Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gaining Attention

Date: April 11, 1651
Location: Syros
Weather: a gentle breeze blowing from the south southeast, with pleasant weather, and crystal clear blue skies.

Please forgive me.  For various reasons having to do with the weather, I've had to set the campaign a little further into the future.  Let's just say that Enrico has healed and that the party in Koufonisia was brought to Syros by their friend Arkemis, who took the party earlier to the island of the psammodrons.  In Syros yesterday, Kismet, Sophia and Enrico met Yuliya and Ibrahim, making friends.

It is now three in the afternoon and the party has been shopping ~ when at one point a stranger steps up to Enrico and says, "Pardon me ~ did I hear you say that you were from Koufonisia?"

48 comments:

Alexis Smolensk said...

There will be NO cost in food for the time change. Just assume you were all fed between March 7 and April 11 by other means, at no cost to you.

Kismet said...

Kismet examines the stranger critically but replies, "Indeed, interested in the rocks and fish of the island? We're fortune enough to be friends with the landlords."

Kismet said...

Sorry read too fast, I'll leave it to Enrico and just critically examine the person if I'm around.

Alexis Smolensk said...

It's fine, I presume that Kismet is standing next to Enrico.

"Then," says the stranger, a Greek man about 45 years of age, a beard that he cut off about a month ago, but with excellent diction and clothes suggesting he's worth about forty or so gold a year, "You truly ARE from Koufonisia?"

Kismet said...

Kismet sniffs, and looks to his fellows before responding, "Yea, is there any reason that's so unlikely? It get swallowed up in the sea when we weren't looking?" He laughs a bit at his own joke before a brief moment of worry, "I hope not, I just bought a house there."

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Oh no, no sir, it's not that!" says the man. Then he shouts at a vendor about thirty feet a way and calls, "Hyplomitra! THESE men are from Koufonisia!"

At which point, Hyplomitra looks amazed, then speaks to the boy next to him (too far away to be heard), who goes running off pell-mell into the crowd.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Yuliya remains in earshot but, as the newcomer, laughs politely at Kismet's joke but does not attempt to join the conversation.

In the meantime, she picks through her bag of beans and listens in.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim cannot decide if the man realizes he has not explained the significance of the question or not, and so leans forward a bit in his seat and asks him with a smile.

"Why is it, exactly, that you find that fact so exciting?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

There is something of a hubbub going on around the party now, as the man's shout at Hyplomitra was heard by many people ~ including, it appears, a soldier, who now comes over and speaks to the man who first addressed the party.

"Anaxagoras," says the soldier. "Is it true?"

Anaxagoras answers, "They say that it's true."

Kismet said...

"This implication that I am lying is getting most irritating. I'm trying to not take it personally, but am curious why origins might be doubted." Kismet says to the nearest incredulous person.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The soldier will turn to Kismet and say, "That is far, far from the truth, sir. I will take you at your word, if Anaxagoras says so." At this point, you see the soldier get himself all worked up and official. "And now, sirs, I must ask you to come with me."

The soldier does not seem aware the Yuliya and Sophia are connected with the three men.

Kismet said...

"As you will sir. As we go perhaps you could explain the significance of where I come from and the destination."

Kismet doesn't resist unless weapons become involved. The soldier drawing theirs, or others attempting to search him for weapons.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim wonders what it is about Koufonisia that he has not heard, but stands to go along with the soldier and his new friends regardless. Surely it can't be anything too bad or the stranger wouldn't have asked them directly in the first place.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The soldier does not seem reproachful, but he answers Kismet, "I prefer to leave the matter to the harbourmaster's office. This way please."

He begins to lead you, not towards the water or the docks, but uphill towards the central citadel at the center of Syros.

Kismet said...

Kismet follows still.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Yuliya will not correct the soldier but does her best to follow along at a slight distance (say fifteen feet behind) through the crowd.

As she does so, she glances around the market, looking to gauge the general response to the hubbub: has the mood of the crowd become unfriendly or hostile?

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico follows, more curious than concerned.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(Alexis, Enrico hit Level 2 during the battle with the snake-headed men... any business to attend to there other than getting more HP? Also, as part of his background: "Poor physical conditioning; until obtaining greater experience (2nd level), character is unable to use a weapon heavier than 5 pounds." So he no longer has that restriction.)

Enrico Guerriero said...

One more thing, regarding this question Alexis asked in another thread:

Regarding leaving the house behind: this is why I include followers with the party. Are Tazio and Carlito really that important to adventuring? Wouldn't they do better to manage your property when you leave it behind?

Alexis is correct, this is an excellent idea. Enrico has no problem leaving them behind to manage the property once we're ready to move on to the Donbass. They are trustworthy and competent (or at least appear to be). But at the end of the day they are still hirelings, and if we feel the need to replace them we can always hire new ones.

James Clark said...

Sorry folks, I am here. I made a bad assumption somewhere along the way and after being busy Friday with personal matters assumed we wouldn't be picking up until Wednesday, and so attended to other things. I am still here and still very much interested in playing. I'll be setting up a new Sophia account today and posting my character sheet.

For now, Sophia will follow the group at a distance no less than 10' and no greater than 40' feet. She is a monk if that matters at all.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Ok, all set. new character blog here:

http://sofiathemonk.blogspot.com/

Enrico Guerriero said...

385 XP to go to Level 2! Maybe we should have put up a fight against these guys just to level her up :)

Jonathon said...

Since they could be looking to hire us, or to get an eyewitness account of something, or any of a thousand other things, I am happy to go along without any fights being picked.

Even though I am not from Koufonisia. ;)

Alexis Smolensk said...

In answer to Yuliya's question about the crowd ~ no, not at all unfriendly. The crowd seems very happy, actually excited, and as the soldier leads you away, about twenty people in the crowd begin to follow behind Kismet, Ibrahim and Enrico. Yuliya can easily be caught into that crowd.

The general trend it towards a high conical hill to the northwest of the harbour, a distance of about half a mile. The soldier is joined by other soldiers, and the party hears cries of people saying, "Where is the shipbuilder?" and "Someone run and find the Old One!" The title "Old One" is repeated so often you're sure than you can actually hear the capital "O's" in the people's voices.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Enrico, I'll leave information on your character post.

Monday evenings are my low point for the week. I tend to be very tired; I will work at some things slowly and move this campaign along a little, but mostly I want a chance to relax some and rest.

Andrej/Sofiya,

No worries, I knew you were out there. Like always, I was just moving the campaign forward according to the energy I had for it.

Kismet said...

Kismet will joke about not being dressed for the occasion but will otherwise continue following.

Nine-toes said...

Howdy, all. Just adding myself to get email notifications of future posts. Greetings to all!

Alexis Smolensk said...

Eventually, after a long and steady climb, you reach a courtyard that overlooks the bay from about 250 feet up. There you find yourself surrounded by soldiers, including a dozen Turkish Janissaries, and one very Turkish looking public official that is described to you as the Harbourmaster.

He moves to approach you, with an entourage of clerks and hangers-on, until he comes about ten feet from you.

"I am Cafer Mohammed-ibn-Assud. I am the master of all trade and commerce in Syros. I am told that you three are from Koufonisia. Is this true?"

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Wow, great view up here.

Just to be certain, if Sofia and myself followed along through the crowd, were we held back at any point or are we still loitering just a few dozen or so feet behind the rest of the group?

Alexis Smolensk said...

You're just a few feet back, in the crowd. You can speak up at any time; the same goes for Sophia and Nine-toes.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim opens his hands wide and dips into a slight bow towards the Harbourmaster.

"I am not, Harbourmaster, but my two friends hail from there. We were talking together when we were summoned to you, so I came along with them."

Kismet said...

Kismet nods in agreement with what was said.

Enrico Guerriero said...

"Yes," Enrico says. "We are -- that is -- not from Koufonisia, not originally. I am from the City of Andria. Do you know it? In the Barony of Bari, in the Kingdom of Naples. But most recently, indeed, Koufonisia. How can I help you?"

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia remains in the crowd and listens to what Cafer Mohammed-ibn-Assud has to say to Enrico et. al.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Then," says Cafer, "You are certainly the persons we wish to hear from." He stops, looks to one of the soldiers and says, "Has the Old One been found?"

The guard answers, "No, my Lord. It has been said that he meant to wander the hills south of town today. Soldiers have been sent to the villages of Manna, Pagos and Parakopi."

"Ah, no matter," says the Harbourmaster. He looks again at the party. "Forgive me. It is hot here in the yard. We should speak alone, apart from the crowd. You have a great deal to tell me!" With a flourish, he suggests that you walk towards a small palace about two dozen yards away.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico casts a confused side glance at Kismet, but he follows the Harbormaster.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim trails along behind the Harbourmaster as well, glancing back over his shoulder at Sofia and Nine-Toes to see what they do next.

Oddbit said...

Kismet follows.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Since the three of you fail to name anyone else in the party, I will presume that you will be led to a meeting with the Harbourmaster. If Sofia, Nine-Toes or Yuliya try to reach the meeting, they'll be stopped by guards.

I'll make a new post for Enrico, Ibrahim and Kismet. If the others wish to do something, please comment on this post and not the next one.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

I wait for a few minutes out on the courtyard, then casually ask a nearby guard or person in the crowd (whoever I can speak to without raising my voice), "This Old One sounds like quite the important figure in the community. Who is he?"

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia sticks with Yuliya, keeping an eye on the palace.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Answering Yuliya's question, a young student in the crowd says, "Yes, Philoctetes is something of a postulant and a crank ~ but he is both kind and giving. Most of the time, we don't know where he is, but he tends to appear when he's truly needed."

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

He is a religious man, you say? Whose God does he follow?

Alexis Smolensk said...

"God knows," comes the reply from a Greek Orthodox cleric standing nearby. "A heathen one, no doubt, but not one that has ever borne any ill will towards anyone."

A 60 year old goodwife says, "He helped my sister's daughter overcome the black death ten years ago."

A middle-aged man says, "He spent a week in my house once, when my wife was pregnant, to see that all was well."

"He replaced my fishing net when it was lost," says an old fisherman, too old to be out on the water, where the other fishing folk are right now.

"He fed me when I was hungry," says someone in the crowd, who can't be seen.

"I heard that he gave aid to the Turks when they plundered Attica!" says someone else, also out of sight.

"That's a lie!" shout several people; when there is a return response, "It is not!", the crowd begins to jostle one another.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Andrej would stay and try to calm the crowd. Sofia, though, is warier and perhaps more jaded. Her natural instinct would be to duck out before she gets caught up in the crowd. She needs more information, however, so tries to change the subject.

Raising her voice above the din, "Good folk, where is Philoctetes now? I have need of his help."

Alexis Smolensk said...

The answer to Sofia comes back from the old fisherman: "If you have need of Philoctetes, then I am sure that he will find you." Beside him, the young student nods vigorously.

(OOC: in all truth, I am still doling out the adventure with an eyedropper; that is the whole point ~ to create the opportunity to use different eyedroppers for different things in an overlapping style that allows me to keep four or five threads going at once, always so that whatever happens the adventure never comes to a complete halt. You're always STILL IN some other adventure. I understand that most DMs still haven't grasped this, but I keep trying)

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

"Philoctetes sounds like quite the man of mystery and miracles!"

Yuliya considers an elaborate scheme where she claims the beans she bought in the market were enchanted by Philoctetes and barters them to young farmboys for cattle. Maybe if she hadn't publicly announced she didn't know the man. And if she knew some naive farmboys.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

"Of course." :-)