Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brixen Town

October 29, 1650, Wednesday morning
Weather: with frosty temperatures and steady flakes, with a moderate breeze.

The remainder of the 27th passes easily enough, as you continue to climb by steady degrees the Brenner Pass.  It is comparably a low pass - Andrej can attest to having climbed much more to go through the Furka Pass last summer.  Still, there's a fair bit of snow on the ground, some three feet, and much of the road is sloppy.

You pass a sign that says, "Entering the See of Brixen," with a low wall and an unmanned open tower by the side of the road.  There's no one present, however, so you simply cross the border out of Tyrol.  Not long after you come across two men and a boy wrestling a wagon out of the rut at the side of the road, where it has slid on a bad turn.  I think probably the party would help; no ill comes of it, and the men thank the party for their trouble.

At best, the day becomes cool; the weather remains light and calm throughout the day, though there's an annoying intermittent drizzle that night, with a moderate breeze, as you finally set camp.  The weather is brisk and certainly not the cold you expected.

The pass is somewhere ahead of you, but all you've encountered is a long, steady slope upwards between farms and pastures.  It's the easiest pass you've ever heard of.  In the morning, the weather has once again become frosty, just below freezing, and you're stiff as you roll out of bed.

On the 28th, at last, you move over the "top" ... though you're barely aware of it.  Lukas asks about mid-day if it doesn't seem like you're moving downslope, and its generally agreed that you must be.  It has certainly seemed an easier walk for the last few hours.  The weather improves again from chilly to cool, then back to brisk, once again drizzling on and off all night.

On the morning of the 29th, the drizzle becomes a steady fall of snowflakes, as you come to the small town of Brixen in the valley.  (Try as I might, I could not find a proper winter picture).  There is no wall surrounding the quite sizable town of 550 buildings, scattered on the three sides of the confluence of the Isarco and Rienza rivers, both fast rushing as they descend from the Tyrolese Alps (which you've just come through).  Pictured is the Bishop's Palace.

There is no market here, but an inn may be had for the day  if you wish, or we may continue further down the Isarco Valley on the 29th.

55 comments:

Ahmet said...

Ahmet inquiries, at the inn if no passerby is available for casual conversation, how long it will take to reach the next market town.

Lukas said...

I think we should stop at the inn. I'm fairly certain that it would be to our benefit to get some warm sleeping for at least one night.

Ahmet said...

(Looking at the map, it's one hex to Bozen, 2 1/2 to Trient... but what is that in travel time?)

Ahmet said...

I'm fine with spending the night in an inn, but since it is Tuesday morning, I'm just wondering if we can make it to the next town before bed time -- especially if the next one is a market town, just in case anyone is in need of supplies.

Lukas said...

I am starting to get low on horse feed...

Alexis said...

There would normally be a market in Brixen, only at this time of year the market is open only on sunday. Bozen could be reached by the end of today, as passersby will tell Ahmet the road is clear ... but it will not have a market-day until Saturday.

Trient is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, but the nearest market open every day is Verona.

Andrej said...

Let's at least make for Bozen then, and get a room at the inn there. Those of us fighting colds cold use the rest. We'll decide how much rest in the morning. Agreed?

Andrej said...

(OOC: Alexis, would you be willing to replace the maps of Westphalia located on the right hand margin of the blog with the below?)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HMiorxrVVsM/UFynLmePEsI/AAAAAAAACOY/g9Qv6_OLr90/s1600/South+Germany.jpg

Alexis said...

Yes, on the matter of colds. I had meant to ask for rolls, and had gotten distracted. It may be that the party may not be able to move onto Bozen.

Could I have the three sick people in the party, Hichem, Lukas and Andrej, roll 2d6 twice each. Ahmet can roll for Hichem.

Andrej said...

2d6 twice: 9, 8

Lukas said...

5, 8

Ahmet said...

Hichem (gesundheit!)

5, 4

Alexis said...

None of you are any the worse off, but you won't get better until you get indoors.

Further travel to Bozen would mean another check ... while a day's rest in Brixen would not guarantee recovery.

Andrej said...

Perhaps we should rest a day. Stopping now won't guarantee recovery, but it will be better for us than pushing on, correct? If so, Andrej elects to stay.

Lukas said...

If we stay here for the night, next town, stay there for the night, that would maximise our healthy rest would it not?

Ahmet said...

It would also increase our chances of being snowbound for the winter...

But on the positive side, at least Sofia doesn't have a ticking time bomb around her neck!

Andrej said...

Looking at the current elevations on the map and given the climate and time of year, I think rain more likely than snow the rest of the way to Venice. At least, given the odds, I'd rather risk weather then pnemonia at this point.

Alexis said...

The effect of travel on rest would depend on the weather. You could probably make your way to Bozen in half a day, and as long as it didn't snow or rain, you would probably recover without it getting worse.

Andrej said...

I vote we stay the rest of the day in Brizen and at least get that much rest. We can be off in the morning for Bozen and rest some more there should it be warranted.

Ahmet said...

Sounds good.

Alexis said...

May I presume until the 30th?

The town appears to be setting up for some kind of celebration; bakers are baking, people are out washing the streets with brooms and hot water, the little bit of snow (no more than a foot) is being swept off the roofs of houses so that it can be melted by groups of aspiring mage apprentices. There is a general atmosphere of excitement, as the words "new year" are on everyone's lips.

Andrej said...

When is the new year typically celebrated? Is the town's behavior consistent with common practice?

Ahmet said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the gentlemen we passed on the road are indeed heading for Berghem, they'd almost certainly have to pass through Brixen, yes? Ahmet keeps an eye out for them while the lollygaggers are resting in their beds.

As his own New Year on the first day of Muharram was four months ago, he's not particularly surprised or confused by a New Year celebration in October. In fact, from his understanding, some of these heathens celebrate the New Year in March, April, September, January... why not October as well?

Alexis said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints'_Day

Alexis said...

Sorry, the link was meant as an answer to Andrej's question. Many southern catholic countries continue to consider All Saint's Day as the first day of the "new year" as well as the first day of Pentecost. "New Year's Day" as we celebrate it in the modern age is a null date in the Catholic calendar, which was based on the Seasonal passage of time for southern European rural regions - Samhain, the old pagan holiday, marked the absolute end of the harvest.

The northern regions changed the date of New Years during the late reformation and the enlightenment.

Lukas said...

I say we rest (can we buy some feed on an off market day?) And see what's going on tomorrow then leave it if doesn't seem interesting enough to stay.

Alexis said...

I'm going to presume at this point we're confirmed until tomorrow, Oct. 30.

Oh, one of those errors. It is actually Wednesday. I will update the post.

One moment, and it will be a day later.

Alexis said...

While it remains calm and gentle for the remainder of the day, there is a steady drizzle in the afternoon, about the time you would have been arriving in Bozen.

Overnight, its brisk (not freezing) and the breeze is noticeable. the next morning is chilly and crisp, with hardly any movement in the air and crystal clear conditions - exactly a mountain climate.

By then you learn that the road to Bozen and the Po Valley hardly ever gets cut off until post-Christmas, if ever. The road should be completely open.

You also learn that the best port to reach Rijeka is Chioggia, with is easier to reach than Venice, as its on the mainland. Venice itself requires an extra half-day journey to reach, as you embark on a small boat to be taken out to the water city.

Alexis said...

For the party resting, could I have 2d6 again, just one time. Ahmet can still roll for Hichem.

Alexis said...

I should have said. It is now Thursday morning, the 30th.

Andrej said...

2d6: 4

Ahmet said...

Hichem: 7

Ahmet said...

Any sign of Friedrich and/or Gino and/or their friends?

Lukas said...

6

Alexis said...

Andrej and Lukas both recover. Hichem has a light cold left.

None whatsoever, Ahmet.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet relays this information, or lack thereof, to Andrej and Lukas in their sick beds, with an "I told you so" smirk.

Undoubtedly a werewolf.

Lukas said...

"They DID say they were going the opposite direction."

Lukas said...

Well, unless we can purchase horse feed, I think I would like to move on. Also did we get prices for the inn stay here?

Alexis said...

Sorry I'm late today guys.

The only available feed is from the stable, which will sell you up to 45 days worth (total for all players) at 21 c.p. per day.

They just don't have more than 45 days they can spare.

Alexis said...

Oops, sorry, that 5 s.p. per person per night (private room), 16 c.p. per light warhorse/riding horse and 21 c.p. per medium riding horse.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Incidentally, and I just want to toss this out there for discussion.

We've clearly lost the ranger ... and I have a couple of guys describing themselves as experienced aching to tackle the campaign. It's an annoying hassle to create someone's character online, but I thought I'd let you three decide if you want anyone else.

You three are tight, you all comment when you're able, you're focused on the campaign and you seem to swing with the rules. Are you still game to give others a try, or are we fixed for gaming?

There are benefits to just running three people; less work for me, less reliance on a fourth person giving their assent to things like stay or go, that sort of thing. But a fourth person can also add a strong dynamic.

So what say you?)

Alexis said...

(OOC: a fourth and fifth, I should say)

Andrej said...

I'm game for some new blood if you are willing to put in the extra work. After all, all three of the current players were "the new guy" at one time or another. We've always been able to work through the times players have bailed and I trust completely your ability to manage the game, Alexis, so why not?

Andrej said...

Feel free to load up on feed Lukas, Sofia and Andrej are good until the next big market.

Ahmet said...

I'm all for it if it's not too much work for you, Alexis.

Alexis said...

The biggest part of the work is the actual creation process. The running is pretty much downhill.

Andrej said...

So is now a good time to break, while resting at the inn, to allow the new players to generate their characters?

Lukas said...

I am fine with adding a new person if you'd like. I am also fine with staying with the current group. I'm a little too easygoing for my own good generally.

20 days it is.

Alexis said...

No, we can move on. I have two weeks coming with Christmas. I'll do it during that time.

Lukas said...

Thank you for the prices Alexis.

I am ready to move on when my companions are.

Ahmet said...

Ready!

Andrej said...

Ready

Lukas said...

Then the party will travel to Bozen.

Lukas will keep an eye out to see what the local events are as they leave. Mainly out of curiosity.

Alexis said...

Sorry, I've been a little hung up.

I'll see if I can get up another ppost within the hour

Alexis said...

The next post is up.