Friday, February 24, 2012

Return to Arnsberg, Two Days Before the Vigil

September 9, 1650, Tuesday, Evening
Weather: cool, with low clouds and a high wind,

The party will be happy to know it did not rain today.  However, the temperature never improved above being cool (50s F, 10-15 C), despite the sky clearing during the early afternoon.  With all the wet on the ground, the ride was just nasty and unpleasant, and you all arrive in Arnsberg chilled to the bone.  The high wind, blustering and 30 mph, isn't helping a bit.

Things have changed somewhat.  Posters have been plastered throughout the town that there is to be a service for the victims of the mine disaster on Thursday the 11th, which is to include a candlelight vigil that is to last all night until Friday morning.

The Inn is not quite full, and there is space in the common room - which is quite full of peasants from the countryside.  They are quite unhappy, and not disposed to conversation OR strangers.  In recognition of the disaster, the Barmistress has opened all the private rooms to common traffic, so that every room has quite a number in it.

25 comments:

Ahmet said...

(OOC: We still planning on leaving the NPCs and Nine-toes here?)

Andrej said...

Hmmm... I wonder if we shouldn't observe the vigil some? Anybody have any thoughts one way or the other?

Melchior said...

"I think it would be a good idea to observe the vigil - in fact, I would like to participate, if possible. For all that is happening, those men deserve what prayers we can offer."

After unloading their gear at the inn, Melchior, still in his muddy travelling clothes, heads into the common room. He deliberately thickens his rural accent, and begins asking the peasants about the state of the harvest, local weather and soforth. He might not be local, but he knows his stuff, and the best way to get farmers talking is to ask about the weather.

He buys a few flagons for others, sips his a little, and tries to get a handle on the mood of the crowd. He also asks casually about the Bishop, their thoughts on the vigil, and inquires why he doesn't see more of the families of the victims here. Mentioning that he came in from Soest, he also begins spreading the rumor, if it hasn't already started, that the families are deliberately being kept away, and idly wonders why that might be.

Hopefully, a sullen and suspicious crowd will take things from there.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Melchior the rabble rouser!)

How about this, Melchior stays at the inn and acts as described. Andrej and one other party member (volunteers?) saddle two horses, load them up with tents and other gear and set a camp up near to the secret entrance. We can split the party up again to make this as complex as we can for Alexis. :)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet volunteers to go with Andrej; he's not much of a conversationalist anyway.

Better to leave the two guys with the most cards (Lukas and Melchior) to chat it up with the locals, while we brutish types go entertain the forest creatures.

Andrej said...

Ahmet and Andrej go to set camp within sight but a couple of hundred yards away from the secret entrance. We does Klaas and Joost unless Melchior objects to the latter.

The rest of the party remains at the inn or acts in the manner they desire. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, fellas. We'll regroup in the morning.

Andrej also casts CLR on Ahmet: 7 hit points

Andrej said...

we "bring" not we "does". I have no idea what THAT was all about.

Alexis said...

Melchior learns that there are hundreds that are coming, but that they are not expected to be on the road until Wednesday morning (they are but 10 miles away. He also learns that the bodies are to be interred inside the castle walls, and that the Bishop has arrived to oversee the vigil. The crowd is as any crowd would be that had lost so many souls. Altogether, the death count numbered 187.

Alexis said...

Ahmet and Andrej cannot reasonably go to set up the entrance until Wednesday morning. You are tired, fellas. There's gear to be unloaded, horses to be cared for, food to eat. You will have to go tomorrow.

Andrej said...

Fair enough. Andrej finds an open spot of floor in a quiet corner and tries to go to sleep, leaning on his backpack and keeping his other items at hand.

Lukas said...

Lukas seems perturbed by the whole proceeding. Having hundreds of bodies and hundreds more innocents here during a battle AND under the gaze of the bishop seems like a very bad thing.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet thanks Andrej for his ministrations and then goes to sleep as well.

Lukas said...

Lukas while seeming upset, sticks with Melchior to find out what he learned. Then he finds a place to get some rest.

Melchior said...

Melchior talks with people until late at night, then goes to sleep near Andrej. He does his best to point out the oddness of so many people buried within the castle walls. "So much work and effort for such a strange thing, and the families not allowed close..."

He also tries to start several rumors. One about a girl in Munster who accused the Bishop of debasing her, another of a holy man practicing dark magics in the area, and yet a third about evil rituals being practiced on young girls, and foul necromancies.

In fact, if he feels up to it, Melchior will hit several taverns tonight, trying to get as wide a circulation going on the muttering as possible.

Alexis said...

Melchior,

This is somewhat tricky. As the people are dour and unhappy, they are hard to get started in talking; mostly, they want to tell stories about their dead kin. NONE of them find it odd at all that so many will be buried in the castle cemetery...rather, they see this as a great honor, and they bless the Bishop for being willing to show his Solidarity with the people by allowing this to take place. When you suggest that it is 'strange,' the people treat you rather coldly and respond that as an outsider you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

I am unclear who you start the rumors with. There are only two bars, one inside the walls and one outside. Suggesting the bishop did anything improper to any girl starts others to want to beat you senseless - something you're able to start by means of your fortitude cards or which others stop because a fight would be disrespectful. The story about a holy man practicing dark magics gets a response of, "The Bishop will take care of him, whoever he is." And the evil rituals practiced on young girls will be met with, "What young girls, strangers? I never heard tell of any young girls going missing."

And this would be true. The Bishop stole girls from as far away as Pomerania and Genoa - NOT from around her. As such, the rumors will die on the vine.

Using your persuade and your beauty cards, you're able to make people listen, and behave - most times - politely, but no one believes you. There's too much history between themselves and the master of the land to overcome. The Bishop, after all, has many status cards, and they've been employed now for some many years. You can get short term effects; but in the end, the Bishop's reputation is safe.

Alexis said...

Shall I split the party again, then? I'd rather just handle it all as one post; at your word, I'll begin with a new post Wednesday morning. I'll give you a chance to respond to Melchior's findings, which you would learn about in the morning when you awake and he explains.

Andrej said...

Andrej suggests that Melchior keep a lower profile and perhaps accompany Ahmet to set camp in his stead. Melchior may have marked himself last night and it might be better for all if he faded away today. I do still think that we should set a watch upon the secret entrance to keep up on the comings and goings there.

So, can we all agree on the following:

Ahmet and Melchior take the wagon, one horse and the men-at-arms to set camp. Andrej, Ninetoes and Emmanuel stay at the inn with the remaining horses to keep an eye on the proceedings and await word from Hornung. Lukas may follow either band or suggest some other action.

Lukas said...

Lukas will stay with the people at the inn. For now, he'll try and echo the positive emotions to the bishop... In public. I don't think the bishop is going anywhere now that he has a ceremony to perform, and I am more concerned about a plan involving the family members.

For now I will be using my social skills to try and spread the word of the fairness, piety and strength of Hornung.

Lukas said...

I will be using stories from Andrej for assistance. Possibly having him present for assistance if he wishes.

Ahmet said...

Melchior and Ahmet will get along famously, I'm sure. Just nobody bring up the Crusades. ;)

Melchior said...

Sounds good - getting things riled up against the Bishop was a non-starter. Melchior is perceptive enough to realize when something isn't going to happen, so he'll back off when he sees it isn't going to happen.

It's odd that people here don't like muttering about the overlord, though - that's a national sport as far as I'm aware.

Regardless, Melchior is happy to take Joost and go with Ahmet.

Andrej said...

I think we are in agreement. Next post? (Also, sorry if this necessitates two posts Alexis.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: It's been a Monday)

Very well, I'll accept this premise:

1) Ahmet, Melchior, Klaas, Joost, wagon - by the font entrance. Ahmet knows the way.

2) Remainder at the inn.

We can fix as needed.

I'm not going to get a post up today, I'm afraid, at least not until the day's end. We'll have to pick this up tomorrow.

Andrej said...

Also include Andrej's Percheron in the camp by the entrance group.

Alexis said...

Agreed.