Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Captain's Dinner

Jan 19, 1651, Monday evening
Weather:  with cool temperatures and a brief drizzle, with a light breeze

The ship catches a steady breeze, albeit not an especially strong one, and makes good time from Sunday afternoon until the present.  And although it has been drizzling rain all day, the weather is remarkably cool ... the party simply cannot resist the urge to take a walk around deck.  It is the warmest weather the party has experienced in months, and it is a relief.


As I said, the Captain has invited the party members - sans men-at-arms - to dine with her.  That would be Sofia, Enrico, Ahmet, Andrej, Lukas and Maximillian.  Could you please indicate who agrees to attend.

The meal is roast beef, boiled cabbage, cheese, bread loaf and Italian pesto, ladeled from a bowl in the middle of the table.

55 comments:

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I wish to express my concern that the party may be exhausted with the lack of combat. I don't wish to automatically create a ship for Madam to attack; like anything else, I feel that this needs to be rolled for, and I am, day by day. In many ways, some appreciate for no encounters is warranted ... but I know the party isn't getting any experience that way.

Incidentally, Maximillian did take three damage in a solitary fight and is entitled to 120 x.p.)

Maximillian said...

I will attend, and will clean myself up as best I can before doing so - don't want to smell like a horse at her table.

(I do look forward to a battle, but I don't want one to be conjured for that purpose; there's the combined factors of your principles being compromised, and "being careful what you wish for." I'd be more in favor of glossing over the middle part of the journey until something happens.)

Lukas said...

Lukas attends, and will use his cantrips to aid his preparation. (clean is immediately apparent, but there is freshen and shine on there too...)

(oOC: I have no problem with peacetime, but given we ARE aboard a pirate ship I would be disappointed if no proper pirate action occurred.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: While a nice, fat merchant ship would be nice, a mean, large Ottoman galley would not ... and a single day of calm matched with the galley would be one very sunk Petrel)

James C. said...

Andrej and Sofia both attend.

(OOC: current pace and activity is fine with me, though of course given several days of "no encounter" I'm all for moving things along with some stated daily routines and not dwelling on them)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: In due course; I'm more comfortable with the ship movement at this point, and though I dearly want to update my climate tables, incorporate wilderness damage effects and upgrade the Greece map - which is still pre-new layout, I'm ready to move this along to the next port or encounter ... AFTER taking the opportunity for this exchange)

Presuming that Ahmet and Enrico agree to sit in as well, the Captain will allow the party to partake of the food, which is excellent, and will ask what is the circumstance with your first destination, in Koufonisia.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet and Enrico do indeed attend.

Andrej said...

Andrej looks to Lukas and Ahmet, as if to ask "any problem explaining our business to the captain?"

Lukas said...

I don't see any problem with sharing any business as long as the primary party of the business does the sharing.

I highly recommend not making us look like good targets for shoving overboard and stealing our stuff, but let's be honest. They could have done that already.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The Captain will notice Lukas' discomfort at the table (no actual words being spoken, of course) and she will say to him, "Tell me, Lukas - do you fear for your life aboard my ship?"

Lukas said...

"Captain, this is your world while I am on the deck of your ship. I live at your hospitality and am aware of it.

Furthermore, this entire ship is at the whims of the weather and that of the many other dangers out there.

Should it seem that I would rather step with a light foot than march across the deck like it is my own is my respecting this authority.

Is it a constant state of fear? No. Do I limit my actions to ensure I do not draw your ill will or tempt any natures I am not aware of? Yes."

Ahmet said...

Enrico gorges on pesto while Ahmet samples the roast beef.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Naturally, and well said," the Captain answers Lukas. "I thought you might be concerned, however, that we were all pirates."

To Ahmet she'll say, "Eat all you can, friend Turk. There's more ready to be served in the kitchen."

Andrej said...

Andrej also eats heartily of the roast and pesto. Sofia politely takes food upon her plate but does not eat it, rather shuffling it around here and there.

Andrej explains our interests in Kofunisia. That we are recently made landlords as a result of the campaign with Hornung and we wish to survey our property.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"I had asked before leaving Fiume," says Madam. "I understand there is no port there [Koufonisia], or any services at all. Do you intend to fortify, or expand it?"

Maximillian said...

I also partake heartily, although not gluttonously, thankful for fare a good deal better than what we've been eating.

Lukas said...

(OOC: I have it copy pastad since it was a long one. I'm sure I can reinspire you by putting it down again. I really was interested in the response.)

"Captain, I am a marauder as much as you are a pirate.

I have stormed a castle and shared in the loot. I have defeated enemies and taken their wealth. I have killed for profit and power.

If I were to begrudge another for doing the same, what kind of person am I? Aside from jealousy of coarse.

We all have our reasons and our rationale for why we have done these things.

I could tell you the castle was owned by a corrupt clergyman, or that the creatures were lizard men under the command of a nefarious overlord.

Then you could equally counter with your own reasons.

My actions are to prevent you from collecting your own reasons."

Lukas pauses for a moment and jests.

"I trust you are not concerned about bringing our ilk on board?"

Lukas is eating, ensuring he at least samples some of everything, but having the opportunity to converse with someone new (and interesting) does steal most of his attention.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"You don't concern me, you interest me. My dear scholar, I have 29 men aboard this ship who would think nothing of ‘collecting’ from you or I or anyone else within their grasp. What keeps them from doing so at a moment’s notice is self-interest. We sit and eat this fine roast, while below they do with mutton or less … and why? Why do they not hammer on the door and take their fill? Because while alive, they stand to gain more from me than a meal of beef.

“You’re not a concern, you’re an opportunity. I have less to gain from you and your friends, Herr Lukas, in the immediate than I may gain in the abstract. Taking you safely to your destination is as much in my interest as it is in yours. This is why I asked you to dine.”

Lukas said...

"I anticipate the benefits will depend on actions in the future.

I anticipate that said benefits would be great should we provide advantageous sea haven to a particular capable captain?

I would agree. The sea infrastructure in the area is extremely important and will help define the future of Koufonisia. Of coarse in addition to the access, we will need a reason to stop.

Depending on exploitable resources there may be more or less reason to even have a port. Perhaps there would be no reason to stop there but good Ahmet's fine company."

Lukas nods, "And fine company too, has he told you about his cousin?"

Andrej said...

Andrej and Sofia remain silent. Andrej, because he listens intently and Lukas is handling things rtaher nicely. Sofia, because she is trying to listen to everything else going on... the lapping of the waves and wind, the sounds of the crew below, etc...

Maximillian said...

Maximillian remains silent as well, because he has nothing to add.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet isn't exactly sure what point Lukas is trying to make, so he just keeps eating.

Enrico pipes up. "Captain, do you think we'll have a chance to -- er, defend ourselves from some other ship?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

The Captain tilts her head at Lukas, looks oddly at him, then turns to Ahmet and says, "Does he mean that you'll build a port in Koufonisia or no?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

In answer to Ahmet's question, Madam will say, "I'm certain that for the present we'll be unlikely to meet any ship. Given the season, most traffic will be heading south, along with us, at least until we round the cape of the Peloponnese. The shipping lanes may allow more diversions for you."

Lukas said...

"I'm saying that if there are no resources on the island to bring ships to a port, there is little point to make a port.

If you want a port for repairs, you need wood and hemp and all those things which you, good captain know more about than myself.

If you want a port for trade, you need goods to sell or services that merchants appreciate, like lively markets and banks.

If you want a port for military purposes you need a military and for the site to be strategic.

The cost of maintaining a port for her captain's pleasure is an expensive prospect. And even YOU wouldn't stop at it if you couldn't buy or sell.

If you wished your own fortification to be maintained by your own funds, unfortunately we only have rights to the rent, not the land.

If we are to take proper process to build a port, we would need to recoup the costs of maintaining it AND paying the true land owner for the rights."

Lukas said...

At least, that is how I understand it as a player.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Madam, the Captain, grins rather darkly at Lukas. "Sometimes, Herr Lukas, a fortified port that's rarely visited offers OTHER benefits."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet swallows and says, "I'm not sure, but I guess he means... maybe?"

Enrico (who asked the question earlier about other ships), nods to the captain's answer. "And what of krakens and sea-hags and sahuagin?" He doesn't seem worried -- rather, eager.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Ah," she says to Enrico, "Of those things I cannot be sure. I've not been in the Adriatic, nor the Mediterranean, before."

Lukas said...

"Captain, if said opportunity will pay for the maintenance costs, and offer returns enough to outweigh the initial investment I'm sure my companions and I would be glad to examine the possibility.

Especially if you could provide us with the specifications of the port and it's fortifications as best would work for your needs.

Obviously we must examine the coast of the island for a proper location and consider the costs of the investment.

Forgive me if I can give no definites. We have not visited the island or investigated it's coast for the possibility of an appropriate port."

Maximillian said...

(ooc: is Lukas right about your rights on the island? Here's the relevant quote:
"The document, when unrolled and read by Lukas, is the deed to the isles of Upper and Lower Koufonisi. Hornung is quick to point out that this land does not confer any title" I had thought that you could do as you wished on the island, as long as the lord of the greater area (who I think had been determined was a Venetian) got their share of the taxes.))

Lukas said...

(OOC: Yes, I thought we were merely tax depositories and not land owners as it were. If we can do whatever we want so long as the guy above us gets his cut I'm liking this a lot better.)

James C. said...

Indeed, its in the best interests of the person above to see the land developed.

Andrej said...

So I believe the captain has expressed an interest in seeing us develop Kofunisia as a friendly port and Lukas, speaking for the party, has said we're interested but we'll first have to survey our holdings there.

Right away I imagine the biggest issues will be a deep enough harbor and materials for building, each of which could be worked around given proper attention and motivation.

Do I have it about right?

Oddbit said...

Yes, I'm trying to avoid making promises under the assumption the captain would not be understanding of a lack of ability.

Andrej said...

I think it a wise move, Lukas.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Technically you ARE the land OWNERS, but not the governors of the island. The money you're collecting is not 'tax,' it is RENT.

Under any law, development of your land is up to you. You cannot change the laws, but you can incorporate upgrades.

As the Greeks proved, the biggest issue in having a port anywhere in the Aegean Sea is a fresh water supply. All the Greek Islands are surrounded by deep water, and the presence of people on Koufonisia proves the water supply. The only other practical restriction is wealth.

Lukas is right; there's no reason to believe that Koufonisia could conceivably produce enough of anything to justify the creation of a dock - but a military harbor is not dependent upon economic needs.

I cannot help but notice that none of you have tagged (unless I missed it) to Madam saying she's never been in the Mediterranean before.

Ahmet said...

Ah... so how did she get to Venice?

Enrico asks, "But you and your crew have fought many battles, yes? Tell us about the Petrel's latest victory!"

Lukas said...

I noted the fact. It did make me curious, but I'm paying attention to the concern at hand.

If she wishes to move in, whether or not she's been in the area before, I need to ensure she knows I am not opposed to helping her.

Maximillian said...

(I guess it didn't seem unusual to me. She was previously seen in the north sea, associated with pirates in the west-indies, right? And assisting one faction or another in power struggles in Great Britain? I found it more unusual that she was in the adriatic, than that she hadn't been there before.)

Maximillian said...

What flag is the ship flying?

Ahmet said...

(OOC: That was my thought, too -- not a big deal she hasn't been here before, since we last encountered her in the North Sea. But then how did she get here, if she's never sailed these waters before? Obviously by land... so is this a new ship? A new crew?)

James C. said...

(OOC: I noted it. She physically couldn't get here by her ship if she had not been through the Med. I perhaps made the mistake of dismissing it as the DM mis-speaking. assuming now it isn't either she cam overland and got crew and ship in the Adriatic or some magic was at work.)

Andrej asks the captiain to clarify her statement on having never been in the Med.

Lukas said...

My thoughts were it was a manner of speaking. As in this was the first or second time having been here and not having pursued many travels in the area.

My curiosity was why, if having 'just arrived', does she want to settle down? Maybe she's sweet on you Ahmet.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Madam declines to tell you anything about her past victories except that the events surrounding her husband's death were resolved - in Fiume, as it happened.

The ship is flying a flag of Holland, it so happens.

She would mean that the process of coming to Fiume would be her first voyage into the Mediterranean - I meant that to be clear.

"I set out for Fiume in pursuit of another," she explains to Andrej. "We had some difficulty coming through the Strait of Gibraltar, which I would not wish to repeat. I think I can safely speak for my men when I say we might prefer a warmer climate for a time, and as we have no definite home port, we would wish to seek one out."

Andrej said...

"I hope the resolution in Fiume was to your satisfaction, Madame Salvadore. As far as friendly ports and warmer climes are concerned, let us be satisfied that for today and the foreseeable future we are friends with common goals. Let us also commit to discuss this again upon arriving in Kofunisia."

Maximillian said...

"Well said, Andrej. I would propose a toast, to new beginnings and a prosperous future, for I too am starting a new life with this voyage."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet asks, "Who were you looking for in Fiume, and did you find him?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

"The killer," Madam says abruptly.

She will drink to the toast, and agree that further determination will require being in sight of Koufonisia.

Shall we conclude? Does anyone have another question?

Lukas said...

I have satisfied my curiosity, for now.

Ahmet said...

"The killer of your husband?"

Andrej said...

No more from me.

Maximillian said...

Thank you for your hospitality.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Hey guys, I am sorry. I got snagged into a two-hour festival of marketing fun facts and I've only just gotten free. I've got maintenance to do and I'm afraid the day is shot. I'll work out travel distance with the next post, which we'll get up tomorrow)

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.