Monday, August 6, 2012

The March to Memel

September 20, 1650, Saturday morning.
Weather: with chilly temperatures and a quickly passing storm, with a strong gale.

The drizzle continues steady all night, while the temperature plummets.  By morning, as the temperature drops all the way to just above freezing, much of the wet upon the stones develops into a soft rime.  This is the coldest the party has faced, and the weather is beyond hideous ... teeth chattering all night, in wet clothes, body aching, no sleep ... chances for catching a bug would be unusually high except that you are out in the relative wilderness.  Still, it is probably the worst night any of you can remember.

Klaas in particular suffers the most - he's the least hardened from the journey, the least prepared for it.  He begins to complain as the night wears on, until finally Batath warns him if he doesn't shut up, Batath will kill him.  The rest of the party would probably raise a hand to stop the thief, but you're all just too goddamn tired, and at any rate you wish, too, that Klaas would just shut up.  Klaas does, and you all suffer in silence for the next long hours.

The drizzle falls away as the wind begins to rise before dawn.  By the time the sun rises, the wind is so strong from the west that the river itself - little more than a flat body of water anyway - is showing wave crests, as are the larger ponds on your left or right.  Now and then you're hit with spindrifts, lines of spatter picked up off the water surface and carried along the wind.  The willow trees, sparse but there, are dancing wildly, looking for all the world as though they will be pulled from the earth and rolled over the landscape.

When the storm comes, the party realizes they must find shelter, though there is none.  The best you can do is a two foot bank along the side of the road, where you cluster together and huddle for what feels like your very life.  Kushi, next to Ahmet, apologizes to the Turk; "After this," says the Dwarf, "I'll kneel down and pray to Allah with you."

Together, locked arm in arm, bags stuffed beneath you to keep them from blowing away, the party feels the clothes on their backs ready to tear.  The storm thickens above you.  Ermeth shouts, "I pray there's no hail!"  And moments later you're drenched, soaked completely through.  The rain hammers the road and the pond surfaces, tearing over the grass in sheets.  Curtain after curtain of hard, cold pellets sting your faces and whiten your knuckles as together you hold on for dear life.

In stages it diminishes.  You relax.  The rain subsides.  There is one last hard fury before it stops altogether.

The world is soaked.  You stand, gather your things, remark upon the horrorshow that has been since leaving Silute, while Andrej no doubt prays for each of you and for himself.  Klaas comes to Andrej and begs to be blessed.  The dwarves treat Andrej as though they are not themselves Russian Orthodox.  You continue along the road.

All the members of the party somehow manage to retain their strength; there are no colds among any of the nine members.  Ahmet suffers 3 damage; Andrej, 2; Lukas & Klaas, 5 damage each.  The dwarves all suffer, and of them, Ermeth is the very worse.  He is limping poorly, and speaks very little.

After the storm, the grass gives way to dispersed croplands; there are fruit orchards; and cattle lowing in fields.  Not much further on is Memel, a sprawling, flat city of some 550 buildings, extending along a stoney spit into the Baltic Sea.

The party has made it.

57 comments:

Alexis said...

(OOC: forgive me, I want to pat myself on the back a little; I didn't know there was going to be a huge storm in the morning until just before writing this post; not a bad bit of spontaneous writing, I think)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Nicely done, I just wish I wasn't a method actor. I'm soaked!)

Lukas said...

"Road is safe my ass..." Lukas will mutter as he sees the town.

Lukas will then suggest they
A: Secure lodgings
B: they get any necessary supplies and that
C: they schedule some sea travel in a couple days, you know after we're healed up.

(OOC: That was indeed some storm. I'm glad nobody got blown away. I wonder if anyone in town witnessed that event.)

Now to find Klaas some good cold weather clothing...

Alexis said...

The town got hit by the same storm, but earlier in the morning. A bad one, yes, but not so bad it uprooted trees.

You have the price list; I can send to anyone who doesn't have it, since I'm home.

Alexis said...

The town got hit by the same storm, but earlier in the morning. A bad one, yes, but not so bad it uprooted trees.

You have the price list; I can send to anyone who doesn't have it, since I'm home.

Lukas said...

(OOC: Alas that I left my 'intend to buy' list at home and will have to start over. At least I can now add tongs and more containers to said list.

BTW anyone want to go in for a hippogriff? Maybe we can sell Klaas if we're short for it ;) )

Alexis said...

There are ships bound for Stettin (on the 25th) and Lubeck (on the 29th); each costs 35 s.p. per day per person for passage. Stettin is a journey of 6 days; Lubeck, 8 days.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I'm going to wrap this up for the day, get out and see the sun, since it is beautiful blue outside and I have a bit of gardening to do. Leave questions, I'll poke in from time to time)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Wonderful job on the storm)

Agree on Lukas's listed priorities. I further recommend that we go for the ship to Lubeck. Stettin (in Poland)leaves sooner and is a shorter trip, but if I read the maps correctly it appears to be much further away from Munster/ Arnsberg by land than Lubek so I don't know that it will actually prove to be quicker. Remember, we are without horses or cart and the dwarves have short legs.

Perhaps we can make use of the extra time somehow in addition to resting if you guys would like.

Ahmet said...

Before we go buying supplies... let's see how much money we actually have.

I'll convert all coins to coppers for sanity.

Let's say four rooms -- two for the dwarves, one for Lukas and Ahmet, one for Andrej and Klaas, and one for Janos. (I figure it's better for all involved if the non-participatory member of our party was the one who was on his own.) Private rooms are 60 c.p. each... times four is 240 c.p.

If we book for Stettin (five days), that will be 1,200 c.p. Lubeck is nine days (2,160).

I figure two rounds of housekeeping... 184 c.p.

Plus, let's all get two baths (96 c.p. times nine = 864 c.p.), two shaves (16 c.p. times nine = 144 c.p. -- I'm sure they can find something on Erdina that needs shaving) and two launderings (24 c.p. times nine = 216 c.p.). All that plus lodging and housekeeping totals to 2,608 c.p. to stay until Stettin or 3,568 c.p. if we're going to Lubeck.

I would think 1 g.p. (192 c.p.) per man per day would be sufficient for food and ale. That's 8,640 c.p. for five days or 15,552 c.p. for nine days.

Total bill for food and lodging...

For five days -- 11,248 c.p., or 58.583 g.p. Round it up to 59 g.p.

For nine days -- 19,120 c.p., or 99.583 g.p. Round it up to an even 100 g.p.

Now to actually book the trip to Stettin, we'd have to pay 22,680 c.p. (118.125 g.p.). Lubeck is 30,240 c.p. (157.5 g.p.). I'm assuming we'll have to bring along food for the trip as well... let's again say 1 g.p. per man per day, so 10,368 for Stettin or 13,824 c.p. for Lubeck.

So we're looking at spending about 232 g.p. to get to Stettin, or 330 g.p. to get to Lubeck.

All told, Ahmet has about 429 g.p. in gold, silver and copper between his backpack and belt pouch, so if we go to Lubeck, even if Ahmet is the only one with money.

Whew!

Lukas said...

so that's...
13g, 2s each for Stettin...
17g, 8s each for Lubeck.

we've got 4 dwarves and Klaas to add to the equation and unless they're paying their own way that's an additional...

65g, 10s or
87g, 8s

I think. I don't mind the earlier of the two, and wonder if maybe that would save some cash as well...

Ahmet said...

That is to say, we can afford the trip to Lubeck even if Ahmet is the only one with money.

But it would be nice if you cheap bastards kicked in also ;)

Lukas said...

I'd definitely like to pitch in, but I first need to at minimum get a spellbook. I also think we should have some spare salt.

Also I don't see tongs on this list. You'd think the locals might want to grab things without touching them. Does anyone else see them?

Ahmet said...

Nine days in town, I'd think you could cantrip up all the salt we could possibly need, Lukas!

Lukas said...

I believe it's only for application to things... I don't think it 'stockpiles'. Though nothing in the description says it doesn't.

Andrej said...

Keep in mind choosing Stettin over Lubek is only cheaper for that leg of the trip. We'll have costs upon the road when we leave either of those destinations for Munster/ Arnsberg that include lodging (when/ where we take it) meals and tolls, the latter has so far not really been an issue but in the past crossing borders or entering towns goes form 1 sp to 3 sps. So while Stettin looks cheaper now, it may not be if the road portion is twice a s long.

I've got 287 gold/ 150 silver and 5 copper on my person.

We may have opportunity to make some money while we await our ship, should we put our minds to it.

Andrej said...

Alexis, what are the implications of buying one fur coat or boots over another? Is a beaver coat warmer than a mink? Will a sealskin coat protect better from the elements? we should probably be thinking about winter now that we have time to re-supply.

Ahmet said...

If Ahmet is going to buy a fur coat, it will be ankle length, purple, and come with a hat with a feather in it.

Awww yeah!

Alexis said...

I am not sure you're covering the cost for the dwarves of not. If you are, please don't. The dwarves will pay for themselves. Cover the costs for the PARTY ONLY.

Alexis said...

Buy something else at the blacksmiths and I'll throw in tongs for free.

Alexis said...

The cantrip does create salt, but the total amount created is about 1 oz.

Alexis said...

At present I have no rules for the protection of one type of coat over another. Be aware I have no intention to create any such tables at this time, but if I ever did, it would be based upon the number of pelts required to make a coat, NOT the cost of the pelts.

Ahmet said...

I included the dwarfs, so if we take them out, the "all-in" cost for Ahmet, Andrej, Lukas, Janos, and Klaas, from today through arrival in Lubeck, as best as I can figure, would be approximately 184 g.p.

That includes food and lodging for nine days in Memel, food for eight days during the trip, and the cost of the tickets.

Andrej said...

Do we front Janos the cash now and collect later? If so, that's about 61 gp per and I vote yes for Lubek at that cost based it being half as far away from Munster than Stettin.

Andrej said...

Alexis, so is there any advantage in having a coat vs. a cloak other than one being able to better front like pimp?

Andrej said...

I noticed under the "sell to shop" columns under church there's a demand for 1st and 2nd level spells. How does this work in game terms?

Is there a local catholic church Andrej would serve temporarily? Would they be interested in Andrej's services beyond spell-casting? If so, is there any monetary gain for Andrej, even if he can just rely on room and board from the church?

If not here, is this possible in other lands with a catholic church? As a 4th and nearly 5th level cleric I would think Andrej's getting to or already at a point where he's at least a skilled journeyman in terms of how in demand his skills would be.

Finally, if not any of the above can Andrej simply set up shop somewhere and sell church services or would that anger local authorities in either case?

Alexis said...

Generally, if a player isn't present, such things are often ignored - the savings in money are compensated by a lack of treasure and experience, right?

But if you want to pay for him, you'll have to work that out with Janos.

Alexis said...

In game terms, getting money for spells (selling, not buying) must work this way. Andrej is basically an outside freelancer, who can offer his services to people at the shrine out of town (have to be part of the local hierarchy to serve in town). Because you're a foriegner, you can sell one spell per week; this also reflects the likelihood of having the spell to give that someone else wants, which can be tricky. And this is further modified by the total day waiting period (which works opposite for selling, as it says how long it takes to find the person who will buy your spell).

From the table, then, you can sell a 1st level spell (31 s.p.) and a 2nd level (4 g.p.), both of which will take one day of your time to find the person and bestow the spell.

Alexis said...

Catholicism is the third religion in Lithuania, after United (a blend of Orthodoxy and Catholicism) and Orthodoxy. The Orthodox outnumber the Catholics in Lithuania; the reverse is true in Poland.

Andrej couldn't easily set up shop, as this would mean actually building a church. However, being 4th level, and technically a Priest, you do have the right to build a church wherever you wish, acknowleding that this must be done with permission of the local Catholic church. In a place like Lithuania, this would be greatly welcomed, and the more the better - though they would prefer a town where there wasn't a Catholic church already. This would also be true in the Ukraine, where even permission probably isn't necessary, since there's no prior organization whatsoever (which you know, having grown up there).

Other religions, obviously, will never like it.

Lukas said...
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Lukas said...

Taking Ahmet's math, removing Janos, then dividing 3 ways comes out to just over 49g, therefore I will put up 50g forwards to travel and maintenance expenses as my share.

I will then look at my remaining funds for everything else.

Lukas said...

I got a fancy coat for the winter.
One more step towards trying to get the 'wealthy clothes' card...

Also I'd think an Otter coat might resist some of the weather better.

I will admit I was disappointed by the hat selection. I don't fancy Lukas would wear a turban.

Andrej said...

Thanks for the answers Alexis.

Based on the above, Andrej will take an inn room with his companions but spend most daytime hours at the shrine outside of town. This not just to make money, but it seems fitting he'd be there to pray and meditate and possibly offer some aid to the needy or just perform the other priestly functions of a wandering country friar. In fact, I might make this a common practice at any stopover.

Can we say I sell both of the spells for 4 gp and 31 sp as indicated , then spread half of that (2gp, 16 sp)around to the needy outside of Memel and near to the shrine in the form of copper coins or bread Andrej will purchase from the market?

Andrej will also take this time to do some preaching, having been encouraged by the results of the wedding mass. I'm not really looking for followers, just serving God by spreading the good news, so to speak.

If that is accepted, before doing so Andrej spends a day at the market acquiring a new cassock and other items I'll detail in my next comment.

Are we agreed on the Lubek, then, gents?

Andrej said...

One more thing before I buy, and related to Lukas's comment re: hats... could you generate a fur cap or hat and gloves for cold weather?

Ahmet said...

There's more than just the furrier. You can also go to the leatherworker or the tailor...

Andrej said...

Yeah, but I want a wolf fur hat. :)

Here's what Andrej is buying:

wolf fur coat
ordinary cleric's wear
rabbit coat (for Emmanuel)
36 biscuits (2 lbs, 4 oz)
keg of ale (to share)
2 lbs. jerky
2 lbs. local cheese
2 sacks of ground nuts (19.2 lbs.)
6 torches (2.5 lbs)
tinder box
50' rope (7.5 lbs.)
4 burlap sacks

He's going to be shitting nuts for two weeks.

Alexis said...

I suppose I will have to work out some rules about preaching and the power of doing so ... as per the post I wrote last year on the subject. For the moment, we can say that using his various cards, Andrej can get a good reaction from better than half the audiences he finds ... with other people using their fortitude cards, if someone doesn't quite like the catholic rhetoric (because there are enough people around who support the text and liturgy, if not papism - which is the one subject Lithuanian United followers wouldn't like).

Andrej would probably be somewhat surprised at the response ... but after all, he's seen a lot of the world in the last six weeks, and this will have opened his eyes in many ways.

Alexis said...

Also, don't forget to look at the milliner for hats.

I'll be working more on the equipment tables this fall, so it helps to have these suggestions.

If anyone wants to find out how many wolf pelts it takes to make a fur hat, I'll give you a price (I could look, but heck, go ahead and see how easy it is).

Alexis said...

(OOC: Guys, do me a favor and use the link to my wife's book, will you? It's a big thing around here - my own book is set to get reworked with art and editing - by someone other than me - at the end of October)

Lukas said...

How about adding silver buttons or other decorations after the fact?

Andrej said...

(OOC: If its easy, I'm missing it. I'm getting all sorts of cosplay and furry stuff, though. I did find out how many pelts of various animals it takes to make coats, but can't seem to find anything on just hats.

Andrej said...

I did find an e-how article on how to make a coyote fur hat and it mentions only needing one pelt. How about we go with that for the wolf fur hat?

http://www.ehow.com/how_7760565_sew-coyote-fur-hat.html

Andrej said...

(OOC: Consider it done and done again, Alexis)

Alexis said...

So if you have the prices template file I sent you, and you want to see how it is done, go to the 'End Goods' tab. "Furrier" is line 470.

Create a line under 474.

Note the headings along line 2.

"Base Material" is clothing, wolf.

"Base cost" is the same as the above line ... in excel terms, that's ='Raw Material Cost'!D367

"Unit" is pelt

Ignore Avails and Roll (those are whether or not its here, but we'll say it is, and I'm going to change these soon anyway).

Item is hat, wolf fur.

Description is tailored.

Measure/Unit is 1 pelt.

Workmanship is 1.00.

Cost is therefore 207 c.p., or rounded off to 17 s.p.

For interest's sake, if you look at the line 367 of the 'Raw Material Cost' tab, you'll see that an ordinary wolf pelt, without any tailoring, is 164 c.p.

I know, you don't care ... but I think it is all interesting.

Thus, if you can conceive of the size and weight of a silver button, there's the data available to work out that cost, too. It's really not that hard.

Grin ... but if you want me to tell you a price, Lukas, I will.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet outfits himself with:

Wolf fur coat
Wolf fur hat
Woolen gloves
Adventurer's wear (a spare set for the next time Ahmet goes swimming at night)
Woolen coat for Klaas
Wolf fur hat for Klaas
Woolen gloves for Klaas
Adventurer's wear for Klaas
3 dozen biscuits (2 lbs 4 oz)
3 lbs beef jerky
3 lbs local cheese
1 dozen potatoes (2 lbs)
2 lbs of salt
2 burlap sacks
20 heavy bolts, which should be enough to get Ahmet and Klaas up to 20 each

Alexis said...

That should certainly get you to Lubeck; it is a pound of food a day for the trip, as being on boat is "resting."

James C. said...

(OOC: No, its very interesting, and a nice example to mess around with in your excel file.)

James C. said...

One final addition, then Andrej is ready to advance to whenever the DM wants to advance to: buying a cowhide sling and 16 bullets.

Ahmet said...

Something to add to the market: pickled food!

Andrej said...

Regarding healing: Andrej sold two spells, no idea which ones, and used two of his remaining CLWs to get himself to max hit points. Does anybody else in the party need healing? This includes the dwarves and even Kushi, whom Andrej will consent to approach within arms length now that tempers have cooled.

Alexis said...

Very good, Ahmet! That is indeed something to do.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet is down 3 but he'll get that back with normal rest in two nights, assuming no incidents.

Lukas said...

For the silver buttons it was more an 'adding after the fact' concern. I would like to pimp my coat and eventually my hat when I have the money and we eventually find something better than a turban.

I too am almost ready to go... I just need to pick out some food I think. Though to be honest Id rather just mimic someone else's.
But that's because I'm a tad lazy and a bit behind.

Regardless, if the math was correct, the 50g I reserved for costs should more then cover it, and until I do the math I wont get any left over money back into my personal funds.

Ahmet said...

At 1 pound per day and nine days expected at sea, Ahmet buys the same food for Klaas. We should have plenty.

Also, Ahmet pays Klaas his monthly wages (9 g.p.) for September.

Alexis said...

This next post will need some time to work up; I'm hung up for a bit... give me a couple hours.

Andrej said...

Likewise, I'll be scarce for the next 90 minutes or so.

Alexis said...

The computer system errors in your favour. The next post is up.