Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, September 7, 1650
Weather: chilly temperatures and low clouds, with a fresh breeze

The wind has shifted to the Northeast, and the early morning hours reflect a nasty chilliness which, if it were to be measured, would show on a thermometer to be in the high 30s (F) or about 4 (C).  Melchior shivers near the main entrance, and is in any case awoken before the dawn, and hustled to a bench by the fire in the kitchen, where he's fed a warm broth for breakfast.

This hustling occurs as the house is entered.  The first that Andrej hears about it is as he is shaken awake by Emmanuel.  "Master, Master, the Mistress of the house is here."  The Mistress is, of course, Serafina.  She enters the front of the house with four guardsmen and her maids in waiting, and is little more than glimpsed at by Melchior before she ascends the staircase to the second floor.

She is, at present, in the doorway of Andrej's room.  She is smiling, as Andrej awakes tightly bound in his blankets.  "It is amazing to me that you do not snore, father.  Is that a trait among half-orcs?"

Serafina won't wait for an answer to that.  "I see you've collected another fellow to add to the cause," she says.  "He seems a fair fellow, something of a looker, but his choice to sleep in the front hall baffled me and my entourage.  Does he not know that only a great fool would consider storming a noble palace without order?  The blood that descends afterwards is enough deterrent.  My new husband wishes to do the same, now, and he has obtained the permission of the Archbishop of Mainz to do so - and the Archbishop has the Emperor's ear.  So rouse yourself, come downstairs.  I have come with instructions.  Eberhardt has sent your friends to Soest, and you shall need to go find them.  I shall go downstairs now and see how your new friend is faring with breakfast."

Serafina will indeed find Melchior in the kitchen.  Melchior, you are somewhat struck by her; she is a most unusual woman.  She shows no fear of you, though you're a stranger.  She shows no resentment nor disturbance to find you, a stranger, in her house.  In fact, she is somewhat amused by it.  "We have become a wayfarer's inn, Mags," she says.

The cook, bustling about and ignoring Melchior, replies, "Yes Ma'am.  But they're good lookin' types, with strong backs."

"Strong indeed," smirks Serafina.

22 comments:

Andrej said...

Andrej, having little time to react as Serafina blows into and out of his room, wakes and dresses. With a familiar gleam in his eye he directs Emmanuel to assist him into his hauberk and chauses rather than his adventurer's garb or cassock. He arrives in the kitchen in a fine mood.

"My lady, our new friend is a paladin. Melchior Morn, if you have not been acquainted." Andrej makes the appropriate introductions.

"I am afraid, though, he is not the only wayfarer I have collected since last we spoke. There is another girl, one who was not so lucky as Fatima in avoiding the arch-bishop, also now with us. Melchior and I brought her from the cathedral. I slew her captor and Melchior healed her of here disease. She rests now above with Fatima."

Alexis said...

"I was informed," says Serafina. "It is good to see you in fine spirits, Father. You were quite the picture yesterday. I presume you are better set to storm a castle than face another congregation?"

Andrej said...

"Aye, the castle storming is far less intimidating. Until yesterday my largest congregation was counted easily on two hands and consisted mostly of cotters. I hope you were happy with the sermon and readings. You were radiant yesterday, my lady, a vision of love. Eberhardt is a lucky man."

"There is more, though, Serafina. The tale as we have it from Carolina, the girl, is that the arch-bishop is in league with the French and they aim to invade the land and destroy the Houses of Nassau and Luxemborg. Does Eberhardt know the full extent of this treachery?"

Alexis said...

"The Archbishop Johann (of Mainz) commanded the body of the captured prisoner be brought directly to him last night; it was interrogated, and the full plan made clear. Ferdinand appears to be using the full weight of his combined powers, Munster and Paderborn and the rest, to influence not only the fall of those Houses, but of Lorraine as well. Eberhardt now raises an army. I have nothing to do the morning after my marraige than come an inform you."

Andrej said...

Andrej bows low, sweeping an arm out wide and placing the other over his heart, smiling with mirth as he does so. "We are at your service, Lady Hornung."

Andrej said...

If there are more instructions I await them, if not I suppose we prepare to travel to Soest.

Alexis said...

"I am told that there is a secret entrance to the Arnsberg castle. Neither I, nor Hornung, nor anyone else knows where this is ... only that it probably takes advantage of the many caves throughout that region. When you find your friends, you are to look about and see what you can discover.

Eberhardt tells me that he hopes to give you a cohort of men, some forty soldiers, that you and your friends could lead into the interior of the castle while Eberhardt storms from the outside. These things are not so clear to me. Does this seem wise to you, Father?"

Andrej said...

"Provided that we can discover this secret entrance and master its ways with the enemy unaware, yes it is a shrewd tactic. Forty men seems to me a manageable number for such a raid. Should our stratagem be discovered, though, a handful of wise defenders could bottle us up in the caves indefinitely. We will go to Soest, meet Ahmet and Ninetoes, then find these caves."

"Emmanuel, please saddle both the Holstein and the Percheron for Melchior and I, and pack the saddle bags with feed and provisions from our stores for a week."

"Serafina, if you have more horses that we can borrow, Klaas and Joost will go to Soest. If not, they will remain here at your disposal."

Melchior said...

Melchior listens politely, making no effort to interject or comment. He is obviously striving to keep up, and is slightly awed by Serafina.

Alexis said...

"Take the men; they are laying about the house bored and will be glad to be on the road. I will see that Fatima and Carolina are cared for and kept safe."

She will turn to Melchior. "You remind me of my husband," she says. "Do not forget that you will not dwarf every enemy you meet."

To Andrej she'll add, "Remain true, Father. I do think this adventure will prove less wholesome than the one you spent with me."

Alexis said...

(OOC: Yes Melchior, wrong post)

Alexis said...

"Oh!" says Serafina. "I nearly forgot. I have two names for you, Father Andrej:

Daniel Duvall and Jacqueline de Beauce. It was Jacqueline who murdered our dear friend Jan."

Andrej said...

"Daniel Duvall. Jacqueline de Beauce." Andrej says them aloud, to memorize each syllable. "I shall name them in my prayers."

Something in Andrej's manner may suggest that these prayers will be less then wholesome as well.

Andrej directs Emmanuel to saddle two more horses and double the party provisions to account for the two hirelings (I'll update my char sheet).

"Melchior, make yourself ready, we leave as soon as we are able."

Andrej leaves to dress in his armor and prepare his gear.

Melchior said...

Melchior quickly puts on his armor, slings his gear, then assists Andrej with his own equipment, if necessary.

He also quietly takes over supervision of the hirelings, making sure they are properly geared up and squared away, but doing it in a friendly, "just giving you a hand" fashion. Clearly, he intends to serve as Andrej's NCO (or Feldwebel) as much as possible.

He does look slightly bemused at being compared to the famous Eberhardt Hornung. Hopefully he can fill a fraction of those boots...

Andrej said...

My character sheet is updated, Melchior rides the Percheron and Andrej the Hollsteiner. Klaas and Joost whatever is available in the stables. We four set out from Munster to Hamme by way of Ahlen, sticking to the road. We ride as swiftly as we are able.

Before leaving Andrej cures himself 5 hit points with cure light wounds.

Alexis said...

I shall tell you directly. The way to Soest will take you two days, as the party is travelling by wagon. Presuming Lukas and Ahmet (and Nine-toes, who hasn't posted in a week) do not stop themselves, they will also take a day and a half. The road is winding, sloppy, and there is yet more drizzle and yet another storm upon the evening of the 7th. I haven't rolled for the weather on the 8th yet, but surely they would arrive in Soest only four hours ahead of Andrej and Melchior.

I should like to pick this up the evening of the 8th, thus reuniting the party. Any objections - actions that Andrej or Melchior would like to take first?

Andrej said...

Before leaving, Emmanuel is given instructions to be helpful and to keep his eye out for trouble. He has 120 silver pieces to see to any expenses he may incur. When and if Serafina leaves Munster he should accompany her.

Andrej embraces his friend and servant, "Pray for us Emmanuel, the road ahead is a dark one."

Andrej said...

I thought we were riding on sans wagon given the above, but if we have but two horses then the wagon it is.

Melchior said...

Melchior doesn't have any side trips to make, so switching to the reunification works for me.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I'd suggest bringing the wagon and Ahmet's suit of plate mail, you know, just for fun.)

Andrej said...

(OOC: holy shit, that's right Ahmet. Listen, since you have us as going with the wagon, Alexis, let's just say that's what we did, bringing all the gear and even Emmanuel, too, who can drive it. I have no objections to the plan for posting, let's get this show on the road.)

Alexis said...

Good enough.