Monday, September 24, 2012

Ingolstadt

October 22, 1650, Wednesday evening

Weather: with pleasant temperatures and overcast conditions, with a calm wind

The weather has been unseasonably warm these last four days, from the three days you stayed in Eichstatt to the road to the one day travel to Ingolstadt.  The weather in the morning has been brisk, but pleasant in the afternoons and early evening, so that wearing a jacket is too hot.

There's little on the road as you rise and fall through hills on your way into the Danube valley.  You climb steadily, then descend a few hundred feet into the wide vale of Ingolstadt.  The Danube is like grey slate, the aspens stark white with few yellow leaves left.  There are great piles of leaves, light and sweeping with the wind (when there is any, as there was earlier today, but not as you near the town) across the road, rolling from the right to the left.  Even though the day is spectacular for hunting (Janos puts up a flock of Hungarian partridges, more than 75 of them, which were hidden in grass along the side of the road), there's still that threatening clouded sky suggesting it won't last.

I trust the party got the Ingolstadt market.  It is open ... Ingolstadt is one of the last transshipment points for grain and harvested goods out of Germany before the winter comes.

Unfortunately you learn that there are no barges meant to depart down the Danube.  The last left October 15, a week ago.

61 comments:

Ahmet said...

Ahmet inquires as to the availability of a crossbowman for hire.

Andrej said...

I'll have to access the market file this evening, when I can get to my personal e-mail account. I'm sure Andrej has enough coin to supply Hichel with the essentials, so if its OK I'll make a list of that now and check cost and availability this evening, so we may proceed.

Other than that, I suppose we take the rest of the day to supply and hire help, then make for the southern road to Munich, Bozen and the alps on the morrow. Objections?

Andrej said...

(OOC: Starting in about an hour I will, unfortunately, be scarce for the remainder of the day.)

Ahmet said...

I'm all for it.

Perhaps there's a Druid or some other weather prognosticator about who can inform us as to the likelihood of making it through the Alps without becoming the Donner Party.

With that in mind, perhaps Ahmet should go out of his way to hire a crossbowman whose qualifications include being tender and juicy.

Lukas said...

I will take a look at the list when I get the chance. I doubt that I will be able to get any divinations in a day however. Andrej, do you have the level of the lowest grade divination? (Or the lowest useful divination)

(OOC: Ahmet, do you read Romantically Apocalyptic? That was very Captain of you.)

Lukas said...

It appears I didn't get an attachment in my Email.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I've never heard of it, but I like the title!)

I didn't get an attachment either.

Alexis said...

You may have gotten an email with the attachment already. My wife is working on sending it.

Lukas said...

Got nothing. Perhaps this evening then.

Andrej said...

Got the file. Wow, stuff got expensive. I just dropped a mint equiping Hichem. Is this a result of time of year or is Ingolstadt that much more expensive?

Anyway, I bought some stuff (no hand scythe's unfortunately) and then had Hichem take some equipment from Andrej and Sofia, so that he's currently carrying:

Hichel's Equipment
adventurer's wear
backpack, cowhide
studded leather armor
dagger
belt & sheepskin scabbard
50' rope
Bullseye lantern
6 oil flasks; 15 hours duration e
3 torches
12 cotton bandages
4 burlap sacks
tinder box
12 iron spikes
crowbar
carpenter's hammer

Andrej said...

...also just added a rabbit coat and wolf hat and a wineskin.

Ahmet said...

Skip the horses?

Ahmet said...

Also... Ahmet inquires as to the availability of a crossbowman for hire.

Andrej said...

At these prices, yes... skipping horses. Hichem can just jump into the horse rotation.

Ahmet said...

Yeah, I'm still interested in knowing how much it would cost to hire one, but the cost of the horses may also force us to skip the crossbowman as well until we reach our next destination.

Which is perfectly fine with Ahmet, who lectures at length on the superior skill and bravery of Turkish crossbowmen compared to those mere string pluckers found elsewhere in the world.

Alexis said...

There should be a drop in the prices coming soon ... still upgrading my price tables to the new availability system, and prices across the board should drop somewhat. But for the moment, the world's economy will remain somewhat inflated.

Alexis said...

A crossbowman is available; several, in fact, looking mostly to go south. Once again, please choose the culture you want. Cost is 3 g.p. per week, and he comes without weapons or armor.

Alexis said...

Take note that you can get a divination (4th level) or augury (2nd level) at the local catholic church.

You can get the augury tomorrow, but the divination will take a ten day wait.

Lukas said...

Ok, so do they vary at all in your game?

Or do Augurys only determine weal or woe?

Ahmet said...

Gentlemen, let's discuss our travel plans.

Today is the evening of Oct. 22. Let's say we spend tonight and the following day in Ingolstadt. On Oct. 24, we leave for Dachau (two hexes) and Munich (one hex) -- perhaps two days travel, putting us in Munich on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Andrej said...

My general experience with this sort of thing, not related to this campaign, is that its almost never worth it unless you've got very specific options with a very short time frame until predicted outcome.

here's Alexis's spell description for augury, I don't have one for divination (the file I have from when Andrej was first generated only goes up to 3rd level).

Augury
Range: self
Duration: 1 turn
Area of Effect: self
Casting Time: 1 round
Saving Throw: none
Enables the cleric to seek the benefit of divine knowledge by asking a question regarding an action in the immediate future—specifically, whether or not that action will be to the benefit of, or harmful to, the cleric or whomever the cleric specifies. The base chance for correctly divining the augury is 70%, plus 1% for each level of the cleric casting the spell.


Lukas said...

Thanks Andrej. I was trying to ensure after the last post on hunting soldiers down was using Augury or not. It seems like that would not answer the questions I would like to ask.

I'm thinking...

1. Have either the Gnomes of Zurich or the Great Khorezm actively looked for any of my books in the last five days.

Assuming a yes or no answer, that would answer the most pressing question without revealing much more than necessary.

Alexis said...

Augury gives you a set number of yes or no answers to questions.

Divination gives you a more general, sometimes moderately cryptic, answer in a few sentences to a question you ask.

Augury does not foretell the future; it only refers to what IS.

Divination has the potential to foretell the future.

Alexis said...

Sorry, ignore what I just said about augury and the future. I'm clearly wrong.

(I can't remember everything)

I have divination written somewhere, but not with me at the moment. It is close, but slightly more considerate, than the player's handbook.

Lukas said...

So, admittedly this leaves me somewhat confused. I believe you said that Augury is simply asking a series of yes or no questions with the correction implying one can ask about the future as well as the past. Is this correct?

Lukas said...

That plan sounds good Ahmet.

Alexis said...

I have to say, yes, that's correct.

"If we leave today, will we get through the pass before snow closes it?"

That sort of thing.

Andrej said...

So shall we wait a day and all chip in for an augury?

Lukas said...

The casting cost was 2g. So unless there's a material cost I can go ahead and cover you ;)

If it says there are four available can I schedule more than one augury for tomorrow?

If so, I want to see how many questions I can get and will aim to buy as close to 5 as I can get.

Alexis said...

*4 available* means a 4th level cleric.

I don't charge the party spellcasters for material costs ... the 2 g.p. is for casting the spell.

Lukas said...

Alright. Well Lukas makes the appointment then paying cash in advance plus 20 gold donation.

Lukas said...

Ah you might want to check that lvl column since apparently there's a lvl 1 casting 6th level spells or I was reading that correctly...

Alexis said...

I couldn't sort out the algorithm, so below the number needed IS the number needed.

Still working on it.

Ahmet said...

Unfortunately you learn that there are no barges meant to depart down the Danube. The last left October 15, a week ago.

I'm not sure from the map which one the Danube is, or where we would take it. Where would we go "down the Danube" -- through the Alps? -- and could we charter a vessel to take us?

Ahmet said...

From looking at a real-life map, I see the Danube is the big east-west river that would could take to Linz, and on east to ultimately the Black Sea.

Andrej said...

My original plan was to take us around the Alps, following the Danube east to Vienna and possibly as far east as Budapest if necessary to avoid the worst weather. We made good time, though, and the way looks clear so unless the augury reveals that we shouldn't, I say we turn south here.

Alexis said...

Down the Danube would take you east, then south, to a route around the east end of the Alps (lower passes). There are no boats available; the barges know if they go down now, they'll never get back, and lose precious cargo in the spring; other, smaller boats have gone already to where they can fish or trade in the winter months. The only small boats that remain have no owners or crew, because they have gone inland back to their homes where they spend their winters.

You could steal a packed up boat, but you'd have to know how to unpack it, set it up and do so without anyone noticing you're stealing a known person's boat.

Alexis said...

(OOC: fire alarm kicked us out of the building for a couple of hours)

Lukas said...

(OOC: Lots of internet instability here.)

Andrej said...

OK gents, here's where I see us:

1) Lukas has paid for and will lead up the augury inquiry. There are probably a number of questions related to the book that could be asked, and Lukas will no doubt prioritize and word them, I would only request that we find out whether the passes will be open if we left to day and traveled quickly through them to Venice.

2) As we arrived Wednesday evening, and spent a day at the market and waited a day to arrange the augury I think that puts us at leaving Saturday morning. Yes?

3) On Saturday we either follow the river east some, if the augury is bad, or strike directly south for Munich if the augury is good, agreed?

4) Crossbowman? Sounds like Ahmet is waiting.

5) Hichem: now equipped but unfortunately missing the only weapon he's proficient in, I'll keep my eyes peeled for a hand scythe from here on out. He will ride one of the spare horses for now, and we'll continue to alternate them for speed's sake.

Ahmet said...

I'll skip the crossbowman as we are maxed out on horses.

Ahmet said...

And I agree on #3.

Alexis said...

I'm set to have Lukas sit down with a priest in a small chapel high above the river; but I'll need the four questions he wants to ask - I'll give answers and then we'll move on.

Assuming he gets a chance to see the priest on the 23rd, sometime mid-day, does the party wish to leave in the afternoon of the 23rd, or wait until the morning of the 24th? Want me to generate the weather before you make up your mind?

James C. said...

If the weather isn't bad on the 23rd, let's leave in the afternoon.

Ahmet, with horses I think we're moving much faster that you assumed in your comment above.

Lukas said...

I think the weather generation would be a good idea.

The first question I will ask will be related to the weather and is dependent based on the weather of the day.

The fourth question will be dependent on the results of the second and third question.

Since I get four questions, they will be as follows (Unless someone objects).

1a. Should the weather be good on the 23rd: If we leave immediately after speaking to you (the cleric) would we be able to make it through the Alps without them being snowed in.

1b. Should the weather be bad on the 23rd: If we leave tomorrow morning, would we be able to make it through the Alps without them being snowed in.

2. Have the Great Khorezm actively sought my magic book in the last five days.

3. Have the Gnomes of Zurich actively sought my magic book in the last five days.

4a. Should either or both of two and three return yes, do they know where it is?

4b. Should both return no: Does the magic book have protection against divining location?

Alexis said...

Weather: come early afternoon on the 23rd, as Lukas is getting an answer to his questions, there are cool temperatures (I will put up a chart on the sidebar today to show temperatures) and clear sky conditions, with a light air (a very slight breeze, hardly detectable).

Alexis said...

Answer to the question, "If we leave immediately after speaking to you (the cleric) would we be able to make it through the Alps without them being snowed in?"

Yes.

Answer to the question, "Have the Great Khorezm actively sought my magic book in the last five days?"

No.

Answer to the question, "Have the Gnomes of Zurich actively sought my magic book in the last five days?"

No.

Answer to the question, "Should both return no: Does the magic book have protection against divining location?"

No.

Lukas said...

Thank you Alexis.

Sorry about the chain of ifs and elses. I think my programming background was breaking through.

Just figured it would be most efficient to lay it all out rather than go question by question.

I'm going to grab some feed on my sheet, list my housing situation for the one day and be ready to go.

Lukas said...

As a side note while we continue on, I noticed something a few days back on the Mage sheet you sent me and thought I'd bring it up.

" A mage may cast a spell directly from his spellbook, in which case the time required to normally cast the spell must be doubled..."

There are other requirements unrelated to the question at hand. Is this relevant to your system? Or should I assume due to your spell system that this is not valid.

Alexis said...

Wow, I don't remember sedning you a mage sheet a few days ago.

Can you be more clear? Related to which question at hand, and is what relevant to my system? Can you cast from your spellbook? Hm. I don't remember writing the rule down, but if I did I will adhere to it.

Lukas said...

I rewrote my post. I read it a couple days ago, I got the document around Lukas' creation. It's under spellbook.

How about I set up a post on my character blog for clarifications so we don't spam the regular game, but it's still accessible to everyone.

Alexis said...

I've answered on your blog.

Alexis said...

Are we confirmed to leave Thursday afternoon (23rd), and on our way to ???.

Which road through the Alps - Lienz or Innsbruck?

Andrej said...

Innsbruck appears to be both more direct and of a lower general elevation, so let's head there.

Alexis said...

Okay.

(OOC: I'll try to work out the next post today; finishing up here and then going to see my mother afterwards; she is getting worse day by day - very visible. we are waiting for either her kidneys or her heart to just give out; they can't help one without destroying the other, and so it is just dragging on. Thankfully, she sleeps and she's mostly unaware; when I saw her on the weekend she thought I was my brother)

Ahmet said...

Aye

Lukas said...

As you allow. I appreciate the time I get to play, and wish respect whatever schedule is most convenient for yourself.

Andrej said...

Take your time. Let the game be a refuge and not a burden.

Alexis said...

(OOC: If you know the film Cool Hand Luke, I spent a lot of yesterday getting the dirt out of Boss's ditch. This morning I came in to find that I have to get the dirt out of Boss's yard. Have a good day)

Andrej said...

shakin' the tree, boss. still shakin' the tree.

Alexis said...

After a long day for me, the next post has been published.