Monday, November 2, 2009

Evening, Near Augsburg

Monday, May 12, 1650

A mile or so before reaching Augsburg, at the beginning of dusk, Jan will direct the party off the main road onto a narrow path through the woods.  He will send Emmanuel and the donkey on ahead, explaining that he has a friend here who will put you up for the night, thereby avoiding the town fees in Augsburg.

Night comes on quickly.  The path continues for about a mile before you're met by a man and two servants, all with lanterns.  Jan calls out to the man, who answers back; his name is Neil.  They embrace, Jan introduces Delfig and Andrej, and you're all led back to a substantially sized farmhouse.  There you find Emmanuel has been relieved of the donkey and waits inside.  A large pot of soup simmers on the fire, and you are each given a hot bowl with bread.  Jan tells Neil of your journey, and Neil wishes you all the best.

12 comments:

Andrej said...

I first thank Neil for the hospitality then quietly offer up thanks for the meal before eating. If I have opportunity to speak quietly with Jan, I ask what our sleeping accomodations will be. Otherwise I wait to se what happens, making casual conversation with those around me. If Neil is supping with us I inquire after his farm and fortunes and ask to hear any recent news.

Alexis said...

Andrej,

The party will be sleeping in this room on the main floor tonight.

Neil says, "You noticed that there was no toll gate coming into Augsburg lands." Jan says he did notice, and Neil will say, "The gate, the tower beside the gate, the whole thing - it's been disappeared. Magic of course. The Archbishop's in a fury - there's been a rounding up of the guilds and an ongoing inquisition. They burned 17 today."

Andrej said...

"Seventeen burned for a toll? Yet we call this a Christian land? Outrageous!" Andrej pounds the table. "What of these seventeen, then? No doubt the first poor souls to constable could put his hands on. Men like Emmanuel, here." I cram two more bites of stew, "Who do you beleive magiked these things, away, Neil?"

Alexis said...

Neil: "No idea ... but if fortifications disappear, someone powerful. The souls who were burned suffered because they would not give up their guild and name names - but of course no one knows for sure that any local guild was involved."

Andrej said...

Andrej harrumphs.

(OOC: These guilds Neil speaks of, are these magic-user guilds or could he be talking about any powerful guild?)

Alexis said...

(OOC: Those would be mage guilds)

Andrej said...

"We have had some recent trouble in Dachau where one group was seemingly set against another. I suspect this is not a coincidence". Saying this, Andrej searches the faces of Jan, Neil and Delfig for a reaction and awaits the input of Delfig or Jan into the conversation.

Alexis said...

Jan notes that Emmanuel has already turned in, and conveys a desire to do likewise. He excuses himself from the hearth and finds a place apart.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I also thank our host for his hospitality and kindness.

I listen to the news without commenting too much at first, plucking on my lyre. Finally, I'll nod and speak.

"Will our path take us through or close to Ausburg? As travelers, and recently from Dachau, we might be taken in and questioned ourselves. I would not want that to happen."

Andrej said...

"I don't fear the Inquisition, Delfig. Jan and I may only be friars, but we are still men of God and none of us has an affiliation to these guilds Neil speaks of. I'm more concerned with whatever power is causing this trouble."

Andrej said...

Lacking further discussion with Delfig, Andrej removes his armor, prays and finds a comfortable place to sleep. If nothing happens between now and the morning, Andrej will seek out clean water for simple ablutions and to fill his skin for the next day's journey.

Alexis said...

Before Jan falls asleep, he reassures Delfig that bypassing Augsburg will save everyone the tolls necessary to enter the town.