Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ammerland

Monday, August 18, 1650

Weather: Morning is cool, overcast and with a moderate breeze from the northwest; around noon there's a light rainfall for 15 minutes, followed by pleasant temperatures that last through the afternoon and evening, though the sky remains overcast.  The night continues to have pleasant conditions as well.

There is little to say.  The day is uneventful save for the bit of rain in the morning; you do not meet anyone special upon the road.  The countryside is flat, very wooded and filled with swampy, barely tenured land.  You see at most a few woodcutters, a few herders and fruit orchards, but hardly a single planted field throughout the whole day.

The title of this post describes the region you're in.  in the morning you pass a large lake, almost two miles across, while you learn is called Zwischenahner Meer.  Towards the end of the day you spot some lumpy isolated hills here and there, and upon each one of them is a windmill vigorously turning with the breeze.  The travel is very easy on the horses and because it is dry, quite easy on the cart also - mainly because you are travelling along a very well cared for cobblestone road.

As night falls, you find it takes an enormous amount of time to set up the two tents, so that you don't bed town until quite a bit later than normally you would - as such, your sleep will not be as well as might be desired.  In later days, you will probably need to knock off travel earlier, travelling less distance per day, than before.

The town of Leer is still a half a day away, and Engelke a couple hours beyond that.  You should reach Engelke by late afternoon if the weather holds.

No one experiences any ill effects from travel today.

34 comments:

Silvius Volundr said...

Shall we make camp on the hills with the windmills?

Alexis said...

I updated this after posting to take account of the two tents the party had agreed to take.

(GCI: Take note, an 8 x 8 ft. space will sleep six people).

Alexis said...

Silvius, you would find that a struggle; the windmills are not near the road, and hauling the cart through the woods to find a hill would be unpleasant and rather damp.

Andrej said...

(GCI: Alexis, on a typical travel day how many hours are spent moving, breaking/ setting camp and resting respectively?)

Silvius Volundr said...

Fair enough.

"Shall we make camp? If so, I should like to see if anyone is using those windmills for shelter. Any one care to join me?"

Nine-toes said...

"I will, once the tents are set up. You can really lose yourself, setting up tents. It's like the world around you ceases to exist. Very relaxing."

Nine-toes said...

(GCI - can you wear more than one money belt? I'm not, at present, nor would I need to, I'm just curious if it's possible.)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I thought we agreed to buy three tents -- two to use, one to keep as a spare)

"I think we should sleep in the tents -- whoever owns those windmills might object to us squatting in them -- but let's make sure no one is lurking inside."

Ahmet will join Silvius in tilting at the windmills.

Alexis said...

(GCI: the cart through flat country, on a road or cart-track, can typically make 20 miles per day ... or about a hex. Off road that is usually halved, but made worse in Ammerland and other parts of Lower Saxony (where you are) on account of the swamped hinterland. A horse can do forty to sixty miles a day, depending on how hard you want to ride it. A person walking can move as fast as the cart, but doesn't suffer as much for moving off road).

Typically, making or breaking camp takes about an hour each. Setting up one tent takes about 30 minutes for two people to put up, and 15 minutes for two people to take down. I am riffing off the fact that the party is unused to setting up the tents, so it's a new experience and probably takes longer, especially setting up two of them. I wouldn't knock off more than a mile a day travel time for the trouble of putting up a second tent.)

Alexis said...

I would think a second money belt would be troublesome and bulky, and might incur some penalty of some kind if they were both full.

I will be kind and suggest that the nearest windmill is about a mile off, and you can just barely view it through the trees from the road.

Alexis said...

I should say, 'could' see it. It's after dark.

Nine-toes said...

Will we tire ourselves more if we investigate it? If so, I'll just stick to camp.

I volunteer for first watch.

Ahmet said...

Seems like walking at least a mile through the woods in the dark probably isn't worth the effort.

Andrej said...

(GCI: So when traveling 20 miles in a day by cart, how many hours have passed from the time we set out to the time we stop? What I'm getting at is I'm trying to devise a 5-person watch schedule where two people will be "on" at any given time, but we all still get the required amount of rest (8 hours?) and don't lose ground when traveling, so I was trying to determine what amount of time per day is TYPICALLY spent in each of the three activities... my next questions would be what happens if we don't get enough rest or force a march... for planning purposes in the event of future circumstances.)

Andrej & Emmanuel will tend the horses, prepare the meal and look after our belongings while the others investigate the windmills.

Andrej said...

P.S. Andrej deducted 7.5 gold for his share of the tents and gave it to Ahmet.

Nine-toes said...

I thought we each contributed 15 gp? Or was that the price per tent??

Andrej said...

PPS: Specifically, 7 gold pieces and 8 silver pieces

Alexis said...

Walking through a swampy wood towards a hill you can't see at night? Yes, you might get tired out.

Not intending to stop you, mind; you are free to investigate same during the daylight, but I made the presumption you travelled throughout the day. My fault. All I can suggest is that you say in the future, "hey, hey, hold on there, we don't travel the whole day! back it up to noon, buddy."

I will do so now if you tell me to; will probably mean tossing this thread and rewriting it.

Nine-toes said...

I will give Ahmet 7.5 gp. I deducted 15, but I'll amend that.

Andrej said...

Price per tent, but then I only factored in two tents (duh!)

Real amount should be 45 gold pieces (3 tents) split 4 ways: 11.25 gp each

Andrej has therefore given Ahemt 11 gold and 4 silver. Sorry for the confusion.

Alexis said...

I am presuming a 12-hour day, Andrej. Ten hours of travelling & resting, eating and so on, plus an hour bookends after daylight and before nightfall. You might get more travel in during the summer, but I'm assuming you'll take advantage of the extra light for other things, like repairs and so on.

From this point forward, a lack of rest or a forced march computes damage on the travel tables, which will force you to slow down eventually, or kill you.

Silvius Volundr said...

I think I misread part of thos thread.

Instead of backtracking to the windmills, I say we proceed down the road.

You guys good with that, or do you really want to go Don Quixote on these things?

Ahmet said...

Ahmet waves a hand at the windmills. "Ignore them, they are of no concern to us."

Ahmet isn't picky about his sleeping arrangements, except that as a somewhat superstitious Muslim he won't sleep in a tent with a dog... so if Loki is inside a tent, he'll sleep in the other one.

Alexis said...

We do not have to spend a lot of time with this thread. I made this thread separate from the others to give the sense of travelling.

Interestingly, I know exactly what is going on at those windmills at this time of year.

Andrej said...

(GCI: So a 12-hour period where we're "in camp" each day. Understood. Thanks)

With 5 of us, each of us shall take overlapping 3 hour watch periods during camp time except one of us, who will take a 4 hour watch period as the first watch.

first watch: hour 1 through 4
second watch: hour 3 through 6
third watch: hour 5 through 8
fourth watch: hour 7 through 10
fifth watch: hour 9 through 12

The 1st and 5th watches, while there is only one watcher technically "on" for parts of it are times when the camp will be active as people settle in and/ or rise in the morning. Andrej should generally take his watch during the darkest part of night because of the advantage of his infravision.

Silvius Volundr said...

Loki is definitely sleeping in the tent.

Alexis, is the windmill activity associated with your weather charts or do you have some other windmill experience?

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Why do I picture Alexis cackling malevolently at the end of that sentence?)

I'm ready to move on if everyone else is -- we eat, we take our turns watching, we inspect/repair equipment as required, and move on?

Andrej said...

I'm ready to move on as well.

Alexis said...

You simply have to remember what a windmill is for, Silvius.

(But then, I saw the 1931 version of Frankenstein just three days ago)

Nine-toes said...

I'm for moving on. I'm not above sleeping in a tent with a dog.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: good flick. I figured you had a "seasonal effect and damage table for rural windmills" table.)

I am ready to move out as well and give Ahmet his gold and silver for the tents.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I believe I've been bitch slapped for being too prepared!)

This campaign continued on next post.

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - not intentional - I was desperately curious to explore the windmills (truly) but I wasn't willing to risk insomnia to explore them. There's a lot I'm curious about that will have to wait another day - I would have been for going to the address first and damn the consequences, but I defer to the group, which probably will keep me alive longer.)

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - I'm out for the rest of the day, gents. My wife is not feeling well and I'm taking her home for the day, owing to the fact that she's 9 weeks pregnant and I pretty much do whatever she says. Didn't know that when I joined, in fact I found out around the time we were having the first fight with the crab.)