Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Week of Progress



Feb 15, 1651, Monday afternoon

With overcast skies and brisk temperatures, a gentle breeze coming from the southeast (Khamsin winds from Egypt)

The morning after, the 10th, the wind again turns calm, disturbingly so, leaving the sea flat and undisturbed, the temperatures cool. There's little to do but to polish the brightwork, repair the sails, bring down the poor ropes and replace them, and do such repairs as the ship can do at sea. Maximillian finds time to speak with Maurice, who is generous if a bit touchy about food, and appreciates Maximillian who seems undisturbed by the hawk sitting upon the a perch above the pantry. The two of them begin to become friends; Mareo makes a comment about it, suggests Maximillian will get fat on too much honey and bread ... but it tastes delicious.

The 11th turns promising, with a good steady Sirocco from the south that catches the beam - the Petrel makes good time and the Captain slowly brings the ship around east by northeast, swinging past the south of Kythera (just barely visible on the horizon to the north, seen only when its pointed out to the party). The crew works in good spirits, and though Maximillian and the rest come into contact with Anders and Jacobo, the matter seems to be closed - they make no comments, no suggestions, and their smiles seem sincere and the matter closed.

On the 12, the wind swings around to the NE, and though it remains gentle, the direction requires the ship be close-hauled into the wind, tacking back and forth, and everyone is quickly exhausted. The work is doubled, it is explained to Ahmet by a fellow in the mess, because the foremast is weakened and must be handled carefully.

The Boatswain explains to Andrej and Lukas on deck the evening of the 12th that if the wind stays like this, or gives up again, the Captain will turn south to the Ottoman Port of Hanya in Crete, something like 40 miles southeast of your position. It so happens that the 13th begins with rain after midnight, quite a lot of it and steady, without much wind - just a honest continual downpour in a light wind. There's no change in the direction of it and the Captain announces with the dawn, as the rain quits, that yes, the ship will turn for Hanya.

For the rest of that day the Petrel makes good time, but on the 14th the wind seems to come from all directions at once, then reduces to almost nothing. As the sun rises, Crete can be seen in the distant west, but the desired direction is south. The Captain orders the hold cleaned out, water pumped and carried over the side, and the horses fed on yams - which the ship has 400 lbs. of - if need be. Slowly, agonizingly, the ship limps along.

The wind picks a direction on the 15th, from the southeast, the direction you seek to go, and so all through the last of the night and the morning the ship fights to get to port. Finally it comes into view around noon, at by the first bell in the afternoon the Petrel pulls into the great harbor of Crete.



Hanya is a low, flat port with buildings that extend out over the water, surrounded by docks and boardwalks that extend out into the sea.  To all appearances it is a very European looking city ... the Turks only seized it six years ago, and there is not even a mosque to be seen.  The front of the town goes on a long way, and rises up into the hills behind the frontages of three and four story apartments - there are nearly two thousand buildings that make up Hanya.

Not long after bellying up to port, however, Ahmet recognizes the call the prayers, and a hundred or so moslems in sight - among three times as many locals - draw out their prayer rugs and proceed to pray.  It's a very strange sight for Lukas and Maximillian, while Andrej has seen only four or five people do it at one time - never a hundred, and never in such a setting.

The Captain announces that she plans to be in town 4 days, and suggests the party refrain from Adventuring.  She says she has no plans to leave the ship at all, and instructs the Boatswain to procure supplies.

I will get up a market list for Hanya which I will post on the Wiki in a short while.

Hanya, looking along the west point from the
main harbour.

81 comments:

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Blogger is being an incredible pain in the ass, not editing or formatting correctly, not properly loading up pictures, not working almost entirely in composition mode ... frustrating as all get out)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Please let me know if This File doesn't work. Should be the Hanya Market.

Maximillian said...

It looks fine.

Shall we buy supplies as a party now that we have funds again? or should we stick to individual purchases for now?

Maximillian said...

Damn, the one thing I wanted is unavailable...

Lukas said...

Well... pork you know... I mean...

I think we need to supply up, right now I am thinking individually purchased, but I have no problem wandering the streets with you.

Lukas said...

I get the suspicion clothing has been expanded...

Ahmet said...

Do we want to sell some of our booty, or are we saving it for the colonists?

Maximillian said...

I think Mareo plans to sell his extra armors, and I'll have my mantlet appraised, but I'm not certain I'll sell it. I will post my actions in a bit, but at the moment I'm hung up trying to get a bug fix out.

Lukas said...

I start by going through the list and seeing what I want... Then verify that against what I need. Then I think I'll see how my money needs are after that.

Maximillian said...

OK, Lukas, If you would be so kind as to cast polish on Mareo's suit of plate, I would appreciate it. If Mareo objects, I tell him to not be silly and that he can split his profits with the mage if it makes him feel better.

Lukas said...

Right now, assuming 11 days total have passed, I offered 3 polishes to each of you.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet used his three Polishes on 1) the short sword with amber stones, 2) the engraved helmet, and 3) the plate mail.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Yes, six more days since the last post. Are you going to roll a d3 for those polishes, Lukas?

James C. said...

Who rolls percentile on the polish? Andrej and Sofia will make use of two... one upon the glaive and the other upon the war hammer, each taken from Boroge's cave.

In the meantime I'll be perusing the market list. Let's supply ourselves individually... with all of the henchman and such it's just too much to ask one person to manage and now we've each got means enough I think to see to our needs.

I notice neither of our desired books are available, Lukas. Perhaps in Constantinople...

The afternoon will be touch and go for me in about 30 minutes. I'll check in as I can.

Lukas said...

Andrej
3
1
2

Ahmet
3
3
2

Max
2
2
2

Those are raw die rolls, multiply by 10% for profit.

According to my list I think we only need one book. Oh and Alexis, I noticed I don't have any weight for the Book of Gnomish Ire. Apparently it had confused me into not listing it in my inventory.

(OOC: Timbuktu? ;) )

Maximillian said...

Thank you Lukas. I'd also like the chain mantlet to be polished. Unless Mareo will accept the third polish for his scale mail or helmet, I don't have any use for it.

Andrej, I'd like to leave 500 gold pieces in your chest, if that's OK with you.

Now, if there is time to spend a couple of hours shopping, I'll head into town, otherwise we'll go first thing in the morning.
We are not wearing our armor, and I do not wear my bearskin although I have my club and Mareo wears his his axe.

With Mareo and his horse, we make our way into the market:
First to the Leather worker where I buy two dagger scabbards, a backpack and a money belt while Mareo waits with the horse.

I give the money belt to Mareo and suggest that he put his coin in it and wear it under his shirt before someone cuts his purse.

Next, we seek out the armorer, Again, with Mareo waiting outside, I enter and offer his suit of leather armor, and his suit of plate mail for sale.

I also ask for the mantlet to be appraised, and if the armorer would be interested in purchasing it. Returning outside, I hand Mareo the proceeds.

Next, we go to the weaponsmith where I buy a dagger and a silver-plated dagger.

Finally, I tell Mareo to return to the ship with the horse, and I go to the Apothecary's and spend a good hour perusing his wares with interest, asking questions occasionally, but not enough to be a bother. I'll buy two healing salves for now.

Maximillian said...

OK, the plate mail when offered is at 30% quality. The chain mantlet is also 20% better than it was before.

Lukas said...

One of my stops will be attempting to visit the book store. Looking for anything Civitas related. Especially architecturally related.

James C. said...

Would a burka have been worn in this time and place?

Sofia is going clothes shopping, covering all of her bases. I know monks aren't trained in disguise however I see her role very much as one of infiltrator when needed and want to array her appropriately.

So far she's purchased:

desert robes
silk bodice
woolen bodice
silk dress
woolen dress
woolen kirtle
silk doublet
4 tailored silk kerchief's
silk chemise
court shoes

Do I need seperate skirts for use with the doublets and bocices? Can anybody else make heads or tails out of women's clothes? What about slippers and such other more delicate footwear.

Quit laughing, Butch.

Alexis Smolensk said...

For the record, if I did not give a percentage next to the object when it was given to the party, then it can be polished but that won't increase its value - it is considered to be 100%.

The price for basic items, like the plate mail, weapons, etc., can be found on the list IF ANYONE WANTS TO BUY THEM. For example, next to plate mail I see (in the green column), no. wanted 1, price 225 g.p.

So ... that would be 1 per original possessor (no fair giving one to your henchman to sell), at 225 x final percentage of the object.

Hope that's simple enough ... will save time on asking me.

Regarding those more expensive items, I will give you an offered price if you ask.

Alexis Smolensk said...

There is a 5% sales tax on any pieces of jewelry/items of interest that you sell.

Maximillian said...

So, Mareo's inventory updated to reflect sale of his leather armor at 4 gp and his platemail at .3*225 = 67gp, 8 sp

I do want a price for the mantlet please.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The armorer offers you 603 g.p. for the mantlet, with a sales tax of 30 g.p., 2 s.p. and 4 c.p., which must be paid in advance (not out of the sale) before he will buy it from you.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ye Olde Bookshop prices can be found at the printer. I see common, rare and unusual books for sale.

For those subjects requested, you'll find:

Common Books: "Building a House in Crete" and "Code of Laws in Hanya"

Unusual Books: "Great Knossos" and "The Indencency of Appropriating Dress of the Improper Gender in Public Spaces"

Rare Books: "Catastrophe of Fire" by R. Hagese; and "Tales of Thera" by Santori Michelakakis"

Alexis Smolensk said...

No, the Burka was not Mediterranean dress, but specifically Arabic and very desert oriented.

There's no trouble finding European style clothing; Turkic style, a little harder - so the desert wear is Turkic, not Arabic.

Yes, the doublets and bodices do not include skirts. A bodice is like a soft corset that ties in place. A doublet is a short sleeved jacket that fits the front like a vest; the first is for women, the second is for men.

Lukas said...

Not going to lie, I'd like some advice. What container would be best for salting my very smelly heads?

Ahmet said...

Ahmet looks for offers on the short sword with amber stones and the engraved helmet. Neither one had a quality %, so presumably they were 100% and therefore the polish was wasted. Sorry!

Lukas said...

Maybe you should have offered it post polish. All the blood and rust were why you were turned down.

Ahmet said...

Unless we want to eat yams for a couple weeks, we need to buy some food also...

Lukas said...

I'm buying one of each of those Alexis, thanks.

Alexis Smolensk said...

They won't smell that much once they are immersed in brine, Lukas; but you don't want them tipping over or damaged, so I would recommend a barrel; I would estimate you can probably fit two heads in a keg, so two kegs - that you can hammer a lid closed upon - should suffice; I see you can get two kegs at 19 s.p. each, or 38 s.p. all told. A barrel is part metal, which is clearly expensive here (42 g.p.), which would preclude it - unless you wanted to put something particularly heavy in it.

Lukas said...

Sold, thank you Alexis.

Alexis Smolensk said...

And sustenance for your horses, too. You can find a link on the wiki saying how much a horse eats - horseback riding under the player character index.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I'm also going to add that I love the effect this equipment table has on a party - takes awhile to completely feel you've done a good job with it)

Ahmet said...

Looking back, here's what Ahmet bought two weeks ago in Zante:

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.


So that was 40 days worth of hay and feed for the horses, 21 days of human food (for Ahmet, Enrico, Tazio, and Carlito, assuming 3 pounds of food per man per day), and 10 days of chicken feed. Since we were at sea for 14 days, I suppose we ate the chickens and hopefully a few eggs along the way.

So that would leave 25 days for the horses and 6 days for the humans, at least of Ahmet's little group.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Well, that was before the break, so I had forgotten. No worries.

Incidentally, there's some nice medieval like photography in this video here of the place you are, complete with a video shot of the pic I included in the post.

Maximillian said...

So, I'm not clear if the hay we purchased in Zante got loaded onboard the ship, or if it was left on the docks. I also purchased a haystack and 2 bags of horsefeed in Zante.

Groundnuts are basically peanuts?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Yes, "peanuts" are groundnuts. That is actually the more universal term.

Alexis Smolensk said...

And the hay is loaded; I'm dead certain that Ahmet paid the freight - could you check and see if you did, Maximillian?

Lukas said...

Side Note: One character could buy out all the horse feed for approximately 1.2 million gold.

That said, I'm coming up with an easy way to do all the math for my purchasing.

Maximillian said...

Yes, I did. I did the accounting when I rewrote my character sheet after the fight. Or rather I paid for the goods. Did you mean paid the captain for loading it on the ship?

Maximillian said...

Actually, I see that I changed that to 1/5th of a haystack (600 lbs), once we decided to purchase our stores individually.

Ahmet said...

Actually, I miscalculated how much humans eat. We had 13 days at 1 pound per man (rest) and one day at 3 pounds per man (combat), so that's 64 pounds of food consumed by Ahmet, Enrico, Tazio, and Carlito. That leaves 21 pounds of food, which would last five days at most (assuming no combat). Assuming some spoilage and midnight snacks by Enrico... we should replenish.

He gives what's left of his grapes, beans, and beets to Andrej to distribute to the poor. He buys 22.2 pounds of beans (6 g.p.), 18.8 pounds of groundnuts (16 s.p.), 29.9 pounds of grapes (8 g.p.), 22.2 pounds of onions (9 g.p.), and 26.7 pounds of potatoes (21 s.p.). That's 120 pounds of food, or enough for 30 days at rest, 15 days of work, or 10 days of combat. Plus we still have Andrej's spell to create loaves and fishes.

And of course he buys nine hens (36 c.p.) and a rooster (12 c.p.), and 20 pounds of chicken feed (20 c.p.). Hopefully he knows a little more about chicken husbandry these days and can pick out some champion egg layers.

Just to keep things interesting he'll buy an adult nanny goat (14 s.p.). Goat's milk for everyone! Assume a nanny goat eats, perhaps, half as much as a horse in terms of hay and feed?

Speaking of which, Ahmet buys another 1.5 ton haystack (7 g.p.) and another 228 pounds of horsefeed (120 c.p.). That covers the horses for 40 days, plus the 25 days I had left over, so we should have plenty to keep the horses (and goat) fed.

Lukas said...

I have 162 1lb Man Days of Person Food Left. (I got a lot of beans and the like.)

Note to self: Refer to lbs of food as man-days worth.

My horse however is in more dire straights. Can I assume I can buy half-haystacks? One light horse does not eat a haystacks worth of food in any reasonable amount of time.

Otherwise I have a plan and am buying many goods to assist in said plan. Muahahaha.

Alexis Smolensk said...

That's fine, Ahmet.

You can buy hay by the double-stone, or 32 lb. bales; that's the minimum size.

Yes, Maximillian, I meant payment for the shipping. You can find Freight listed under Trade & Equipment on the wiki.

Ahmet said...

We'll have to keep a watchful eye on the goat when she's around the sailors, and remember, Maximillian has that Speak with Animals spell to keep everyone honest.

(OOC: Which reminds me of a joke. A ventriloquist's car breaks down in the country and he walks to the nearest farm.

"If you can give me a ride, I'll talk to your animals for you," the ventriloquist says.

"The animals don't talk," the farmer scoffs.

So the ventriloquist looks at a cow. "Hey cow, how does the farmer treat you?"

The cow replies, "Oh, pretty good, except when he milks me in the morning his hands are too cold. I'd give more milk if he put on some gloves."

He looks at the farmer and says, "Now how about that ride?"

"Nonsense," the farmer says.

So the ventriloquist looks at the cat. "Hey cat, how's it going?"

"Not bad, except there are some rats building a nest in the hayloft. I've tried to catch them but the dog always chases me away from the barn. If the farmer kept the dog away, I could go after those rats."

The ventriloquist says, "Good enough?"

"Ridiculous," the farmer says.

So the ventriloquist turns to the sheep, but before the sheep can say anything the farmer shouts, "THAT SHEEP IS A GODDAMN LIAR!"

Maximillian said...

Ok, on the second day, I buy a gold worth of hay, another 20 lbs of horsefeed (lets say 400 lbs)
a sack of groundnuts, and a sack of wheat berries.

Sorry, I thought the freight was covered with the agreement, I will deduct for the freight from Zante, as well as the freight this time.

I then ask around in the market to find out what the local specialties are, and what's in season. It being the middle of February, if it's not a harvest time, I'll buy a sack of beets.

I'm still confused by the lack of salted meat or fish. Could I salt beef for later consumption in a keg as Lukas is doing with his heads, or do I need a skill to not risk a horrible death due to starvation or botulism? I understand it to not be as complicated as our modern sensibilities would suggest, but then I've never actually tried it...

Lukas said...

Selling the armor for 110g (% and sale value)

Going to get the Trident (No Value), Coral Own, Goblet and Coral appraised. I will request Ahmet come with me (or go with him) for this part at least. I likely wont sell them, as they are probably easier to move than the gold itself.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet joins Lukas as he's interested in the value of short sword with amber stones and the engraved great helmet.

Alexis Smolensk said...

You're confused by the lack of salt meat and fish because you think my world takes place in the 19th century.

Salt meat and fish is not what ordinary everyday people eat, ever. It is what the military eats, and when they want to have enough for the military, they buy fresh meat and they buy salt and they make it themselves. This is not the age of the ready-made product; it's around, but it's very rare and when you move away from the heavily industrialized North Sea basin, rarer still.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The lack of trident from the list is a glitch. It's 10 g.p. They'll buy 1

Lukas said...

A List of all the things I got.

chocolate
orange slices, glazed
peanut brittle
corkscrew, brass
scale, merchant's
sextant
kirschwasser
bolt, heavy, single 34
boots, beaver
salt 240
hatchet
cup, earthenware 2
belt pouch, small 2
gloves, soft
sack 4
saddle bags, large
myrrh
book, common 2
book, rare 2
book, unusual 2
robe, green silk
robes, desert wear
sash, woolen
turban, silk
fez
marsala 2
mavasia 2
dart, throwing 24
chest, large wooden 3
keg, hardwood 4
feed, horse 60
haystack 0.5
strawberries

The salt comes out to about 480 lbs
In retrospect that's a lot of salt. However, I don't want to do the math again, especially since the end gold came out almost perfectly to 1300g -1 copper for my end gold.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm looking at "coral own" and trying to figure out what that means.

He'll give you 513 g.p. for the coral owl, 135 g.p. for the gold goblet and 225 g.p. for the coral (both pieces of coral will draw the same price). I'll decline to calculate the 5% upfront cost until you choose to sell them.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Hold off buying the salt; I'm going to go look for a website and make sure I get an accurate figure.

Lukas said...

I don't blame you Alexis, thank you for the numbers.

Alexis Smolensk said...

ah, reverse it; 1 pound of salt for 8 pounds of meat, in a salt water solution. Sorry, memory is going with age.

Lukas said...

Heh, the mummification method of preservation. It sounded a bit odd, but I figured why not?

Lukas said...

One last thing. What's the common method for burning Myrrh? I think I need whatever vessel is appropriate. Preferably something classy.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I've looked around and there is no reliable 'tradition' I can find. But I do have a incense burners on the list.

Ahmet said...

Any luck on finding a buyer for the short sword with amber stones and/or the engraved great helmet?

Andrej said...

OK, refined Sofia's to buy list:

352 lbs. hay (~1 gp worth buying by the double stone)
desert robes (turkic)
golden yellow silk sash
dress, rich brown velvet
4 tailored silk kerchief's
1 pair court shoes
cowhide sack
1 healing salve
1 silvered dagger
i throwing knife (don't see this on the list, did you previously rule same cost as dagger?)

Andrej's:
352 lbs of hay
2 healing salves

will calculate freight costs for a week for now.

Alexis, Sofia would like to sell the medallion if she can (estimated 100-150 gp worth)

Andrej said...

Also buying some back-up food and horse feed and will just note that on char sheet. I'm ready to move forward when you guys are while I make adjustments

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ahmet, a buyer will give you 540 g.p. for the short sword with gems and 315 g.p. for the engraved helmet.

Lukas said...

Brass Censer it is.

I'm going to calculate my freight and then be ready to go.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm going to write a post; I may not get another part of the adventure up today until late this afternoon, so please take your time.

Presupposing that you happen to ask around, you learn that you're about 95 miles as the crow flies from Koufonisia.

Lukas said...

Hey Alexis, Lukas is going to be interested in if there are any reasonably pleasant nights when we get moving again onboard the ship.

Andrej said...

Alexis, Sofia would like to sell the gold medallion if she can (estimated 100-150 gp worth)

Maximillian said...

Lukas, I bought a healing salve for you to replace the one you used on me. My thanks, brother.

Lukas said...

NOOOO... Now I have to redo my inventory! But thank you Max.

Andrej said...

Are the freight rules on the wiki in effect? It says RULES NOT IN EFFECT and I'm not sure what the statement refers to directly. Thanks in advance.

Alexis Smolensk said...

A dealer will offer you 198 g.p. for that medallion, Andrej.

Damn Freight, I forgot that I had to come back to that, and now I can't remember what I had in mind. Just use the one rule about a ton of goods being 5 times the cost of a night's stay in a private room.

Maximillian said...

One last purchase before we leave, a lb of beef jerky, a sack of onions, a sack of oranges, and a flask of cooking oil.

Ahmet said...

Ready to move on.

Ahmet said...

(Ahmet declines the offers on the short sword and the engraved helmet.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

I have time to do a post! Is everyone else with Ahmet? The Captain said the boat would be there until Feb 19.

Maximillian said...

yep, ready.

Lukas said...

As I said, ready to move on, but trying to find a time when the night is pleasant to do... something.

Lukas said...

Once were sailing again.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I checked the weather for those four days, Lukas; Never improves upon cool, the wind blows steadily from the NE, the nights are brisk. When you leave on the morning of Saturday, the skies are overcast and cool, but that's as nice as it gets.

Maximillian said...

I updated my inventory, however I underestimated the weight of my nut sack, so I need another of groundnuts.

Alexis Smolensk said...

No more nut-sacking.

The next post is up.