Monday, September 9, 2013

A Fair March Morning


Wednesday March 3, 1651, Morning in Koufonisia
With scattered clouds and cool temperatures, a moderate breeze and a prevailing wind.

The moon in its last quarter, it rains the night of the 2nd and into the early morning, with it clearing away as the moon starts to fade with the dawn. The next morning the wind has shifted again to the northeast, and the party can't help but note that even with the rain the temperature did not become less than cool. It's been weeks since experiencing even a chilly night and the weather is something to take pleasure in.

Arkemis tells the party that no, Karos is uninhabited, though it is well known that the 'evil birds' dwell upon the roosts on the west of that island. When asked about that, he explains in a manner that makes it clear he is speaking of a harpy's nest, which it is known has thrice defied attempts of the Naxos soldiers to clear off the place. There's also suggested that there are underwater men who live off the clam beds that can be found on the east edge of the island.

40 comments:

Sofia Koleva said...

Hmmm... Karos sounds promising for adventure. What does Arkemis know of Skhoinousa and the rookery there?

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Not fond of the thought of underwater men unless they are amicable. I don't look forwards to drowning horribly.

Alexis Smolensk said...

He only knows it is a great breeding ground for gulls, typically from the middle of April through to the end of June. At this time of the year, usually the grounds are unoccupied. He has only seen the migration once, and has a memory of tens of thousands of birds.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Alas, we're still about 150 years from Alexander von Humboldt discovering the fertilizing properties of guano.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Yeah, I'm still working on how to capitalize without dying by the collective pecks of ten thousand birds.

Sofia Koleva said...

I also don't relish the chance of meeting harpies just yet. Maybe with another level under our belts I'd be more willing. Shall we try Skhoinousa, then, taking a pass along Pino's norther coast to get there? Perhaps there is more to see than dried gull shit. That would leave Iraklia and Karos for future sorties.

What does Arkemis know of Iraklia?

Neklan Krasna said...

heh, I was just searching for Alexis's post on guano...

Eric said...

I'd wonder if guano would be discovered sooner.... just takes a cleric casting Divination or Commune, asking "how can I stop these famines?" with a source of guano easily accessible.

Neklan Krasna said...

I did not pay for lodging, on the assumption that I'm staying with Kismet or Sophia? Kismet, did you decide to go ahead and purchase a room?

Sofia Koleva said...

Uses of bird shit aside, the harpy coast might be an attractive future activity provided we sought to reconnoiter the shoreline for flotsam and shipwrecks vs. attempting to clear out the harpies. Were we to manage to work it out, the harpies could actually be a resource for us...

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Dude, I'm not purchasing a room, I want to purchase a house!

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Oh so scavenge the harpies leftovers instead of fight the harpies?

Sofia Koleva said...

Yup. They may want to fight anyway, but we could try and see. If they behave like the sirens in Odysseus, keeping an eye out on the sea, a landward approach from the east might be best.

Sofia Koleva said...

I suppose I'm confusing two creatures there... does D&D also confuse them? It's been a long while since I've read my Homer.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Guano. The druids know all about it. May not be as much there as you would hope, or be worth as much as you might think.

Don't confuse harpies with sirens. Both exist as separate monsters.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I believe harpies are winged lady monster hag things.

Sofia Koleva said...

Yes Kismet, you have the right of it. It was the AD&D 1st edition monster manual that made them one in the same. Noted, not so here.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

So I believe this is the remaining topic...

Sofia Koleva said...
"I also don't relish the chance of meeting harpies just yet. Maybe with another level under our belts I'd be more willing. Shall we try Skhoinousa, then, taking a pass along Pino's norther coast to get there? Perhaps there is more to see than dried gull shit. That would leave Iraklia and Karos for future sorties.

What does Arkemis know of Iraklia? "

Sounds good to me.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Asked about Iraklia, Arkemis answers, "Master, that's a bad island it is; there's a glow at night, and magic that shoots into the night sky and meets the moon some say - I've not seen it myself, but even the Magistrate of Naxos won't venture onto that island."

Enrico Guerriero said...

Let's save that one for the A-team. :)

James C. said...

Aren't you even curious Enrico?

Enrico Guerriero said...

I'm very curious -- as are Ahmet, Andrej, Max, and Lukas.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

You don't even want to go for a night cruise to see what's up with that island? Maybe it's the gnomes! We should scout it out to make sure it's not to Lukas doesn't unintentionally bring the book right to them!

Neklan Krasna said...

Maybe we can see something of the island of Iraklia from Skhoinousa. Does anyone have a spyglass? Perhaps the magistrate might have one that he would lend to us.

Anyway, I think we should get moving.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I have a pocket telescope. As usual.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Actually I'm tied up in meetings the rest of the afternoon, so Enrico volunteers to stay home and watch the fort.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(But that said, I'm all for a drive-by.)

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I stand by my insistence we always bring all the players along. I also believe we should hire a hireling specifically for managing our construction projects.

That said I'm ready to go.

Neklan Krasna said...

So, our plan is to have Arkemis row us around the north side and down around the west end of Pino, while we examine the cliffs, and then to take us to Skhoinousa, where we will explore the island?

Kismet Korkmaz said...

That sounds like a great plan. Arkemis willing.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Point in fact, because Carlito and Tazio are far better known to Enrico than another man for hire, they are more reliable for having the job done the way the party wants than another foreman would be.

Persons on the island will accept the Hanya prices for food; there is no local market city, so the prices are set by markets nearby.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Sorry, did not mean to publish that last comment without adding this: If you were in a place where supply of rarer items were in potential supply, I would update the market list weekly. However, since you are in Koufonisia, where goods are not shipped, what was available in Hanya on your last trip will be fine.

Arkemis is willing to row you along the course you suggest. I recommend that Enrico be along, and that he stay with the boat.

Sofia Koleva said...

Let's depart as per Neklan's itinerary if all are agreed and Enrico is coming along. Perhaps Butch will have a chance to duck in and agree. Barring that, we can pick it up tomorrow, I suppose, with another choice.

If or once you guys feel like we've hit a wall here with the B Team, we can switch over to the main party. I was hoping to at least check out each of the islands before doing so but am willing to set aside my wishes if running the main party is more to the majority's tastes.

Food for thought, once the islands are properly reconnoitered or if we choose to skip doing so and assuming that our work project continues to progress I'd like to check out one of the local markets. Maybe Naxos? Also, mainland Greece isn't far off... we need not necessarily restrict our activities to acting on behalf of the main party. Just food for thought.

Neklan Krasna said...

My thinking sofia is that I'd like us to come to a point where we have enough "queued up" that we can feel comfortable advancing time while running the "A" team.

I like your idea of visiting the nearby markets, perhaps that would be a good place to recruit an additional family. Perhaps after scouting the islands, we can fast-forward to the time when Popadoukolou (or however you spell that name) is set to bring his goods to market?

Neklan Krasna said...

and by fast-forward, I mean switch to the a-team.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Ready to depart.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'll pick up the game Wednesday morning.

Enrico Guerriero said...

I'm ready to go. We can do the same thing -- Enrico and Carlito aboard the board, Tazio stays at home to watch over our affairs.

Enrico and Carlito bring their armor but don't wear it while aboard the boat.

Fair warning: Once again, not much free time today for me. I'll try to pop in from time to time but please don't hold things up waiting on me.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(My schedule is much better tomorrow and Friday.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.