Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lubeck to Luneburg

October 11, 1650, all day Saturday
Weather:  with chilly tempertures in the morning, just above freezing, and cool throughout the rest of the day.  It is cloudy in the morning, overcast in the afternoon.  At night, after setting up camp, an intermittent drizzle makes resting unpleasant.

The full moon is waning, and hasn't set yet as the sun rises.  The party follows the plan of changing horses as they travel, enabling them to move quite quickly.   Because I haven't heard yet that Lukas is teaching Andrej how to read, we will presume the party travels four hexes its first day.

The road to Hamburg is heavily travelled, and is an impressive 20 yards wide in places.  Military companies, haulers, peasants, seamen, gypsies, caravans, peddlers, carriages, carts, freight wagons and vardos compete for passage going both ways, even to the point of pressing the party off the road.  Its a good, clear day for travelling, and everyone is out here making their way from the basin of the North Sea to the basin of the Baltic.

Still, the road is of such terrific quality that the party is able to make good time.  Worse than the road, however, is being hung at the ferries across the mouth of the Elbe at Hamburg.  There are literally hundreds of scows and barges zipping back and forth across the river, between banks and sandy islands - for the river is low in October.  The water is fearfully cold, and in six weeks may freeze solid if there's a bad winter.  This is quite a lot of the discussion the party hears.

For the party to get across, it costs 1 g.p. per creature and person ... and this is without entering the town proper itself.  The party is then dropped upon the opposite side, where the grass has turned completely brown.  Throughout the whole morning the party has not seen a single green tree - but as they ride up the left bank of the Elbe, there are still signs of a waning late summer.  The land is flat, with ponds scattered about between brown fens and willow trees, at least until late afternoon as the party approaches Luneburg.  It is there, outside the city walls, that the party finally settles down for the night.

There's little or nothing in the way of 'encounters,' so-called.  Plenty of opportunity to chat with others along the road, the sort you'd expect to meet, worried about the winter or closing up their affairs before the snow flies.  Virtually every field is stubble now, and the only produce filling carts are potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips and parsnips.  The grounds outside Luneburg are quiet - Andrej remembers being here before, but briefly.  Luneburg is a town of about 750 buildings, and just now there are heaping stacks of timber to be seen in every direction.  Thus, between such stacks, the party virtually has the night to themselves.

13 comments:

Lukas said...

We should arrange a teaching schedule Andrej.

Furthermore, what is the food consumption of our horses per day? Is there no 'forage' for our travel rate and season?

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Loved the imagery, Alexis. Very poetic!)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Travelogues are consistently some of my favorite posts, as they really do well to give me a sense of time and place)

Alexis, does the party move slower if Lukas is teaching Andrej? How much slower?

With five of us let's say 10 hours of "rest-time" where one party member will be actively on watch, each watch lasting 2 hours. Andrej will take his watch after both moon and sun set.

Andrej said...

Once camp is set Andrej casts create food and water, trying to remember precisely what the dwarf Culf put into his borscht.

Sofia takes some water and sets a teapot on the fire for tea, which the party may also enjoy.

Alexis said...

Proper teaching will need three days a week for two hours - this will reduce travel time for those three days to 60 miles - just as on a Sunday, services do likewise.

As well, Andrej will need two days of practicing for 4 hours a day - so that will slow travel on those two days to 40 miles.

Alexis said...

Everyone agrees at the end of the meal that Emmanuel's food was better - but perhaps Andrej only needs some practice ...

Alexis said...

Does anyone wish to do anything tonight except suffer this incessant drizzling?

Lukas said...

Not unless Andrej is ready for tutoring. I don't know if that schedule is acceptable.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I have written a non-campaign post for the blog, discussing recent events - please have a read, and please comment)

Andrej said...

Let's hold off on tutoring for a bit, and put some road behind us. I am still interested in doing it, though. Even with the slower pace we're still doing better than when we went by cart.

Andrej said...

Andrej takes no further actions other than standing watch. Remember that we have three tents we're making use of to help a little with the drizzle.

Lukas said...

Lukas tries to survive the night for the next day's travels.

Alexis said...

I haven't given much time to Janos to answer, and of course Ahmet is drifting behind the party with little to add as they travel.

As such, I've put the next post up.