Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eberhardt, Ahmet and Nine-toes

Friday, September 5, 1650, Mid-afternoon
Weather: pleasant temperatures and clear conditions, with a moderate breeze

Eberhardt approaches Nine-toes and Ahmet as they're each resting, remarking on the absence of Andrej, who has at this time been removed to have himself fitted for vestments.  There's a bowl of plums upon a table, and a couple of bottles of Rheinish wine to help ease the time.  I think it probable that Andrej has given Ahmet the balance of his hit points before leaving for the afternoon ... there'd be little reason for him to reserve the spell, considering he's going to be very busy and among other clerics.  Andrej can confirm this.

"I should like to speak to both of you," says Eberhardt.  "I need a pair of spies."

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Nine-toes said...

"I am at your service, my lord."

(Ninetoes would like the fabric Fatima gave him to be sewn into the garment he normally wears, so that a blow that would damage it would likely kill him as well. He wears his spare commoners outfit [I bought one at character creation although I seem to have deleted it at some point - I added it back today] while this is done.)

Nine-toes said...

I meant to say: "sewn in his garment over his heart"

Nine-toes said...

Yes, I realize this means Ninetoes will have changed his clothes, possibly for the first time in the campaign (perhaps they should be washed before the sewing - Ninetoes gives 10 silvers to the person handling it and mumbles an apology for the state they're in).
Ninetoes hopes Ahmet asks no questions about the change in garb.

Alexis said...

(the seamstress can certainly manage that for you)

(OOC: waiting for a word from Ahmet; haven't heard from him today)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet grunts and nods, full of enthusiastic ignorance, like a boy running full speed in the wrong direction.

"Tell us where these spies are, Herr Hornung, and we will bring you their heads!"

Andrej said...

Ahmet's hit points: add 5 for CLW, 10 for aid or 15 if you need both. Let me know either way

Alexis said...

"Gentlemen," says Hornung. "I do not know many men here in Munster; and those I do known, are also well known to the Bishop. I need two men who have no previous association or affiliation in Munster, for a simple mission. One that I cannot now go upon myself, because of ... obligations I must fulfill at this time. I am bound by duty and - I must admit, by love too."

Nine-toes said...

"I can only hope we prove worthy of your confidence."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet nods along with Nine-toes.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I'm only down 3 HP at the moment, so CLW would be perfect. Thanks!)

Alexis said...

"I could not help noticing that you have a pair of fine horses in the stable. I must know at this time if the Bishop has truly gone to Arnsberg, and if he can be found there.

"We have gotten word from the man who's confession was given last night. The Bishop is that man that gave orders to have the girl stolen in Genoa, just as you, Nine-toes, predicted. And I have reason to believe now that your cousin Fatima, Ahmet, is not the only woman he has stolen."

Nine-toes said...

"That is beyond grave news, sir. Is the confession evidence enough to have the man tried? Forgive my ignorance, but can a bishop be tried even when it is known he is guilty?"

Ahmet said...

"My cousin's word is enough evidence for me, Nine-toes."

Alexis said...

"The man is dead. He has been given over to his maker to be tried. As regards the Bishop, I know not what shall be done. I have sent word to the Archbishop of Mainz, to adjudicate the matter, to give me word upon whether or not I shall take steps to seize his Holiness. Before I can do so, and as I wait for this word, I must be certain of the Bishop's whereabouts.

"Take yourselves upon the south road to Hamme, and thence east to Arnsberg. With fair weather, and lightly burdened, you can be there tomorrow morning. Determine the Bishop's location to the best of your ability and hurry back as soon as you are certain.

"And be wary - there are those who would lie to conceal the Bishop's true location."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet nods. "But what if we..." He pauses, starts again. "And what do we do should the," he pronounces the next word carefully, "opportunity... present itself?"

Nine-toes said...

"It will be done, as you say."

(Is Ninetoes' outfit ready by this time?)

Alexis said...

"I would recommend you do nothing," says Eberhardt. "Any action you did take would not be with the sanction of the Empire, and you would be executed even if it happened your action was appropriate."

(Nine-toes, consider it would be by the time your horses were saddled, readied, and yourselves set to go)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scowls, for that wasn't the answer he was hoping for, but he nods in acquiescence.

Ahmet prepares for the journey by putting on his scale mail, thinking that the mithril plate would attract too much attention.

(OOC: And now for way too much detail.)

He brings his helmet, his large shield, cloak, boots, belt, belt pouch containing 14 g.p., 20 s.p. and 20 c.p., backpack with the contents as listed on his character sheet, bedroll, and his weapons.

In deference to the command to be "lightly burdened," he'll only bring one of the linen tents if it can be folded and secured on one of the horses without posing a problem.

With Herr Hornung's blessing, he procures from the kitchen enough food for three days for himself and Nine-toes, and from the stables enough feed for three days for the two horses. He also brings his wineskin full of water.

As they are waiting to leave, Ahmet glances over at Nine-toes and sees he is wearing his commoner's outfit rather than his usual clothing, and quirks an eyebrow.

Alexis said...

Why would Ahmet not take the magic studded leather? It surely isn't in Andrej's possession at the moment, it fits Ahmet and its right there on the hook. And it is lighter than the scale!

The kitchen is open to you; Hornung will provide you with four doses of healing salve ... heals 1-4 damage upon being applied to the skin (in the case of a wound) or being swallowed.

As you're readying yourselves to go, Nine-toes looks anxious ... the chamber maid appears and hands him his shirt, with a rather obvious expression that it is something very important that she's doing.

Andrej said...

(OOC: busted! tread cautiously my friend, lest we start calling you eight-toes.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: take the magic leather!)

Nine-toes said...

Looking at the shirt, Ninetoes says "Thank you," and hands the woman another 2 silvers.

"It needed alteration, and I cannot sew myself. The fabric is from a woman close to my heart," he says, noting Ahmet's eyebrow, hoping to avoid an outright lie to his friend.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: It's got bad mojo!

Actually, I get 4 MP whether in studded leather or scale mail... but what the heck.)

Ahmet evidently interprets Nine-toes's words to mean the monk has been tickling the chambermaid's feather duster, if you know what I mean.

After she is out of earshot, he smirks at Nine-toes and makes kissy noises and various rude gestures, some of which imply Ahmet's knowledge of the mechanics of sexual intercourse is rather limited... or very, very disturbing.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet pulls on the studded leather and throws his cloak on over it.

(OOC: And we're off!)

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes brings his acoutrements as listed on his character sheet.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes edures the jibes, a bit relieved really.

"Oh no, nothing like that. I'm afraid I know nothing of women in that respect. Actually, I should simply say I know nothing of women."

Nine-toes said...

"Nor men either!"

He adds, seeing Ahmet's reaction.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Ha! Too quick for me!)

Alexis said...

The gate to the palast onto the street is opened for the both of you.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes takes the south road to Hamme.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Assuming Nine-toes is ready...)

Ahmet rides out on the south road to Hamme.

"We can simply tell the truth, or most of it -- that we are adventurers from a faraway land, seeking our fortune in Arnsberg."

Nine-toes said...

"That works well enough. Have you given any thought to just how we will determine if the Bishop is currently in residence there?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet considers.

"I thought that part was your job."

Nine-toes said...

*Sighs* "I'm the one who ran after the crab, remember?"

"I have no skill at gathering information. We might bribe one of his underlings, but as Herr Hornung says, there are those who would lie for him, and I'm sure he pays better than we could. Sneaking around in the dark I might do, though it would be dire I'm sure if I fell into the power of those who serve him."

"Just so we're agreed, a frontal assault is right out. Agreed?" Ninetoes arches an eyebrow of his own.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scowls. That's always his Plan B!

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes is silent long before finally thinking of the tack he wishes to take.

"Ahmet, it occurs to me that I know little of your faith. You are far from home, yes? Would your religion forbid you from ever marrying a woman in this land if one should steal your heart away from you?"

Alexis said...

(OOC: you're making me giggle)

Upon the road to Hamme, you can make very good time through the start of the day - 8 miles an hour. You ride through Ahlen, then along the wall at Hamme, both of them fair-sized towns, 800 or 900 houses in each. Over the last hour or so, the clouds roll in and it begins to drizzle steadily, though the temperature remains hardly unaffected. You turn onto a cart track that will take you to Arnsberg - wide, hardened clay with occasional stones and patches of gravel that have been beaten down. You are assured that there is an inn at the crossroads to Soest that you can rest, if you wish; the road markers tell you that Arnsberg is 26 miles from Hamme.

Your pace slowed to five or six miles an hour, you reach the Bellhammer Inn at the promised crossroads at six p.m., the sun still a good way above the horizon. A stone marker tells you Arnsberg is 15 miles away upon the south road, and Soest 8 miles away upon the east road. Sunset will not come for another two hours at least.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Heh.)

Ahmet grunts. "I am a Muslim, but honestly I know less about my faith than you do of yours. But it is my understanding that I could marry a Christian or a Jew, if she were to return with me to my homeland, and agree that our children were to be raised as Muslims. But a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim man if he will not convert to Islam. That is haraam."

Ahmet eyes the afternoon sky. "I think we press on to Arnsberg. If we ride hard, we could be there before dark, I think."

Nine-toes said...

"Agreed, I do not wish to keep Herr Hornung waiting for long. We press on then."

Ninetoes continues on.

Alexis said...

(OOC: now that is roleplaying!)

The sun will set before you get to Arnsberg, but there will still be light in the western sky. I will need to roll for both of you, as there's a chance of catching the sniffles for being out in the drizzle more than four hours ... it is a very small chance.

... and there are no appreciable effects.

(I have taken my damage-for-travel tables offline for a bit, as there are problems with them and I don't want to install them completely until those problems are hammered out; otherwise you may have taken a point of damage or not ... but that's not important for the present. I only wanted you to know what was going on there)

The road is empty except for a lone man who is travelling in the same direction as you, on foot. He does not look up nor take notice of you as you pass - and as you pass people all the time, you see no particular reason to inquire why this one man should be out and alone upon an empty road on a dismal evening. But I thought it worth mentioning.

I shall post a new thread for Arnsberg as soon as I am able. If you have any other things to say about the journey, please feel free to say them here.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet rides on.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes does as well.

Alexis said...

The next post is written.