Monday, November 23, 2009

Early Evening, Following Hafsah and Lateef, Corfu

Tuesday, May 20, 1650

The boat docks, and soon after the passengers disembark.  Telo directly moves towards the bakery in question; he has little difficulty in finding it, as it is right near the dock.  He discovers that it is a little bistro, also, and that there is room to sit outside.  A glass of wine is a mere 6 s.p.  He waits an hour, and sure enough, a man appears, seems to recognize Telo, and proceeds to pay him 20 g.p. in a small pouch.

During this hour, Pyxaanthal discreetly follows the two merchants, Hafsah and Lateef.  They leave the boat as though they have a purpose, moving at once away from the harbor and between two storefronts facing the water.  The lane is only six feet wide, and virtually perpendicular ... well, a good forty-five degree climb, at any rate.  At many points, the lane ascends by means of steps.  There is plenty of evidence to show that the lane would become a channel for water should it rain, and that the doorsteps are all placed a good six inches above the pavement.

The lane climbs three hundred feet, which tires out Pyxaanthal somewhat, and the merchants a great deal.  From time to time they must rest, making it difficult for Py to 'disappear' ... but the merchants make no sign that they recognize him (though they've lived on shipboard together for six days).  Pyxaanthal has taken steps to conceal his appearance, spoken of ahead of time, and I am presuming he is making use of those steps now.

In all, Corfu has proven upon close examination to be a large city, easily more than 10,000 persons, perhaps double that; the balance of the population is distributed over the backside of the mountain overlooking the city - once Pyxaanthal reaches the top of the lane, where he can look down onto the other side of the small island, he sees hundreds of fishing boats, most distributed out upon the sea, where the populace is hard at work.

The merchants descend for not very long, and come to a house; they knock on the door, and wait.  And wait.  They knock again.  At last the door is opened, and the resident within greets the merchants which hearty hellos and a great deal of pleasure.  Apparently, the resident's name is Gyasi, and he seems to be likewise Egyptian.  The house is quite valuable; it is built in three layers into the side of the hill, having two balconies which give excellent views of the sea.

At this point, I ask Pyxaanthal to tell me how he will inform Telo of his location.

23 comments:

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

If there was time, Py would have used his Hair cantrip to lengthen his hair, and changed into different colored clothes sometime after he was off the ship. (If not, then I don't suppose it's a big issue).

From the description of the street, it sounds like it's difficult to remain discreet. If I am wrong, and it turns out it is plausible to do so (say more than an 80% chance of remaining undetected), Py would approach the house and attempt to eavesdrop. If he feels he's about to get caught (e.g. someone approaching, and nowhere for Py to hide), his strategy would be to use the Color cantrip to change his hair, and walk idly away, as if heading towards those fishing boats, and play ignorant to any accusations (e.g. "You must be mistaking me for somebody else..." etc.)

Otherwise, he'll wait a few minutes to make sure the pair aren't simply visiting a friend, or dropping something off, and then turn around, jogging back the way he came towards the ship, and trying to locate this "Aleandros" bakery.

Alexis said...

Pyxaanthal,

I make the assumption that Pyxaanthal has done something with his appearance; he has, as you say, changed his hair and the color of his clothes, and has apparently gone unnoticed.

As the building is constructed of clay and plaster, and the walls are likely a foot thick, there is little you can hear; checking your hear noise ability, there's no success. But in any case, they do not appear to be visiting; after quite some time, you feel confident that they have come here to stay.

(OOC: I would like to encourage you not to guess at future possibilities and declare what you would do if this or that might chance to occur. While I recognize the format of the blog seems to make this necessary, I can assure you it isn't. Do your best to give your actions up until it is logical that you'd need some kind of response from me. In this case, up until you listened at the door. Many give and take posts between us work better for the sense of running the game.)

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

(OOC: I thought I made this post before, but I can't seem to find it, so I don't know if it disappeared or something. Sorry if this becomes a double post).

Py turns back the way he came to return to the Aleandros bakery and to try to find Telo.

Alexis said...

Telo,

It is quite awhile after receiving the money that Pyxaanthal finds you at the bistro.

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

Py approaches Telo, and tells him "I followed this long road, easily a hundred yards. Very steep." As he describes it, he draws with his finger on a table, on the wall, or in the air, depending on what surfaces are available to him. "When I reached the top, the sight was quite a marvel. I could see the whole island," he continues, then, holds eye contact for a moment as he says "there was this beautiful three-story house, built into the hill, with two balconies, overlooking the sea." Py's eyes then return to look at the image he is tracing out, and says "The sea was dotted with hundreds of fishing boats. It was really beautiful. You should go take a look, if you have a chance..."

Py then looks to see if Telo has ordered any food or drink while he was waiting.

Telo Arhen said...

Likely a good idea. (8 silver perhaps?) I would also have asked within if the whereabouts of an apothecary would be known to them.

"The city does sound lovely, Pyx, and I will have to do so. I will have to assess this area also - as the domicile sounds a difficult entry... I'd hoped they would stay in a public house, alas."

"I have just realized that we made no provision to reunite with Vespaisano - perhaps we should wander
near the dockside - I would also like to secure a room nearby."

Telo Arhen said...

And I'd think tea would be necessary if any were available...

Alexis said...

It's quite a lot further than a hundred yards, more like a half mile of walking up a steep slope; the total elevation might be one hundred yards, but the distance is much greater.

(OOC: I am not sure, Telo; did you get the copy of Corfu's market I sent by email? If so, you may buy what you can find at the innkeeper's; and of course, in the morning - it is now too late for anything to be open except the inn - you may buy whatever is on the list that you wish)

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

OOC: To clarify, we're supposed to sleep in town overnight and then return to the ship in the morning? I thought this was just a "break" for a couple of hours, and we would be setting sail again later this evening.

Alexis said...

(OOC: No, in fact the ship will be leaving in the evening the very next day. You have tonight and all day tomorrow before the sun sets. The ship is scheduled to sail at six bells, just as the sun sets. Apparently, the pilot is a half-elf, and navigates better by using infravision).

Telo Arhen said...

I'll spend 8 cp for two loaves of bread.

"Strange that the body was left on the deck, yes? With the sea waiting to swallow a body just few feet away..."

"We'll likely have to find a bed for the night - unless, Py, you feel like returning to find access to this daunting residence - seems a desperate measure..."

"Did you notice any rooms for let during

Telo Arhen said...

(OOC: sorry Alexis, what are the coin exchange values again? I had it written down and I seem to have lost that...)

Alexis said...

There were no inns along the way to where Pyxaanthal watched the two merchants, but there are several along the harborfront.

(OCC: Those values are 12 c.p. per s.p, and 16 s.p. per g.p.)

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

"Yes, I suppose we will have to find a room. I think there were some back on the habor. re we to pay for our own rooms, or is Omari providing one for us?"

"Honestly, I had completely forgotten about that body. Was it really onboard the ship for these last six days? I think I'll go the shipmates ask about that."

Py tries to find some private secluded area to change back into his normal clothes, and cuts his hair back to normal length with his dagger before boarding the ship and asking a sailor "Was the body of the victim stored on the boat this whole trip? How did you manage to hide the stench? Has the body been preserved in any way? It must be a terribly foul sight at this point, and I have a slightly morbid, but primarily intellectual curiosity as to what a 6-day decayed body might look like. May I see it?"

Alexis said...

This is not meant as a condemnation of Pyxaanthal's request, only as information.

I recall saying that the body was to be prepared - basically preserved - so no, it doesn't give off any stench. Obviously no one is going to allow a passenger to see the body; any suggestion that a passenger might make such a morbid suggestion would bring derision and scorn from the crew. I doubt very much they would be 'in the know' regarding any information about the body or its preservation.

I should also point out that carrying bodies long distances by ship or wagon was an extremely common practice during the Middle Ages and up into the 18th century. The stench of the dead was fairly common in the 17th century, as was the sight of a dead body. There were less public provisionary bodies to separate the public from dead bodies - no convenient persons to haul bodies away except the people themselves. Persons were commonly executed in public, and executed and hung persons were often left for long periods of time to be seen and smelled before they were brought down and buried. Twas a very different time.

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

Ok, so if you'll allow me to retract everything up to and including "boarding the ship"...

"I suppose we will have to find a room", Py says to Telo. "Or... perhaps find Vespasiano? Any idea where he went, anyway?"

Telo Arhen said...

"Vespasiano went with Omari, I believe, and no provisions were made for contacting him - seems he is on his own in Corfu tonight. Let's secure a room now, here by the waterfront."

Look for as quiet a boarding room as can be found.

Alexis said...

You locate an Inn with two small chicken heads, facing opposite each other, in a mockery of the Germanic double-eagle - it is named the "Duo Pollo." The cost for a night you'll find listed in the equipment list I sent.

Is there anything either of you would like to do tonight?

Telo Arhen said...

No - I'd like like to wake early the next day.

Pyxaanthal Rauvelore said...

Py doesn't plan on doing anything special, though he is surprised Telo isn't going out to kill anyone tonight.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Yes, Py, I'm a bit curious about that myself).

Very well. It's morning. What would you like to do?

Telo Arhen said...

"Py, would you show me to the residence?"

Alexis said...

Assuming Pyxaanthal shows the way, this is continued on the next post.