Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The End of Delfig's Work, Dachau

Tuesday, June 10, 1650

Please take note of the date.  This is the day I calculate that Delfig is able to complete his work, and so the party will need to assess their food consumption for this period.  Note that you are relaxing, and not travelling or adventuring, and the food consumption can be as little as 1 lb. per day; you might want to pay your inn bill, also.
To my knowledge, the actual itinerary of the party's intentions is not yet known.  However, on Monday, you are contacted by an agent of Hornung - his name, he says, is Reynart.  He is diminuative, perhaps 5'4" in height, and seems to suffer from the cold, although it is a fairly warm day when he comes to see you.  He wears an expensive black linen and wool doublet, with a gold crest on the shoulder that you must recognize by now as Hornung's; he carries a leather pouch, from which he draws forth a map, two keys and ten g.p. for travel expenses - and to hire a guide if need be - if it is your interest to travel to Calenburg.

He will say that Hornung is fully aware of the crime taken against Jan, and has dispatched a fellow of his acquaintence to Bern to follow that trail ... Jan being a friend of his, and Hornung not wanting the murder to go unavenged.

What answer does the party have for Reynart?

45 comments:

Andrej said...

Alexis, may we (players) view the map via the blog?

My wishes, aside from asking Reynart more information regarding the condition of the residnece at Calenburg and what we are specifically expected to do (assume those questions are asked by Andrej, Alexis), are to undertake this mission and reconnoiter the markets between here and there. If you guys like, we can see about taking passengers as well.

Andrej said...

As for the possible treasure in the pass, that can wait until we return, I think, assuming Delfig agrees to go. Speaking of Delfig, let's have a listen to that song...

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I had already paid 1/3d of the cost of the Inn for 7 days (of which we've used 5) - the cost for each of you is in the previous post.

Andrej - if there's a cost for food consumption, or you needed contributions for food, let me know?

If Reynart came on Monday, I would let Andrej/Avel have the discussion with him. I had made known previously I wanted more info on the task from Hornung.

If some conversation has been allowed during my creative period, then I will have let my companions know that I do not wish to go treasure hunting. (OOC - I'm perfectly comfortable if this means splitting the party, Delfig really is averse to the treasure hunt. As I've developed Delfig in my head and let myself play him, I've discovered that the attack on Dachau has left him in a very risk-aware frame of mind ... and the legend of the curse, the attacks on the road and all that happened has made our bard somewhat skittish. For now. We'll see as time goes on.)

Once finished with the piece, I will send word to Hornung that I would like to play it at some point as a gift to him and Serafina, perhaps at a gathering of his friends or at his beer garden.

Andrej said...

Food is fine, but based on what we decide to do we'll likely need to buy more. These are our current stocks based on the daily reductions of the main ingredients and my estimation on how much oil, salt and sugar were being used to prepare food.

1 sack of flour (21 lbs): 13 left
1 sack of beets (22 lbs each): 13 left
1 sack turnips (22 lbs each): 9 left
1 sack of potatoes (26 lbs each): 5 left
1 keg of beer (12 gal. each): 8 gallons left
.25 box sugar
1.5 paper boxes of salt
1.5 bottles of linseed cooking oil
5 hard, unripe pears
10 lb sack of apricots: 4 left

I'm not sure what you guys desire to do at this point, but I do know what Delfig doesn't want to do. Delfig, you've mentioned splitting the party up two or three times now and I'm not sure if I should be taking a hint from that. My desire is to keep the party together provided we can determine some action that we all care to pursue. If not, that's fine too I guess. I think I've made my wishes pretty clear ot this point. I'm fine with leaving the Lombard treasure alone, but need to know what you guys want to do instead.

Alexis said...

Andrej,

I had not specifically designed 'a map' ... it simply identifies the location of the keep and the nearest large town. It isn't a campaign map, so to speak, but just the sort of thing someone might draw out to show how one gets to a specific location (they're unlikely to draw a snake on it labeled 'the lair of the white wyrm' ... hah).

Yes, discussion is allowed during Delfig’s creative period – he must eat from time to time, and rest, and sleep … creative process.

Hornung would like to hear the piece; he is planning to open his new house in three months, and to have a feast there at that time. He asks that you play for the feast, if that suits you.

Andrej said...

Alexis, I guess based on that response Andrej would want to learn from Reynart what the nearest town is (is Calenburg the town, and the estate on its outskirts?) and then better definition on what state the, er, estate is currently in and what activities are expected of us.

OOC: Normally when playing D&D if a patron sends a lackey over to the party asking them to clear an old family holding, the object and related activities of the mission would be assumed based on a hundred other similar outings... in your game, Alexis, I've learend so far to take nothing for granted. Hornung's vague request and Reynart's retisence so far is setting off alarm bells for me. :)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

OOC - Andrej - that's not my intent, by any means, but I'm saying that as a player, I understand if that's what you, as a player, desire to do.

We have a freedom in this format, unlike tabletop, that real splits can happen and most importantly, they can be managed very easily. There's none of the DM saying "OK guys/gals, go over there for 10 minutes while I run the other half through their deal..." and vice versa. Here, we can operate in separate places, whether working together or not. I guess I'm letting you know that I am OK with that, if you feel that strongly about the treasure. My character does not, and as a player, I'm very happy to see you have fun either with your character deciding to say with Delfig, or striking off. I'm also very happy to stay together. Either way, I'm exploring a *life* versus exploring a region of land. My focus has gone from my characters being war-game-like to my character being a real participant in a world. It's rare we get that in a game.

Mustard farmers don't have to always work the same fields, yannow. ;) (this is the point where Alexis throws something heavy at me.)

For now, I want to know more about Hornung's offer. I'm finding that I'm very interested in establishing a flow of income and experience so that I can continue creating songs. Not, however, taking too much risk like messing with cursed treasure. ;)

Now... back to game:

Delfig is at Hornung's command in this and he will debut his song in commemoration of Hornung/Serafina at the feast.

Andrej said...

OOC: Delfig, I appreciate the explanation. As for me, my overall goals for Andrej are less clear to me at this point other than my enjoyment of the game. So, let us proceed with finding out more regarding Calenburg and then make a final decision.

Avel said...

I agree in regards to Calenburg. I think it will be a beneficial endeavor for us.

Does Reynart know how far the gatehouse is and what exactly our responsibilities will be?

Alexis said...

Andrej,

I’m seriously not being reticent, it is only that I tried to compress for time. Reynart will tell you everything you need to know – the specific gatehouse is about 23 miles from Luneburg; Calenburg is the name of a family, that controls a sizeable duchy in northern Germany, directly south of Hamburg. The gatehouse is not the main house, where Hornung plans to live … this is a separate entity. Reynart has not himself been there in some years, and neither has Hornung … there may be some minor vermin, or possibly persons who have trespassed onto the land – even cotters who must either be moved or negotiated with. In anticipation of the latter, I’ll have Reynart suggest that if any cotter has significantly changed the land – that is, farmed it – they should be left alone, but any loiterers should be pushed on.

Does that help?

Alexis said...

(OOC: I should add that what Delfig says, in essence, is true; I have no particular plans for what the party, though there may be some things in the works as the result of earlier actions, purposely concealed. I am quite able to operate towards whatever the party decides for what they will do next ... which is partly the reason why I haven't drawn up a map of the gatehouse and the regions about - it isn't necessary yet, and I'd rather not waste my time with it if the party shows no interest. That policy helps guarentee that I won't pressure anyone towards an activity they show no interest in).

Andrej said...

Thanks Alexis, I understand all that you wrote and it was indeed helpful.

Well gents, short of understanding what kind of compensation we can expect and assuming somebody can point the way to Luneburg for us, I think we're set to decide. I'm OK with moving out without a negotiated price as the money doesn't mean as much to me as the prospect of participating in some interesting endeavor does. Besides, Hornung has shown us already that he is not tight-fisted.

Assuming we go, we'll need to find out about how many miles away Luneburg is for the purposes of provisioning ourselves. We could always buy some food along the way, but I'd prefer to supplant our stores with produce bought along the way rather than rely upon it.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

If we're under his employ, wouldn't he provide for provisions and supplies to not only make it to the gatehouse, but put it in order?

Would the cotters who've started farms be taxed by Hornung? If we're working on his behalf, we can use those cotters to help us with any repairs.

Andrej said...

On one hand, you're right Delfig. On the other, given our recent award I'm Ok with fronting whatever cost of outfitting there is beyond the gold provided. I'm also guessing that part of our going is to ascertain the material condition of the estate for Hornung. it osund slike nobody's been there for years. Given the nature of what needs putting into order, we could send messages back to Hornung requesting funds be sent or further instruction, etc...

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

:listens to compensation offer:

:faints:

:recovers:

Holy crap. That's uhhh... suspiciously a lot of stuff to guys like us. Man, we are so dead. I like it! I'm in!

Alexis said...

Ah, don’t hesitate to ask what the compensation might be. Hornung offers 300 g.p. (total), the title to 90 acres of land (to be divided among you) and a writ for each individual guaranteeing free passage within Calenburg.

Alexis said...

I had to change the name of the territory.

Andrej said...

Would the title to these lands be on Honrnung's estate, Dachau or elsewhere?

Alexis said...

The land would be in Calenburg, in the valley of the Luhe river, some fair distance above that river's confluence with the Elbe. The Luhe flows west of Luneburg.

Andrej said...

Can Reynart tell us how far Luneburg is from Dachau? How long of a carriage ride is it? Based on that we'll acquire some rations if necessary. I'm guessing we leave here going north if the land is in northern Germany. Can we confirm that also... or more specifically which roads should we take and stay upon to get there?

Alexis said...

There, the map has been added to the post; Dachau is in the bottom right corner, Luneburg in the upper right. To keep things simple, I will just say that every narrow gray line (border) will cost 5 c.p. per individual, and every thick gray line 1 s.p. To enter a particular walled town represented by a circle, it will cost 1 s.p. each; to enter a trade town (shown by a cross) will cost 3 s.p. each. To enter a Free City (a town surrounded by a thick gray line) will cost 5 s.p. each. We'll work with that standardized system from now on. Therefore, calculate out the best route you can.

Virtually every hex on this map (except for those in orange) has a minor road (not shown on the map), but minor roads are less well travelled. So you are not limited to those red road lines shown. The carriage, typically, will travel two hexes per day; elevation changes can affect this, as well as particular places in the road (I'll reserve that knowledge to myself).

Andrej said...

I say we just stick to what looks like the main road to Nuremberg, Erfurt then on to Luneburg.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I'm OK with that, do you have an estimate of the cost on tolls and entry fees, based on what Alexis said?

We'll also need to provide for the horses (feed) and food.

Alexis said...

As long as you stop one night in ten in a inn of some kind, you don't have to provide feed for the horses (they can eat 90% of their food intake from wild sources).

Andrej said...

I'm estimating 12 to 14 days of travel. About 10 coppers and 8 silvers each just sticking to the roads and not entering walled cities. 3 to 5 silvers for each town or city we decide to stop in along the way, so figure a few gold if we always stop in town and then add in a night's stay at an inn each time (10 silvers up to a gold seemed the going rate). I think we've got plenty of money for the trip even if we endeavor to travel in comfort.

at two pounds of food consuption per day per person, we'd need 112 lbs. of food. we have about 40. Assuming some nights we'll stay at inns and we'll be pasing through many market towns along the way, I say we buy at least 80 lbs worth to start off and we can up the rest along the way. If you agree, I'll make the purchases and let you know what each of our shares will be. Get your special requests in now. :)

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

That sounds fine - no special requests. :)

Andrej said...

Alexis, I can't find salt pork on the market list. May I pay for it using the price for fresh pork? Assuming so I've added a sack of potatoes and a sack of turnips to out stores as well as 3.9 lbs. of pork for flavoring meals. Each of the three of us will therefore pay 2 golds and 16 coppers unless Delfig's position as a guild memeber can get us some kind of discount. I've already added the food to our party list and am ready to leave when you guys are.

Alexis said...

Sadly, salt pork would be much more expensive than fresh pork. Either wait for when I can add salt pork to the list (which will probably be tomorrow), or break down and buy salted fish instead (you can find it at the fishmonger).

Alexis said...

Delfig can get a 10% deal on any purchase that is either over 200 lb., and a 25% deal on any purchase over 1,000 lb.

Andrej said...

Noted. The salted fish is considerably more expensive, so drop the meat altogether and we'll pick up somehting on the road if need be. That means nobody has to pay the 16 cp.

Alexis said...

At what point would the party plan to leave?

Avel said...

Andrej, let me know how much money I owe you for food. I have no problem spending money on this trip, especially since the compensation is LAND!

I am prepared to leave at any time.

Andrej said...

2 gold for the food.

I say we leave early tomorrow morning and plan to stop at Ingostadt before nightfall.

Andrej said...

One last bit of business. On the eve of our embarking Andrej will have venison and wine. He will stuff his three friends full of it with his own coin. Hopefully this is available. Can we assume if special considerations or preperatins needed to be made with an inn or tavern to acquire them, they were done?

Alexis said...

We can make that assumption. You should be able to find a variety of victuals on the equipment list I sent to you, under Innkeeper

Andrej said...

I had trouble locating "venison" which is why I mentioned the special preparations and didn't just price it out. I can't open the file at home (where I now find myself), only at work, so I also can't go back and double check. I don't want to get hung up on just this, though, as I'm anxious to get started. If the price is there and I missed it, I'll just deduct it all tomorrow. Otherwise I'll select the next best thing from the list so let's assume we have ourselves a merry little feast either way and be off.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(I'm assuming this all takes place in the dining area at the Inn.)

Andrej's feast and wine brings me into a merry state of mind again. For the pleasure of my companions and the entertainment of any who will listen, I'll retell the story of our trip. I'll emphasize how Andrej would stride forth to deal with troubles, I'll speak to Emmanuel's steadfastness, I'll relate Jan's sacrifice at the hands of dark assassins who tossed us aside in their unknown pursuits (no names mentioned..) and I'll retell the meeting of Avel as meeting the gentle giant with the huge weapons (wink) and generous spirit. I'll also praise Serafina's beauty and wicked use of steel against the hippogriff and strange invisible creature riding the strange stag that dogged us on our way.

The intent is to inspire my companions to be cheerful and bold as we venture forth on another long trip. And if I manage to get a few coins in appreciation of my tale, that's always nice as well.

Alexis said...

Andrej,

For ‘venison’, use beef; the price is more or less treated as the same (I haven’t differentiated them at this time).

Delfig,

This may not have occurred to you, but I rolled a 4% chance, as per level, of your storytelling affecting someone (it was certainly a week in the waiting, was it not?). I did not get a positive result, but another night in another tavern ... something to think about.

I have not sat down to work out a calculation on how much income you might make at general storytelling and playing ... it could not be much at first level. If I suggest right now that you can earn 1 c.p. for every 100 x.p. Delfig has, will that work satisfactorily for the time being?

(harrass me before a weekend and I’ll try to come up with a simple table).

(OOC: James, if I may call you that - I did get your email about writing, but I was simply unable to answer it last night or this morning. I’d like to try an answer it today on my other blog, if I get a chance to write it out; I get asked this question fairly often, and I feel I can make a general answer about it. Rest assured, I do respect your personal issues with writing, as you described, but they are not unusual problems - I had similar ones myself)

Andrej said...

Ah... I see where I went amiss on the prices. Here we go:

several loaves of bread (with butter, I hope!)
4 oysters each, served on the half-shell
4 reindeer t-bone steaks (if you've never had reindeer, I assure you it is exquisite)
16 flagons of ale served throughout the meal
and evening...
we wash it all down before bed with a goblet of warm mead each

Andrej said...

(OOC: Alexis: thanks and yes you may. James, Jim or Jimmy. I still go by them all depending on the company, and you're free to use whichever you like best.)

I've deducted the required gold for our victuals. Eat, drink and be merry my friends.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Alexis, that had actually occurred to me, which was why I explained the effect I was shooting for. One never knows...

I currently have 1558XP, which translate to 156cp - almost a gold piece. That's a lot, but I'll take it, thanks. (may I have the liberty of converting that to sp so I can reduce the # of coins?)

I'd like to purchase another belt pouch (10") on the way out of Dachau.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I've written that writing post; you can find it here)

Delfig, I wonder at your math. Per 100 X.P. normally calculates out at 15.58 c.p., or 16. Does it not?

Feel free to buy whatever you want here before you leave. I will be writing a new post for the trip north to Ingolstadt, when I have a chance - I spent it writing the other article, and I'm going to be hung up for a couple of hours. I will start getting this thing on the road today, even if I can't get it there by tonight (I have so many irons going, sometimes I don't know).

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Yea, I have to wonder at my math too, sheesh. OK, 16 cp it is :)

Avel said...

(Just as a heads up, I will be unable to post after early tomorrow morning. I'll be going away for the weekend to wander around the woods and hit people with foam weapons.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Thank you for the other blog entry Alexis, it is precisely the sort of thing that I expected and I think it will prove helpful. The part about forcing oneself to finish something just to have successfully completed the process is particularly resonant. I'm not sure what my options are at this point for learnning Latin, though...)

Take your time getting the next post up, Alexis. I'm OK if we don't pick up again until Monday, given the other responses. This seems a rather natural breaking point for us in terms of where our characters are at.