Monday, December 2, 2013

Wrapping Up in Constantinople

I never did give the experience.

That was Ahmet, 209; Lukas, 44. Maximillian did not hit for damage, and no one took damage in the fight with the wolf, so there is no bonus to spread around. Shame about that.

I haven't touched the campaign in a month. Does anyone have any last things they'd like to do in Constantinople, and have I forgotten any questions or failed to address any pertinent issues?

31 comments:

Ahmet said...

Nice to have you back. I'm ready to roll.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Good to be back.

Lukas said...

I think I'm good to go.
I do have to find my notes though.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Be sure you buy whatever you want here ... it isn't going to get cheaper or more available as you leave.

The offline party arrived in Constantinople also this last Saturday (but they're in August 1653) ... and assured me that the Constantinople table was Definitely more stocked than what they usually see. I hadn't asked you fellows if you noticed a difference, but I trust there was one. I meant for there to be one.

Lukas said...

I think at this point my collection of books will just be listed by topic now unless you wish to keep throwing titles at me.

I just got 9 more. 6 common and 3 unusual.
I also picked up a wooden mask. I figure something exotic and vicious looking would be best.

(I noticed while I listed my purchases I haven't updated my online sheet or local calculator so I'm reviewing that now)

Lukas said...

Oh and yes, it is very well stocked. BTW did they stop by the ethereal plane and find my embroidered glove? ;)

Alexis Smolensk said...

I confess, I don't know about your embroidered glove. Did you take it off?

Lukas said...

My third reply to Lukas alone.
I went ahead and put it at the end and gave it it's own line.

In hindsight it seems less than a smart move if someone is tracking me. But he wanted to see if it came back with him separately when the spell 'ended' or not. Unfortunately the spell didn't work that way.

Since he was heading back to the cane shop anyway he probably tried to find it but gave up.

Given what the gnome said about seeing into the ethereal plane, he probably tried real hard to 'see' it, but failed.

Maximillian Boii said...

Hi, welcome back! I'll probably not be doing more than following along until tomorrow. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I'll try to chime in if someone asks me a direct question. I believe I'm set for purchases in Constantinople.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'll accept that, Lukas.

Not going to do much today except pull threads together, Maximillian.

Lukas said...

I am of coarse assuming a 0 chance of success without mentorship from someone who actually knows how to do it.

James C. said...

Welcome back Alexis, your announcements on the main blog are very encouraging, looking forward to the book.

Welcome back comrades, has it been a month already?

I'm ready to move on. I'm also on west coast time this week and might be a bit busy, but will still try to participate regularly.

Lukas said...

Welcome to the west coast. Hope the weather is good where you're at.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Very well, the Captain indicates that she will be prepared to set sail for Amisos on the 16th of March; she has hired a pilot, a Georgian half-orc named Frelg, who knows the Black Sea intimately.

En voyage, Dietwiller makes noises of wanting to speak at length with Andrej regarding the mission. The Captain will make a speech at the outset to her crew, telling them that she intends to plunder no ships until she is reasonably familiar with the Black Sea, and certain of a safe harbour that can be reached if pursuit does occur. The crew are understanding, but somewhat disappointed ... but they believe the Captain will make an attack here, or she will take the boat out of the Black Sea and return eventually to Atlantic Waters.

Oddbit said...

Lukas will spend remaining time before the trip visiting tourist locations.

Lukas said...

(OOC sorry at home sick)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Get better, good fellow; don't want to do Christmas with the bug)

James C. said...

Weather is excellent, Lukas, considering I just came from freezing temps back home and even saw some snow on my way through Minneapolis. I'm in Southern California. I'm going to be working weird hours, though, until Friday.

Andrej will speak privately with Detweiler as he wishes.

Alexis Smolensk said...

He does not need to speak privately (so any party member can answer with regards to what he says).

He is thinking of the mission ... and that IF the party intends to pursue this course of action in Anatolia, and IF they're not going to get an early start on the season in Cumana, then he feels firmly that the best thing to do would be to continue onto Cumana with his men and seek to make contacts there early in the season.

He has spoken with the Captain, and Madam feels, having discussed it with the new pilot, that she would be able to deliver him and his men to the shore of the Azov Sea, then return to Amisos in less than a month. That would then enable her to pick up the party and transport them to where Dietwiller debarked.

He wishes to obtain Andrej's approval for this, and indeed the party's intercession with Andrej on his behalf.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet joins Andrej to listen to Dietwiller's pitch. Then pulls Andrej aside so it can be discussed amongst the party.

Basically it's a question of where we want Diety and the boys to wait while we're in Anatolia -- on the ship, or in Cumana?

If Cumana, I'm worried that we'll show up and find them all slaughtered and/or have aroused the wrath of the entire Sioux Nation.

On the other hand, they're not exactly safe on board a pirate ship that's looking for action in unfamiliar waters. And Madame would probably rather be free of them as well.

James C. said...

Andrej nods slowly as Detweiller makes his case.

"We have not always been in agreement, Herr Detweiller, but I believe we are both sincerely committed to the success of the mission, each in our own way.

I will not lie, I worry how you and your men will fare as foreigners in my homeland... but I have done well as a foreigner in yours, so I must trust to God and your own good sense and abilities in this. I will not tarry long, I promise you. We will be well met soon in Cumana."

Andrej stands and addresses the whole of the company with a gesture...

"Unless there is some reasonable objection to his going, let our master of arms seek Cuman shores and do what good he and his men can do." Looking again to Detweiller specifically, "My plan was to make for the shore of Itossia, southern and separate from the main of Cumana. There you will find my people, the Yetabeshi, as well as some small number of Catholics who might be be more likely to be sympathetic to our cause. Be wary of the Zaporozhians to the north. We can speak more on specifics prior to debarking in Anatolia."

James C. said...

Sorry Ahmet, I jumped the gun thinking there would be little discussion between us. I pretty much agree, but saw the tipping point as Detweiller not wanting to be on the pirate ship at all, let alone on it without us so if we refused we'd be battling against whatever dissatisfaction he had as well as whatever problems his being there would create.

Maximillian Boii said...

I largely agree with Ahmet about his concerns, but think Detweiller's plan is probably for the best.

Lukas said...

They'll be fine. After all, they've been warning US away from most stupid activities.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Dietwiller does not mean to be disrespectful, but he feels he must patiently explain to Andrej that the mission cannot be placed in Itossia.

"Russia," he says, "Is like a set of gates; there's Constantinople first, and everything goes through there. Then, across the Black Sea, there is Kerch, which is a city that again strides another narrow strait, which again grasps the trade that passes through in an iron gauntlet. And beyond Kerch there is a city on the Don River, called Azov, through which everything passes. And then upon the Don is a small town, the name of which I forget; that town is the nearest point between the Don and the Volga Rivers, and everything from Moscovy that goes south along the Volga, and everything from Astrakhan that goes north along the Volga, passes through this small town. Astrakhan too, on the Caspian, is a gate, for through it passes thousands of tons of goods that come from Persia, Turkestan, far Siberia and China."

Dietwiller takes a breath. "We cannot influence Constantinople, it is immense. We cannot influence Kerch, the Infidels hold it too tightly. We cannot influence the small town on the Don because the Russian church possesses it and we cannot influence Astrakhan because it is too far. But Azov ... Azov is a dirty pirate's haunt upon the edge of Ottoman authority, too far south for Moscovy, within a swamp and filled with the detritus of human depravity. A significant Catholic settlement upon the Azov Sea, named after that town, could take advantage of goods that emerge from the swamp, that avoid Azov, and thus enrich the church.

"You see that, do you not Father Andrej? The mission must therefore be in Cumana, as close to Azov as possible."

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Andrej is somewhat hung up with sunshine and the west coast, so I'm going to presume this conversation continues, while adding another post that should inspire another conversation. Please consider this thread having occurred on the 17th of March, and the other three days later. Look for the next post; it should be up now)

Maximillian Boii said...

(OOC: And this is why it's so fun to play in your world...)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Sorry, why is it fun to play in my world? I've been trying to get a handle on that lately)

Maximillian Boii said...

(OOC: this: "We cannot influence Constantinople, it is immense. We cannot influence Kerch, the Infidels hold it too tightly. We cannot influence the small town on the Don because the Russian church possesses it and we cannot influence Astrakhan because it is too far. But Azov..."

There are three things that are important about your post above.
The first is simply that the world lives. Dead worlds -- static worlds -- are almost as common in fantasy as are worlds tottering on the brink of apocalyptic struggles between good & evil. To me, the two are equally boring. As your player, I am continuously faced with the urge to delve into maps, to read back posts trying to glean tidbits of geopolitical intrigue, etc. In other words, the "life" is engaging. Secondly, there is a fair amount of intrigue involved in sussing out the accuracy of information provided by npcs, and their motives. Third, your remarkable ability to hold the complexity of the world together, and to track the dynamic evolution of it, means that the choices we are presented with are real, with real consequences. For me, it is the first and last that I find so fun. The characterization is important to creating the "life", but is not itself a source of fun.

Since you are in the process of writing a book on the subject, I'll provide one additional point of analysis. The level of detail and distinction you have achieved is clearly the result of years of hard work, and will not be replicated by many -- if any -- of your readers. Many DMs include only 5 cities in their world, because they can't imagine being able to track more. What you can teach is how to distinguish between info that's important to track, and what is unimportant. Similarly, characterization is very difficult to many people, and many of your readers will find it nigh impossible to remember that this guy doesn't know about the next town over, or that that guy really wants his neighbor's wife. Instead, they "average" it out, and have their characters either universally helpful, or universally unhelpful. I don't know what of your skill in this area can be taught, but I do know it makes up a huge part of the difference between your world and mine.

Anyway, that's my take at the moment.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Thank you greatly, Maximillian; I will apply some of that to the discourse on the Design Process)

Andrej said...

Andrej patiently listens as his master-at-arms patiently explains, then nods. "Do as you will, Detweiller."