Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Day Out

For this post, I want to experiment a little with my ship movement system, built last summer, collecting data from the wiki.  It is the sort of thing I wouldn't have time to do with an at-table system, but I feel that with a little practice and experimentation I can build an excel doc that will automate the travel.  In any case, you're not stuck waiting while I work out these calculations.

Come the next morning, on the 18th, the party finds themselves boarding the Mariam.  The Captain has noted that while the wind remains that of a light air, barely 4 knots.  Yet it is enough to partly fill his sails and begin towards Kallipolis.  The ship is not flying along; by noon on the 18th you've done little more than travel over the horizon, though you can still see the top of the island mountain that is Naxos.

By that time, the Mariam finds itself meeting a light breeze that can be felt on the skin, coming from the northwest, but as it is striking the ship's beam, your progress is not much better.  This continues throughout the day, so that by six in the evening you have not yet crossed a single hex.

At that point, the wind drops, but as it swings around to the southwest, you actually do much better with it.  The sails fill as the sun begins to sink in the west and the ship steadily scuds towards the north, making the best use of the wind.  As the sun sets, you're told that somewhere out there in the dark there are the islands of Icaria and Mikonos on either side.  As you ready for bed, you find the weather is very pleasant, as comfortable as can be, it is quiet aboard the ship and the sea is hardly moving.  The night is clear and full of stars, without any lights to dim them.


On your first day, you're quite surprised to find that the Captain is quite harsh to his crew; as they tack to find the wind, with very little wind to find, Tueni does not hesitate to physically abuse them, threaten them, even to where he grows red in the face as he shouts.  It might seem to be the part of a Captain, but there are signs everywhere that the crew is unhappy about it.

11 comments:

Kismet said...

Kismet will speak to his companions thusly, "I hope this is a case where the captain and the crew are not too strained and that this will pass if and when the wind picks up."

If he ever gets some reasonable opportunity he will ask a sailor if this is usual for the captain.

OOC: And then in a flash of insight I remember Alexis was talking about a stats generator for captains and their ability...

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

"Perhaps it will pass, Kismet, but we must pay attention and look out for one another should any trouble start. We have witnessed only one other captain at sea. She shouted less, rarely struck and yet had firmer control of her crew. If this lot is already unhappy over a lack of wind, I can't imagine it going well should there be a storm or other real trouble."

Sofia makes it her habit to keep her daggers handy and visible while attempting friendly interactions with the crew. She avoids interacting openly with the captain if possible and suggests a similar course to the party.

Alexis, what are our accommodations like? Do we cohabit with the crew? Is there any way we can isolate ourselves from them?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Kismet, the crewmember will look at you fearfully and find something to do rather than risk being overheard.

Your accomodations are excellent. The ship is huge, 130 feet long, with a beam of 35 feet, stout and comfortable. You're high in the forecastle, on the opposite side of the ship from the captain, sharing three empty rooms that have obviously been designed for passengers.

There are no other passengers on the ship, however. Isolating yourselves from the crew is rather easy.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

So we have the option of keeping our heads down and out of the way until we arrive in Kallipolis, but where is the fun in that, eh?

Kismet, that he is fearful suggests the captain is still firmly in control. I say we just keep our eyes and ears open and go about our business enjoying the weather and opining on the fates of our masters.

Kismet said...

I did not plan on doing anything about it. I wanted to figure out if this was a one off due to frustration with the wind, a new captain who is about to mess up royally or just the way it is here.

I think it's the last. As such I will keep that in mind and enjoy the trip as much as possible.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ready to go to bed, then?

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Yes.

Kismet said...

Yes. How viable to stow some crockery in front of the door? I guess the movement of the ship might prevent that trick...

Maybe I can hold the sword while I sleep in the scabbard? Would that allow it to "keep watch" as it were?

Alexis Smolensk said...

I have no problem with the sword "keeping watch" . . . but that doesn't mean you'll hold it while you sleep without letting go. Give me a d20 roll.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I haven't heard from Enrico or Ibrahim on this thread, but nevertheless I will move forward to the next day. Working on it now.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.