915 AD - The Voyage Starts

[They] "transport beaver hides, the pelts of the black fox and swords from the farthest reaches of the Saqaliba to the Sea of Rum [i.e., the Black Sea]. The ruler of Rum [i.e., the Byzantine Empire] takes a tithe of them. If they wish, they go to the Tnys river [i.e., "Tanais", the Greek name of the Don River], Yitil [i.e., Itil, the ancient name of the Volga], or Tin [variously identified as Don or Seversky Donets], the River of the Saqaliba. They travel to Khamlij, the city of the Khazars whose ruler takes a tithe of them. Then they betake themselves to the Sea of Jurjan [Caspian Sea] and they alight on whichever of its shores they wish. ... Sometimes, they carry their goods from Jurjan by camel to Baghdad. Saqlab slaves translate for them. They claim that they are Christians and pay the jizya."

885-886, Ibn Khordadbeh writing about the Rus merchants who brought goods from Northern Europe and Northwestern Russia to Baghdad

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Starspawn338 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:27 pm

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Garpur steps forward. "Greetings. I am Garpur Varn, one of Olaf the Golden's crew. We were sent to meet Guyer Sawface for trade in furs. It appears you found Guyer first.

Garpur pauses before he continues, "I don't know if it's a sign or not but we found Guyer's men butchered a couple hours down the path and we were following the trail of his mules when we came here. Are you friends of the Northern traders?"
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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Aethelwulf remains silent for now, waiting to hear the lord's response and letting Garpur do the talking.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:51 am

Gandalf, too, shall remain silent for a little longer until he could gain a more accurate assessment of the situation before him.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:54 am

Lord Brant is about to speak when there is an inhuman ululation, muffled and seemingly originating from somewhere below the tower house. Brant makes a gesture and one of his men disappears and the wail abruptly stops.

with a look of disgust, Lord Brant starts again. You shall be my guest then until we can get to the bottom of this thing
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:58 pm

"What was that noise, my lord?" Gandalf asked, looking somewhat confused.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:25 pm

A prisoner of mine captured trying to raid my lands a pagan Vyatichi. He is being tortured so we know their plans. Lord Brant replies as food is brought in for everyone. When you are finished you may find a bed in any of my properties.

OOC:   The Viyatchi are a tribe from the South and West of here. They certainly raid and if he was captured then his treatment is perfectly in line with expectations. His properties include this tower, the priest's hut and a small inn/traders post.  
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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Garpur is happy to eat and rest within the confines of a guarded village after what he witnessed on the road. He is a bit wary as Lord Brant did not exactly answer the question of whether he was friends to the Northern traders. He will make his bed in the inn rather than with the priest or the lord.

OOC:   Do any of the villagers look like the first guy we found on the road (with the broken neck)?  
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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"May we send a message to Olaf to let him know what happened, milord?" asks Aethelwulf.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:25 am

Gandalf is also somewhat suspicious of the lord's unwillingness to disclose his relationship with Northern Traders, causing to want to distance himself from the lord at the first available opportunity and to find somewhere else to trade.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:46 pm

Lord Brant nods his head in agreement Talk to Burgholf at the tavern he talks matters of trade in my name and he can send a man back to the river tomorrow. It may be that he has furs to trade as well so your Olaf the Golden need to pass through my lands at a loss
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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"Thank you, milord, we'll do that," says Aethelwulf.
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"Thank you. Olaf will be expecting us at first light so we will need to get an early start back with your man and any furs he might have to trade."

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:26 pm

"You misunderstand me. As I have said you will stay as my guests until this whole matter is cleared up. A man will be sent on horseback if necessary, but I doubt any captain would simply sail away from a trade deal without knowing what has happened first. As soon as I am happy that you have no involvement in these matters then you will be free to go" Says Lord Brant, pausing for a moment he adds. "If a man of his reputation was to vouch for you so much the better"
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:35 pm

"Perhaps we could send a message to Olaf first? It would certainly suffice for one of us to leave for a message." Gandalf said, smiling. "As I understand it, our stay would be 'short', correct?"
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Talk to Burgholf he will ensure your message is delivered Lord Turns rises from his chair and leaves clearly any discussion over as far as he is concerned.

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Cotton » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:12 am

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Valbrand bows to Lord Brant as the nobleman leaves, "Come let us find this Burgholf, the sooner we figure out our message to Olaf the better."

OOC:   Did the priest of the White God and the older noblewoman stay behind or follow Lord Brant?  
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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"Yes, let us be off to the tavern," agrees Aethelwulf. "A drink and a meal would not go amiss, either."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:18 pm

Gandalf bowed to Lord Brant as well, watching him leave. He breath a sign of relief inwards, something about the man didn't quite sit well with him. As he assessed the situation, he trudged behind the others, staying quiet.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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Garpur will sullenly follow the others to the inn/trading post. He does not like his freedom restricted but he is unwilling to offer any more dissenting talk lest he end up screaming in a dungeon somewhere.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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