Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stories About the Crimean Mountains

After shopping in Kefe for the rest of the 19th, I'll need the party to make some provisions for spending the night in the market town.  Sofia can let the new camel handler make provisions for herself and show up for the first day of the month starting tomorrow, the 20th, before you leave.  The camel can then be left in the stable of the camel seller and she can arrive there with the dawn, with yourselves, to pack the camel with whatever things you'll want.  That will manage Sofia's knowledge deficit decently ~ and you can pay the handler next on the 20th of June.

Let's see, she needs a name.  We'll make her Polish, a rational choice for a Catholic in the area, heralding from Lwow, by the name of Marciana Wojik, 22 years old, 5'9, 154 lbs., stats withheld for the moment, not combat trained and without experience for the present.  Marciana is anxious to get out of Tartary, where you are presently, and out of the Ottoman Empire generally.  She has had many dealings with half-orcs and they get along.  She knows the way to Or-Kapi, where the Crimean Peninsula connects to the Dneiper country to the north, thus getting you on your way to the north shore.  She's a little unclear as to your motives for moving through the forest as you plan, but her's is not to question why.

Gawddamn, I just found this page!  And that led to me searching for the Principality of Feodoro, getting me here.  Mangup-Kale is way to the west, at the other end of the range, but of course we can find our own cave-city, can't we?

Let's suppose you hear about these cave cities from the common room stories that go around the inn, how they were cleaned out in the late 15th century by the Ottomans, at least as far as anyone knows.  There are tales that some of the inhabitants of these cities took to retreating completely underground, that they are now white-skinned humanoids that do not see the sun but who still have untold riches collected from the days when Tartar emperors ruled the Crimea, perhaps even objects left to them by the Mongols.  There might be anything in the depths of unknown tunnels up in those hills!

Anyway, I will leave you with this to mull over, while I go find a name for the two 7 hexes that you wanted to visit.  I stumbled across the cave cities looking for a gazatteer of the mountains.

33 comments:

James Clark said...

Yes please for cave cities. :-)

Kismet said...

Not to be pushy, but is a camel handler able to manage 2 camels?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Yep, sorry, I'm going to miss a question now and then.

That awful movie a couple of years ago featuring a woman crossing the Australian desert had her handling two camels, so I'll have to say yes.

Kismet said...

Ok, I'll finish up my purchasing and take that into account.
In other words, I will be adding a camel.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia adds a bullseye lantern and 2 flasks of whale oil to her supplies.

On the 19th she then rents a private room at a public house, pays for a bath, laundered clothes and an onerous massage. She takes her meal in her room, cabrito with a pot of tea she requires only hot water to prepare. She then sleeps for at least 10 hours. She awakes the next morning clean and refreshed to meet Marciana and retrieve her camel, perhaps together with Kismet.

Let's go find some cave cities. :-)

Enrico Guerriero said...

For only 3 gp a month perhaps we want to hire a second camel handler.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

There's a cost to feeding, but yes it is not much. I'm satisfied that 2 camels and a horse meet our present needs, though. I've spent quite a lot already and want to preserve the 40 or so gold I have left until we see some cash coming in. If you want a hireling, perhaps instead of a drover one that can fight?

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'll have to wait for an answer to that. Are you ready to go?

[I'm going to be busy for most of the day, not getting back until late evening. I have a thing to do after work]

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

No worries Alexis. Sofia is ready to go.

Enrico Guerriero said...

It's more about having a back-up Marciana. If she gets killed or runs off I'd hate to have to abandon the camels and all their stuff.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[Marciana is not going to "run off." This is the point of the wisdom check regarding hirelings. She may save herself, she may be driven off by your lack of faith or your abuse, but she won't "run off" just out of the blue. I created this rule to stop this nonsense of supposing that players are going to be fucked over by their hirelings, a trope that happens far too often in RPGs]

Enrico Guerriero said...

One last question before we hit the road -- do we have sufficient food for her? How many days are we expecting to be out there before we can resupply?

Kismet said...

I acquired an excessive amount of food at the last purchase point. This was due to the expectation we would be travelling for a month.

In other words, there should be enough between the lot of us.

AND I NEED to get the camel just to move it. As I anticipate Enrico's horse should really stop being abused.

I should be good to go.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

We have enough food for four to travel for 12 days. Days of combat will shorten that. I'm expecting to hit a settlement with at least a market for food by then. With an extra camel we can buy more.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Given Kismet's post, I was speaking only for the food bought in Kefe above, we should be fine.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[at last, access to a computer. I've been commenting mostly on the phone today, and I suck at texting]

Enrico, regarding food supply for Marciana. She's not responsible as an employee for food; you have to feed her. She eats the same as any other person.

Kismet, I've given permission for two camels to be controlled by the handler. That's potentially 1,960 lbs. of haulage. I recognize you want the camels to be comfortable, but you realize that if they're carrying mostly food, that is a self-correcting problem. A few days and they'll be lighter.

As well, do you need a month's supply when you're not likely to be more than three days from Kefe, Soldaia or Krym? Any one of those will have a town market, where you can buy food. Aren't you over-preparing just a bit? Those dark brown mountains are only 10 miles from Kefe. Not a hundred miles.

Sofia seems to have it right.

Are you ready to head out? The nearer type-7 hex can be described as the South Karamio Hills. The next most northern type-7 hex, the North Karamio Hills. The three brown hexes to the west can be called the North, Middle and South Bolat Range. That should solve our hex-naming problems for a bit. These names will appear on the next map version I post.

Kismet said...

The month is already bought and paid for, I was under the impression we may make an almost no stop path a while ago and things changed.

And that was a month for one person, which is more reasonable for the current situation.

The spare haulage will be the rest of my gear, which should make me not have to drop my backpack before fights.

James Clark said...

Sofia is ready to head out.

James Clark said...

Sofia leaves Kefe, and will follow the road that leads out of town for a bit until that road turns north to follow the coast. Here she will point the party towards the South Karamino Hills, hoping to find a path or trail in decent shape.

"Marciana, have you heard the tavern tales naming cave cities within the hills west of Kefe?"

Kismet said...

Kismet follows after sorting his things.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico follows with his horse. Presumably we've been able to shift around some of the weight so the horse can be used for battle if necessary. (I'm dying to try out this lance.)

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Enrico, Sofia is hauling all of her gear and the party food bought in Kefe on her camel, so that should help.


Kismet, what was your plan for the food you bought? Are you going to eat that and opt out of the party supplies? Save yours and opt in? Eat both? Combine them? Alternate meal days between each? let me know and we can work out a plan.

Kismet said...

I can just pitch in the food.
I've already opted in payment wise.

If we're going to manage people food together in one batch, go ahead and add 111.0009641 lbs of generic people food.

(Yes, this is oddly precise as I'm using a google sheet to manage my food I'm considering a fix that will make the small numbers less of an issue, but it's a huge logic leap over the current model.

Currently it divides consumption evenly between all possessed food, with the downside of effectively never fully consuming anything.)

James Clark said...

lol Kismet. I love nerds. I say this with true love. :-)

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico takes off Corragio and puts on a camel:

10 pillar candles (6.0 pounds)
A bolt of cotton fabric (9.11 pounds)
A block and tackle (9.5 pounds)
50 feet of hemp rope (12.00 pounds) -- I still have another coil of 50 feet on the horse
A bucket (3.10 pounds) containing 100 feet of twine (12 pounds) and 10 fishhooks (0.10 pounds)

That's a total of 51.81 pounds of gear.

Ready to roll out!

Alexis Smolensk said...

Okay, I'm apparently confused about the number of camel's, but I've written the next post.

I am going to be available all day, until 8 p.m. EST, so take advantage and stay on top of the campaign. We can make some headway today and some tomorrow, as I am off then as well.

Kismet said...

2 camels, 1 horse

To my knowledge.

Kismet said...

Also in case you wanted to see the ridiculous doc...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11IALx0ZDqXtDDyIOyHUv2rUOnsdRPwfDKzCO-um_1-U/edit?usp=sharing

I set it up so I just track inventory and set some flags then it will auto list stuff in the other tabs.

If you want to fiddle with it you can make a duplicate for yourself.

Sofia the Monk said...

Thanks Kismet

Alexis Smolensk said...

Agreed! That is a spectacular page, Kismet. I wish everyone's set-up could be that clean. [hint,hint]

Kismet said...

Well the downside is it's not in the original requested public blog format.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[Well, sorry all. Was not a good weekend]

If I haven't said it, the camp is find with Marciana hanging out with your equipment. I suggest we pick up with the three of you starting off to somewhere (?).

I'd like to know the following:

What hex do you wish to head for from here? No one in the camp has any special information of cave cities ~ in fact, they all think these are myths, perhaps in existence long ago but certainly long gone, destroyed by the Ottomans as Marciana also believed. If they are out there, you are certainly on your own.

1) Can you tell me what armor you're wearing and give me your armor class as you hike through the forest. I have to tell you, if you're wearing heavy armor, I'm going to half your travel speed through the rough, untended forest beyond the area the camp is cutting from.

2) What are you carrying in each hand?

3) Do you wish to focus on high country or low country: that is, walk the ridges or walk the valleys. Remember that the cuestas are sloped on the north side and showing cliffs on the south. I can find some pictures if you need them.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[Note: if any of you have a moment, please respond to the post I've just put up, Lurkers' Corner ~ PvP. I'd like your thoughts on this. Don't feel you have to listen to the podcast, if you're not in the mood, before commenting]