Thursday, September 20, 2012

Travel Details & Puzzles

Hichem is from the town of Gabes, upon the coast of the Gulf of Gabes off the southern Mediterranean, in the land called Ifriqiya.

He is your servant.  He's 17, 6'1" tall, 200 lbs., born July 19, with faded blue eyes, sooty black hair (thin and a small bald patch), and light brown skin.  His father was a carpenter, he is an orphan, with a strong back (165 lb. weight allowance), has an actual weapon proficiency (hand scythe), but has a natural armor class of "11."   His voice is slightly higher pitched than normal, he walks with a definite limp.

On the other matter:  I hate to press this issue, but given that Naxos IS controlled by Venice, which as pointed out IS an economic powerhouse, what is Venice chiefly known for and in what way is the party likely to  determine who, and how, their taxes are being collected?

UPDATE:

Adding a map of southern Germany and northern Italy:

45 comments:

Ahmet said...

I guess we need to talk to the Venetians.

James C. said...

I'd say Venice is chiefly known for trade and canals. Heading there is very manageable without altering our current course. I'm under a time pressure to make Fiume before February, so given that I'd like to head there first via the land route previously proposed and then make for Venice, a short hop across the Adriatic. Thoughts?

Lukas said...

I'm here for the ride.

Should some of these questions fall under the Civitas (mercantilism) field, perhaps I could perform an in-field roll?

James C. said...

Or, looking at a topographic map, maybe we make straight for Venice after we reach Vienna, as it looks like we could still avoid much of the mountains and highlands during these colder months.

James C. said...

Regarding Hichem of Gabes, will you be rolling ability scores as well?

Alexis said...

It's so general to the subject of mercantalism, I have to give it to you Lukas.

Venice is best known for banking.

Lukas said...

Now, I have to say I don't have mercantilism specialization, I think I misused the term the first time, but I think you also knew that.

(Also if it would be useful to managing dealing with rent and expanding our operations I think it may be my next choice instead of engineering)

Still, it's funny to think, 'oh yeah, a bank'.

I'm going to go ahead and say that said bank probably isn't going to be on island, and might be in Venice.

Alexis said...

I meant to publish his stats:

13 strength, 12 intelligence, 13 wisdom, 9 constitution, 9 dexterity, 9 charisma.

Lukas, no need for the specialization. The field is enough.

Ahmet said...

Let's figure out what gear Hichem will need to keep up with us and not get killed at the first opportunity -- even if the intention is that he never actually enters combat, things happen. I agree to divvy up the cost four ways or split it with Andrej if you two cheap bastards won't kick in. ;)

I think he needs:
Two riding horses

Two saddles, bridles, and what-have-you

Lots of saddle bags and sacks and so on since his primary job is to carry stuff

Bedroll, adventurer's garb

Some long-lasting food as a back-up to the Andrej meal plan

Rudimentary armor -- with his 13 STR, he can have 4 MP in studded leather (and shield if we care to give him one). If we put him in anything better, he's at 3 MP.

A hand scythe if we can find one

Anything else?

Andrej said...

That covers most of it, but I wonder how much it would effect our pace if we simply pulled Hichem into our current horse rotation. We have at any given time five spare horses, no? How much slower would we move with only 4 spares and a rotation that spreads out their labor?

Ahmet said...

Ah... didn't realize one of us already had a third horse.

I agree that Hichem probably doesn't need a horse now, but it's something to consider the next time we pull into a large market town.

Remember how much we loved having a cart for storage? I'm thinking we'll eventually need two spare horses for our piles of gold pieces and magic items and rescued maidens.

Andrej said...

I was counting 2 horses each for Lukas, Ahmet, Janos, Andrej & Sofia to get to five spares.

Loved the cart storage, hated the speed but yes, extra pack horses will eventually be a consideration.

I must admit, though, that I have been thinking we'de be best served selling all of our horses and tack once we get to Venice to embark by ship for Fiume and then Naxos, Constantinople and eventually Anatolia, where we could then buy more. It might be cheaper then trying to feed and ship them along with us.

Andrej said...

Alexis, as a heads up I'll want a market list for Ingolstadt once we get there.

Andrej said...

I have given Hichem his own page on my character blog. I can buy his stuff in Ingolstadt. I'll provide for Hichem and declare his actions, no need to split costs etc... as to me he replaces Emmanuel as my hireling. That said, Hichem is here to serve the party in setting/ breaking camp, fetching, carrying, etc... If you guys also want your own hirelings to replace Klaas and Joost, I encourage you to take time now to interview.

Alexis, is the arrangement with Hichem the same as Emmanuel? Clothe, feed, equip and treat him well enough and he will serve, or is there also a stipend/ salary involved?

Ahmet said...

I think selling the horses in Venice and buying new ones in Anatolia is a good idea. No doubt Ahmet will be overjoyed at this proposal, as he will attest that the worst horse in Turkey will be superior to the finest mount in all of Europe.

Ahmet will inquire as to the availability of a crossbowman-for-hire.

Alexis said...

If Hichem is low on equipment, not excessively heavy, this will lighten the load on a horse rotation; can't give you a number, you'd have to ride and see.

Point about the cart storage issue; part of the speed was to get to Fiume on time (way early, though, I think the deadline was February) ... but also to get out of Germany before winter. Keep in mind that south of the alps the weather should improve.

It will be much more expensive to buy some tack in Greece and/or the Black Sea basin.

Your horses also gain morale the longer you keep them.

I'll get you the market list for Ingolstadt.

The arrangement with Hichem is the same. His morale is 9; you must roll 2d6 of 9 or over in order to have him do anything dangerous.

His proficiency means he can fight with his hand scythe on a 1st level fighter table (+1 to hit on 1 HD table).

Alexis said...

On second thought, might set a small stipend for extra costs; shouldn't be exhorbitant. Let me think about it.

Won't be any crossbowmen in all of Eichstatt; is a sleepy university town.

Lots in Ingolstadt.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Incidentally fellas ... while we were working up characters and so on and so forth, this Sunday is the ONE YEAR anniversary of this particular campaign starting. Andrej played earlier, but this arrangement has been ongoing for a year now. Nine-toes and Silvius take note ... I know Lukas and Janos haven't been on the course as long as this, but its a milestone for me)

Ahmet said...

Wow, I've been playing Ahmet for a year? Amazing! And we're all still having fun. :)

Andrej said...

Happy Anniversary everybody and cheers. It's been a fun year and we've come a long way since facing off against the crab in Cuxhaven. I suppose its sort of fitting that we're saying "so long" to Germany right near our anniversary. Another year, another adventure!

Lukas said...

Indeed, happy anniversary.

Andrej said...

Maybe we should consider keeping the horses, then. We've got plenty of time until Venice, so no rush on deciding.

If you gave us an inn cost for Eichstatt, Alexis, I missed it. we're staying two nights, Sat & Sun, then heading for Ingolstadt early Monday.

Andrej said...

Andrej will meantime begin indoctrinating Hichem into his party responsibilites regarding travel and camp routine such as keeping the horses fed and in order, cleaning weapons and equipment, assisting with setting and breaking camp.

Also, we shall review the regular personal assistance that Andrej requires: assisting with mass and morning ablutions, donning and doffing armor.

The lad seems smart, so this shouldn't take too long provided he works hard. At least he won't have to worry about the cooking.

Alexis said...

Hichem is pleased to work hard, glad to be working for a catholic, VERY glad to be returning to the Mediterranean, as that was his hope in applying to your service.

Lodging for private room:

bath heated & prepared by innkeeper 7 s.p.
housekeeping washing, dusting and delousing of room and sheets; requires room be vacated for one hour 4 s.p.
laundering cleaning of one suit of clothes, returned within 12 hours. 3 s.p.
lodging, ordinary space provided in the inn's common room shared with other ordinary lodgers 13 c.p.
lodging, private private space provided among the inn's upper suites 6 s.p.
shave performed by hired contractor known to the innkeeper 20 c.p.

Alexis said...

feed, heavy warhorse one night's provisioning 4 s.p.
feed, light warhorse or riding horse one night's provisioning 22 c.p.
feed, medium warhorse or mule one night's provisioning 3 s.p.
feed, pony or donkey one night's provisioning 16 c.p.
stabling stall provided for period of one night 6 c.p.

Andrej said...

15 silvers and 8 coppers for both nights if you have two light warhorses and don't do anything fancy.

Alexis said...

I'm not paying attention. Are the costs going up?

I have been working on getting the updated color scheme/map design completed enough to add it into the mix, so that the party can see where its going. I've now attached it to the post above (I think it's gorgeous).

Fiume is about sixty miles east of the bottom right corner of the map.

Andrej said...

Regarding prices I'm not sure, I'd have to go back and see myself. I think the room is a little more expensive.

The map is indeed lovely.

Andrej said...

Would those roads through the Alps leading relatively straight to Venice still be open this time of year? I was planning on leading the party further east to Vienna. But that straight red line is tempting...

Alexis said...

I would find it likely that if you reached them before Nov 15, they'd likely be open. But there's no way I can promise you (I'm deliberately not looking at those tables). This is just my gut instinct.

It's incidentally nice to have a 'gut instinct' that can be proved wrong with FACTS.

Lukas said...

Little known fact, earliest and worst winter ever for the Alps is coming up. Even a note that the only deaths were 6 people traveling with 12 horses that tried to beat the winter...

Andrej said...

Ah, then we're perfectly safe. We're six people with 10 horses. :)

Ahmet said...

Fortunately we have all our wolf-fur clothing, although poor Hichem may wind up sleeping inside a dead horse.

Lukas said...

And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.

Alexis said...

(OOC: I've warned you. no star wars!)

Lukas said...

(OOC: Ahmet started it.)

ANYHOW, what are we waiting on? Just confirming the plan right?

Alexis said...

See that part where Andrej says, "I was planning ... but that straight red line is tempting ..."?

Hear the total lack of anyone saying, "Good, we go to Venice."

Or, "Screw that straight red line. We stick with the plan and go to Vienna."

Or even, "We go to Ingolstadt and we'll decide there."

Or other possible variances, such as "We leave in the morning, we get on our horses and ride out of Eichstatt on the road south, we turn our backs on Eichstatt and good riddance, we RUSH to Ingolstadt ... etc., etc." Plus there is the ever popular, "HEY, DM, get off your ass and write about what happens on our way to Ingolstadt."

As such, for as long as the party wants to avoid so direct an approach to movement, I choose to wait and tiddle my winks.

Lukas said...

That is what I suspected. Let's go to the next town, see what the weather is like, then proceed towards the red line until things look bad. We ARE adventurers right?

Ahmet said...

By "the next town" I think you mean Ingolstadt. Let's go there, as it's a better market town, and then take stock of where to go next.

Alexis said...

Jeez, I want to be an asshole, but I just finished being that on the main blog ... so we'll pick up with me writing a post about the road to Ingolstadt, and possibly the arrival of the party there.

Alexis said...

I'm going to rule that 3 days have passed in Eichstatt.

Lukas said...

I paid for private room, 1 delousing, 1 bath and 6 days horse feed.

Yes, let us proceed to Ingolstadt.

Alexis said...

The next post is up.

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