The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Exhausted, Then Awake
Feb 3, 1651, early afternoon
Weather: with cool temperatures and overcast conditions, with a light breeze
(There were some incorrect moon phase graphics; those have been fixed)
I doubt sincerely that it would take more than a few hours, after finding the treasure, to move it up and out of the cavern and secure it on horses. You may not have the necessary sacks, but we're talking no more than a hundred pounds worth of coins, which if necessary could be buried somewhere about (so suggests Tazio). Armor and other finds can be secured upon horses, which can be walked back to Zante if necessary.
Between searching the floor for treasure, the party will come up to the surface for food and to get war, where they will find it is full night. The men-at-arms have food cooking, bedrolls laid out, etcetera, but no one gets any sleep because your adrenaline simply won't let you. You're driven to poke through all the hydra's lair, even those areas of the large first cave for awhile before you're convinced the hydra killed no bodies there. Now and then you find sunk, waterlogged bones, of adults, signs of the other fighters who came there, but no children's bones; Andrej postulates the hydra ate them, perhaps because children's bones are softer and digestible. The party also finds a wad of rotted clothing that has been used to stuff between the cracks in one corner, for a foot high platform under the water where apparently the hydra sleeps. Much of the clothing is that sort which children would wear, but it is faded and of course ripped to pieces.
Once you get the material and the gear and what have you hauled out, filling bags as necessary and emptying them out as necessary, to let the people up top try to jury-rig pouches if necessary, the party, exhausted, crashes onto their bedrolls. They sleep fitfully and unwell for five hours, awaking only as their bodies cry out for more food.
I'm guessing you find a way to keep the coinage, then, but beyond what I've described, I make no assumptions about what the party does once it awakes and eats again.