Monday, March 8, 2010

Afternoon, Altdorf

Saturday, May 31, 1650

With the afternoon, the party gathers together in the common room on the main floor of the Chamois Inn. Andrej explains to the others what he’s heard. Serafina is in her room, by last observation sleeping.


While the difficulty is discussed, I should also bring up the matter that tomorrow is Sunday. What’s more, since today the party is not travelling, if they don’t begin to do so later today, they will heal a hit point, resting. They can also reduce the amount of food they must eat to 1 lb. each.

24 comments:

Alexis said...

(OOC: Got you fellows stumped, huh? I actually gave Andrej Friday all you need to solve the problem)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(I was waiting for Andrej to post first, since he's the guy that's been doing all the researching whilst I was busy banging my head against the wall.)

Avel said...

(still going over everything myself =) )

Andrej said...

Sorry guys... swamped at work today, and tomorrow isn't looking good. I'm not just avoiding the puzzle :) My inclination for toady would have been to try more information sources, but given Alexis's comment that we've got all we need it's just a matter of sorting it out. I'll try to post something more later, but don't let me stop you from moving forward.

Andrej said...

OK... finally have some breathing space.

Andrej addresses the party.

"So, based on Valerio's second tale, the true one, Desiderata was not spurned... she wa snot turned away. She was wed to Charlamagne, who desired her. Save the unhappy business of three years later, it is a storybook ending, no?"

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

"I don't know. I sit here and I hear the tale you've given us, but it still doesn't address the thing that stops Serafina... she sees omens that Hornung has not changed and that no good will come of this. Now you're going to tell her that the story teller was lying, or forgetful, and that she should just go on?" I laugh a bit... "Women do not like to change their minds so readily, but we shall see. I have a bit of despair now as to any of this."

Andrej said...

"Maybe, Delfig. I beleive, though, that this comes down to whether she desires to go or not, however understandable her hesitation. Let her know the truth of Valerio's tale and decide. Shall you tell her? Your way with language is perhaps superior to mine."

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

"I think I have made a bad impression on her. I think since you spoke to the bard, and since you're of the cloth, you should be the one to speak to her."

Andrej said...

It shall be as you say, but before I go we should be in agreement. I will tell her Valerio's tale in the full. I've got little interest in persuading her from a chosen course or tricking her, though obviously the easiest thing for all involved is that she decides to continue to Dachau. She could easily take the true story as just as much of a sign warning her away.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

"Agreed."

Andrej said...

"Avel, your voice should be heard as well."

(OOC: No hurry or worry, Avel, I just wanted to make sure you knew we weren't planning on deciding this without you)

Andrej said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and sugest that Avel would have no problem with us continuing with the plan.

Alexis, Andrej will seek Serafina out in our room, waking her gently if she is asleep. He will tell her Valerio's true tale in its entirety. He will stress that although the mariage was one of conveneince, Desiderata was not spurned... she was accepted when she came. When the mariage did end it was for love, as the emporer fell in love with another woman. Hornung calls for her out of love, not convenience. She does not cross the mountains to offer a treaty, or lands, or a crown or a dowry of gold. If she chooses to see the story as a sign, then she must see it in its proper light.

Alexis said...

"Charlemagne married her?" asks Serafina.

Andrej said...

"Yes. They married. Valerio's tale in the tavern was told to entertain... not to inform... not to provide a brave yong woman s sign."

Alexis said...

Serafina will seem more animated. "Do you truly mean it Father?"

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(OOC - I just had a visceral "Yes! About time!" reaction to Alexis's last post. Well done, so far, Andrej! This was definitely your puzzle to take care of. That's awesome!)

(Word verify - wayorse - obviously a mash up of "way worse" which is how Delfig has seen things lately...)

Andrej said...

"Yes, my child. I sought out Valerio myself and spoke with him at length. I desired to know the name of the daughter and found, I beleive, the answer to your difficulties in spite of myself. It is as I say. I swear it."

Andrej said...

(OOC: Thanks, Delfig, but I was groping just like everybody else. I only followed the hint.)

Alexis said...

Serafina, anxiously: "Is it too late to travel today?"

(OOC: This was precisely the key to the puzzle I was looking for. That the singer lied, that the marriage happened - it would be like her to think that, once married, she'd do better than the other girl. Nice to see a puzzle come together)

Andrej said...

"Yes. Let us be gone. Tomorrow is the Sabbath, but it won't be the first time this journey I have failed its observance. I will make amends in Dachau."

Andrej said...

(OOC: In hindsight, without the hint, I suspect I personally would have struggled more. I was leaning toward finding out more information, but hadn't yet thought of seeking Valerio out. I was hoping for a sage or historian. It's not so much that I took the tale at face value as much as I assumed as a storyteller he either wouldn't know or wouldn't be inclined to tell the truth.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: As a storyteller, I love usurping myself)

If the party indicates that it wishes to continue, I'll pick this up tomorrow with a post that puts you on the road to Zug ... I assume that's the direction you wish to take.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Yes, please.

Andrej said...

Yes. Let us rock it in Zug.