Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In Hora

Date: 9pm Monday, April 17, 1651
Location: Hora, Island of Naxos
Weather: a light air, with the air so calm there is hardly any movement on the water, with no detectable breeze, yet not quite absolute calm.  The sky is clear and full of stars, the sun having set.  Feels like 17 C (63 F).


According to the diary in possession of the party, the Captain of the Petrel dropped the main party off in Amisos on March 26, promising to return on April 26 and to wait until the 14th of May.  Also according to the diary, the 14th of May is when the party returned to Amisos again.  That is 27 days off.

You have little trouble getting away from Koufonisia, having given your plans to Carlito and Tazio.  You receive a ride from Arkemis, the boy who boated you out to the island where you met the Psammodrons.  He takes you to Hora through the day of April the 17th, so that you arrive in the evening just as the sun is falling.  The wind was variable throughout the day and so it took nearly 12 hours to reach Hora.

You find here a captain who can take you to Syros, as was your wish; but you also find a captain able to take you to Kallipolis.  This is a city at the entrance of the Dardanelles Strait, and well on the way to Constantinople.  Traffic between the Dardanelles and Constantinople is near continuous, the journey across the Sea of Marmara there a brief one and among the most travelled courses in the world.

This Captain's name is Issam Tueni; he is Lebanese, from Tripoli.  He seems like a robust, friendly fellow, willing to pay for your drinks while you interview him, more than willing to make you a good berth on his 310 ton Brigantine, a big carrack, much larger than the Petrel.

The other ship's captain is a Greek schooner master, bound for Syros.

25 comments:

Kismet said...

Ugh lost my previous comment.

I'm all for skipping Syros and hitting each market as we go looking for an identify spell.

I'm not worried about finding one eventually.

Enrico Guerriero said...

I see no need to return to Syros. Sofia or Ibrahim?

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

I also agree we can bypass Syros, and it sounds like a faster route to Constantinople.

From there we should have the greatest options for travel and a chance to search for word of the party's (or the Petrel's) passage to figure out whether to follow the party's last-known location as we understand it or as the journal reports it - reports that it will be, rather. I'm not sure how much misdiretion is involved, there.


Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia agrees. Syros was only a stepping stone and skipping it makes sense. Let us be on to Kallipolis.

I could use a refresher on how we calculated both passage and freight costs. I had notes on it from before but seem to have misplaced them.

Kismet said...

The good news is I have no animals this time.
My god will that make it easier.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Captain Tueni will be glad to take you on; he does wonder what should be taking you to Constantinople.

Kismet said...

"It's a waypoint on an exciting trip to a new mission starting up soon. Should be a great opportunity for work. We might even look for some goods the founders might need."

Kismet says matter of factly.

"It's far, but we're friends with the people founding it."

Kismet said...

"Once we get closer, for the supplies that is. No offense, but we can save a lot of money by shipping it less distance. Rosk is still a ways out."

Lets see here...
Mention location... check,
Mention jobs... check,
Mention opportunity to sell goods... check.

Anyone think anything else I should mention?

Alexis Smolensk said...

"I don't understand," Tueni answers. "Founders? A mission? Are you speaking of a religious mission?

"What religion?"

Kismet said...

"Yes, a religious mission..." Frantically tries to doublecheck himself... That they were Christian. If I'm wrong please correct me. I was the worst kind of church goer when I was a child. I preferred to look at the pretty things than pay attention to what was happening.

"Christian as per the father. I believe there might be a few who don't share the faith present as well. Also friends of father Andrej."

Alexis Smolensk said...

Captain Tueni laughs. "I'm sorry, I did not mean to concern you. My grandmother on my father's side was a Christian. We Lebanese are not like the Ottomans; there is room enough for all religions.

"I hope to leave in the morning, but I do not know if this calm will last until then. Will your people be ready when the sun rises?"

Kismet said...

Kismet looks to the others, "I should be ready."

Alexis Smolensk said...

Be sure to pay your hotel bills and let me know if there's any other business you'd like to perform in Hora before leaving.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[I'd like to leave a note to reassure the party.

At this point, it would seem fairly standard, particularly if this were a movie or a television show, for this party to "just miss" the other party. And I would imagine that most DMs would ensure that would happen, with spaced encounters and obstacles, to ensure that the time line is left untouched and unaffected. In turn, I would expect a savvy party to expect this and to feel very little motivation to even try to contact the other party, assuming that I'm not going to let them.

Let me make this clear. I am not going to do any such thing. I do have a weather system in place, and it is going to influence travel. I will roll encounters, but nothing I roll will expressly exist to obstruct the party's free movement. I have thought about it and I am prepared for what happens IF the henchman party meets the original party BEFORE they reach Rosk, indeed, before they return to Amisos again on the 14th of May. I am prepared for any other plan or contingency the henchman party may propose or try; I'm not going to fiddle with time to produce any specific railroaded result.

What you do will have repercussions, oh yes ~ but not having to do with time. I give my word on that]

Kismet said...

Well I'll be honest. I'm not too worried either way. Our goals are pretty clear.

Find the party to ensure they're ok, get to the settlement site and then possibly follow up on the artifact. Unless of course if for some reason the party would reprioritize.

I don't really see that conflicting with the originals route/plans all that much. And I'm hardly going to warn them away from the gnomes that we don't know will be there yet.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ibrahim, I'm sorry, the goose thing keeps getting caught in the cracks. Yes, the butcher will get live geese and butcher them. You can get a FREE feather from the butcher if you want one, or ten for that matter.

Kismet said...

Fun fact: If you copy a Google Sheet from Chrome and paste it to your blog it pastes in with all the formatting. Not so with IE.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia prepares to depart first thing in the morning, as per the captain's wishes. I will settle her inn stay as soon as I can. Did I miss a Hora market sheet?

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Regarding your note on Railroading above, Alexis, I was not concerned but your note reinforces my expectation when running in your world. Thanks for it and the philosophy that produced it.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Thank you for the update, Alexis, I will update my sheet RE: travel/food/lodging costs and add some quills to the inventory.

Ibrahim will be ready to go in the morning.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The night in Hora will cost 11 s.p. for the same private room you had on your last visit.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Thanks Alexis. The current rule on the Wikki says 5 times an inn room per ton for freight, there's also a note indicating this rule may or may not be in effect. The party is hauling much less these days, but I suspect we still need to account for it. How should we proceed in calculating cost?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Given the much less that you're carrying, I'll allow a flat rate of 25 s.p. per person to get you as far as Kallipolis.

[There always seem to be rules half done . . . hah]

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sounds reasonable to me. Thanks! Character sheet updated and re-posted, I'm ready to board.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Good. The next post is up.