Topic: The road to Danzig

The party rode away from the scene of the previous day's battle as the sun started to climb. The sky was clear and a hot day was beckoning.

Two hours after dawn, they approached a fast-flowing river. They were going to need to ford this - carefully, as falling in might not be the world's best idea.

- GM

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OOC: Does the road we're on kind of terminate at the river and appear again on the other side (i.e. implying there's a ford here), or does the road run parallel to the river? If it's the latter, ignore my following posts and I'll write different ones based on this: http://www.trails.com/how_915_ford-a-river.html! Otherwise, my posts below are based on the assumption that we've arrived at a recognised ford, maybe one marked with a Stapol (a pole or pile of stones which marks a ford).

Ash

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As was their routine at unfamiliar rivers, Feck dismounted and awaited Vex's help getting him out of his armour.

Like all educated warriors, especially ones who had seen campaigns in Outremer, Feck had heard about the Emperor Barbarossa who had died in times of yore trying to cross the Saleph while wearing full armour. The man's death had caused his army to completely fall apart, and most non-Germans knew it had caused the failure of the Third Crusade.

- Feck

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Vex likewise dismounted and made his way round to Feck. They wouldn't be able to add Feck's armour to the pack animal's load and expect it to make the crossing so heavily laden: they'd need to make two trips.

- Vex

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OOC: It's terminate at the river and reappear at the other side.

- GM

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OOC: Phew, thanks!

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While Vex helped Feck out of his armour, the warrior was casting his eyes up and down the shoreline of the river, and across to the far side. He wasn't familiar with this river and wasn't going to take any risks.

- Feck

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Calvino was not knowledgeable about river crossings and so looked to the others for guidance. He was a learned man on medicine after all, not a trail guide.

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William dismounted to stand with Vex and Feck,

"I could use my bow to fire an arrow across the river and drive it into the trees on the other side. Might make crossing easier." said William.


- William Wood

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"Do it", Rachel replied, "I for one do not wish to get any wetter than I have to".

- GM

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Though Rachel did not want to get wet, Calvino had little choice in the matter - his possessions could not get wet or else he might as well discard them. He felt sick at the pit of his stomach but dismissed it as worry about his belongings.

~Calvino

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With practised finesse William unwrapped his bow from its protective cloth cover. Running his hands across the smooth finished surface William felt for any fault or break, he knew the bow like it was part of his own body he'd made it himself using the techniques taught to him by the archer company; a single stave of yew bent and stretched with time and patience.

With a grunt of strain William bent the bow clipping the hemp string from one end to the other. hefting it in his hands he stretched the bow feeling his fingers brush his cheek as he pulled the string back. Gently he relaxed and now turned and reached into his quiver of arrows that hung on his horses saddle, choosing a simple bodkin point he took it in hand and grabbing some rope William approached the shore of the river.

William gauged the distance, it wasn't far by any means at least not in archery terms but he was glad as attaching a rope to the end would impact upon how true the arrow would fly. Making sure the rope was tied cleanly to the arrow William placed one foot on the other end and allowed the rest to remain coiled on the ground.

Notching the arrow to his bow William took aim and stretched it to it's full extent, passing his cheek this time and touching his ear with his hand before releasing the hemp line and letting fly with the arrow.


-William Wood

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The arrow flew across the river and landed in a patch of dirt on the other side, firmly embedding itself into the ground.

As William watched, however, a wolf came out of the trees and started to chew on the rope. He'd need to deal with it quickly before it snapped it.

"Quick!", Rachel yelled, "Get our lunch!"

- GM

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Feck and Vex had trail rations aplenty in their gear, though of course they weren't averse to supplementing it with meat. Some localities - the better organised ones, in truth - had laws and customs restricting what animals peasants and foreigners could kill, but wolves were almost universally fair game. Feck wasn't a huge fan - he preferred dog, if forced to eat canine meat, but wasn't rejecting the opportunity, either.

As a professional infantryman who had seen action across Europe and in Outremer, Feck had some training and experience in the use of missile weapons and owned a qaw ferengi - a Saracen crossbow - which he had bagged and strapped to his horse. He wasn't about to step on William's toes, though, by grabbing his bow and going for the other man's mark. Anyway, he knew the longbow in competent hands could fire many volleys before he'd even loaded his own balestra.

This would be a useful opportunity to observe William's skill.

- Feck

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Wolves were quite rare in the south of England where Vex heralded from, though he had encountered them before. They were common across Europe, however, so it wasn't an unprecedented sighting here in Poland, but Vex thought it particularly peculiar that a wolf had risked emerging from the cover of the trees simply to chew on a rope. Perhaps the flax was greased with pig fat or the like for some reason and the smell had attracted the creature?

Some princes had laws calling for wolf hunts during the cubbing season, from Triduum in Spring to the time in Summer about halfway through Ordinal Time, but since the Black Death, rumour had it that wolf populations were on the increase. He had read the Liber Monstrorum and other tomes, of course, and knew that in addition to hunting sheep, unbaptised infants, and desecrating the graves of the wicked, Vex had been taught that wolves hunted deer, so optimistically speaking, Vex wondered if there might be some venison somewhere along the way. But more worryingly, he knew that Grey wolves live in families of a mated pair and their offspring, so this wolf was likely not alone. Wary, Vex glanced from the wolf - a large, green-eyed, vicious-looking, dog - to Feck, then to the trees on the other side of the river...

- Vex

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The wolf continued to chew the rope. There was clearly something in it which he wanted - although why a carnivore would want hemp was entirely unclear.

- GM

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OOC: I understand Will had a very hectic time of it in RL over the last month or so. He's posted in one or two other forums, though, so perhaps email him and he'll come here too?

Ash

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William quickly redrew his bow with another arrow fitting it snugly onto the string, taking careful aim William breathed slowly taking in a breath and releasing it slowly. As his lungs finally emptied William loosed the arrow and it sped off with a twang towards the wolf.

-William Wood

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The arrow struck the wolf square in the flank and it howled in pain, running off, probably to die somewhere.

- GM

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Calvino sighed, waiting for some progress in getting across the river. He began wishing the Romans had conquered the area and then perhaps a well-crafted stone bridge might have been in place. "Is this the best place to cross?" he asked in Latin, hoping the monk would know.

~Calvino

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"This seems to be where the road crosses," Vex commented sagely, "which certainly implies this is where people have found it good to cross."

He added, uninvited, a piece of trivia, "In my home country, England, where we are bound, fords are often marked by a tall standing stone, called a Staple."

He realised belatedly, though, that such a tidbit may not be of interest to the Italian.

"I saw many fair rivers while in Italia," he offered instead, by way of conversation.

- Vex

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"Freyja's flaming necklace, a fine hit!" Feck lauded, observing the arrow strike.

Now stripped down to his kameez (OOC: shirt; an undergarment to protect his outer clothes from sweat) and braies (OOC: like boxer shorts), the warrior was ready to test the ford. In familiar territory, or on a busier road, or when crossing a narrower river he wouldn't have been so cautious, but here he was leaving nothing to the cruel fates.

"I will test the current," he informed the group as he moved towards the river. "That wolf cannot have gone far," he added, "we may well yet still eat it."

- Feck

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The current was not that strong - the water was only knee height.

- GM

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Feck tested the water all the way across, then called back to the others.

"It appears to be a bloody good ford!"

- Feck

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Vex had turned from the Italian to watch Feck attempt the crossing, silently praying in his heart. He had discovered a passage in his Bible where Jesus said it was good to pray in one's 'inner room', rather than out loud in front of people as the 'hypocrits' do. Vex believed his Lord was referring to priests when he said 'hypocrits', prophetically using the analogy of the Pharisees from his own day to speak to people now in these End Times. As such, the ex-friar was more reticent praying in public than he had used to be, except for with Feck who he had come to love like a brother and who he regularly prayed outloud with, if only to try to correct and instruct the wayward warrior in the teaching of the Lord.

When Feck signalled and called out that the ford was a good one, Vex turned to the Italian once agaiin. "Bene," he translated, simply, with an encouraging nod and smile.

- Vex

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OOC: Somehow we seem to have stalled. Shall we cross the river?

Ash

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"Well then lets keep moving." said William, unstringing his bow. "shame the wolf got away, could have done with the meat."

William packed his bow back onto his back and remounted his horse.

-William Wood

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