The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A Pleasant Afternoon in the Main Valley
October 15, 1650, Wednesday night
Weather: with cool temperatures and clear conditions, with a light breeze.
Throughout Tuesday night, you keep watches, but you see no more of the wolves, nor any sign the next day.
You wake again in the morning to another storm, a steady hard rain with a strong breeze, disrupting your breakfast. Throughout the early afternoon, however, despite some threatening clouds, the breeze falls off and grows sweet smelling and clean. By late afternoon, though it remains overcast, the temperature is actually pleasant ... you remove your coats and ride pleasantly. As you find yourselves near an inn on the road at the end of the day, the sky is clear, you can see stars, and there's no sign that it's rained that day. It is cool, yes, but not near as brisk as it has been.
Perhaps it is from being on the south side of the Harz Mountains.
Moreover, as you come down the slopes onto the Hessian plain, passing into lands held by the House of Darmstadt, Andrej becomes more and more convinced that you're bound to pass by Frankfurt today. The density of the population increases, fields reach to the horizon in every direction, and there are thousands of cattle. Sure enough, as you enjoy the weather, the spires of Frankfurt appear ten miles away. You circle the city and its 50,000 buildings, plus the many stockyards, warehouses and fishing docks that extend outwards from the great town. The party takes a ferry across the Main River, and Andrej leads them off the main road onto a secondary road, to follow the Main up to Ascapha. You haggle at the border with two guards before ending the Bishopric of Wurzburg, and reach the aforementioned Inn - the White Cup. Here is where Andrej stayed on a prior occasion, after departing a barge that took him downstream from Wurzburg.
May I presume you rest here again? Alternately, you can camp on the bank of the Main.
I haven't got a critical file I need to determine Ascapha's market, but I can tell you a private room is 6 s.p., stabling is 5 c.p. and feed for a light warhorse/riding horse is 9 c.p. Let us presume you eat your own food, hm?