Friday, July 27, 2012

Vilikovsky House in Silute

September 17, 1650, late afternoon Wednesday
Weather: With cool temperatures and a quickly passing storm, with a strong breeze.


Making your way along the road, the clouds spatter rain for ten or twenty minutes, forcing you to take shelter under the trees for a bit ... but it is soon over and the amount of rain does not even wet the ground.

Silute is drawn back quite a way from the river - which as it happens, is in many places bounded on both sides by an extensive flat, three times as wide as the river (a bit of firm ground made a good place for the ferry you've left behind).  This flat is marshy, filled with small frogs and bright green with algae.  The distant river, as far as you can see, flows very slowly.  It is flat and fairly low, this being September.

Silute is little more than a village, with about forty buildings, no wall or battlements at all, and no military presence.  It is extraordinarily peaceful, with only one Inn & Tavern, "The House Vilikovsky."  Available prices are as below:


The sun hasn't set yet.

61 comments:

Ahmet said...

Ah... civilization! I know it's only been a few days since we left Herr Hornung's castle, but it feels like months. :)

Alexis said...

(OOC: Given the norm in D&D, we've already outlasted at least 90% of the campaigns that start up. If you calculate how many probable "nights" it would take to play out all the events of this last 11 months, we're probably talking seven or eight)

Andrej said...

Do the dwarves have any means of paying for an inn stay? Speaking of which, is their intent to return to Arnsberg or to Munster? Do they instead return to wherever home is? Osmeplace else?

I will gently press Batath and company on these topics as we enter the common room. I order a round of whiskeys and ales for the entire party (9 correct?). "To life," I toast, eyeing Ahmet and hoping the fighter will set aside his normal practice and live a little this day. ;)

Alexis said...

The dwarves have been discussing their plans. Their homeland is directly up the valley of the Nemunus to where they can cross into the valley of the Dnestr, about two weeks walk away (they guess) ... less if they take passage up river to Gardinas (a town they are familiar with).

However, their responsibility is to Frith, and returning the Germany is definitely important. They only worry that if Frith brings the remaining troop home again after the battle, they might find themselves striking west only to have to come back east again.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet abstains, naturally. Having glimpsed what he at first feared was Hell, he has no desire to see the real thing.

According to my character sheet, Ahmet has several hundred gold coins between his belt pouch and backpack, so we should be OK when it comes to money, at least in the short term. Also, I believe we liberated some coins from the Stinger crew.

Andrej, perhaps you can assuage the fears of the Dwarves by telling them what you know of standard cleric practice in the wake of a large battle, when it comes to the dead and missing?

Andrej said...

Andrej relays our knowledge of post-battle practices if the dwarves don't already know it, but their problem is the same as ours. Hornung's force may know about us, but we don't know about them. These four want to return to Frith because they are loyal and possibly concerned.

Andrej said...

Tower crown loot:

Andrej 2 healing salves & 185 gp
Ahmet 2 healing salves & 185 gp
Lukas 2 healing salves & 185 gp
Janos 1 healing salve & 305 gp

Andrej said...

"The walk to Silute has cleared my mind some. Before the whiskey makes it more foggy I shall lay out my wishes. I long for the road east, but I shall return to Munster to see what came of Hornung's battle and our friends and relations. We can still make Fiume before winter if we travel lightly and quickly. What are your desires, friends?"

Ahmet said...

"I long to return to my home and claim my family's fortune, but first must return to Munster to retrieve my cousin... and of course, make sure that her kidnapper has faced justice."

Lukas said...

"I think it would be best if we returned. There may yet be need of us, and we may be able to contribute."

Lukas said...

Also, if we could stop somewhere I could buy something to scrawl spells on, I REALLY need to expand my spellbook. Like 2 levels worth of expanding.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I've always liked the image of a mage having a set of books, tied together with string, kept in an iron box for safety - this gives such a sense of having once knowing just this one thin pamplet, and now there are several tomes that have gathered through the years)

János said...

"Indeed, one should never leave too many loose ends untied. To Munster it is, my friends."

Ahmet said...

(OOC: What, you can't make do with a couple of cocktail napkins?)

Andrej said...

I'm thinking if we take ship passage from here, Lubek would be a natural destination and as its a major free city and port, Lukas, you should be able to find almost anything there is my guess.

Assuming Janos has no objection to returning, let's try to rest up on a ship as opposed to hanging around Silute for too, too long. Today is Saturday. How about we take all day Sunday for some R&R and figure out where the biggest, closest port is. If the dwarves want to come, we can loan them money for passage and food etc... alternately, they can sign on as temporary henchman and we can run them until we find Frith and company, should they (and the DM) be willing).

Lukas said...

(OOC: I agree, that's why I was originally looking at sheets of paper and scroll cases, now I'm thinking about upgrading to a waterproof bag and two books, then someday to a chest in a cart and a lot of books.)

If it doesn't break my bank, I wouldn't mind gifting them passage and boarding. But I need to keep enough for said tome, and maybe a waterproof bag, oh and a bag of salt. Everything else in my list is extraneous.

Alexis said...

"Saturday?" says the barkeep, overhearing in a not large room, where the party's all that's here. "It ain't Saturday, it's Wednesday."

Lukas said...

Lukas looks over at his companions, then at the barkeep. "Oh, we seem to have been lost a while, what is the exact date by chance? Do you know?"

Andrej said...

The 17th of September, 1650? I hope.

Alexis said...

It is the 17th.

Andrej said...

"We've lost four days already."

Let's still take today and a full day tomorrow as rest. How far to the nearest port where we can find passage to Germany?

Alexis said...

The barkeep is uncertain by what you mean by "germany" ... there's Germans just across the river in East Prussia, if you're looking for Germans.

If you're looking for the lands of the Rhine, as finally you convey to your barkeep, the best route's Memel - it's on the Baltic Sea, and you can catch a ship from there to Stettin or Lubeck, whichever does best for you.

Lukas said...

We're too far for word to spread about a scandal with a bishop in Germany I would guess yes?

Lukas said...

Just thinking the fact a bishop has been besieged would spread pretty quick.

Andrej said...

Perhaps as we get closer to the Rhineland and more time has passed word will be easier to come by, if not here.

So do we leave for Memel day after tomorrow?

Alexis said...

Too far for a backwater like this. Particularly as it is of the United Faith.

Ahmet said...

Sounds good.

János said...

Sounds fine by me.

Andrej said...

If everybody (dwarves included) can report on their maximum and current hit points I'll work out the healing spells for tomorrow and the next day. We'll also manage a full day's rest. We may need to provision here, is there a small grocer's market Alexis, or do we have to wait? Worse case, we can take an inn portion to go for now. I'm carrying no food currently.

Andrej will be enjoying a private room, a hot bath, laundered clothes and a shave plus two days of meals (I'll deduct such now).

The party should be able to afford two days stay... still don't know about the dwarves.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet is at 20 HP (out of 44); Ahmet heals 2 HP per day instead of 1, so a full day's rest will put him at 22. Halfway there!

János said...

Janos is at 25 out of 35 HP right now. Unfortunately, he doesn't have any food on his person either.

Alexis said...

There is no market. The barkeep will tell you the LAST town market will open this Saturday ... after that, there will be no gatherings in the town for marketing until next spring.

This is not generally so much of a problem in a larger port city.

Alexis said...

Sorry, that should be Sunday.

Lukas said...

Lukas will go ahead and pay for himself and the dwarves' lodging for the two days. He wont be paying for housekeeping in this case, but will go ahead and cover their rooms.

120cp - Rooms

I have to admit.. I've forgot the conversion rate. What was it again?

János said...

Janos will pay to have a private room and a good cleaning up, as well as food for two days.

Will we be able to make it to Memel easily enough without further preparations? I'd hate to have to sit around this place any longer just to wait for the market, especially since we seem to have lost a decent chunk of time in our dimension-hopping adventure already.

Alexis said...

12 c.p. = 1 s.p.

16 s.p. = 1 g.p.

Alexis said...

I certainly can't promise that any trip to Memel will be "safe," Janos.

It is 37 miles away. That's all I can definitely say for now.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet also will have the "Andrej package". Klaas can stay with him.

Ahmet politely asks the inn keep if the road to Memel is a perilous one.

"For we are but humble pilgrims hoping to avoid danger," he says solemnly.

János said...

Of course not, Alexis; I was more curious about whether or not we could make it there without having to stock up on food.

Janos asks the innkeeper if he has any idea how long the trek to Memel is.

János said...

That is, how much time it might take.

Lukas said...

Alright, so it looks like...

2 days between 5 (me +4 dwarves)
common lodging 100cp
feeding 30sp, 160cp
-2 ale, 2 pork roast, 1 bread each per day...

Total - 3 Gold 3 Silver 7 Copper

Subtracted Already

Alexis said...

"Oh no, it is not perilous, it is well-travelled, though perhaps less so now than it was weeks ago. Memel is the sole port on the Baltic that Lithuania controls, so the road it well-patrolled."

35 miles would be two days, Janos, if you put a good foot beneath you. There's a good solid stone road that leads all the way to the city.

Alexis said...

*is* well patrolled.

Ahmet said...

For Ahmet and Klaas, two days lodging plus two days meals (with beef roast, fie on your infidel pork), one bath and shave each, housekeeping and laundry, comes out to a little less than 3 g.p. I'll round it up and call it even.

Alexis said...

Okay, questions:

1) Is there anything anyone wants to do before leaving for Memel?

2) Am I correct in presuming that the date of leaving would be Friday, the 19th?

3) Does Andrej wish to cast aid or cure light spells to members of the party for Thursday, and presumably Friday morning, after two nights rest?

4) Are there any other spells to be cast?

I was reading a mountaineering book the other day, and hit on a suggestion I thought I'd pass along to Lukas - if he has a 'gather' cantrip. A good choice would be crumbled wax, since this would light very easily if the party needed to create a fire in wet conditions. I haven't specifically created a problem this way before, but I am always getting ideas.

Ahmet said...

I'm all for healing up, but I think when we hit the road everyone should be fully charged so to speak.

Lukas said...

I'm pretty sure natural healing will get me to full. Therefore, I am not in need of healing.

I would be interested in seeking supplies for the trip.

Alexis said...

Memel is a sizable port; you shouldn't have trouble finding the supplies you want there.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Guys, I'm in multiple meetings today, and I'm guessing from the intensity here that so are you; none of us should worry about time - drop a word here or there and we'll move along as we go)

Lukas said...

Oh I meant supplies to take the two days to get there. But if we don't think that will be a problem...

(OOC: yeah, nothing like the Monday rush after some weekend OT... I just learned 4 hours of weekend work was basically for naught.)

Lukas said...

Well if I Wrap some Gathered wax bits, I bet it would be in paper, then I light the whole thing up with fire... And have a nice little camp fire right?

Ahmet said...

For about 30 seconds, yeah :)

I'm ready to leave when everyone else is.

Lukas said...

I am ready as soon as everyone else is. To town to buy things! Then on to adventure!

János said...

I'm ready to move forward as well.

Alexis said...

I appreciate that guys. Thing is, while that appears to answer questions (1) & (4), I'm still missing an answer to (2) & (3).

Lukas said...

I believe that is correct for 2.

Alexis said...

Then we await Andrej. I trust he's in good health.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Sorry fellas, got tied up today from the get-go)

Andrej wil indeed spend 2 days of healing magic:

1st day:

Aid for Janos: 7 hit points
CLW for Ahmet: 8 hit points

2nd day:

Aid for Ahmet: 15 hit points
CLW for Andrej: 8 hit points

Andrej buys some bread and beef roast for the road. I'm sure we'll hit another inn on the ay to Memel.

I'm ready to go.

Andrej said...

Confirmed, we're leaving bright and early on Friday the 19th.

Alexis said...

I will post the journey tomorrow ... and tonight I'll need to send you all an email with Memel's price list attached.

As it happens, I don't have all your emails. I did on the computer I lost back in May, but that data has not been carried over (damn outlook). Could you please email me at alexiss1@telus.net tonight, so I can attach the list to you.

Please do not buy anything off the list until you actually arrive in Memel)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet is back up to full strength. Woohoo!