Thursday, December 8, 2016

Alcibiades House

Date: 6pm Tuesday, April 11, 1651
Location: Syros, the Cyclades Islands
Weather: the wind reduces to a light breeze from the north, with pleasant weather and beautiful clear skies.  Feels like 16.4 C.

In whatever way that works, when the three who spoke to the Harbourmaster emerge from the palace, they meet up with their friends and all are led by the guards to the hotel.  It is a posh, comfortable environment, unusually modern and with the convenience of water steadily flowing from pipes throughout the building (these can be turned off with plugs, but not adjusted).  They provide easy cleanliness and in the warmer months, a conditioning effect.

Rather than begin the next morning at the wreck, I felt the party might want to speak together and sort out any plans.  There's still plenty of time of people to buy things from the market if they haven't yet.

Then we can move on.

29 comments:

Enrico Guerriero said...

OOC - Are we alone, or appear to be? Or has a guard or escort or whatever been assigned to us?

I suppose we could take a stroll in the gardens if we're concerned about eavesdroppers.

Alexis Smolensk said...

You are quite alone. Cafer seems to have no reason to distrust you. Moreover, the sound of the running water would make it difficult for even a good thief to hear.

Nine-toes said...

OOC - Do we know each other, or should Nine-toes introduce himself?

Alexis Smolensk said...

We can presume that has all been dealt with previously. Sofia and Enrico in particular will remember hundreds of times having heard your name from Andrej and Ahmet (not Kismet, as he really doesn't know Lukas yet). You will match the description they gave of you, and since you will know them so well the henchwoman and henchman (who worship their lieges) will sort of look up to Nine-toes, asking questions about the Crab and such.

Ibrahim and Yuliya you only all just met, but they seem to have the same goals and motivations as you four, so they're accepted as well. We don't need to go into that further. Just assume you are all just fast friends (which was, after all, the term for it).

Kismet said...

"I for one think we need to actively seek out what happened to this ship. Last we heard our landlords were on board that ship that is no longer floating."

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

I expect our best bet would be to visit the wreck and look for signs as to where the survivors might have gone, or see how they lost control of the ship.
Like any good fisherman's daughter, I'm a comfortable swimmer: perhaps I could swim around the wreck and look for clues? (OOC: time for some "Scuba-Doo"!)

Also, if anyone would be so willing, I am a bit lightly dressed for the weather and close to broke; if someone might be willing to lend me 3 g.p. and 6 s.p. for a hauberk and chausses, I would be most grateful.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Upon hearing of the wrecked Petrel from Enrico, Kismet and Ibrahim, Sophia was struck dumb for a moment. Refusing to believe Andrej and the others dead she grilled those who entered the palace to get the full story. After working the passage of time out in her head...

"The ship that the harbormaster will have us search foundered two or three months ago, but our masters have been gone only five weeks by my count. It is close enough to worry, but my heart will not accept it. But we will make certain if we can. I suggest we search the wreck as soon as tomorrow and then search the nearby area. If there is a village or villages nearby, we will question the villagers. If we conclude nothing, then I urge us to make all haste for Cumana. If the masters survived, it is there where they would go."

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim has no objection to Sofia's plan; it seems like the sensible course to him.

With regard to Yuliya's mention of additional supplies, he suggests that when the Harbourmaster's payment arrives the group should put aside however much might be needed for supplies, possibly put aside a sum for passage to Cumana, then divide the remainder?

Also, as he has a good relationship with the local merchants he would be happy to go along or to do the shopping; he may be able to get a better price while we are among those who know him.

Nine-toes said...

"I have been accused of taking rash action in the past, but I am in favor of searching out the wreck without our 'escort,' should that be a possibility. Though doing so might pose a small risk. It seems evident our benefactor does not wish the owners of the ship found. But shopping is good, too."

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

"As you say, Nine-toes, I am sure that the Harbourmaster would be just as happy to keep the salvage that would otherwise be returned. But he has both influence and power here, and it will cost us little to play at being disinterested for a day or two to ease his mind. I am sure that the guide will let him know how we react, but I doubt that he would put forth effort against our success unless we go out of our way to draw his attention - such as by appearing to be evading him deliberately. I will be most surprised if he hinders us actively barring that occurrence. I suspect that both his pride and his conscience would make such a thing seem below him."

Nine-toes said...

"Indeed, Ibrahim, caution would be wise. I shall keep quiet if guile is required, for I must confess I am a bit soft-pated, shall we say, when it comes to deception."

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico gives Yuliya Romanyuk 5 gold pieces. "Your commitment to the rescue of my master is all the repayment I require," he intones with what he hopes will be interpreted as solemn gravitas.

Enrico will accompany Yuliya to the market as he would like to buy a lance (is this a light, medium, or heavy lance?) now that he's 2nd level and can use it.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

We should split the GP evenly at this point, so Alexis may award us XP evenly for it. Sofia will then freely give of her share to any who need to better equip themselves. Providence and Father Andrej have already provided for her needs.

So, 20 apiece?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Enrico,

Light, medium or heavy is a reference to the size of the horse, not the size of the lance. Lances are lances.

At this point, as nothing has been accomplished, there will be no experience for the g.p. But remind me of it when you accomplish the task ~ that is, obtain the whereabouts of the captain of the Petrel so that the 5% of the salvage can be awarded.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

"I am grateful for your generosity, friends. Let us do as suggested and visit the wreck without outsiders present.

I also wonder about this mysterious Philoctetes or Old One. The people of this town say he shows himself when he is needed. Perhaps he serves the needs of Mohammed-ibn-Assud, or the common people, or even us visitors to Syros, but regardless I would be watchful should he make a timely appearance."

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

If we're splitting the gp when it arrives and then going to the market in the morning, I too will probably invest in a set of linen chausses and hauberk while we are here.

Nine-toes said...

"A final thought, and then I will be silent on the matter. If they know we are going to the wreck later with an escort, might they be scouring the ship even now, to remove any trace of a clue as to our objective, if they have not already? It would be dangerous to arouse even a hint of ire from our patron, yes, but is there not danger in every worthwhile endeavor?

But if you all wish to wait and feign indifference for a time, I shall acquiesce for now. I am a monk, but of a foolish strain, and I am prone to fits of folly to which Andrej and Ahmet could attest."

Nine-toes said...

"Would that they were here," he adds.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Yuliya's comment is confusing and seems to assume that the party has decided to visit the wreck without waiting for tomorrow's escort; this is then justified, but it was also counselled against and then agreed upon not to be done.

Could the party please verify what the plan is, and if they wish to go out before a visitor appears.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

I would definitely prefer to wait for the escort and avoid antagonizing the Harbourmaster as much as possible, but I am willing to be over-ruled if those more connected to the possibly-missing people feel strongly about it.

Though I would ask if we even know where the wreck *is*, exactly.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Ah, I misunderstood the plan. Yes, let's go with our escort.

Nine-toes said...

two to one in favor of waiting. The monk says no more.

Kismet said...

Kismet will wait for the escort with the others.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Is there anything else to discuss? Shall we retire until the next day? Please do not expend any food or price for lodging, it is all covered by the host.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico agrees with Ibrahim, we shouldn't antagonize our host. We will go with the escort. Ready to move on to the next day.

Nine-toes said...

AGREED

Alexis Smolensk said...

Good.

I have learned today that one of the cooks at my restaurant was fired by the owner today, causing the kitchen manager to then quit for reasons that no one fully understands (they weren't friends). At present, there are only two cooks employed by the restaurant.

As such, I'm going into work tomorrow, probably be there for a long shift. My apologies, all.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

No need to apologize, life takes over sometimes! Do what you need to.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.