Friday, February 22, 2013

Zante

February 1, 1651, morning
Weather:  with brisk temperatures and overcast conditions, with a gentle breeze.

Once again beating your way against the wind, it yet takes all day and another night before the ship can round Zakynthos towards Zante.  The Petrel pulls into the harbor at 10 a.m., and it is almost noon before the bustle of vessels allows a space for the ship to find its way to a public dock.

(I've been hurrying ... the island of Ithaca is actually Cephalonia.  I have to go back into the back two posts and fix that!).

Zante is very much like a high minded Italian city transported to an island that looks remarkably idyllic.  There are green palm trees, foliage - some of which has leaves that have turned red with the winter, but still retaining them - and a thick, salty atmosphere.  The people are lightly dressed, cosmopolitan, and the streets are washed clean in a way that no Italian city could be.  It causes Mareo to wonder to Maximillian, "Do the people shit here?"

Quite a number of women are passing who are dressed in Turkish yashmaks and arabic dress, and the city is full of Berbers, Maltans, Sicilians, Turks, Greeks and Cypriots, and even some Spaniards and Russians.

I'll put up a trade table for Zante in just a few minutes, right after I go back and fix a few details about the previous two posts.  I'll skip adding a map connecting the ship's last location with Zante.




76 comments:

Alexis Smolensk said...

Everybody's busy, so I guess that's great. Maximillian, you never answered my question about the book.

You can find the Zante market on the wiki, here.

Let me know if there's anything else people need. We can presume that Maximillian's horses don't starve long enough for it to be a real problem.

Ahmet said...

I'm here!

Ahmet said...

How long are we planning on staying here, and how long would the journey be to our next destination?

Alexis Smolensk said...

The captain plans to stay three days, taking aboard supplies and having some mending done on the sails.

Andrej said...

Andrej gives the men their leave of the town, with orders to return to the ship the evening before we set off.

He and Sofia replenish our stores of feed and food for the men (sheets updated) then find an inn. A nice bed will be pleasant for a day or two.

Ahmet said...

How many days are we expected to be at sea until our next destination?

Maximillian said...

(Hey, sorry for disappearing suddenly; I got swamped, but in a good way.

Heh, Alexis, I considered taking a picture of the book in it's packaging, I guess I should have; The book looks good, I don't notice the fonts as much as I thought I would looking at the cover you posted. It's funny, I can't remember the last time I bought a new paperback; the used book market is thriving here. I am not used to the look. Sorry, I don't have any useful feedback...)

As for the horses, yeah, my mistake for not noticing sooner. It was just something that suddenly occurred to me, and then I didn't have time to deal with it. I will certainly check with the captain about the next two-legs of the journey. I figure we can't count on buying hay on the islands, so how long should we plan to lay over there? We probably can't even let the horses off for forage.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: All this provisioning is getting expensive. We need to find a fat ship to plunder, arr!)

Alexis Smolensk said...

If there's no hay in Zante, you'll have to make due with other foods. Treat turnips, potatoes and other vegetables at 10 times their weight - so that a 20 lb. bag of potatoes would be the equivalent of 200 lb. of hay. I'm not sure this is an accurate comparison, but we'll use it nevertheless.

Ahmet said...

I also see that beets, nuts, grains, and seaweed can also be used. Yum!

Oddbit said...

Hey guys, I should be back in the action tomorrow.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I dunno about you guys, but I'm getting seriously low on funds...)

Ahmet asks around if there's any maidens in need of rescuing or monsters in need of slaying (or vice versa).

James C. said...

(OOC: I'm OK on cash flow, but in debt up to my arse-hole to the church, so am open to any money-making activity.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm perfectly willing to examine the possibility of the party doing something to raise wealth. However, I roll no random encounters in Zante for the three days. Still, the Captain and her ship are on your 'dime' (within reason - she isn't making any plunder sitting in harbor in Zante, either).

If there's something anyone can suggest.

For my part I will throw in this. The island that Zante is on, Zakynthos ... if the party looks carefully at the map, they will note that it straddles four different hexes. Those hexes have elevations of 554, 544, 1833 and 1807. Zante is in the bottom right, in 554. It is quite densely populated in that corner.

However, the mountains to the west of the island, where the high country is, has far fewer people, particularly the northwest corner of the island. Despite there being some 28,000 people on Zakinthos, most of those are on the east side of the island.

The west side is fairly wild.

Ahmet said...

Sounds like we can either try to convince the Captain to go on a plunder cruise, or head up to the mountains. Any preference?

I would lean toward the plunder cruise, as I'd be worried we'd be stuck in the mountains for more than the three days we've set aside. On the other hand, that would entail us becoming out and out pirates... which I'm not sure you guys are willing to do.

Thoughts?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Technically, and not to reveal to much, but you've been on a "plunder cruise" already for two weeks. The ocean tends to be an empty place, with a mere 1 in 12 chance of an encounter; so it can be a long time before having any special luck in the way you're asking. FYI.

Lukas said...

I'm all for either. Though I don't think they can stock the ship with goods and perform repairs if it is not at the town...

I'm looking into provisioning now.

Ahmet said...

Good point, Lukas.

Maximillian said...

There's plenty of hay here, but it's a bit more expensive than last time.
By my reckoning, we bought ~2600 lbs of hay last time. I didn't get an answer from Mme. Salvatore about how long she expects the next leg to run, but perhaps we should get a bit more this time, just in case.

My vote Re: whether to seek out gainful activities is thus: I don't think it wise to play at pirate in your own backyard, and this will soon be your own backyard. I need money as much as you do, but I can last (thanks to Sophia's loan) for a while longer.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I calculate the local cost of hay at 0.448 c.p. per pound, which isn't that much more than it was before. 7 g.p. (1344 c.p.) for 48,000 ounces, or 3,000 lbs.

Madam will agree to put in at Kythera, if Maximillian likes; that's a journey of 200 miles.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm about to enter a meeting which will tie me up until 4pm EST. General staff meeting.

Ahmet said...

OK. I agree that piracy isn't a good idea. Anyone for the mountains, or are we OK to wait?

If we're foregoing the mountains, I'm ready to buy provisions and head back to sea.

Ahmet buys a haystack (1.5 tons) for 7 g.p. That should feed his four horses (well, three, but Enrico's eats as much as two) for 39.5 days. He also buys 228 pounds horsefeed for 120 c.p.; that'll be enough to feed the three horses for 40 days as well.

He also buys 30 pounds of grapes for 6 g.p., 22 pounds of beans for 6 g.p., and 33 pounds of beets for 18 s.p.

Assuming they ate all the chickens, he buys nine hens and a rooster (but re-uses the old cages) for 48 c.p., and 20 pounds of chicken feed (assuming 2 pounds of feed per chicken per day) for 90 c.p.

Hopefully we got at least a handful of eggs each day during the last trip. If not, perhaps now a little wiser in the way of chickens, Ahmet haggles with the vendor in the hope of getting the best egg-layers.

Including our gear, that works out to 4,091 pounds, or about 2 tons.

James C. said...

I think hanging out in town 3 days and getting back out to sea (and potential plunder) soonest is the wisest course if money is the issue.

Maximillian said...

I'd like to suggest that as a group we buy another haystack, and equivalent grains. I think that would give us 19 days of food. (Obviously, we'd need to buy some off Ahmet. Calculation, in riding horse equivalent, is Ahmet: 4, Lukas: 6. Maximillian: 1, Andrej: 3.5=> 10.89 days/haystack)

Maximillian said...

I'm unclear how 10.89x2 = 19... I guess that should be 22

Ahmet said...

There's 8 haystacks (12 tons) in town, so there should be plenty of hay to go around.

Lukas said...

I have 1 riding horse. Why is there a 6?

I have sold my extra horse and my third horse is conjured therefore consumes no food unless it is summoned...

Maximillian said...

uh... correct. I thought you had 2, so no idea. updated calculation gives us 16.6 days.

James C. said...

Andrej and Sofia have one light war horse each.

Maximillian said...

Is a light warhorse 1.5 horses, or 1.25?

Ahmet said...

A light warhorse eats as much forage as a riding horse; a medium warhorse as much as one and a half; heavy as two.

This is only for forage. The supplemental is the same for all horses.

Ahmet said...

That's going by what's on the Market spreadsheet; what's in Horse Maintenance on the wiki is slightly different.

In forage, a horse eats 2.5% of their body weight per day. Light horses, war or riding, are defined as weighing 1,200 lb. Medium war horses weigh 1,500 lb. Heavy warhorses weigh 1,800 lb. A paladin's warhorse weighs 2,100 lb.

Thus, a light horse will eat in forage 30 lb. per day. A medium horse, 38 lb. per day. A heavy horse, 45 lb. per day. And a paladin's horse, 53 lb. per day.


That would make a medium 1.25, heavy 1.5, and a paladin's warhorse 1.75

Lukas said...

Yes, I sold one horse since I gained the ability to summon. This brought me down to one.

Lukas said...

I was thinking, we should go on the trip and talk to the captain about possibly sticking around while we stretch our legs and maraud a bit.

The crew might appreciate the down time, and the captain might be able to get some information on our route...

Andrej said...

If Maximilian also prefers stretching his legs (and what druid wouldn't?) Andrej and Sofia will give in to the majority wishes and accompany you all on the jaunt.

But other than the chance that we manufacture or stumble upon some adventure, if its gold you want & need I recommend that we be out upon the high seas soonest.

Maximillian said...

Yes, Maximillian has undoubtedly been feeling cooped up, and would happily view this new and interesting countryside. I think we should try to not stay longer than the captain intended, however.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Take the wiki on feeding horses as peer. The market page needs adjusting.

Alexis Smolensk said...

So, the next move is?

James C. said...

Andrej and Sofia prepare their horses for a ride and inform the captain that we'll be leaving town for a few days.

While we intend to return as per the captain's timeline, would she wait a few days should we be delayed?

If the captain agrees and all else being in order, Andrej awaits the direction of his friends.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet and Enrico also prepare for the journey.

I can leave Tazio and/or Carlito behind if we need someone to guard the gear (or tell us what happened when we come back and the ship is gone. "I tried to stop her, but...!")

Maximillian said...

I will ask mareo if I can borrow his horse, and if he would mind staying behind to see about provisions. If he does not object to staying behind, I will give him 12 gold and tell him to arrange for the purchasing and loading of a haystack and 2 20 lb bags of horse feed, and anything food he feels like eating while we're at sea.

Maximillian said...

(ooc: this format makes the will-habit hard to break...)

Maximillian said...

Actually, I just noticed that Andrej mentioned that he had "replenished his stores of feed" Did that include hay? If so will only need 600 lbs of hay, or 1/5 of a haystack.

Andrej said...

Yep, Andrej got his hay.

Maximillian said...

Ok, then updated instructions to Mareo: If he'll stay and see to provisions, he should spend three gold for us, and see 5 gold as back wages to spend as he wishes. (I'll give him 8 gold)

Alexis Smolensk said...

It's a D&D method ... but there's something dismissive in the manner in which the party prepares to go onto the island. No one says, "I walk up to the Captain and say ..."

But I understand. Like I said, it is habit, like Maximillian being unused to the active verb use. I'm going to overlook it, and presume that yes, you did go up to the captain, and you did tell her. She will answer, "I have no especial place to go, Father. Your island interests me; the seasonal weather is poor and there's little upon the water at any rate. I do not wish my men to grow too soft, but I'm prepared to wait until mid-Spring as it happens." She means March 21, as Spring in Europe is generally supposed to begin with the beginning of February.

Alexis Smolensk said...

None of the men-at-arms, Tazio, Carlito or Mareo have any objections to being left behind.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Maximillian, are you sure you want to leave behind Mareo? As I said, I can leave behind one or both of my NPCs.)

Maximillian said...

Alexis, should I assume Mareo's 5 gold will be spent in three days with the sailors, or should I add it to his character sheet?

Maximillian said...

(I actually didn't want to leave him behind, but I want to make sure we get provisioned, and I only have one horse.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Assume Mareo spent it. I blew his wisdom check.

Ahmet said...

(I can loan you Ahmet's second horse for Mareo, or we can proceed without him... whatever you prefer. I would suggest we leave Hichem behind as well.)

Lukas said...

I would REALLY like to streamline the party, Hichem included in the left behind. Maybe it's just jealousy of all your henchmen.

I will also be provisioning myself with some hay at some point today. Just got to figure out my maths later.

Alexis Smolensk said...

When you're ready, I'd like to know where you're heading for.

Maximillian said...

Ok I'm good, Mareo will stay. I suggest following whatever road leads more or less east, and follow ahmet's nose for danger.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Alexis, are you saying the party was being flippant in how we approached the captain or that we didn't approach the captain at all? Andrej did indeed check with the captain prior to your comment.)

Andrej said...

Andrej and Sofia are ready, taking their horses and those items not specified as being on the ship.

Lukas said...

"However, the mountains to the west of the island, where the high country is, has far fewer people, particularly the northwest corner of the island. Despite there being some 28,000 people on Zakinthos, most of those are on the east side of the island."

I would like to go hunt around in the wilds of the mountains. But if we want to people watch I guess we could do that too.

Alexis Smolensk said...

No, not flippant. I expressed that I felt the reason was from habit, not from intention. I'm only saying that when you interact with major characters in a roleplaying game, saying "I tell the captain that ..." and saying to the captain, "I'm telling you that ..." are two enormously different things, and bely a quality of immersion.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet and Enrico are ready. Enrico asks Tazio to accompany them aboard Ahmet's spare horse, and Carlito to remain with Hichem and Mareo to guard their cargo, load the provisions and hay, and so on.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Ah, I see. Noted.)

Andrej and Sofia are happy to take whatever direction the others decide, each looking forward to having firm ground underfoot.

Maximillian said...

Hah, sorry, I meant west!

Alexis Smolensk said...

At the moment I see a party standing on the dock, wind in their hair, equipment readied, weapons polished, chins raised in expectation and shoulders squared ...

And not moving at all.

When you're ready to declare a movement, gentlemen.

Maximillian said...

After you, gentlemen.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Okay, let me help.

The town of Zante is upon a beach called 'the Laganas,' which stretches for 40 miles in a great circle around the south end of the island ...

(more coming)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Above the beach, in a northwesterly direction, the island rises into mountains that are 2,000 ft. high. A softened plain follows along the east shore of the island, where there are barren orchards and open spaces of grassland for sheep.

So there are effectively three definite directions - towards the mountains; along the south beach; along the eastern plains.

Lukas said...

Lukas heads northwest.

He hopes the party follows.

He heads to the mountains.

He seeks adventure as far from civilized lands as possible.

James C. said...

Andrej and Sofia nudge their horses forward and fall into line behind Lukas.

Maximillian said...

Maxiomillian happily follows Lukas towards the Mtns.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet, Enrico, and Tazio follow, then eventually overtake the others so they're in the lead. Ahmet heads towards the mountains, with an eye toward anyone coming in the opposite direction to ask what lays ahead.

Lukas said...

Good, I didn't REALLY want to be in front. Either the druid or fighter make a much better lead.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Excellent. We'll set the date of departure for Feb 2.

Maximillian said...

I will happily take in the scenery.
(I had previously stated that every morning I cast Shilelagh on my club. I bring that up now, so that I can find time to do that if I've grown soft and forgot to do that this morning.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

I would prefer if you did state in advance, specifically, that you are casting Shillelagh. I'd also like to point out that if you put down your club, or drop it, that cuts the spell ... so casting it first thing in the morning and carrying it around until you go to sleep at night is somewhat of a difficulty.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.

Maximillian said...

(Ah, OK. We did discuss this somewhat previously, but you never quite made a ruling on whether the rewrite of the spell meant that it no longer needed to be cast at the start of combat. I will take this as that ruling. Anyway, that's why I brought it up now.)