Saturday, May 17, 1650
The boat that Jan has managed to secure for your journey is about sixty feet long, twenty feet broad and ten feet deep. The donkey, along with two other donkeys and two mules, has been placed into the boat's hold. The party will find space for themselves on the deck, near the prow, where they can sleep among the ship's food stores.
The boat is more of a barge than a ship, having no masts, only rudders and a low cabin for the captain and his three crew. I will pass over giving their names, until it becomes important - we'll assume you know them and that if you were to ever meet them again, you might remember their name. They do not seem to work very hard during the first part of the journey, as the waters are wide and deep, this being the second half of May and the melting snow having just begun to affect the waterways. Another month and the water levels might rise to flood levels, but at this time of year, it is a comfortable journey.
Lake Constance, viewed by the party as they pull away from Lindau just before nightfall, is like a great brass mirror, reflecting the setting sun. The moon is showing only a waning crescent, the new moon coming in four days - it, too, sets two hours after the sun, and full darkness prevails. The party members find this quite disturbing, or possibly compelling. Except for a few distant fires burning upon lighthouses, it is the first time in their lives they have experienced a complete lack of physical features at night.
Andrej and Jan, of course, spend the evening in prayer, while Emmanuel cooks and Delfig works on his music. That is only my assumption, of course. There's not much else to do; but I do want to stop here, and let the players have a say before moving on.