Friday, December 6, 2013

Amisos in Late March

Friday, March 26, 1651
With overcast skies and brisk temperatures, a light breeze and a prevailing wind.
Full Moon




For six days you beat your way east against the wind, always coming out of the southeast, a miserable, biting wind when its cold, and dry when its cool. Frelg, the half-orc pilot, shows a tendency to rub a sort of thickened sheep's wool grease into his lips and face to keep the skin from splitting, a concoction he claims to have created himself, and has no name. He is willing to share it out, and it works quite well.

It has been damn cold every day, and at night the wet chilliness of the wind seems to permeate the rafters of the ship so that you are all shivering in your bunks by morning, and slipping into the kitchen for a few minutes to warm yourselves near the cook's iron stove. He's chased you out several times. Wednesday morning began with heavy rain, that was swept away by a clear, cool wind from the northeast that cleared the skies ... but the evening of that day saw great black clouds gathering above the mountains of the coast, and then the Petrel was struck with a heavy, drenching rain, that included even thunder, despite the early time of year. The next morning, Thursday, began with steady, driving rain, again from the land, that seemed at times to come down like sleet.

You round the point at Sinope on Wednesday the 24th, turning south and into the wind, keeping the crew busier than ever tacking straight into the wind. On the Thursday you pass by a fat merchant ship bound northwest, and the party can faintly detect through the floorboards the tense angst of the crew, and smell the salivating that goes on and is yet restrained. The Captain has a flag waved at the ship and it responds with its destination, Constantinople.

Amisos is at the bottom of a great, wide half-moon bay, a city of about 3,000 buildings stretching for three miles along a beachy coast between a hooked right point and a forested left shore. Two spits extend into the Black Sea, the one from the left hand of your view being almost two miles long, to shelter the port from eastwardly originating storms. A city rises upon a gentle slope away from the sea, sitting like a saddle between a western hump (above the hooked point) and a gentle rise to your left hand view.

The Captain brings the ship within the harbour but makes no move to bring it to a quay; she wants to limit her crew's access to the shore. The party makes their goodbyes, the Captain promises to be back here on the 26th day of April, and to remain here until the 14th of May ... whereupon she will leave word at a well-known coffee & bathhouse called The Ataturk, that Frelg knows. This house is a three story, extensive building that can almost be seen from the Petrel as its pointed out to the party.

Now the party finds themselves at the head of Bihtim Road, which negotiates the saddle between the docks and warehouses along the shore road (Fuar) and the interior market, where goods are collected from the hinterland. Up this road into the mountains is the way to Melitene.


A bit of signage for Lukas's vardo:

63 comments:

Lukas said...

At this point Lukas debates whether or not he should pay for the captain to continue to transport his more bulky goods or attempt to find a small wagon to hire or buy...

Alexis Smolensk said...

A barge can be commissioned for 2 g.p. a half-day to unload your horses and additional heavy goods. You won't need the hay upon land, since there will be forage the horses can eat; but you will still need the food supplement.

Lukas said...

Is it plausible to find a wagon to hire or buy at this location Alexis? Do we need to investigate to find out?

Andrej said...

Andrej arranges his belongings upon his and Sofia's horses as indicated on my character sheet. He leaves behind some empty sacks, pouches and sacks of feed and assumes what little hay was left will be tossed or used somehow... basically, anything I want to keep I'm bringing with me.

Before leaving, Andrej speaks with Detweiller to go over any last minute plans or instructions. He then offers a blessing for each of the soldiers and bids them to go with God.

He thanks the captain, whom he both admires and fears somewhat. He recalls their first meeting, as her men and the party squared off with one another in a stable in Engelke, the city all a-plunder about them. She, too, he blesses if she'll have it and blesses the ship and crew also.

He is armored and armed for the road, ready to go wherever Ahmet will lead him.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'll need to produce a trade table for it, to determine the availability; Amisos IS a market town. Do I need to post the trade table or will you be satisfied with my identifying the price of particular items?

I'm going to simply allow Andrej to have a reasonable knowledge of Detweiller's mind when we reach the Azov part of the campaign, and say that it's on account of the conversation Andrej has mentioned just now.

Ahmet said...

As with Andrej, Ahmet carries what he needs aboard his two light warhorses. Neither one is anywhere near his carrying capacity, and Ahmet offers excess baggage space to the others should they need it.

As to Lukas's idea about a wagon -- our old wagon was very useful, but is Ahmet familiar enough with the roads/mountain conditions to know if a wagon is a bad idea, in terms of slowing our progress or drawing attention from bandits?

He gives the goat, rooster, and chickens (if any are still alive) to the soldiers to bring to the mission, used as Detweiller sees fit -- as food, as gifts to the locals, or to be saved for continued egg/milk production.

Ahmet takes the lead on the road to Melitene.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The Captain grudgingly admits that she's a Catholic, and accepts the blessing to her and the ship. She offers a few gifts; two bottles of healing potion, a belaying pin that's 24" in length and has a +1 magical effect attached to it (which will serve as a wooden club, but not being of oak can't be affected by shillelagh) and a mage scroll with one first level spell, spider climb, should it be handy.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ahmet will receive a very quick kiss from the Captain and a order from her, delivered as an order, not to get himself killed.

Ahmet didn't come out of Anatolia this way, so he knows not the road at all.

Alexis Smolensk said...

A kiss to his cheek, I should make clear.

Alexis Smolensk said...

You have a couple of choices for a wagon; an open cart will cost you 13 g.p. and will carry 1 ton; a hauling wagon, that will carry 8 tons, sold without tarp, will cost you 599 g.p. A small vardo, or gypsy wagon, with a half-door, curved roof and interior bed shelves for 4, will carry 3 tons and cost 449 g.p. A large vardo, with bed shelves for 8, exterior racks and cases for storage, carrying 5 tons, can be purchased for 749 g.p.

Alexis Smolensk said...

One donkey, mule or horse will haul the cart; it will need two oxen. The small vardo will need a mule or two draft horses, or a team of four oxen. The large vardo is the same, but will need two mules. The hauling wagon would need a team of six oxen or four horses/mules.

A donkey is 5 g.p.; an oxen, 9 g.p.; a draft horse, 13 g.p., and a mule, 22 g.p.

Andrej said...

The open cart seems most economical... but how about that small vardo? It'd be 119 gp each for it and two draft horses. We can sleep there and store our goods...

Andrej said...

or slightly cheaper if we opt for one mule

Andrej said...

So, as far as the gifts... is it best to say Andrej and Ahmet get the healing potions, Lukas the scroll and Max the +1 club? Other ideas? I'm open to alternatives...

Andrej said...

And no need for a full trade table for me, Alexis. Once we sort out what to do about the cart I'm ready to hit the road.

Ahmet said...

Oddly enough, Ahmet is proficient in club, so I'll take it if Max doesn't want/need it.

Ahmet said...

Does everyone have a horse? Do we need to hire a drover for the wagon, or can we use Emanuel?

Ahmet said...

Ahmet blushes fiercely at the kiss and mutters intelligibly for a few moments afterward. Then just before she departs, he calls out (in response to her "order"): "Same to you!"

Andrej said...

ahhh, good ol' Emmanuel...

I think we all have horses... one of us could drive the cart and give his horse a rest. We could even rotate drivers each day so all of the horses get some rest. Andrej will already be rotating between his and Sofia's horses as it is.

Lukas, it was your idea originally... did you have a specific plan already?

Lukas said...

I do really like the idea of the small Vardoo.

I would even front the entire cost if I get to pimp the ride as we go ;).

Besides, I think my three wooden chests and three barrels will consume a lot of space on the vardoo.

Lukas will also offer a few gifts to the captain, one bottle of Marsala and his stash of chocolate and glazed oranges.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Hichem, not Emmanuel. And the Turk tries not to take it personally.

Hichem, it turns out, actually has family here. As the party looks over the wagons and animals, he speaks unseen with someone and turns up with a rather frisky donkey.

Lukas said...

Oh we have Hichem as well.

Eventually I'd like to install some secret compartments, animal cages, maybe even some kind of aquarium or cabinet for exotic bottles and vials...

Alexis Smolensk said...

The platform of the vardo is high, about five feet off the ground, so there is room under the platform to sling barrels. The door is three feet high and two feet wide, and needs to be crawled into for most humanoid creatures; inside the space is about 5 feet high at the side, almost 7 feet in the middle (suitable for a hanging lamp), 10 feet long and 6 feet wide. The sleeping platforms fold upwards, so chests can be put on the floors and sat on during the day, or at the nearer end (sleeping is done farthest from the central back door). There is a small window on the three sides without the door, one that looks out between the drivers, diamond-shaped and 9 inches wide, one on either side, half-circle in shape and 1 foot wide by 6 inches high.

Andrej said...

Go for it Lukas, pimp away. If possible, I'd like to store my two small chests there, about 150 lbs. weight total.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Oh, and obviously the sleeping platforms can double as surfaces for cooking, working, etc.

Lukas said...

But does it have sweet rims?
I'm already sold. I will update my sheet with the cost of the vardoo and a mule.

I will need to double check my summon mount to see should the worst happen if I can summon a mule...

471g total (for reference)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Emmanuel is far, far away, in Germany somewhere ... so I don't know what you mean when you say you have Hichem TOO.

Lukas said...

You had beaten me by seconds Alexis. I had assumed someone else was tracking Emmanuel.

I think now I am the only one managing a follower though.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Color is typically emerald green or fire-engine red (fire-engines haven't been invented yet, so they call it "barn red" or "vardo red").

There's always a bit of flowered decoration on the wagon for luck and good will. The wheels are twelve-spoked cedar double-braced hubs with steel hooping on the rims, a metal-flange to provide a little spring and two brushes and a bucket for grease provided free. The net tells me a wagon uses a pound of grease per day, that's 16 x 0.12 c.p. for animal fat, or 13 c.p. per week.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I love that I had a figure for animal fat already in the table)

Lukas said...

I'm partial to green for luck (And my favorite color) but the red is tempting for speed...

I'll take green and set ourselves up with what.. a month of animal fat? I wonder what the general availability of that is like.

What about expiration on animal fat? Can I get like 2 months and not worry about it?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Presume that there is all you need. I partly added it to the system, but its cheap and so there will be lots of it.

Alexis Smolensk said...

See? I couldn't resist. Lukas finds 133 weeks available.

Lukas said...

Alright, I'll get two months for safety's sake. 108cp, 471gp running total so far...

Lukas said...

Net conclusion, we will be travelling with the wagon.
I will be getting a mule.
The rest is just dotting is and crossing ts.

Lukas said...

Oh and 2g for moving goods. 108c, 473g.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Well, I would like a definite distribution decision on the party's part about the 'presents.'

Lukas said...

I will gladly take a spider climb scroll. I have no problem with wherever the remaining items go.

Hrm... that scroll might have been on my list now that I think about it.

James C. said...

I think its down to whether Ahmet or Max will take the club +1. I have no use for it so must claim one of the potions.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Whenever we can sort that out then.

Alexis Smolensk said...

No? Leave the belaying pin on the ground, kick it into an offal pit and move on?

Lukas said...

If that's the option, I claim all remaining items in the interest of getting to level 3 spells!

Anyone object? ;)

Andrej said...

Can we just leave it as Max gets the club and Ahmet gets the potion? Ahmet seemed fine with it and seemed willing to take either item in the event Max objected. I certainly don't see anybody but Lukas laying valid claim to the scroll with 4 items to go around.

Ahmet said...

Max takes the Club +1 unless he can't use one, in which case Ahmet offers to trade him the potion for it.

(Ahmet doesn't really need the club, but he is proficient with one, and, naturally, coming from Madame Salvador, would have a special place in his heart.)

Ahmet said...

Yes, let's leave it that way for now.

Maximillian Boii said...

I'm sorry for disappearing. Today is shaping up to look like my Friday did, i.e. I'm going to spend most of it at someone else's desk.

What I'll say about the gifts: I will happily accept any gift, and would choose the belaying pin if I get the chance.

We'd previously established, our loot rotation schedule that Lukas would get first pick, followed by Andrej and Ahmet.

Lukas, I will contribute happily to the Vardo purchase; I agree it's a very good idea.

I'll check back in when I can.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Good. Are we ready to move up the valley and into Anatolia proper?

It will take two days to buy, purchase and arrange for the Vardo; the ship will leave on the 26th; I will charge you 1 s.p. each for a private room (there's something wrong with my inn room price that I haven't had a chance to look at) for two nights, and a pound of food a day for the 27 & 28. I trust you've been removing a pound of food per day per person since Constantinople.

Thus the party would be leaving on the 29th of March, Monday, giving Andrej a chance to have a quiet, private Sunday at an actual Christian church (there would be one in town, we'll call it St. Mary of Bethel, the same Mary Magdalene who followed Christ, with an added bit that she is said to be buried here in Amisos).

Andrej said...

Sounds like a plan.

re: food, I will be happy to feed the party during our Anatolian jaunt with my create food and water spell. There's plenty to go around.

Lukas said...

I'm buying the Vardoo myself. I really like the idea of a mobile home with all the fittings. That said that's four person space, so someone will have to be on watch or sleeping outside or whatever...

Can we sleep on the move? I mean I understand the horses need rest, but if we're moving can someone sleep inside?

Lukas said...

Oh and I will attend church and leave a donation of 10g.

108c, 2s, 483g.

I should be updating my info tonight...

OMG the Vardoo is totally getting a bookshelf!

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ah, the old mage dodge. "Can I sleep in a sack carried on the giant's back?" "Can I sleep if I'm hung by the wrists and ankles on a pole carried by two savages?" "Can I sleep inside a giant jelly mold made with create food and water if I have a straw?"

Yeah, heck, why not. But still just 8 hours per 24 hour period.

Lukas said...

Actually I was thinking it would be great for keeping watch.

This way we only have to rest for the horses and otherwise we can have 24 hour coverage.

Now if I get an apprentice and we find a way to both summon mules once a day that's 24 hour travelling... Aside from lighting issues. Obviously no point in travelling at night in areas where it's unsafe to actually move.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I've added a Christmas gift for you, Lukas. Look at the updated main post.

Lukas said...

I just noticed.
For a moment I thought it was in the comments.

You realize that once it exists it must be bedazzled.

That's right, I'm going to invent sequins just to bedazzle the mystery vardoo sign.

Lukas said...

Lukas is ready to move up to the valley proper.

He leaves as soon as everyone else is packed and ready too.

Lukas said...

And this is how it begins.

http://lukasmeyerblog.blogspot.com/p/vardoo.html

Maximillian Boii said...

OK, I'm ready to go too.

I count six of us; the 4, Plus Hichem and Mareo, correct?

Alexis, I'd like to make two small purchases, if you can give me prices please:
2 bottles of ordinary spirits, and a deck of playing cards, if available.

Finally, I know at one point you said we should adjust the morale of our animals once, but I'm not certain I've tracked that. Can you please remind me? Thanks.

Andrej said...

Andrej follows Ahmet out of town.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Raki is an unsweetened, anise-flavoured hard alcoholic drink that falls under the category of ordinary spirits; 18 s.p. per 8 ounce bottle.

There are no playing cards available.

Maximillian has had his animal 3 months now; that would make it's morale 8.

Lukas, Ahmet and Andrej have had their horses since October 10; so it is just shy of 6 months. Therefore, their horses have a morale of 8, but it should be shifting to 7 come April 10. Ahmet's has a morale penalty, so his horses have a morale of 10, and it should be shifting to 9.

I'll start working on the next post. The vardo will be making 10 miles a day up these Anatolian roads.

Lukas said...

I have playing cards if you need.
I also have ivory dice and a chess set (and a chess board).

Also, do I need some stats for the mule I got?

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Regarding the mule; for the moment, I don't think that's going to be a problem.

Lukas said...

I'm going to try not to take that as GM speak for... "I'm going to plot kill your mule"