Friday, January 15, 2010

Morning, Bern Gate

Tuesday, May 20, 1650

It takes little more than an hour to walk the last four miles to Bern.  The morning sun quickly disappears as the sky is overcast, but there is no sign of rain.

While the guards go, Emmanuel has been given the donkey as a gift of the Town of Langenthal.  The donkey's name is Heinz.

Note the picture, showing old Bern; the party must cross the bridge to the town gate, which would be more substantial than anything shown ... two large round towers, the gate between.  To save time, I would presume the writ is given to the town guards; the guards will remember the wagon arriving the night before, about eight bells.  The wagon brought a living man, and a body ... and was driven by a milk deliverer who was travelling from Burgdorf to Bern at the end of his evening rounds.

The living man is sequestered in the right tower above the gate.  The body remains under investigation, in the cold cellar at the base of the tower.  The town's Chief Juror has been attempting to identify the body, without any success.

23 comments:

Andrej said...

No mention of a woman. Let's ask to see the living man first? Do the guards know if he was dressed as a friar?

Alexis said...

The guards are careful in how they speak, very kindly ... "The man was a coach driver," they say. "The unidentified body was dressed as a friar."

Andrej said...

Let us see to Friar Jan, then. There ar elast rites and of course a look at the body for clues. First, though, let us (and particularly Emmanuel) handle our grief as we will. I will offer what words and comfort that I can.

Alexis said...

The guards must wait for the Chief Juror; they can't show you themselves.

Andrej said...

As evenly as he can muster, given his personality and the situation, Andrej asks, "How long will we be required to wait?"

Alexis said...

Emmanuel is under a great deal of strain. He has trouble waiting, but remains reserved. When the Juror arrives, he doesn't hesitate to order the guards to open the necessary doors and passages to take the party to the cellar.

The Juror, whose name is Tenzig, explains very sadly that an attempt was made to raise the body ... but the attempt, as sometimes happens, failed. A cleric is being sought who will willingly cast speak with dead - very often, clerics will resist doing so with strangers, as it will (very rarely) draw attention from great forces who may wish to suppress the information gained. Not knowing how the friar died, most are resistant. If perhaps the friar's companions might ensure that this was not a mystical killing, the willing cleric might come forward.

Yes, it is Jan. The body is identified. The throat was cut, so the murderer would have been covered in blood. But no such bloodsoaked person could be found, though the canton was searched.

Andrej said...

"Bitch of a devil whore!"

Alexis said...

Emmanuel will collapse in a corner, and weep.

Andrej said...

Andrej will explain that Jan's murderer was most likely a woman who traveled in the coach, a suspected thief, grifter, and now murderer... and not a mystical killing. He will give detailed descriptions of both Herieuxs and explain all that has happened from yesterday morning until now.

Alexis said...

The Juror will relay the information to a minion. Then Tenzig will ask if there is any service he can provide for you.

Andrej said...

"Some privacy as we see to our good friend friar Jan... and your leave to speak with the other man brought in with the body. A recommendation on some place to stay." I look meaningfully at Emmanuel, "and a chance to speak again, perhaps, once we have collected ourselves.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I look upon Jan. I feel a lot of grief, guilt and anger. I turn around.

"The man who is living. What is his name? May I see him?"

Alexis said...

"My servant, Franz, when he returns will see to your needs."

He bows and steps out, leaving you alone with your friend.

Alexis said...

Before Tenzig leaves, he will tell you the other man was named Carlo.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I say nothing, simply look at the body and try to control my rage and guilt over Jan's death.

Andrej said...

"Delfig... Emmanuel, these deeds will not go unpunished. In THIS world as well as the next. But do not mourn Jan. He is truly in the arms of God now."

Andrej will pray and perform last rites on his friend, and ask that Emmanuel and Delfig await him beofre speaking with the other.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Pick it up on Monday. Aren't you glad I didn't make you wait through the weekend?)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Do we actually have to bury Jan for me to provide the benefits of that clerical ability (protecting the body from rising again, etc...) will it interfere at all with "Speak with Dead"?

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC - I've been expecting this from the moment I realized we'd lost H's sister. The Delfig in my head, however, is beside himself. Well played.)

Andrej said...

yep. good stuff, in the sense that Jan dying meant something to us.

Alexis said...

Sorry, meant to say it. Burial rites were already performed - keeps them from rising as undead (victim of murder and all that). 'last rites' are only given before the individual dies.

(OOC: Thank you)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(I've become a lot more emotionally invested in this game as we go. I'm sad to see Jan dead and it's sharpened things for me. It's not an unrealistic "emo" depression, but yea, it's not happy times like I felt when I figured out H's scheme.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: right. of course. i'm showing my lack of religious upbringing, it seems.)

Andrej will do burial rites anyway. Falling back on his vocation provides him a sense of control over the situation and will help the mourning process so that he may be there for his campanions and properly focused on the cracking of skulls when the time comes. Have a great weekend, guys.