Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nightfall, Lake Constance

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.


Alexis said...

(OOC: a couple of small points. I was able to identify the moon phases by means of a marvelous perpetual calendar which I found online, which I'm adding to my links. Phases of the moon for any year, for any place on earth. Marvelous.

The second point would be, if you get a chance to watch Michael Palin’s around the world in 80 days, a seven-part series, one of the parts is entirely dedicated to shipboard life, between the Persian Gulf and Mumbai)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC: That's a pretty cool site. I've used that for time zone issues.)

That's fine for what you've assumed - I'll take whatever chances I get to work on the piece for Hornung.

(OOC - full darkness but a glorious sky. My survival school course last year in Boulder Utah was amazing. There are so many stars and the starshine is truly wonderful.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: I didn't appreciate what vast darkness was until I experienced it on the open sea upon a ship that emits no light whatsoever... I've been in the dark in the woods, in the mountains and even in a cave and nothing felt quite so... big and empty as a moonless night in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean)

Andrej will do as you have assumed, Alexis, and also provide unsolicited critiques and approval as Delfig works his way through his song.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC - that's the polite way of saying "That sounds like pigs being put to death!" LOL!)

Alexis said...

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