Thursday, May 15, 1650
A little background information. Ulm is a free city within the Holy Roman Empire, surrounded by its private environs. There are many such independent cities and small states, nominally independent, but part of the whole.
The road is less travelled, and somewhat overshadowed by heavy forest, which presses in upon the road on both sides. It is also much more up and down, not the steady climb and fall you experienced from Augsburg to Ulm. Here,
"Fathers, friends," he says. "Me and my companions have found ourselves in a bad way, as it were, having fallen on poor luck. We were soldiers during the war, but we're naught but villeins now, seeking a bit of work and just a bit of food, to carry us on as it were. I can't help noticing you're heading south to Biberach and beyond, and knowing that it's not a safe road, not safe at all, you might spare us some goodwill and let us guide your way."
(OOC: I don't want to have Jan run this party, so I'm going to have him remain more or less indecisive regarding this, and let Andrej and Delfig make up their minds).