Friday, August 2, 2013

Koufonisia


Feb 22, 1651, Monday evening

With overcast skies and cool temperatures, and a gentle south wind (Sirocco from Libya).

There's a delay with setting the main mast that keeps the Petrel in Hanya harbor until the morning of the 20th, and as a cool light breeze prevails from the NE, the Captain sets sail east by southeast of it. For two days the ship close hauls to the wind, but the repairs have been done and the ship manages the turns more lively. The crew's spirits are up, particularly as its been days now since a rainfall - a sure sign the Spring is making its appearance.

Just past midnight of the 22nd, the wind swings around to the south, and blows cool and dry. The Captain lets out full sails, the first time in an age, as the Petrel breaks free. With the wind behind her, the ship lifts nimbly off the water, and by ten bells, the Island of Thera breaks into view. Three hours later, as you skid along at four and a half knots an hour, Thera passes on the right as ahead you see plainly the Island of Ios. Two hours after that, the watch in the crow's nest calls out land to the northeast, and the Captain checks her charts. Sure enough, it's Greater Koufonisia. She hauls back on the sails as the sun nears the horizon, and more carefully the Petrel picks its way towards Little Koufonisia. The island is bare, low on the horizon, empty of trees it seems as the darkness gathers.

In the small, close harbor, a little pool between a cape and a tongue of stone, you can see a 35-foot yawl, clearly an Ottoman frame - so says Ahmet. Why it's there, you can't guess. It is too dark already to see the proper harbor entrance, and the captain orders a plumb line dropped. You learn you're in 73 feet of water ... and for the next hour or so the Captain manuevers the ship to set the anchor. You end three hundred yards from shore by the time the 22nd bell sounds.

Dates indicate beginning of day.

38 comments:

Maximillian said...

"So, this is your land?" I say to the others, "I bet you are eager to survey it!"

Andrej said...

"So do we embark by boat now or wait until the morning?" Andrej scans the darkness for the silhouette of the turkish ship. Sofia sharpens her new silvered dagger, awaiting the decision.

Andrej said...

While we await the party's decision, Andrej calls out to the captain "So what do you think of the harbor, Madame Salvatore?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

"It is better judged in the daytime." She also peers in the direction of the Turkish boat. "That we saw couldn't have been a war vessel. Are these Venetian waters or no?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Oh, hey, come on let's have a little satisfaction for having completed a long and tangled trip! I trust you feel like you actually travelled the distance)

Maximillian said...

Until we set foot on the sand...

Lukas said...

How busy does the captain seem at this point?

Lukas said...

My memory of the geopolitical situation is hazy, but I think it's in contentious waters between Venice and the Ottomans is it not?

I relay any information my character remembers to the captain.

Lukas said...

Also when not teaching Andrej to read I will be reading some of the books I got. From Common to Rare.

Maximillian said...

Have a nice weekend, everyone.
I don't think I'm going to be available first thing in the morning, so I'll ask this question now: How long do you want/plan to stay over here? Just a few days like the last port? Or longer to truly survey your domain.

Of course, your _intentions_ may be waylaid if the turkish ship indicates something unexpected, but I am curious.

Ahmet said...

Don't forget about your other pupil (Enrico), Lukas!

Lukas said...

Don't speak to loudly or Ahmet will hear Ahmet.

Andrej said...

Andrej to the captain, "They are Venetian, aye."

So what to do? Embark now in plain sight? Secretly reconnoiter the island? Wait for day?

Alexis Smolensk said...

The Captain intends to stay put, but she will allow the party to make use of the boat if they wish.

(OOC: it is yet another holiday in Canada today ... so I will be working on projects. Last extra day off before labour day)

Lukas said...

Does the captain look busy at this point?

Alexis Smolensk said...

She's settling into her cabin.

Lukas said...

Lukas beckons Ahmet to follow him to their goods in storage. He makes his way to one of his chests and opens it pulling out a leather bag. (Inside is a bottle of Marsala, a corkscrew, 2 earthenware cups and a package containing some chocolate, glazed orange slices and some peanut brittle (a couple of ounces each))

Without opening it he holds it out to Ahmet. "Ahmet, before the captain puts in for the night, do you mind taking this to her to celebrate arrival? I was hoping that we would arrive during the day, but it seems I must read for my spells. Just ensure that you have at least a cup and a piece or two with her and ensure she knows were thankful for arriving safely please?"

Lukas said...

If necessary I put a woolen sash in there too to keep things from breaking.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet eyes Lukas warily. "Why do you want me to do this, sorcerer, instead of bringing it yourself?"

Lukas said...

"I have to be prepared for tomorrow. Who knows what is up with the ottoman ship. Also I don't know if we will have time tomorrow with all the unloading of goods. Also Andrej is a priest, him and the dirty one probably have no knowledge of good wine like us. After all, the only wine Andrej drinks is the blood of Christ. I will have no time tomorrow morning to prepare spells as I must ensure than none of my things are broken that we unload, and the captain is readying for bed soon."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet smirks at this, as he does not drink wine nor any other alcohol. And speaking of which...

"The last time the captain was in her cups she slew a man, or did you forget?"

Maximillian said...

Alexis, I finally updated the weights for my character's equipment, and I noticed a discrepancy on the equipment weights: Cowhide boots are listed at 1/2 a lb, less than the 5-inch cowhide gauntlets I'm wearing (2 lbs)

Assuming you use the weight limits from the PHB, Mareo is overweight if he wears both his coat and his armor, so lets assume he doesn't unless it's quite cold.

Maximillian said...

Also, you never told me the weights for the gold ring nor the silver mantlet from Boroge's horde.

Lukas said...

"If you are concerned for your well being, then take but one cup of wine. Here, fill the other cup with strawberries, they are also tasty as the sweets I put in there.."

Lukas uncorks the wine, pours one of the earthenware cups and fills the other with strawberries from a nearby sack that is partially eaten.

"I am eager that the captain has our thanks. Please, just take a little time to thank the captain with our small token of a gift and your company."

Lukas said...

(The strawberries are not partially eaten each, the bag just is not full anymore)

Ahmet said...

"I'm not concerned about my safety, magicker," Ahmet scoffs. "I just question the wisdom of giving our captain a full bottle of wine on the eve of what may be a battle!" He rises. "I will take no part in this folly. Save your wine and your good-byes until you can offer them yourself!"

Lukas said...

Lukas surrenders to this point and drinks the wine himself. He also offers some of THIS bottle to any party members/the guard captain who come by (in reasonable amounts.)

Lukas said...

(Not the whole bottle, just a cup while reading before bed.)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet departs in a huff, muttering about warlocks and sorcery.

Andrej said...

Andrej happens to come by and takes the bottle gladly, winking at Lukas as he takes a deep pull straight from the bottle. Handing it back, he opines "First Christ, then the drink and then maybe the captain for that one, Lukas." He slaps his friend manfully upon the back and pops a strawberry into his mouth should one make itself available to him. "Good wine, that." Winking again he goes about his evening business, conceding that tomorrow will be their day to depart from the ship.

Sofia, meanwhile, stays above decks and continues sharpening her knives, casting doubtful looks upon the darkening shore.

Alexis Smolensk said...

May I presume that you're not launching the boat, you're not landing on the island tonight, and you're not bothering the captain?

Maximillian, I will bring myself around to explaining the problem with boot vs. glove. Remind me if I forget. Call the ring equivalent to an ounce, though it weighs less. The mantlet weighs about 15 lbs., so it's heavy.

Keep asking questions like this; it actually helps troubleshoot my systems.

Andrej said...

Correct.

Maximillian said...

Correct

Lukas said...

Correct.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Maximillian,

The boots issue was that the weights for ankle-high and knee high were mixed up. I adjusted the weight, so ankle high would weigh 12 ounces now, and the knee-high would weigh 2.3 lbs.

I've also downgraded the weight of gauntlets (and corrected a spelling mistake). Cowhide gauntlets are now 1.1 lbs., and studded leather gauntlets 1.4. I also found an error in how many studs were being included for the gauntlets, so that the price was dropped considerably as well as the weight.

Like I said, troubleshooting. Please, everyone, point out anything that looks 'weird' ... there might be a background error in the price.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'll toss up a morning post in a bit.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.

Maximillian said...

(OOC: thanks for the update. I find I am compelled to ask: how many studs are on a studded leather gauntlet?)