Thursday, February 14, 2013

Madam's Cabin

Same time, same weather.

Andrej, who seems to be the only one willing, is taken into the Captain's cabin.  She seems in a much worse condition than the crew - which she is handling by holding onto a fury that Andrej can clearly see she has under control.

The body has been moved onto a table, and draped with an expensive woollen blanket.  There is a slight metallic odor in the air that is unpleasant.  The ship's creaking is lessened here, but there is a distinct sway to the ship that gives a sense of the speed at which it's moving along.

The Captain's cabin is austere; Madam seems to take some pleasure in preening herself, as her clothes are of high quality leather and trimmed with silks, dyed rich colors and sporting a number of small pieces of jewelry, upon her hat, her scabbard, her ears and her throat.  But the cabin itself is that of a monk.  The bed is hard, little more than a two inch mattress of compressed feathers on a wooden palette.  The table in the room would be more suited to a peasant's hut.  There are no pictures, no signs of any luxurious possessions, not even anything better than an earthenware chamberpot placed obviously next to her bedstead.  A large square featureless desk without drawers is covered with maps and instruments, but they are the most noteworthy thing in the room.

She will begin, her tone tight and impatient.  "I understand you have the power to restore this crewmember."

24 comments:

Ahmet said...

Ahmet, belowdecks with his chickens, knows nothing of Andrej's offer to restore the crewman nor his visit to the Captain's cabin.

But he would take some solace in his knowledge that Catholic priests must remain celibate.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Though they so rarely do ... RE: The Decameron)

Andrej said...

"I have a scroll that can return a dead man from Death's door, the power is not my own... but time isa factor, I cannot be sure of the spell's potency."

(OOC: Andrej is pure as the driven snow)

Alexis said...

She will gesture dismissively at the body. "Well, there you are, go right ahead."

But as Andrej might move to do so, she will add, "If you wish to condemn him to exile."

Andrej said...

"Let me speak plainly. I do not wish to subvert your authority, and I probably spoke out of turn. I feel my group is partially responsible for this man's death and sought to make amends. I can turn around now and we can forget this, if you prefer it that way."

Alexis said...

She will move and lean her straightened arm against a post in the cabin and look at Andrej hard. "If you bring him to life, I will have no choice but to put to port and set that man ashore. I do not forsake him a life, should you wish to give it back to him. But I cannot grant him life aboard this ship. He has shamed himself in front of the crew, and has thrown off that shame by the act of enduring his punishment without a show of emotion. He is better for it. The crew are better for it. Bring him back, and you condemn that man to exile from this crew and exile from his own pride. But do as you will, Priest."

She will start towards the door of the cabin to exit, then will stop. "I thought you people believed in an afterlife."

Then she will go out, close the door, and leave Andrej alone with the body.

Andrej said...

Andrej thinks on that a moment, then uncovers the body to take action.

Andrej said...

After performing last rites, Andrej covers the body again and packs away the Death's Door scroll for future use. He then leaves the cabin, finding some dark corner of the ship where he can be alone.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Kinda got you between the eyes with that one, didn't I?)

Andrej said...

(OOC: A little bit, yeah :) )

Alexis said...

(OOC: Can I just say; there are so many opportunities for people to grow, as actual people, through experience in this game, it cannot be fathomed)

Alexis Smolensk said...

So, here's what I see happening next.

I have to work out the next day and a half of travel, winds, etc. I have to roll an encounter - true to my sandbox policy, while I'd love to give a ship to the party for plundering, I can't just 'cause I want to. I have to roll to see if anything is out there.

Finally, the Captain will give word on Sunday evening that she wishes her guests to attend dinner with her on Monday. She's hoping all of you will come.

Beyond that, I'm not going to put up a post today. I need to put my energy into designing a book cover and doing the text layout today. I mean to have this thing available and on line today, though I haven't yet received the art from the photographer. He keeps sending it and my email keeps rejecting.

Sigh. It's a publishing deadline. They're always like this.

James C. said...

Do what you gotta do, Alexis, it's all good.

In the interim Andrej seeks out Lukas for reading instruction but does not speak on the matter of seaman Praest unless pressed.

Sofia continues to train and carouse with the soldiers.

Ahmet said...

Enrico also seeks out Lukas for reading instruction -- once again taking pains to do so in secret.

Lukas said...

Lukas will teach. He will not make any comments, and whenever possible he will have Enrico hold supplies for demonstration.

That way if Ahmet comes by Lukas will say he needed help holding said supply up for extended durations.

Lukas said...

Also, Lukas will definitely attend the dinner, should Ahmet not threaten him out of it.

Maximillian said...

I think that the horses will be thoroughly taken care of after about 4 hours, and Maximillian will be feeling better, so he does not hide out longer.
He continues his previous habit of observing in fascination all the goings on of the ship, and the world passing by.
I don't think a ship staffed for possible fighting would be short-handed at the loss of a single crewman, but should it appear there's tasks left undone, I'd like to know if any of my companions have an opinion about the wisdom of offering my services until the man can be replaced.

Lukas said...

I'm guessing it would lead to a lot of bumbling and criticism of you in the near future.

I predict a chance of being rejected. But I am uncertain of any particular hazards otherwise if you are polite, humble and most importantly private about the offer.

Give the captain a chance to spin the situation as is best for them.

Maximillian said...

I was actually thinking I'd approach the bos'n, not the captain, as I think the captain's usually above the process of hiring and setting menial assignments. I have no skills, so I'm sure I'd replace the lowest cabin-boy or cook's helper, who would in turn go skipping up the rigging.

But making the offer in private is a good point.

Lukas said...

Also, I expect you wont have time for your regular activities, will probably be treated like the rest of the crew with many privileges guests are offered being taken away.

James C. said...

I'm ready to move forward.

Maximillian said...

I'm ready to move forward as well. I'm not going to pursue employment on the ship for now.

Alexis Smolensk said...

As far as the game goes, so am I.

Today is a holiday where I am. I plan to use it to make an e-book version of Pete's Garage, as well as finish with some house projects. It would be a good idea for me to get up the next post today, however, as it is usually a bunch of work and I know when I go into the wagehouse tomorrow, after the weekend, there's going to be a pile of labor waiting for me.

I published a book!

But it has messed up my schedule. A little more patience, please.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.