Friday, April 9, 2010

The Road North to Ingolstadt

Wednesday, June 11, 1650

The journey to Ingolstadt is relatively uneventful. Upon leaving the North Gate of Dachau, Delfig takes note that the gutted gatehouse, which he has not seen in more than a month, is filled with activity, the interior cleaned out, a pile of burnt refuse stacked nearby, laborers with brushes cleaning the stone, fresh wood piled nearby, several saw pits and the sounds of hammering. Apparently, steps are being taken to make the gatehouse more defensible, and the outlay for a tower has been started next to it.


It is mostly downhill to Ingolstadt, forcing the horses to take it slowly. The countryside is gently hilly, with thick forests broken by places where the land has been tilled. There are numbers of pig herders - quite a few in fact, and the road is consistently busy. You may speak to a few passersby, but these are farmers, or peddlars, and no one of note.

The bridge across the Danube and into Ingolstadt is immense, with a center built of wood, and large enough to allow a 20’ wide barge to pass beneath it. Three wagons could easily pass side by side. Ingolstadt is, naturally, a wall town - and to cross the bridge, you will have to pay the normal town fee (there is no other way to cross the Danube at this point.

You hear tell that Ingolstadt was the first city to hold back the Swedes during the Great 30 Years War.

17 comments:

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I'm not sure if it's possible to have this knowledge, but one of the things I had wanted to determine was why was Dachau looking like a military outpost? I'm sure it had something to do with the Gate being opened, but I'm curious if it would have been possible to have learned something/anything during our time there?

Alexis said...

I was waiting for Delfig to specifically say that he was going about doing that ... but while you did say, Delfig intended to do so, Delfig never actually did.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

Yea, got all wrapped up in my creation. Heh. OK, fair enough... Delfig don't know what he don't know. Hopefully that doesn't come back to bite us in the ass later on...

Andrej said...

Quietly, to Delfig: "If I recall correctly, Delfig, the new mayor is known as being somewhat militant... and not too fond of foreigners. With Hornung withdrawing from Dachau and the mayor's race and the old mayor likely taking some blame for the gate, its no wonder of his election. I would see the build-up as a result of his views, fears and ambitions. I say is is good to be out on the road again."

Alexis said...

Upon awaking the next morning in Ingolstadt, in getting things ready, Delfig will note a bill that has been posted on the stable wall ... which he is certain was not there the night before.

It says, "NOTICE: The Rathaus Council of Dachau seeks information as to the whereabouts of Delfig the Bard, family name unknown, who was known to have left Dachau through the North Gate June the Eleventh."

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

(Can I take back wanting to know what happened?)

Oh crap.

I'll quickly confer with Andrej and Avel.

(Andrej, do you know - in character - as to what happened in Dachau and my involvement? If you're not sure, let's assume you don't?)

Andrej said...

all Jan told me, in character, was that you aided Hornung when fighting the demon. You yourself, though, have at times mentioned or alluded to some greater resonisibility concerning the events that has always puzzled Andrej. He has no idea about the blood.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I'll sketch out to Andrej and Avel an overview of what happened...

-- We were looking into the causes of murders in and around Dachau.

-- We had a misadventure trying to question a possible suspect.

-- As a result, I was separated from my companions and found by one or more shapechangers. They offered me gold for my blood. Fearing for my life, I agreed.

-- I found Jan and some cotters had found a skulk and told me of it's evil. Jan mentioned a story of a Gate and blood. I realized I had done something bad and had confessed/begged forgiveness from Jan. He sent me to go get Hornung.

-- I entered Dachau while the Gate to Hell was opening. I rescued Hornung after he slew the demoness and the Gate closed.

-- This is why I was so insistent on getting Serafina to Hornung. I needed to make up for the guilt I shared in the attacks.

I believe that the Rathaus Council has somehow learned of my involvement and I will be put to death.

What do you council that I do?

Alexis said...

I should say that it wouldn't be Hornung who would have made this post - he knows Delfig's last name. For the same reason, it wouldn't be the merchant's guild, either ... and that whoever it is, is unaware that Delfig has been made a local merchant. That much the party's intelligence can tell them.

Andrej said...

"To begin, I'd pack that lute away and avoid singing and tale telling for a spell. Also, avoid introducing yourself by name. Avel or I shall do the talking to outsiders. And you will say for me a Hail Mary, use these beads if you haven't your own (hands over Jan's prayer beads). I know Jan had absolved you and your regret is sincere... but in light of your admission, which I feel you made under great distress, I now consider myself your confessor and your words protected by the very tenets of the faith. Were there any other misdeeds performed by yourself or your companions that need redress? Avel you have witnessed this holy sacrament. Most unusual, but not without precedent. I know your discretion can be reilied upon."

"We should continue on our journey north and avoid trouble as we can. This notice does not compel you to return. We must perform our service for Hornung as if nothing is amiss. As far as we know, nothing is. When we return to collect our reward and report on the state of Hornung's holdings, we shall make cautious inquiries to Hornung and Serafina as to what is about. Perhaps this thing is harmless, and so we do no harm in avoiding it and continuing on our way. Perhaps this thing is evil, and I trust not those in power in Dachau, so we avoid it in good conscience. What say you all?"

Avel said...

"In light of this, I suggest we make our best time to the gatehouse. We sleep and eat in our own camps, an move as fast as possible. Avoiding towns may help keep Delfig hidden until we can consult Hornrung about this matter.

Andrej said...

I deducted 3 s.p. for entering Ingolstadt. How much for the inn room?

I recommend we be off at once. We'll take the main road to Nuremburg and try to make the river south and west of the town by nightfall, camping there. We'll bypass the town but follow the road or river to Schweinfurt in the morning. Delfig will stay in the carriage and out of sight in the event his description is available to any actively looking.

Delfig Kôlhupfer said...

I look at Andrej. "I will not hide like a coward. Yes, we will continue on, and in less openness, but I will not hide in the corner."

"As to your requirements of penance, I will do so daily. I've been praying for forgiveness since that damned creature took my blood from me."

Alexis said...

Andrej, it depends on how much you'd like to pay. The inn rooms start at 1 s.p. per individual per night, and rise to 4 g.p.

(I'll post the road from Ingolstadt to Nuremburg tomorrow, gentlemen ... I presume that is the road you're taking)

Andrej said...

1 s.p. per night is fine for me today. I'll cover Emanuel. I suspect we'll be in camp much of the time from here on in, taking Avel's consel. I deducted a day's worth of food and 1 gallon of beer for the party.

"We are being cautious and not cowardly, friend. Avel and I do not wish to see you swinging from the gallows... just as we don't wish to harm those who may come to aprehend you. We'll clear this business up on terms more to our liking after our business for Hornung is finished. For now we need to put some miles and days between us and Dachau. But cease blaming yourself today. God did not breathe life into us simply to punish us for things now past. The events in Dachau were beyond your ken. Your pennance is served for your transgression and your regret sincere."

Avel said...

"The key is we can not act as if we are hiding something. Just be polite, quiet, and move quickly. Hiding Delfig may actually make things worse."

Alexis said...

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