Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eichstatt

Saturday, June 14, 1650.  Noon.

Eichstatt proves to be an unusual town - to begin with, there is no town wall. And yet there are many beautiful buildings, a huge cathedral upon a large square (the Domplatz), and several stone buildings which represent a university, a hundred years old. The streets are full of young men carrying books, with many priests and - Andrej will take note - deacons who serve as professors of the university.

There seem to be no streets featuring the usual collection of artisans. There is a town market, selling those things which may be found under that heading on an equipment list (if you wish to buy something, let me know and I’ll generate a list this evening). Rather, there are many dorms or abbeys, which themselves have kitchens, where more than nine tenths of the town eats - both student and priesthood alike.

There appear also to be as many as six sizable libraries, and many small booksellers - as the party moves through the streets, the sound of working printing presses can be heard.

Two principal roads lead from Eichstatt - one that goes north, and one that travels to the east.

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Andrej said...

Alexis, I deducted 1 silver for the bridge toll and paid for Emmanuel(thick grey line). I'm assuming there was no further toll for the town. I'd like a market list as well, if you don't mind.

Andrej will inquire to a passer-by where travellers could expect to find acceptable lodging in Eichstatt. Also, he'll do his best to learn what sorts of scholorship goes on here. For instance, would early Holy Roman Imperial history be a topic of study? What of magic? Are there magic users here in Eichstatt?

"All these books and learned men, Avel. I feel as a hungry man at a banquet without use of his mouth. I believe Delfig would have favored this place." Andrej will hum a bit of Hornung's song as we make our way through the town.

Alexis said...

I'll send an emailed list later.

The scholarship is largely clerical/engineering/historical; there is the study of magic, but clerical magic. There would very likely be books on early imperial history.

Andrej said...

Hmmm... while here Andrej may wish to confer with an authority on say, Charlamagne and the Lombards. For the time being, let us find an inn or other arrangements and once settled, Andrej would like to visit the cathedral to pray and seek the seek the sacrament of confession. Andrej will receive the bottle containing the souls of Robur and the guard from Emmanuel at this time as well.

(OOC: I'll be busy most of the remainder of the day, but will check in periodically as I'm able.)

Alexis said...

"... will receive ..."

I'm not following.

Andrej said...

I gave the bottle to Emmanuel for safe-keeping at the house when we buried the bodies. I'm just asking for it back.

Avel said...

(Ack! Sorry gentlemen. Had several finals today that all ran a bit long. Just got home. I will catch back up tomorrow)

Andrej said...

It looks like Alexis is still tied up. I'll check in later this afternoon. Have a nice weekend all.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Sorry fellows; posting this on all three threads. I'm sick and at home and sleeping most of the time. Just hit a wall, I guess)

James C. said...

No wories, Alexis. We'll pick back up when you're able to, hopefully some time next week. Get well.

Alexis said...

Apart from the distribution of the bottle, I'm afraid I'm at a loss for what is happening. I presume that both Avel and Andrej are purchasing items, as shown from the list I emailed just recently.

Is there any other specific action to be taken?

Andrej said...

Sorry Alexis, I only noticed just now that you had responded.

Andrej wishes to find an inn or other arrangements for the party. Lacking that, or once it is accomplished, he'll attempt a visit to the cathedral for the purpose of prayer.

Alexis said...

This is no trouble, for either. I believe I had indicated the cost for an inn prior to the journey's start.

Andrej said...

I ahd considered briefly sticking around for the day to see what i could find out about the house of the owlbear attack or possibly the Lombard medallion that might be a key... but now I think we should just be on our way. We'll spend the remainder of the day, take a night at the inn. andrej will spend time at the cathedral in prayer, thoughts of Delfig and the road ahead his chief concerns. Lacking anything out of the ordinary happening we'll set off on the road north tomorrow. Andrej will inquire on the way out where precisely it leads.

Alexis said...

You are not tempted to find someone who could identify the books?

Andrej said...

Of course I'm tempted. My problem, though, is two-fold.

1) I can't read these books either way. I suspect at least one of the magical ones is a spell book. The other, perhaps a magical libram or something akin to that.

2) I'm worried this close to their point of origin that they might be identifiable to whomever I would enlist in their identification.

Andrej said...

On the second point: I'm afraid, essentially, of being considered guilty of wrong-doing in obtaining them as they would be recognized as belonging to Robur.

Alexis said...

I must tell you - it is not that small a world. I am truly not likely to have people seize you if it turns out Robur had a special importance - though yes, I would be careful about indicating his soul is in a bottle in your care. Not that here isn't a chance ... shall we call it 1 in a 1000, that whomever you might talk to would be personally aware of Robur?

Andrej said...

Based on that, and assuming 1 in 1000 would be my odds wherever we go in Bavaria, let us inquire as to getting the items identified.

(OOC: I'll be touch and go today, but will do my best to check in as I am able.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: I too. My workload has been heavy of late. Real life. What a pain)

It will probably cost a gold piece in varying bribes and fees before having the privilege of conversing with someone who will speak to the nature of the books.

Andrej said...

Consider the gold piece spent.

Alexis said...

I will probably have to pick this up in the morning. I'm at odds and ends just at the moment. It will begin as a new post at that time.

Andrej said...

Sounds good to me.

Alexis said...

The scholar, Egbert, will look over the books that Andrej provides, and quickly identify two of them as ordinary spellbooks. He would be willing to pay Andrej 40 g.p. for the larger book, and 20 g.p. for the smaller one.

The third book, the one that does not emit magic, interests Egbert far more. He will describe it as an arcane book about illusions; making things appear as something other than what they truly are - particularly, in this case, causing something very large to seem as though it were something very small. “It is as though a great ship were made to appear as a rowboat,” says Egbert. “Or even transforming a horse into something like a housecat. Most times, if you were to create an illusion like this, the rowboat would still move as a great ship, and the housecat would still walk like a horse. This is the manner by which illusions can be identified by someone with a sharp eye.

“But this book describes methods for how one creates the illusion within the illusion - so that the housecat might appear to leap into your arms, while remaining a horse - or the great ship would still appear a rowboat, though you wandered all about the interior of the ship while moving from the prow to the stern. You would THINK you were only crossing a rowboat, for even the time required to travel from the stem to the stern of the great ship would be distorted.

“This is a book of great power,” says Egbert. “I would like very much the time to study it. Particularly since ...” and here Egbert turns the book towards Andrej, showing him that it is quite a small book; “It is not all it seems.” Egbert turns the book a different way, and it is suddenly so large that Egbert must hold it in both his hands - easily two feet by almost three.

“Magnificent, isn’t it? I am always holding it in both hands,” he says. “But even I feel as though I am using only one hand, when I turn it thusly.”

Alexis said...

I should make a note that the book also defied a detect magic spell, showing that it was not an illusion.

James C. said...

Andrej will counter with 100 gold for both books and allow Egbert the opportunity to study the third book to his satisfaction. Andrej will explain that he is moving on to attend to business and won't be back this way for several weeks at least.

(OOC: I'm at home today with my hands full. I'll check in when I can. Don't mistake my lack of participation as a lack of enthusiasm. It feels good to be playing.)

Andrej said...

P.S. and I'll be appropriately signed into the Andrej account as well.

Alexis said...

Egbert will answer, "If the additional 40 g.p. will give me the opportunity to read this book for several weeks, I will gratefully pay your price! But I must tell you, it is worth much more than that."

He will take some minutes in obtaining the coin, but he will give you all of it and the small pouch to keep it in.

Andrej said...

"Many thanks Egbert. Perhaps when I return to collect it you will tell me what you have found."

50 gold will be turned over to Avel

"Spend it wisely, my son, and may it be put to good use."

I see no reason to stick around. Unless Avel has some business he wishes to conduct I suggest we make our way north.

Alexis said...

I'll give Avel until tomorrow noon - but then I'll write the next post. If I hear from him I'll write the next post first thing in the morning.

Avel said...

Sorry all. This is the first I checked the blog in some time.

Avel has no business in the town. I am ready to go when Andrej is.