Tuesday, May 13, 1650
You pass by Augsburg, fairly impressed by the sight of its towers and spires. Both Andrej and Delfig are familiar with large cities - Delfig, after all, grew up in Munich. Jan has seen it before. Emmanuel, on the other hand, is very impressed ... you learn that this is the farthest he's ever been from home.
Ulm is two days away, but Jan is fairly certain that halfway along the journey there's a farmer he used to know who, like Neil, will put you up for the night. The terrain west of town is first very flat, but you can see a line of hills that you will begin to climb into in a few hours. "That is the east edge of Swabia," says Jan.
Patiently you make your way, and you find the road is not too steep where you begin to climb into the hills. The forests are thick, but the road cuts a wide path through them. By early afternoon the sun no longer shows, however, and Jan stops to make a prediction about the weather. He says it will cloud over, and the wind will come up. but there will be no rain.
Soon after the clouds do come in. It grows quite dark, so that even by late afternoon the forest is shrouded. The wind rises to a strong breeze, plucking up your hair and your collars, but it does not resist your walking against it.
By late afternoon Jan picks out a path through the woods, and begins to make his way along it. He does not send Emmanuel ahead. "I have not been here in seven years. I do not know if they fared well in the war."
The path does not seem well tended. A mile along, you come to the burned out shell of a house, overgrown with brackens and weeds. Jan searches, and finds four graves. "We can stay here for the night," he says. "They've been buried and the rites have been read. There should be no undead here. We will take watches - Emmanuel with me and you two alone. I will take the one in the morning - which of you will take the first three hours?