Monday, January 14, 2013

Continued Captivity

December 4, 1650, Tuesday
Weather: with a frosty morning and chilly throughout the day; with a moderate breeze at dawn, light airs throughout the day.

Little has changed as another 16 days pass.  Snow falls all but five days, and the occasional day where there is a cold drizzle is far, far worse than the snow.  The temperature is chilly at best almost every day, and never better than brisk ... and every single night is frosty.

No ransom has arrived, but a large store of provisions has come today, the 4th.  The snow has deepened to about 10 inches throughout, and a great deal more above you ... and you might be thinking that the defile was not the only path up to the waterfall (though you don't know where another might be.  About 8 tons of goods, mostly flour, dried meat, potatoes and other staples are hoisted up from the bottom of the waterfall, along with clothing, chickens, goats and some timber for emergency shoring should it be needed.

Lazaro has been in a foul mood since the day before yesterday.  He has heard from his troop at the seige and more than half of them have been killed.  Lazaro was violently incensed by this, screaming at the messanger, destroying the interior of his house and throwing his woman Flora out - she is waiting in another hut while he broods alone.  He is unapproachable, and the other men warn the party to stay away - at a time like this, he could raise your ransom or any other hasty act, which he would surely regret afterwards ... but his pride would force him to keep his word.

No new information is available, except that the weather is making the wait increasingly harder and less pleasant.  The stream has frozen, with perhaps an inch of ice which wouldn't be yet  very reliable to walk on.  This is a taking stock moment, for the party to consider if there's anything they might do.

You've been in captivity 34 days.

17 comments:

Lukas said...

Aside from staying out of the way, I have no plans.

Ahmet said...

If Ahmet is still sparring regularly with Abantes, he asks (gently) about the Duke of Urbino and the Spanish forces besieging him.

Maximillian said...

Surely if the waterfall froze, that would make the defile impassable to all but the most experienced of climbers. I am curious if they make any motions to keep that route open for the winter, such as diverting the stream.

I am beginning to suspect that any other entrance may be magically hidden.

I have considered our predicament, and there are several challenges to any escape: First and foremost, we are outnumbered and outmatched by well trained guards. Second, If we were to escape, we would be without supplies, horses, in the mountains with winter upon us. Lastly, without transportation, we would be easily tracked and caught, so our retrieval would seem inevitable.

Maximillian said...

That said, I have the framework of a plan in mind, albeit one with the key pieces missing. Suppose we were able to trick our host into thinking we had escaped via the waterfall. He would surely gather his forces and follow. We could then restart the waterfall, and perhaps have a better negotiating position? This would require the ability to make a preplanned disturbance, and for us all (except the monk) to "dissappear" during the confusion. Meanwhile, sofia would have to successfully make it to the waterfall mechanism undiscovered and successfully divert it, so that guards, discovering the missing prisoners would think we had gone that way. Ah well, unless someone else sees a simpler plan, I think it best to not attempt one so doomed to failure, unless we become desperate.

Maximillian said...

Ah well, my desperation is not for another month.

Lukas said...

My concern is the fact there are over 60 people and it only took about 12 to neutralize us. I don't think he'll take all of them for sure.

Maximillian said...

yea, one of many potential holes.

Maximillian said...

Assuming no one else has any bright ideas or schemes they want to try/discuss, I'm fine to move ahead again. I guess I'll observe the hibernation habits of the local fauna, and the dormancy of the vegetation.

Lukas said...

I will continue teaching andrej as able.

Alexis said...

The waterfall is frozen, and at this point so is the mechanism. The goods are being pulled up by hoist, and thus the only way down at this moment would be that.

When I said another way, I meant to the bottom of the waterfall. I suspect Maximillian was referring to some place within the meadow.

The guards seem less concerned about tracking the party ... but there seems less and less point in casting any given spell, even sleep ... as it would be unlikely to sleep both Lazaro and his son, and the others in the village, and the party still has no weapons. So far as they know, ALL their weapons, including the mace Andrej traded for - have gone completely out of sight, and may be buried or even moved out of the area.

I think it can be understood that Andrej is not permitted to wander about with the mace.

Abantes knows nothing in particular about the situation in Urbino, except that it has gone bad. Lazaro is mostly angry that good men have been thrown away to no purpose - it will be heard later that he gives quite a large sum of gold to the families of these bandits.

Andrej said...

Andrej will continue learning. Sofia will continue snooping about.

How about we not advance beyond 60 days of captivity?

Alexis said...

I wish to maintain as much tension as I am able.

Are we ready to move forward?

Ahmet said...

Ready!

Maximillian said...

agreed.

Lukas said...

Yes let us proceed.

Andrej said...

Let's do it.

Alexis said...

The next post is up.