Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Couple Hours to the Sea

The two sailors express curiosity at the head that Andrej fixes, and listen to as much story as the party wishes to tell.  Jacobo warmly slaps Maximillian on the back at one point, as you're walking back to the boat, saying, "You're looking somewhat the worse for wear there, my friend."

Enrico has noticed a hawk lazily circling in the sky, which seems odd for February, and remarks upon it to the others.  As you travel two or three miles, to where you can see the sea, the hawk disappears, then reappears from time to time.

The pine trees give way to wild olive groves again, on an easy slope where there are many loose blocks of stone, leading down to low cliffs above the sea, thirty or forty feet high.  Anders calls a halt when you come to a place where the shore of the sea is accessible, via a gulley that splits the cliff in half and shows a narrow, rocky beach running a hundred feet.  "We wait here," he says.

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Lukas said...

Lukas nods and takes to ensuring all the gear is on the mule properly for now. He will dismiss the spell once we're transferring to the ship as moving the mule just makes things more difficult.

Andrej said...

What does our Druid make of the hawk?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Maximillian would agree that it is unusual.

(OOC: I've worked up a complete list of the weapons I use in my world, that I've added to the wiki)

Maximillian said...

I join in the mirth, light-hearted during the descent. Too pleased with surviving to care too much about the hawk.

Maximillian said...

(ooc: In the first footnote, did you mean military pick instead of fork?)

Andrej said...

Andrej waits, but readies his shield and mace in the meantime.

Is there a tree Sophia could climb to get a better view of the area?

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: no, I did mean the fork. It may not look or work like a battle axe, but it needs two hands, does the same damage, is limited to hand-to-hand and breaks at the same rate - so statistically it is no different)

There are quite a number of olive trees, but they offer little more than ten to fifteen feet advantage.

Lukas said...

I offer my telescope if there is need of seeing far.

Lukas said...

(OOC: Hey Alexis, any chance you may implement a 'Greater Furnish' that can make a greater variety of things? Like ladders, workbenches, hand carts and so on? Maybe even a small horse cart without a horse?)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: That gets into the realm of spell research, Lukas, where players spend coin and research a spell of their design. You're welcome to begin pouring money into that, as soon as you build a laboratory, which will require a secure, permanent location)

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Please rest easy, Gentlemen ... and Lady," says Anders. "The ship will find us here. They know precisely where we are."

Maximillian said...

I'll do precisely that, letting my horse graze, and finding a comfortable spot to lay down, not too far from the party.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I am curious if everyone intends to do the same as Maximillian.

(OOC: I'm just going to BBQ for a bit; then later this afternoon I'm heading over to have drinks with a friend. Yesterday, afternoon and evening, I built the weather table from scratch, using ideas from the one I've been using for this campaign; I'm loving my vacation, getting so much done. If I do a bit less running, I'm still advancing the quality of the game, believe that. I'll check back into here for comments in a half hour or so)

Lukas said...

Lukas will relax, but first he will ask the gentlemen present about the captain's current mood.

He is curious as to whether he should step lightly or not upon the ship's arrival.

Andrej said...

(OOC: I believe it and no worries Alexis. This is your vacation, enjoy yourself.)

Andrej shrugs and unstraps his shield form his arm and stowing it with his gear, which is piled up close to where he allows his hobbled horse to graze. He keeps the mace handy, though, as he joins Maximillian. "Perhaps the hawk is somehow associated with the ship finding us?"

Sofia, however, stays vigilant and silently curses this complacency. She peers and paces about here and there for varied vantage points. Captain Salvatore is, after-all, slipping away from Zantos and there might the those out there wishing to do her or her allies harm.

Maximillian said...

"I don't recall a magic user on the ship, (ooc, unless I do...) so no, that's unlikely.

It's more likely a local spirit, curious at the sudden reshaping of local forces; or perhaps the land-owner who has engaged a mage to find us, and that is their familiar."

I say with utter lack of concern.

Lukas said...

Lukas, calculating as he is, is at ease regarding the ship, but continues to offer the telescope to Sofia.

(OOC: FYI, I totally love conjurers, necromancers and transmuters. I don't feel at all limited or put off by being a generalist, but their spells lend themselves towards my interests. Flexible spells allowing you to bring whatever you need to hand or mount advanced tactics using boosting of allies and minions and disposable reinforcements.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

"The hawk belongs to Maurice, the cook, and sends messages to him; I know not how. But they'll find us."

Anders adds, "The Bo'sun is in command, while the Captain sleeps it off. He'll not like any questions about the Captain, but apart from that his chief concern is having the ship finish repairs. I hear we plan to put into an Ottoman harbor, since Kythera, the next good port, is also Venetian."

Lukas said...

"Or perhaps a concerned druid of the island who was observing our actions at the hydra cave?" Lukas asks whistfully and hopefully. He is still sore about not being able to bask in heroism for once.

Maximillian said...

(OOC: Out of curiosity, can spells be taught to other wizards? If Lukas researched such a spell, would he be able to share it with some other wizard he met in the library? If he had enough money, could he in theory hire other wizards to research spells for him?)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Once he's created the spell, yes, he'd be able to teach it to others - this has to be how all the spells came into existence; people inventing them and spreading them around. Arguably, someone might have already done part of the research Lukas would need to do, and could be communicated with, even collaborated with, to make the process easier. A hard spell can take literally years to achieve - like any technology)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Steadily, the ship will hove into view. My new weather generator tells me the weather has not changed - in fact, it generated the exact same result for the same time of day that the old generator did (creepy). The ship has little trouble with the light breeze, and once it approaches close to shore, the long boat is put out and rowed to the shore to pick up the party. Both Hichem and Mareo are in the boat; Mareo warmly shakes Maximillian's hand, while Hichem embraces Lukas.

Maximillian said...

It is good to see you, friend. Just wait for the stories we'll tell!

hmm, I eye the boat, the horses, and the boat again. This is going to be difficult; best get started...

Alexis Smolensk said...

You can get horses into a long-boat ... but one at a time. Shipboard, they can be strapped under the belly and hoisted up into the hold.

But ... Anders produces a potion. "We thought this might be a problem."

He has the men on the boat and the party corral the horses into one end of the small beach, then gives them enough diminution potion to shrink each one to the size of a small dog.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: As you carry the animals out to the boat, I'm going to wish everyone farewell for the day. I'll pick this up tomorrow, where you'll be bound upon the sea for Koufonisia)

Andrej said...

Nice. Let's be off.

Andrej said...

Enjoy the rest of the day, all.

Lukas said...

Lukas ensures they do not use the potion on the mule and brings the mule as close as possible to the longboat for loading before unsummoning it.

Lukas returns the embrace with a grin. "I am glad you are in good health! I hope to share more than just tales, Once on the ship I wish to show you what is in these sacks..." Lukas gestures to the sacks with the heads.

Let us travel onwards... and hopefully I find something to do about salting these heads...

Maximillian said...

(Haha, that's hilarious, I love it. That saves us much work and risk.

Enjoy your evening.)

Lukas said...

(OOC: This research thing is putting points in the column of my first henchman being another mage... Right now I was between a meatshield, a roguish acquisitions type, possibly a ranger 'cause pets' or an apprentice/assistant mage)

Maximillian said...

So many choices!

Lukas said...

(OOC: I know! Fortunately I have like 2 levels to figure it out. Two mage levels...)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Two levels? Lukas, you are 4th level. You have less than 1 level to figure it out.

Lukas said...

That's strange, you'd think I'd have marked I'm level 4 on my character sheet. What the hell was I doing with this thing!?

Lukas said...

(OOC: I've almost got weight managed out again, but a few weights are hard to track down as they have never been given or don't show if they're not for sale...

Trident, Six Degrees of Ink, Tongs, Ring of Protection, Ring Box, Coral Owl, Goblet, Coral

After that I'm going to start repositioning where I keep things. Then I am going to murder my spells list with a blunt object.)

Maximillian said...

(OOC: I just happened to be looking at a market list.
Six Degrees of Ink clocks in at 10.2 lbs.

I can't help you with the rest...)

Lukas said...

(OOC: Thanks all mine were blank so far.)

Lukas said...

(OOC: Well, it's up, but I lost the info on my ring. I'll have to dig it up again. What a pain trying to get the excel info on the site... I think I have it now though.)

James C. said...

(OOC: Starting at noon ET, I'll be unavailable today)

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm going to be tied up for the next hour, so ... better call it for today then.

Today, I'm going to get up a complete equipment list, with all items and without prices, on the wiki ASAP. Hopefully that will keep the players somewhat busy.

Lukas said...

Since we have some time...

Hey guys, I was thinking about this last loot haul. If going forwards we will be doing a similar 'figure it out ourselves' loot situation, I think it might be a good idea to consider an order of operations.

What I mean to say is, that we have a prepared system for doing the looting so that Alexis and we know exactly what we're up to so it will hopefully go faster.

My proposal is this, I am definitely open to any other thoughts.

Point at which this starts: We are starting consideration of who to give loot to.

1. New post was a great idea we should keep that.

2. List of all the loot is posted. I believe Alexis is tracking this, so if the post had it in the body that would be awesome. If not, an edit from one of our replies would be great too.

3. Appraisal. Each player with present characters rolls their applicable knowledge, announces their skills and announces special actions and questions in a reply. Preferably one for Alexis sake.

4. Arranging looting tactics. Round robin, special rewards, order and whatnot decided.

5. Assignment of loot. I don't know how everyone felt about the listing of items in order of desire, but one single post per person that could be logically run through sounds like it would have saved us about 16 replies. Without the chaos of random posting I think it would have been extremely fast. If we do round robin again, I think it may be a great idea to start with that.

6. ?

7. Profit!

James C. said...

Lukas, I agree on all points and specifically I'm on board with the list idea. I also see as missing a set method for how to group coins & gems into lots... do we stick with a set value each time or try to generate a certain number of shares/ lots each time?

Maximillian said...

I think it's great.
I'd add one thing to it. As we saw this time, there were a few items vastly more interesting than the others. Perhaps we should have a separate process for the first pick.
I went first last time, so I shouldn't get the first pick for the next three loots. (Perhaps we should only count hauls of more than, say, 2000 gold for this system to keep someone wasting their first pick on a rusty dagger) After each player has selected one item, we would revert to what seemed appropriate for the combat; reverse exp order or whatever seems fair.

6-8 lots of coin seems like good balance.

James C. said...

Here's how I would handle 1st pick rights:

Max: 1
Lukas: 2
Andrej: 3
Ahmet: 4

above was this past looting, below are the next four:

Max: 4
Lukas: 1
Andrej: 2
Ahmet: 3


Max: 3
Lukas: 4
Andrej: 1
Ahmet: 2

Max: 2
Lukas: 3
Andrej: 4
Ahmet: 1

Max: 1
Lukas: 2
Andrej: 3
Ahmet: 4

Lukas said...

I like the idea of arranging the coin into lots. I also like the idea of attempting to arrange the gems into lots of a size approximate to the coin. If they are of possibly greater value then making them an individual item.

Lukas said...

I wouldn't be opposed to the 'first pick' being the opportunity for one person to take 1 item, then normal rotation to continue for simplicity sake. But I am fine with whatever you folks decide.

Maximillian said...

Either way.

I've made a note of the order, so I'll remember for next time.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Sorry to interrupt.

The complete list of equipment weights can be found here.

Lukas said...

Thank you very much Alexis this will be VERY handy! Especially since we keep finding all this stuff...

Alexis Smolensk said...

To facilitate the discussion, I've put up the next post. I'm sure Andrej will find time to comment on it later.