Sunday, November 29, 2009

Afternoon, Lindau

Saturday, May 17, 1650

As the party leaves the hostel, Horst will insist that Jan lay in the back and Jan is ameniable to the suggestion. Andrej may learn his spell and use it if he wishes to bring Jan further up; at any rate, Jan will rest in the wagon and sit up, feeling better, if Andrej decides to heal him.


It is not raining the next day, but the sun does not come out so the forest remains damp the day through. There’s fog in the morning throughout the land below you, looking quite spectacular.

The road is virtually all down hill the next day. Over a period of five miles, the road drops a little more than a thousand feet, so that an 18 degree slope downwards is the norm. There are many points where the wagon would be dangerously close to slipping, into the muddy banks on either side of the road, but using both mules and with both Andrej and Emmanuel mastering the animals, you have little trouble. By early afternoon, you have left the deep forest and begun to move through tailored hill pastures, where dairy cows roam everywhere.

And all at once, you are greeted by perhaps the most beautiful sight you have seen in your lives; I have tried to find a picture that would do justice to it, but the best I have to offer is the Medieval German drawing of the lake and of the town of Lindau; you can see that the town is separated from the land by a bridge, and occupies an island in the lake.

23 comments:

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC - very nice! Google images had some aerial views - interesting to contrast them to this map)

As Jan recovers, I'll ask him if he remembers talking to me after the attack and what he was trying to say. I'll repeat back what I thought he said: "Serafina Della Cotta".

Andrej said...

(OOC: Guys I'll be touch-and-go today. Lots going on at work, but I'll try to check in when I can. Sorry to hear about the interview, Alexis. I'd offer you some plattitude, but you don't strike me as the sort for whom they were intended.)


I healed 5 points for Jan.

Alexis said...

(OOC: No worries about the interview, fellows. It is what it is. Yes, I did look at Google Earth - rather spectacular looking place. I'd like to see it sometime)

Jan says that yes, that would be Serafina's full name. He wanted to be sure the party would be able to find her if something happened to him.

It will cost a full gold piece for each person in the party to cross the bridge into town. Horst takes his leave, as he has petitioned to enter already and must meet with officials on this side of the water. He is very grateful to your help and offers to 'make you a boat cheap', if ever you might need one.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I thank Horst for his kind offer and wish him better luck in Lindau than in Ulm. I will slide a silver to each child before they leave, bidding them to remember the singer Delfig, the brave clerics Jan and Andrej and their faithful companion Emmanuel.

(OOC: Char sheet updated for those silvers and payment of the gold piece for passage.)

I will ask Jan if he has any plans for perhaps resting a day or two to fully heal from his injuries, and if he knows of anyplace to stay in Lindau.

Andrej said...

Ahem... Delfig, if your offer to assist with expenses is still on the table, I'll need a gold piece to get into the city (sheepish grin)

(OOC: full disclosure here, Chgowiz, I've got 7 silvers and 15 coppers to my name)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I will pay for Andrej's toll and will help him with payment for any lodgings.

Andrej said...

Much obliged. Lacking any input or preference from Jan, let's find a decent inn near the gate (ask the toll taker or gate guards for a recommendation) and get settled in.

Alexis said...

Delfig does not have to pay Andrej's toll. There were 28 s.p. given to the party by Horst, which Jan said would be used for expenses. 16 s.p. from that total will pay Andrej's toll, leaving 12 s.p. for later costs.

Alexis said...

Jan will excuse himself from Delfig, to 'arrange passage' for the evening. He wishes to be gone by boat from Lindau before nightfall, as it will be sabbath in a few hours. He and Andrej may then rest on the boat, which will take more than the sabbath to reach its destination in Olten, in the heart of Switzerland.

Lake Constance, where you are now, flows into the Rhine River. A barge will carry you sixty miles in a day and a half, some of this journey being up river. During that time the party may rest, observe the sabbath, spend a full day composing songs and whatever. And meanwhile it will cut a great deal of time from your journey.

Jan takes Emmanuel with him, and the donkey, and suggests that you each take your equipment from the donkey as he intends to sell it for your passage on the boat.

You have three hours to spend in Lindau.

Chgowiz said...

(OOC - I couldn't find the discussion we had this, I apologize. Were most actors/entertainers freelancers? I guess I would like to learn of any masters of my craft that might be in Lindau. I should have done so in Dachau.)

Andrej said...

Andrej is fine with whiling away the three hours with Delfig as Delfig sees fit. That is, if he doesn't mind the company. There's not much I'd need or like to do in town.

(OOC: I hope I'm not coming across as too passive. The truth is, I'm perfectly happy with us focusing on getting Serafina to Hornung and getting my feet properly wet in the campaign. Once that task is accomplihsed, I'll have played Andrej enough to get a sense of what I'd like to do with him.)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC: If Delfig has a chance to make [in modern terms] professional contacts, he'd like to do so. Otherwise, he'll be happy to wander the town, take in the sights, peek in on taverns to see if any local bards are playing and just enjoy the time.)

Alexis said...

Typically, in large towns, a minstrel's guild controls buskers who would play openly on the streets, requiring that they obtain a license. Whereas once travelling minstrels were common, the rise of mercantalism tipped people to the understanding that money given to minstrels leaked it from the local economy, hurting the residents - so efforts were made to mitigate this drain.

Delfig might try to play outside the city walls, but it would be a jailable offense (with fine) if he is caught inside the city walls without a licence. It's a cruel, unforgiving world.

Should Delfig want to apply to the guild, this is not a problem - keeping in mind that as a first level bard, he would not be rated highly. Taking my cue from p.118 of the Player's Handbook, a 1st level bard is listed as a 'probationer' ... which I think is a fair assessment. Nevertheless, Delfig could petition to join, and be granted a 'jury' to witness him play and assess him afterwards. The trouble might be that the day they grant the jury might not be convenient - though the date would likely be 2 to 6 weeks distant.

As to the fee for a jury, I would guess it would have to be worth it to them; say one day's income per juror ... three jurors ... call it 6 g.p.

(OOC: No worries, Andrej. I don't expect you to do anything in the town; it is only that I wish to make certain you have the opportunity. When the party is ready to move on, so am I)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I'd like to check with the guild to see if any notices of performances or who the known notable members are - for future reference. I'm not interested in joining at this time.

(And thank you for the info!)

Alexis said...

(OOC: a notable performer? From Lindau? Too cool)

Bartholomaus Aich.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC - That is VERY cool.)

If Herr Aich is practicing at the abbey, I would respectfully approach the abbey and seek permission to observe him practicing.

Alexis said...

He would, in fact, be practicing, as he would be playing this very evening at Mass, but it is unlikely you would be permitted to see him. However, hearing him would not be much of a problem ... outside the abbey, there would likely be a gathering of people who clustered beneath his window, many artists like yourself, to hear the music as it flowed out of the windows.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Then that is where I will spend my afternoon, making notes if possible, and also making a note of those who are gathered, if any wish to "talk shop" about any other notable musicians and bards in the area. Are any going in the same direction as I/we are?

I'd also like to make note of the abbey so that I can send Herr Aich letters if that's possible.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC: It would be fascinating to see if that 2005 performance was recorded in someway... now I have my lunchtime distraction!)

Alexis said...

None would be going anywhere at all, but talking to them, you might pick up a bit of inspiration on how to turn a line or score a bit of the project Delfig is working on.

No doubt you'd be able to send letters. I can find no name for the abbey except the "Franciscan Abbey in Lindau."

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Excellent! I'll make any notes of inspiration. Hopefully Andrej enjoyed the music. If this has consumed our 3 hour window, I'm ready to move on.

Andrej said...

Andrej will tag along and enjoy the music, particularly given the locale and inspiration.

Alexis said...

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