Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Morning, Near Dugi Otok

Tuesday, May 13, 1650

With little going on in the hold,  the party whiles away the afternoon and the evening.  Most of the residents in the hold either settle down to sleep as the sun sets, not long after evening vespers (18 bells), while many have a great deal of trouble sleeping due to their stomachs and the rolling ship.  Vespasiano finds his belly is quite comfortable; Telo and Alonzo, less so.  Groans emit from throughout the hold ... clearly one of the merchants is suffering a great deal.

Having lived in a Medieval culture, the players are able to find sleep despite the steady noises; public living is a common experience, and no one in the party is of such high standing as to have never spent weeks or months at a time living in a common room of some kind - a mage apprentices, as boarders in a common house or as young children.

As the sun rises, the ship has covered 96 knots; you can hear the crewmembers above crying out "Dugi Otok!  Ho!"  The word quickly passes around the hold that it is an island head that the crew is making note of, to identify their location.

The passengers wake up slowly, and the upper hatch is opened to allow the passengers to come out on deck for an hour and eat their breakfast.  Only as the passengers begin to rise and come up the stairs is it discovered that the Persian is dead.
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13 comments:

Vespasiano said...

Is the manner of his death apparent? Who is attending to him? And did the missing merchant return?

Alexis said...

The merchant did return; though you're unsure when. Someone must have seen him come back.

As far as the manner of his death, you'll have to move to examine the body; at the moment, no one is attending him - he's lying where the gypsies were, now with a wide circle around him.

Alonzo Vezzali said...

Alonzo looks this way and that to see if anyone looks suspicious, or for that matter if he himself looks suspicious.

Alexis said...

(OOC: would anyone like to, you know, examine the body before the crew comes down and does it?)

Alonzo Vezzali said...

(OOC: Sure, I'll do it.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: Alonzo, I'm smiling. Two things - that's an odd way for a D&D player to say he's rifling the body ... and just because I have to be a stickler for details, because you put the action under 'ooc', it is technically out of the campaign and therefore doesn't happen. Hah.)

Telo Arhen said...

(OOC: hee hee)
Telo will approach the body and stand by it, visually inspecting it.

Alexis said...

Telo,

From merely looking at it, you can see that there's no blood. The body does not look out of character for someone who is sleeping, the clothes have not been mussed and there seems to have been no sign of a struggle. Further information will require touching the body.

Vespasiano said...

I try to find the merchants and see if they are saying anything about this.

Alexis said...

The merchants are up on deck, so I will presume that you've gone there. At present, all three are separated - I will give you a quick description:

The one merchant unfriendly to the victim, who last night slipped out of the hold, with the help of the crew, is tall with thin hands and a medium-length beard, dressed in a dark blue caftan and turban. We'll call him Hafsah.

The other unfriendly merchant is very light skinned, with a very short beard; he wears a white and grey caftan and turban. We'll call him Lateef.

The friendly merchant, who interceded on behalf of his friend, is clean-shaven and dressed in European garb, a typical adventurer's outfit. We will call him Omari.

Hafsah and Lateef are not speaking to anyone. Omari is quietly speaking to the ship's bo'sun, and seems to be trying to convince him of something.

Telo Arhen said...

I will remove myself from the side of the body.

Vespasiano said...

Can I hear anything that Omari is saying?((Would my Hear Noise Ability help for this?))

Alexis said...

Vespasiano cannot tell, and yes, hear noise is the check I did make.

This is continued on the next post.