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 Mr. Handy » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:41 am

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"Is this Guyer Sawface?" wonders Aethelwulf aloud, though he has no way of knowing. Though he's not usually very perceptive, he can't help but notice something.

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Cotton » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:53 am

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Valbrand was not paying much attention as he walked along, and so when his shipmates found the body and stopped he ended up stumbling into one of them. Realizing what they have found, he says, "Ah, just our luck."

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am

Garpur is first around the bend in the path and sees the body

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At the same time he sees a dark shape disappearing off into the trees a wolf perhaps


Both Gapur and Aethelwulf the man whoever he is is still alive but close to death.

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

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Gandalf looked at the dying man in front of him with horror, "Somebody should try and save the poor sod. I don't it would be in good faith to leave 'im like that."

He attempts to try and save him with what little he knows of the medical arts.

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Starspawn338 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:57 pm

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Garpur scans the forest quickly before he kneels before the dying man. "Did any of you see that wolf running off through the trees? They usually run in packs so keep an eye out."

He looks at the man and shakes his head slowly. "Not sure if there's anything we can do for him. His neck's broken. Don't move him until he's stabilized, Gandalf."

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:22 pm

Garpur makes the man as comfortable as he can but realises there is nothing he can do the man’s death comes only the Aesir or the White God on the cross can help him now. As Garpur makes him comfortable the man starts to speak what sounds like the local tongue (Magyar) the only word any of the group sounds like black stone repeated several times before he slips away.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:55 pm

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"Should we take him back to Olaf?" asks Aethelwulf, alert to his surroundings. "He'll know if this was Guyer or not. He also needs to know that whoever killed him may still be nearby."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:38 pm

OOC:   Guyer is a Norse like yourselves this man is going by his clothes almost certainly a local  
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Starspawn338 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:10 am

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Was there any bite marks or blood or is the neck just broken like someone (or some thing) snapped it?

"I don't think this is Guyer. We best not run back to Olaf until we find him. I say we scout ahead along the trail but everyone keep your eyes open. I swear I saw something running off as we showed up."

Garpur wonders out loud, " What was he trying to tell us? Something about a black rock. Call out if you see anything that matches that."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:21 am

Gandalf nodded, "I suppose I will, I suppose I will."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Cotton » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:55 am

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Valbrand scans the tree line, his spear at the ready. "Are you sure it was a wolf friend? I mean would they not have stayed to eat their kill?"
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:37 am

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Aethelwulf has his sword and shield in hand. "He didn't look like he was bit at all," he says. "His neck was broke. This looks more like the work of a man to me. Let's keep going forward."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:39 am

“Yes. Let’s move forward.” Gandalf said, agreeing.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:52 am

Having decided to move on, you do the right thing and start to lift the man into a tree so the wolves can't get at him as you do so a small black stone drops from his clenched fist.

The stone is the size of a hen's egg, black in colour and with a smooth surface someone has carved runes on its surface (not in Norse) it feels slightly warm to the touch although this could well be because it has been gripped in the man's hand.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:50 pm

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"The dying man seemed to think it was important enough to use his last words," says Aethelwulf. "Let's keep it."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby HelplessBystander » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:07 am

Gandalf agrees.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Cotton » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:46 am

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If someone else has not already, Valbrand will pick up the black stone. "Indeed, but I think we should keep it to ourselves for now. If,
perhaps, the stone is worth something we could split that amongst the four of us alone."
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Starspawn338 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:31 am

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Garpur shrugs. It's a runestone. What could it possibly be worth?

Shaking his head, he finishes securing the stranger in the tree and heads back down the trail.
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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby ghill » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:18 am

After another hour or so's walk along the trail, the woodland starts to thin slightly there is more grass and new growth as though a clearing is starting to grow back over. At about the same time you notice the unusual absence of birdsong and other forest noises you also realise that you are standing in the centre of a ruined village the huts and local equivalents of longhouses appear to have been burnt down many years ago. A quick perusal of the ruins indicates that the weather and animals have ensured there is nothing of value here.

Walking briskly through the village and into the thicker forest on the other side you see a large gray wolf nipping flesh off what appears to be a headless body which lies on the trail, the wolf skulks off as soon as you appear. Approaching closer you find what looks to be an overnight camp and three other decapitated bodies scattered around the trail all are dressed as you'd expect trappers to be (clothing made of thick furs)

There is also a fourth stranger more mysterious corpse which cannot be identified, it is naked, eviscerated and in a very advanced state of putrefaction.

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Re: 915 AD - The Voyage Starts

Postby Starspawn338 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:39 pm

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Garpur stops short at the sight of the carnage. He's never seen anything like this before in his life. He's been scared but this is a new feeling, an unsettled feeling. Spear gripped tightly in his right hand, he leans against a tree to steady himself.
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