Monday, January 16, 2012

Andrej in Munster

Wednesday, September 3, 1650
Moon & weather unchanged

With Ahmet sent to speak to Fatima in private, Andrej is brought into the drawing room to speak with Eberhardt and Serafina.  Upon being settled and made comfortable, and tea and a little food served, they answer some of Andrej's questions.

There has been much going on in Dachau; the town was discovered to have been infiltrated with dopplegangers, who are presently being cleared out of the town.  It is a difficult task, but two were found early on at the highest level of authority, and two others masquerading as members of the town guard.  Things look very much like the troubles will be solved before the winter settles in.

Delfig, unfortunately, was imprisoned by the dopplegangers, it appears, and committed suicide in his prison cell.  It was an awful tragedy.

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Andrej said...

(OOC: Finally, a free moment! I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well Alexis)

Andrej is shaken at the news of his friend, but regrettably not surprised.

Setting aside his refreshments, he says a prayer for his fallen comrade, then "I hope heaven receives Delfig despite his rash final act. He was not at peace, and this drove him back to the city despite the warning in our hearts. We all felt the shadow which you have named for us when leaving Dachau. When word found us on the road that Delfig was sought by the authorities there, he turned back to face their justice. What justice he hoped for I could not say, but he would not be turned aside though I, Emmanuel and Avel did try."

This said, "Enough of sad things, this a time for rejoicing. Emmanuel will be very happy to see you, Serafina. And of course you too, my lord." Andrej adds quickly, sipping from a tea cup.

"Why Munster of all places to be wed, though the lucky happenstance of it makes me glad."

Alexis said...

"It was the doppelgangers that sent that word out," says Hornung. "As soon as I heard of it, I tried to end the matter, but I was yet weak and I did not do so quickly enough. I shall always feel bad about that."

Serafina will hush him, and the conversation will turn to better things. She admits she looks forward to seeing Emmanuel, and is glad he is still well. "This palast," she adds, "Is the reason for Munster. It is technically in the hands of the son descended from Eberhardt's grandfather's brother, and so our second cousin Manfrit - but he has gone to fight wars in Prussia, and has graciously allowed us the use of the house. And our family does know the Prince-Bishop quite well. We shall have to introduce you to him tomorrow ... I'm afraid that will be a difficult meeting for you, Father Andrej, as he will chafe at being deposed as the celebrant."

Andrej said...

Andrej, perhaps recalling whose idea the deposition of the prince-bishop was, is nonetheless jovial when he winks and declares, "alas, Serafina, this will not be the least of the difficulties we have endured to see you and Herr Hornung wed, eh?"

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - oh I'm totally following all three of these.)

:)

Andrej said...

Other than catching up with friends Andrej has nothing more specific he'd like to discuss or do at this time.

Andrej said...

By the way, the above was supposed to say "this will not be the worst of the difficulties" vs. least of the difficulties. Sorry if that was confusing. Andrej was trying to reassure his friend he was ready for whatever tomorrow brought and not to be a pain in the ass. :)

Alexis said...

Ahmet will come and join you then; Fatima will declare herself exhausted, and will settle down to sleep.

Emmanuel and company arrive with your goods and things, and Serafina bestows a kiss on his forehead. She says that someone ought to find a girl to suit Emmanuel, and he declares there is one he left behind in Dachau. He hopes to someday see her again, "Master willing."

Andrej said...

Andrej files Emanuel's wishes away for future consideration.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet joins Andrej and fills him in on Fatima's account, such as it was, of her kidnapping (and the murder of the Imam) by the nefarious Frenchman.

Andrej said...

"Ahmet, do you want revenge? Do you wish for us to pursue the Frenchman or this nobleman? Brother Paul and Ninetoes should be back soon, hopefully with a rabbit or two in hand. We could squeeze them for information."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet stares blankly at Andrej when asked if he wants revenge. Does a fish "want" water?

"I would be honored and most grateful if you would join me, Father Andrej, but that is up to you. As for me, I must do this."

Andrej said...

"If you go then I go, until God parts our ways."

Alexis said...

As Nine-toes' absence becomes distinct, Serafina expresses some wonder if he shouldn't be looked for. Eberhardt will quell this; saying there's no sense in wandering the city after dark. In the morning, he'll send a man to the Inn where the party was, and another to locate Brother Paul. "Did I not hear him say that he had not just arrived in the city? Surely he will have indicated his location with one of the principal churches, particularly if he was looking for a specific woman."

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Ah... I assumed I was alone with Andrej. Are we with the others?)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Re-reading the thread, yes, I see we were with the others.)

Ahmet asks Serafina and Eberhardt if they know anything about this mysterious Frenchman, specifically, where he is and which is his favorite internal organ.

Alexis said...

The group of you are in the drawing room of the Palast. But Serafina will excuse herself, to take herself to bed. Her handmaiden Irene goes with her.

Alexis said...

Ahmet must recall that neither had met Fatima at all before tonight - so of course they would not know of what Frenchman you speak.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scowls and tries to remember something, but his mind is so preoccupied with thoughts of hacking and stabbing and gouging. What was it? He ponders for a moment. By the time he is done pondering, Serafina has left with Irene.

"Slave," he finally says to Eberhardt.

"Didn't you say you were looking for a man who wanted to buy a female slave in Genoa?"

Alexis said...

"Not I, sir. Perhaps something you heard from the Brother who met your friend?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scowls. All these westerners look alike!

Muttering to himself, he heads off to wherever Fatima went to sleep, intending to nap within earshot to ward off any future kidnappers, French or otherwise.

Alexis said...

Eberhardt will tell Andrej, "When you meet the Bishop, show no fear. He will find your race odd, and will ask you about it - I doubt he's ever seen a half-orc. Be patient with him, but make it clear that you are a good, pious leader. He will respect that."

Andrej said...

"Thank you for your counselEberhardt."
" I am much pleased at our meeting, but it seems to me an incredible series of coincidences has brought us here. What do you know of Herr Kiddpuddle and his amazing house."

Alexis said...

(OOC: Now fellas, I'm wallowing a bit today on the front of a bunch of things, but I hope to have it sorted out in a couple hours. Meanwhile, Nine-toes is on this thread too.

I would like to know how you guys are doing and if things have been moving intolerably slowly. Getting ill and catching up has undermined the momentum here ... I'm trying to get it going again)

Alexis said...

Eberhardt will laugh at Andrej's question about Heironymous ... "Is that it? You saw him, and he wished you luck? Then I'm not surprised anymore by that meeting near his house. I should have guessed!

"Do not fear, Brother Andrej. It is the nature of druids that they must mess and meddle in the ordinary affairs of the world. They are not a profession who believes in the adage that if it is not broken, do not fix it. They see the whole world as a kettle of fish that must be stirred constantly, regardless of what that might do to the flavour. But I doubt that ill will come of this - more likely, we'll be given an opportunity to put things right. Take the example of your angered friend, and his cousin who's been saved. That is one good deed we may chalk up to Heironymous already."

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I feel like we're setting up the chess pieces for an epic game. It may take a little while but it's worth it!)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Slow-downs are part of the deal Alexis, and do not worry about it. I was on travel for work this week and busy besides, so I have likewise been inattentive, but I'm as enthusiastic now as ever about the campaign, maybe moreso.)

Alexis said...

Shall we call it the end of this day, then? Everyone goes to bed and we start a new post for Thursday the 4th?

Nine-toes said...

Does Andrej and Ahmet want to go to bed after my description of the downed assailant in the alley? Or is that a dead end that isn't worth pursuing?

Andrej said...

(OOC: Works for me. I must say, first a Frenchman and now a woman assassin... Andrej wonders how much more of his recent history he will perhaps have a chance to resolve to his satisfaction here in Munster)

Alexis said...

I'm not closing the book on it, Nine-toes. But it has to be decided by them.

Andrej said...

Andrej will accompany Ninetoes to the alley to collect the kidnapper, should he still be present.

Andrej said...

If Ninetoes agrees, consider us on the way to the alley.

Ahmet said...

Assuming they fetch me as well, I join them.

Nine-toes said...

I apprise them of the situation (assassin, poisoned master, incredibly acrobatic kidnapper, et al) and make for the alley. If Klaas is awake, I'll ask him to join us. Extra pair of hands. I take my crossbow this time.

Andrej said...

Andrej wakes Ahmet and arms and armors up.

Nine-toes said...

Oh yeah, Ninetoes also allows as how he is currently at 4 hp after gracefully falling 30 ft into a herd of cows.

Andrej said...

aid spell on Ninetoes: 7 hit points

Alexis said...

Technically, 25 ft.

As it happens, you do not find the living person Nine-toes left ... but you do find his corpse.

Previously, though he searched the body, Nine-toes did not take anything off it (to the best of my recollection). The pouch and so on are gone now, as is the dagger that was somewhere on the ground. But the body, throat cut, does have a copper catholic cross in its fingers now, tied there with a loop of leather.

Andrej said...

Andrej unties the catholic cross to better inspect it.

Andrej said...

"I'll wager that it is no simple mugging of a helpless man."

Alexis said...

It appears as though he was given last rites before he was killed.

Alexis said...

There's nothing special about the cross, except that it is inexpensive.

Andrej said...

Is the corpse conspicuous enough here that it would reasonable to assume it would be found in the morning?

"We could pay a priest to talk with the dead if you don't mind lugging it back to Hornung's palace."

Alexis said...

It would probably be found in the morning by the workers for the stockyard.

It occurs that covering the body before moving is a good idea.

Andrej said...

Andrej has decided and unless somebody objects, begins making arrangements. He removes his cloak and drapes it over the body. "Ahmet, grab the other end. Ninetoes, you lead the way back to Herr Hornung's. We'll hide this poor bastard in our cart under the tents and see about a priest in the morning. I believe I'm meeting the prince-bishop. If that's not a complete disaster, perhaps he can help us arrange a speak with dead spell be cast."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet glances around in the darkness, wary that whoever finished off this man may still be nearby with a poisoned dart in hand.

He does as Andrej asks, lifting the body at the opposite end (feet?) from where the half-orc is standing.

Andrej said...

Sure, you get the feet. I'll hoist up the front. "I think if the assassin were still nearby we'd already be full of darts." Andrej says upon noticing his friend's wariness. "Besides, this mithril must be good for something, it cost us enough."

Alexis said...

To make a long story short, you do get the body back to Hornung's; Eberhardt himself has waited up for you, and has his men take the body to an underground storage room for safekeeping.

"I will see to it that the Bishop helps us find out what the man has to say."

Andrej said...

:)

(OOC: I'm glad E.H. is cool with icing this stiff for us. I wasn't sure how he'd take it.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Providing we call it a night, is Ninetoes due some XP now?)

Alexis said...

Yes.

Nine-toes, I can't give you experience for the man you pulled down from the pole, as you did not indicate you were attempting to hurt or kill him. That was pure luck. The rule I proposed back at Devereaux's house applies, and you take 5 x.p. for every point of damage you took - which gives 80 x.p. total (Monk's don't get 10%).

Alexis said...

I will try to work up a post today, if I get the chance. Things have been ca-razy!

Andrej said...

(OOC: No worries Alexis, get to it when time allows. The week may have seemed slow, but the developments were very satisfying.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: turns out I was wrong about the moon; it should have been up for Nine-toes, but very close to the horizon, and it should have been setting. Ah, live and learn)

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - I for one am looking forward to the questioning of the corpse with nigh-ghoulish delight. Hurray for friends in high places.)

(OOC - oh, and I wasn't expecting lots of xp. The chase was fun, and I would've tried to beat the stuffing out of him if I'd been able to catch him, but I'm satisfied with the result, particularly since it looks like he still might be a lead. Oh yeah, and I got a magic staff, too!

Alexis said...

(GCI: on the subject of the staff; Nine-toes would know all about it, he has spent years in the staff's company.

Fundamentally, it is +1. However, if you are fighting any thinking person who has gotten away before, so that this is your second combat with said individual, it is +2.)

Alexis said...

We move to the next post.