Monday, November 23, 2009

Early Evening, Following Omari, Corfu

Tuesday, May 20, 1650

The boat docks, and soon after the passengers disembark.  Omari moves quickly from the boat; followed by Vespasiano, he makes his way with great urgency along the north along the harbor, paying no attention to the many vendors of foods and trinkets spaced along the beach.  He annoys people as he hurries.  He has a long way to go - it takes him a half hour to make his way to his destination.  Where the beach ends, he climbs up onto a path that leads over a rocky spur on the edge of the island, then down the other side to a smaller harbor. Coming to a warehouse upon the water, near the base of the mountain upon which sits the Castle of the Angels, Omari pounds on the door.  It is opened at once, by a young boy.  Omari does not speak to him, but instead pushes past and into the warehouse.

Vespasiano need not watch for very long.  Within minutes, Omari steps out, obviously much calmer.  He has a bundle in his arms, which he puts down at his feet.  He looks out at the sea, takes a deep breath, spreads his arms wide and appears to be enjoying the sun.  The door opens again.  A young man steps out, greets Omari.  Omari says a few solemn words to him, then points in the direction he has just come.  The man runs off.

(Obviously, at this point, if Vespasiano wishes to waylay the man, I may need to update the other post).

Omari opens his bundle, showing that it is a prayer carpet.  He lays it upon the ground, directs himself so that he faces generally southeast, and begins to pray.

If Vespasiano wishes to continue waiting, he will see Omari finish, then re-enter the warehouse.

26 comments:

Vespasiano said...

I do continue waiting. Do I have any idea of what sort of goods might be in the warehouse?

Alexis said...

From where Vespasiano stands, he cannot tell. He would need to investigate much more closely. There are windows eight feet above the ground, far too high to be seen through easily.

Vespasiano said...

Is there a place on the building where I could climb unnoticed?

Alexis said...

Not so much. But there is virtually no one moving about in this area - none but a few eight year old boys upon the beach, who look to be fishing.

Climbing is not your forte, I believe; you're a mage only, no? You might find something to stand on ... near the warehouse are several small isolated shacks. One has a chair and small table outside near the closed front door, another has a stool. There is a heavy wicker basket at the side door of a third house.

Vespasiano said...

I'm a mage/thief but if I need to I will look into using the wicker basket. I would like to climb and peek into one of the windows.

Alexis said...

I've got you confused with one of the others, apparently the one who quit playing, but no problem. You fetch the basket and it serves to hold your weight. You lift your nose to look through the glass -

... and see that the warehouse holds no boxes nor marketable goods, and in fact contains only one rather large, rather extraordinary item. It is a ship, about 35 feet long, fat in beam and with one mast - and extraordinarily old. Also, it appears to have been underwater for several centuries. The mast is broken halfway down the spar, yet still it reaches up to just below the ceiling, a height of about twenty-five feet above the floor. The vessel is reddish brown with rot, and eaten away in many places, quite obviously incapable of ever floating again. It is an extraordinary sight.

There are about ten persons steadfastly examining the ship, moving very carefully and slowly over its shape, patiently removing the nails thereof. About seventy or eighty parts of the ship have been laid onto blankets between it and the door.

Omari seems to be in deep conversation with one of the vessel inspectors. Checking your hear noise, you cannot tell what is being said.

Vespasiano said...

I will wait outside in some out of the way spot for someone to leave and if that happens then I will follow them. My intention is to cast Charm Person on that person.

Alexis said...

The sun will go down before anyone leaves the warehouse. As it gets quieter with nightfall, the sound of sawing, or hammers beating on wood, coming from inside the warehouse can be heard clearly. This goes on for hours.

All at once, from within, there is a sound of triumph, then of cheering. Vespasiano can peer again through the window and see that everyone is on the floor, gathered around Omari, apparently looking at something. Soon after, the lights within the warehouse are doused, and everyone leaves at once.

They form a straggling group making their way back to the main harbor.

Vespasiano said...

I wait until they leave and then try to gain entrance to the building. I will first try the door.

Alexis said...

The door is locked. I've taken the liberty of checking your open locks, and have found that you succeed. You may therefore enter at will.

Vespasiano said...

I enter cautiously and look around and see what I can see with the existing light and my infravision. If it seems clear I will light my candle to take a better look.

Alexis said...

It is clear, and there appears no reason not to provide yourself with light.

Most appears to be what it was from the window - that they were taking the ship apart, piece by piece. What you can tell by closer inspection of the laid out pieces, is that each one has been burrowed into with tools, as though they were attempting to find what was inside the wood itself.

Vespasiano said...

Can I tell what kind of wood it is and does there appear to be any metal bits still embedded in any of the piece?

Alexis said...

I'm not sure what Vespasiano's knowledge specialties are; from a glance, without special knowledge, the wood is cedar and there are no metal bits at all - the ship seems to have been put together with wooden pieces only.

Does Vespasiano's field of knowledge or specialties apply at all here?

Vespasiano said...

His field is Engineering so he may have some insight in the construction.

Alexis said...

Your best guess would be that the boat is of Byzantine construction, perhaps four or five hundred years old, and that the timber came from the coast of Lebanon.

Vespasiano said...

Are any of the pieces small enough to fit into a pouch? if so i would like to take a small chunk. Is there any place in here that I would be able to hide and wait a while for someone to return?

Alexis said...

Plenty of pieces. Any size you might desire.

There are no features except, of course, the main hulk of the ship. There is still a substantial portion of the ship that is still in one piece. And of course, you have hiding in shadows.

Vespasiano said...

I will grab a small piece that will fit in my pouch. Is there only one entry to the building?

Alexis said...

There seems to be a small back door, only four feet high. The front door, which you entered, is a normal door, and beside it are two large, very high doors (18') which are opened for bringing in large objects.

Vespasiano said...

I will check out the small door and see where it leads. If it leads to the exterior I will then wait by the door to see if anyone comes back during the night. I will extinguish my light and watch with my infravision.

Alexis said...

The back door opens into a 20' wide, open exterior space, fenced in by a low, easily leaped fence, between the warehouse and the steep slope of the hill overlooking this small harbor.

If I say you wait two hours with no event occurring, do you wish to go on waiting?

Vespasiano said...

I will wait until midnight. Would this be too late to find an Inn?

Alexis said...

No, not too late. It will cost you a s.p. for the night.

Shall we consider it the next morning? And will you be returning to the ship?

Vespasiano said...

I will stay at an inn and then return to a ship and look for my companions.

Alexis said...

Then this will be continued on a joint post.