Monday, September 26, 2011

Afternoon, The Tide Going Out

August 4, 1650

You're directed by an apprentice to Gerhard's warehouse across the back lane, where you'll find Gerhard getting ready things he wants to load by wagon.  Once Andrej has pulled up, Gerhard will direct a couple of strong-backed fellows to load the cart, pressing six silver pieces into Andrej's hand "To keep things in the family, you understand."  It's quite clear from what's going on that the offer of six copper was a ruse to keep things quiet.

Instead of merely wood and stone, Gerhard loads 250 feet of netting, eight feet wide, into the cart, and one hundred a sixty pounds of salt.  On top of that he loads a pile of rough stone and timbers, effectively concealing what is underneath.  This takes a little time, and Gerhard will only mutter about his 'competitors' when asked about what he's doing ... or he'll repeat, "On our way, when we're on our way..."

And there I'll leave it for the moment, addressing what he might say "on our way" when I hear from players as to their take on the situation so far.

43 comments:

Andrej said...

Andrej takes the coins. "Fair enough, friend, but depending on what you may wish to bring back in the cart and how foolhardy it may be, this might be just a taste of what's needed."

Otherwise Andrej will remain silent and allow the cart to be loaded as described.

Please note the cart contained items before being loaded and indicated on the character sheet. Is there room for it all. Andrej would elect to take his cowhide sack out and keep it up front. Itmes like the saddle and bags and the sacks of food would have remained if possible.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet, hearing about this competition, stares about brutishly.

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius waits until the cart is underway and then remarks casually, "That is a LOT of net, Gerhard. Is there any chance of you telling us what it is that you are thinking of using it for?"

OOC: Silvius will pay Andrej for the eats now and cover Ahmet's cost as well. Also, he will kick in his 5 dozen potatoes and box of salt that he bought today. Will reflect this pm my sheet tonight, Alexis.

Silvius Volundr said...

OOC: funny, Ahmet!

Andrej said...

OOC @ Silvius: noted, I'll update my char sheet now, including your items now in the community stash.

Alexis said...

By renting your cart, Andrej, Gerhard will unload your goods, as he needs all the room there is - "And you'll need it too," he says. He'll add that you can trust him, he has no illegal intent...it is not after the fact that he needs secrecy, but before. "We can carry it in plain sight, in fact we will, straight to the Prince of Calenburg's ship!"

You know from being in Cuxhaven that the Prince's ship is in the harbor.

"And it is a lot of net, friend Silvius. You may need it, you may not; how you'll use it is up to you. I only hope it will be of some help."

Alexis said...

Emmanuel will offer to stay with your things and guard them.

Andrej said...

Let Emmanuel do so. Andrej will press 3 silvers upon him for the inn's common room, some simple fare and help moving the luggage etc... in the event we are late in returning. I make sure he knows we go to the isle.

Alexis said...

"Come back safe, Master," says Emmanuel.

Gerhard will tell Andrej that Emmanuel and your goods are safe as houses, and that your servant can reside in Gerhard's warehouse in the interim - "So as not to cost you well-earned moneys." Once again, Gerhard will reassure you that it is a business opportunity, and not "fast dealings" that are afoot.

Andrej said...

"Thank you, Herr Gerhard. Let us commence with the task at hand. It appears to be no mean feet you would have us attempt."

Nine-toes said...

*pays Andrej for food, tags along in the cart, wondering what the task will be*

Alexis said...

Gerhard will pull the cart out from the lane and onto the road heading for the sea, which is fast pulling away from the shore. He'll point out the Prince George William's ship as you emerge from the town. "That ship's on its way to England in a week," Gerhard will say. "And the Prince has been casting about for a prize, a gift to give to the Roundheads - something odd, unusual. Three days ago I heard from my brother the happenings on Neuwark and realized at once what it might be.

"The families have sent to Hamburg for a squad of men to rid them of a pest - and that squad will arrive in 5 days, so we've that long to work out some plan."

The wagon starts to leave Cuxhaven behind before Gerhard continues. "I'm sorry for my silence. There's every merchant in Cuxhaven looking for something to offer the Prince for a good price, to gain a good name...I couldn't count on another not having the same idea as me - for that reason I've paid off the families to keep silent until the squad from Hamburg arrives. If you can succeed before they get here, we have a chance to make a good income."

He won't say the rest until you've come halfway to Neuwark.

Nine-toes said...

"Might you be thinking of presenting a live prize of some sort, if I gather your meaning good sir?

Alexis said...

"It's a great crab, risen from the sea, eight feet across the shell...a rare thing to see. Usually they'll appear, do some damage and flee again before there's anything to be done, but this one has stayed, day after day. I've kept tabs, you see. If we could kill it, slaughter the beast, and salt the meat, we'd have the Prince's gift ... and the good wishes of the people of Neuwark and even the Magistrate of Hamburg as well. Is that not worth a fair danger?"

He'll keep the horse moving along, as you near the island. "I'll give you 20 s.p. a pound if you kill the beast, however you CAN kill it, for it's deadly as can be. That's half what the meat's worth, and that's all I'll give. Without a buyer, it's worth nothing at all, and I know the man who knows the Prince. What say you?"

Nine-toes said...

"I say I wish we had a giant pot to melt butter in once we've done for the crab."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet seems lost in thought at all this talk of ships and the sea. But he nods gruffly at this talk of killing and paying. "Why does it stay? Is it stuck?"

Alexis said...

"Who can know why it does," says Gerhard. "It isn't 'stuck'...it roams freely about the island."

Silvius Volundr said...

"An eight foot crab? And me without me hammer. It's pincers would be the size of a horse's head, I should think. I daresay, this shall not be a simple thing, though your bounty sounds fair enough."

"We shall definitely require your net, Gerhard."


OOC: Alexis, any chance this is a Soft Shelled Crab?

Alexis said...

Gerhard feels confident that it is a giant shore crab".

Nine-toes said...

I will still proceed to the island.

Nine-toes said...

On the way to the island, I am loading my crossbow, ensuring it is in working order, and perhaps saying a prayer that it can penetrate giant crab shells.

Silvius Volundr said...

OOC: guys, I say we check out the crab and see if there is a good strategic place to fight it....like near a cliff or something.

We don't want to tangle with this thing at night.

We should send in Ahmet with his Pick of Crab Slaying and the rest of us unload on it!

Ahmet said...

OOC: Good points. Let's get out there and scout around.

Silvius Volundr said...

Ahmet, maybe you can use your great strength to flip this Shore Crab onto its back.

Silvius Volundr said...

"You seem to know a bit about these crabs, Gerhard. Have you ever caught one before?"

OOC: Alexis, I know that Andrej said he would be out of communication for part of today. For my part however, Silvius is wanting the fishmonger to get is near the crab and we can make dexisions from there. This is in case you are looking to us for more direction.

Andrej said...

"Thirty silvers a pound and not a penny less, good Gerhard."

"As a general matter of tactics, brothers, I'd say we should observe this crab some before closing in to battle. I'd like to see, for instance, how fast the blasted thing is should we need to retreat.

But when the time comes I'll be wading into melee with Ahmet. For one thing, I'm better in a close fight. For another, the healing magic will be needed in the front ranks.

Indeed, I'd suggest we form at least a 3-person ring about the beast. As one of us is engaged with it, the other two should be trying to flank it. Those of the Roman faith may enjoy my blessing before the fight begins."

(OOC: Alexis's damnably good residual damage rules will affect us all in melee, I'm afraid, but unless the crab is particularly quick our hitting from all sides should give us some advantage).

Ahmet said...

OOC: Agreed. Let's get this show on the road, I'm going to be on vacation from Friday through Monday and want to kill something before I go. ;)

Alexis said...

Gerhard replies to Silvius that its his business to know. "Not that I've ever gone after one before...not my line," he says. "But I'll pay a fighter to do my fighting, I'm not above that."

To Andrej, Gerhard will answer that he'd soon as leave the meat on the beast than pay 30. "The salt alone cuts into my half, as does the cost of curing, bribing the Prince's man and feeding my wife and family. I won't haggle with you now; we're more than half way, you can spend the night on the island without shelter and take your cart back in the morning."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet remains silent, mulling on the nature of this beast they will soon be facing. Being a miner, he was unfamiliar with crabs of any size. Eight feet long, with pincers the size of a horse's head, Silvius said. And the other said it bore some kind of shell.

He pondered of giant snails, and craned his neck to peer down the road to see what lay ahead.

Andrej said...

"Bah, blast it Gerhard. If this thing kills me I'll be sure to haunt you and your family before moving on. Twenty silvers a pound it is. I hope it is a fat one."

Nine-toes said...

"Andrej, if it's slow enough for us to outrun it, and my crossbow bolts are able to pierce it's shell, mayhap we could kill the thing without melee at all?"

Silvius Volundr said...

Alexis, is Gerhard's net a heavy one?

Ahmet said...

Ahmet unslings his pick from his backpack, puts it across his lap, and tilts his head back for a quick nap. He trusts when the thing is finally spotted there will be... commotion.

Silvius Volundr said...

OOC: boys, I keep picturing this crab like the one in White Plume Mountain...but thankfully smaller. That bastard was pretty much trapped and you just walked in and went toe to tow with it.

Is that how crabs fight/hunt though? I have no idea!

If it is then we net it and pound the crap out of it, but if it tries some "grab you, haul you to the water and alligator will your ass", I am at a loss then.

Silvius Volundr said...

Sigh. "Toe to toe" and "roll" not "Will your ass"

Andrej said...

Yes, the net could/ should slow the thing down. The trick will be tossing it as I imagine such a large one would be quite heavy... may need to drop from above/ ambush somehow.

Nine-toes said...

Nine-toes readies his crossbow and waits for sight of the crab.

Alexis said...

Silvius, yes, Gerhard has gotten the heaviest net he has.

Continued on next post.

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius hefts his spear, banging it once against the shield on his arm, anxious to lay eyes on this Shore Crab.

"Would that I had me hammer. Just a tap or two and this crab would be in the pot. Ahmet, dis you know that I hammered down a giant bear once? Tap, tap and off he goes."

Alexis said...

(OOC: Silvius should have been a bard, and thus could have written, "Ode to an Unpurchased Hammer.")

Silvius Volundr said...

OOC: you know I am bumrushing the first person with a hammer that I see.

Alexis said...

(OOC: A warhammer, I assume. You're not going after anyone fixing their roof I hope)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet snores in response to Silvius's boast.