Dragan's house

[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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Dragan's house

Postby ghill » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:08 pm

According to the old woman cleaning the chapel the priest has already left but Brun gives you directions to the sunken floor hut where Dragan's family lives just a short walk outside the fortified part of the village. The boy Dragan is lying in bed being overseen by the priest who is examining the boy in silence and then leaves quickly after saying a prayer. Dragan looks sickly pale and clammy.

The boy's mother Nadia says Dragan came home shortly before his four-year-old sister Danika and that she was immediately very worried about him, he could not talk and was shivering terribly. She fears he may be suffering from Swamp fever and so put him to bed.

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Re: Dragan's house

Postby HelplessBystander » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:35 pm

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Gandalf could not identify what was wrong with him, or much of anything else, really.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Starspawn338 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:03 pm

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Potions 36
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Garpur kneels before the boy to examine him and considers whether there is anything he can do.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:46 pm

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Aethelwulf is familiar with battlefield wounds, but illness is simply beyond his knowledge.

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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Cotton » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:58 am

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Valbrand is not familiar with the illness that Dragan is suffering from.

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Re: Dragan's house

Postby ghill » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:10 am

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The boy is in a state of shock his heart is weak and he could very well be dieing. In cases like this there is little you can do to help, often a fit warrior can die in the night while a old woman recovers the morning after. Its in Eir's hands (goddess/Valkyrie responsible for help/mercy)
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Starspawn338 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:29 pm

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"This is no swamp fever." Garpur says after examining the child. "This boy witnessed something terrible and he cannot get it out of his mind. He will either accept it and live or he will not and die."

"I believe that Dragan not only found the body but saw what happened. Did he say anything at all?" Garpur asks.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:33 am

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"Perhaps the priest's White God will help him," says Aethelwulf. "He is said to be able to heal the sick."
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:31 am

"Perhaps we can go get him then." Gandalf suggested.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Starspawn338 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:22 am

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Garpur shakes his head. "The priest just left. He can't help this boy. He is in Eir's hands."
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:49 am

Gandalf sighed, "There has to be something we can do to at least ease his suffering."

Upon say this, he started searching around in his bag and took out a bottle of well-brewed ale and placed it beside Dragan. He shrugged, saying, "Not sure if he's well enough to drink, but the alcohol should at least ease his suffering. On the house, no charge."
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Cotton » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:24 am

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Valbrand asks, "Does anyone here have a way with words? If we could coax the boy into telling us what he saw we could take that to Lord Brant, and prove that we had nothing to do with what's happened."
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby HelplessBystander » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:28 pm

“If the lips of a merchant fail to sing words of value, fellow, then I would be one sham of a merchant.” Gandalf chuckled, looking confident.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:11 am

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"I'm not too bad," said Aethelwulf, "but your tongue is more silver than mine. You try first." He usually doesn't speak much, reasoning that it is better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to open his mouth and remove all doubt. However, when he does speak, he makes his words count.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby ghill » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:58 pm

The boy isn't going to say anything to anyone. The only people present are mum (present by the bed) dad (outside tending land) young girl (sister playing outside) the priest (disappearing down the track)
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Starspawn338 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:33 pm

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Garpur addresses the boy's mother. "Did he say anything to you or the priest at all after coming home?" Thinking of another question, he continues, "Or was anyone else with him that could show us where he was before he found the body?"
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby HelplessBystander » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:09 am

Gandalf looks at the woman and made a charming smile. "Fair lady, thy eyes doth shine like sunlight reflected off morning dew. Thine knowledge and wisdom shalt flow forth like the river into the ocean. Please, my dear lady, answer our questions and allow us the understanding of the occurring situation."

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Re: Dragan's house

Postby ghill » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:48 am

He was out playing his sister Danika, but came back without her I told him off but he is just a boy, you can talk to her if you think it will make a difference? The women calls the little girl and after some persuasion, she starts to talk

Dragga and I saw a body just before sunset on the river bank, I didn't want to go anywhere near it but Dragga wasn't scared and he crept through the reeds then he called me to come but I got scared and runs away. When I gets brave and comes back Dragga is gone and so is body, then I see body floating down the stream and I follow it until it gets to the village, then I come home to tell mummy but its not my fault Dragga is not well.


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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Starspawn338 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:59 pm

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"Do you think you could show us where the body was the first time you saw it?" Garpur asks the girl.
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Re: Dragan's house

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:28 am

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Aethelwulf nods, already thinking along the same lines himself.
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