Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Campaign: The Foreign Quarter

I'm adding this post for the benefit of Josef and Kazimir, to give them another place to post their actions. But since they are, as near as I can tell, still in the foreign quarter, which I described yesterday, I have little left to add.

The foreign quarter of any period city is much the same; a mashing together of temporary housing, varying culture-focused taverns or shops, offices for obtaining privileges to begin business in the city or own land as a foreigner, and people who tend to spend much of their time waiting between opportunities to do casual labor.

15 comments:

Josef Mieszko said...

What time is it? Evening I think...

Alexis said...

Yes, you may presume it is six bells.

Josef Mieszko said...

I would like to loiter in the general vicinity of the Gospoda to see if it is very active.
(Kazimir? Are you with us?)
Perhaps Kasimir and I will stand and talk casually nearby.

Alexis said...

Gospoda has become quite active by this time. However, as you've chosen to loiter instead of entering, you're harassed after a short time by both the town watch (made up of local landlords and their kin) and by one of the tapmen of the tavern. Neither demands that you move on your way, but that is coming.

You are able to tell that Gospoda seems to be a meeting place for foreign (largely Silesia/Polish) mercenaries.

Josef Mieszko said...

I'd like to into the Gospoda

Alexis said...

But of course. You find some forty men within, generally equal to your stature, quite familiar in their behavior--some of them remind you of your taskmasters when you were trained at the use of weapons ages ago. There is much more noise that at the Pig, much pounding at tables, much more rough-housing. You must jostle yourself to the bar to get something to drink--a bottle of ale will cost you a s.p.

Josef Mieszko said...

I'll reach in to my belt pouch and pull out 6 coppers and my holy symbol, and open my hand to the barkeep - turn to Kasimir and say, "Ach! Silver! You buy this round?" while replacing my coins - turn back to barkeep "Perhaps you have some simpler fare?"

Alexis said...

Kazimir considers, but (until he says otherwise) he doesn't come across with any money.

The bartender seems about to tell you to leave, when a patron being struck in the face behind you lets out a bellow. You're just able to get out of the way before the patron slams face first into the bar. He lifts himself up again, looks towards the fellow who's hit him and shouts, somewhat in pain, "Criminy, Leo! You've broken my tooth!"

Josef Mieszko said...

I will leave the Gospoda

Josef Mieszko said...

(I feel a little hesitant to 'get-into-it' w/o some input from Kasimir)
Well
Are there sounds of large fighting from the inside?

Josef Mieszko said...

(!)
well what's done is done.
perhaps I can come back tomorrow and offer my services as unskilled laborer...

I'd like to wait for Kasimir before taking anymore 'turns'

Alexis said...

Perfectly fine.

Kazimir said...

(OOC: Curses. I had a busy morning and missed the opportunity for fist-a-cuffs)

Kazimir is feeling restless and leaves the Gospoda with Josef somewhat reluctantly. Are there any places in the foreign quarter that might contain places of interest for someone of Kazimir's ancestry?

Josef Mieszko said...

of course, we could engage in a little practice-bout, between friends, you and I, and I could then heal whichever of us came-off worse for the wear - I'd wager that would be me, had I the means to back a wager...

maybe then, we should instead wander off to the beerhouse that our companions occupy?

Kazimir said...

"Aye.. to the beer gardens, then."