes, but rash also."

The three of you continue forward, and the man walks towards you, meeting you half way.  "Andrej," says Jan.  "I trust we did not keep you waiting long."

Andrej does not answer immediately.  He looks at Delfig carefully, measuring his words.


Andrej said...

"Not long at all, brother Jan. I am anxious to begin, though. I fear my wandering has left me restless when idle."

"Hail, brothers (to Delfig and Emmanuel). I am Andrej of Cumana. A brother in Christ like our frien Jan here".

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I bow towards Andrej. "Good afternoon, Friar Andrej." I'll say respectfully.

Once we begin to travel again, I'll reask Jan the questions: "Jan, why is this symbol important to this person we are travelling to meet? Who is Serafina?"

Alexis said...

Jan will turn to Emmanuel, saying, "Good fellow, will you give the donkey a drink of water from the brook there," gesturing at narrow watercourse flowing forty or fifty feet from the road. "I don't think I gave him enough this morning, and it will be a warm day."

"Of course, father," answers Emmanuel. He turns the donkey and begins to lead it away. Jan stops, clearly waiting for Emmanuel to go out of earshot.

"Very well, I will tell you."

Alexis said...

Jan seems quite disturbed. “Our friend Hornung was a member of a noble house,” he says. “It ruled over a formerly Catholic land in lower Saxony, lasting for over three hundred years. It was the village of Gospin near Goslar, a place that no longer exists. The Protestants burned it and the land fell to the Duke of Brunswick these seven years ago.

“Hornung himself had not seen it seven years prior to that, having travelled wide and having fought in the Saracen wars, and having spent years in a dungeon in Sardinia. His father and mother were dead before he was freed. When he returned, it was my sad fortune to tell him the news. And because the war between the Catholics and the Protestants yet continued, Hornung bathed in the blood of a hundred villages before his anger abated.”

Alexis said...

“You wonder why I tell you this. In kinder days, young Hornung was a vain and proud lad, who respected none except his father and believed himself better than most others. It was then, in his twentieth year, that he met Serafina. She was a young girl of Aosta, from a penniless family, who was yet remarkably beautiful. Hornung fell in love with her – but because she did not have the same blood as he, he spurned her. She came to be and entreated me to speak to him; she gave me the pendant we now have in our possession. But when I tried to give it to him, he cast it back at me in anger.

“Since that time I do not believe he has forgiven himself. I believe that he realized his love for her as he laid in prison – but the news of his parents worked such darkness in him that he could think of nothing else but killing. And when that came to nothing, and the treaty at Westphalia ended the bloodshed, he felt ashamed and impure and could not go to her.”

Alexis said...

Jan looks towards Dachau before continuing. "But now I think having nearly died during this last battle, he has allowed himself to repent. He sends us to fetch Serafina back to him, now that fourteen years have passed. She yet dwells in a nunnery in Sion, in the high mountains, having never taken her vows, ever waiting for him. I have had word from her only eight months past. I believe we will find her well and joyful to come back with us, and that at last the lovers will be happy."

Andrej said...

While the good friar speaks privately with Delfig, Andrej assists Emmanuel with the donkey. Having some experience with animals I'd like to examine him casually while querying Emmanuel about the road ahead. Will it be dangerous? Will there be ample villages and/ or inns within which to find lodging?

(OOC: How much of the recent happenings in Dachau is Andrej aware of and what of Hornung's story? What, if anything regarding our journey has Jan shared with me?)

(OOC: Also, thank you both for allowing me to join. I followed many of the preceding posts with great interest and really look forward to playing)

Alexis said...


As you've been associated with Jan for about four months (let's say), and are waiting on the road for him, you may presume you were told this lately. Emmanuel is fairly able to manage the donkey - just sent off so that Jan could tell the story to Delfig.

The road is not very dangerous, having many people on it, except at night. "Father's got a place for us to stay tonight, and likely on the whole journey," Emmanuel will say, quite trusting. The journey passes through a very populated country, except for a small part in the middle, where you pass through an edge of the Black Forest.

Andrej said...

Andrej shall await the completion of the friar and Delfig's discussion and is otherwise ready to begin our trek.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

[OOC - must remember to hit the "subscribe by email" link... sorry guys!]

"True love spurned and yet understood and appreciated when near death -- that is a story of the ages, Friar Jan. It's almost enough to make one thing that one can find redemption..."

I break off, thinking about the death I saw and the part I played in it.

"Friar, God as my witness, if I am to overcome the stain on my soul from having given those accursed creatures the means to cause such death, it will be to ensure that this reunion will indeed come to pass!"

Alexis said...

Jan answers, "My son, there is no stain on your soul; you have shown yourself to be repentant, and so your soul has been cleansed. It is only your conscience that will not allow you to believe it. We will complete this task because we wish to do so - we do not found our orders upon our errors, but upon our virtues. This is a good task we take up - do not taint it with spite and remorse."

(OOC: Jan wouldn't be aware, and you might not be, that you have never been actually brought into any religion. This is something I insist upon only for clerics. If you want to join Jan and Andrej's religion and become Roman Catholic, the ceremony is simple - in Catholicism, a baptism.

If you choose to accept this, you will be given a +1 save vs. any attack form that philosophically violates the religion; in addition, when defending the religion, the individual will be +1 on all to hit rolls. Obviously, the definition of each condition is variable - defense and attack bonuses accrue only in very specific circumstances, not just general attacks against a member of the church)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

[OOC thanks for the info. Let me go back to the chargen post you made and see what it says, then I'll let you know]

I appreciate what Jan says and I let him know that. "Then let us not delay our task. We will go get Serafina and bring her back, and I will write a song that tells of the bravery of Hornung and the love he and she share for each other as a result. Would you be upset if I sang and played the lute a little on our journey?"

Andrej said...

"I, for one, would welcome a song Herr Kolhupfer."

(OOC: I'm assuming we finish our introductions without playing it out unless there's an objection and am ready to continue)

Alexis said...

I don't think they have to be played out. Jan also agrees to music and Emmanuel is happy enough to do a bit of a jig as Delfig starts off.

And so the party makes their way to Augsburg, as the sun climbs to its zenith.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

[OOC - time to start researching what is known/recorded about specific non-religious music in the 16th century...]

I play something fairly cheerful and non-bawdy (out of respect to the Friars) at first, but as we travel on, I start to pluck out the beginnings of a tune and thinking of the words to express the bravery of Hornung. In between tunes, I'll nod to Andrej and ask "So, Friar Andrej, how do you know Friar Jan? How did you come to this place?"

Andrej said...

"The last of your questions answers the first, my friend. That is, I came to this place and the Friar found me. Long and far have I wandered to come finally to Bavaria. Living and preaching amongst the common people here, it was not long before Jan heard of me and sought me out. We have become friends, I think. When he told me of the trek he planned to undertake, I begged that he allow me to come. Here I am."

"I have heard the tales of your own recent exploits, Herr Kolhupfer, and not just from Friar Jan. It is my privilege to travel with you."

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

At Andrej's words, I pale visibly. "An unfortunate involvement, I fear - and one that I fear may not be over yet. I sincerely wish I had not met up with those accursed creatures and their trickery."

I walk on a bit, thinking about Andrej's words. "Where have your travels taken you? Do you think you will be travelling on or have you decided to settle down here?"

Andrej said...

"My travels have taken me through the mountains, and here to Bavaria. For three years I roamed, in truth hardly knowing the names of the lands I walked. It is good to be here, though. I believe I shall be staying for a bit."

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I'll think about Andrej's words for a few minutes while strumming on my lyre.

"You were a lucky man to have avoided the horrors in Dachau. Hopefully we will not be touched by that evil on this road."

Alexis said...

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