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2,514 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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Hmmm. Supposed to be geeze not geezer damn autocorrect. Funny autocorrect not coming up as I type this rather ironic.

Anyway hope you feel better soon.

I know you feel no pain Caps so no condolences necessary! :-)


Well to be expected Captain Cracked ribs :-)


Oh geezer what happened Finn?


Sorry for the constant delays folks, this project at work just gets bigger and bigger and no matter how many times I give advice they ask the same damn questions and continue to sit on the answers! Oi.

In theory, things should begin to slow down for at least the next few weeks. Mid-April I have to take another trip so I will have a 4 or 5 day interruption at that time as well.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"That is our home now, this is your home. If you wish to accompany me to visit her you may. Otherwise send for her once I have passed, after all, your Mother will need to defer to you in all things once I pass".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

Sergei clearly agitated by your shortness retorts, " I do not expect you to know, I expect you to know who knows and find out!"

Michael, make a Perception+Alertness test DC 7


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

"If you are lying boy you will be sorry! I will have you stripped of all ranks and titles!"

He hisses as you race by...

Son enough you come upon a bridge which spans one of the larger canals of the city, across the way you spot Micheal Santo speaking to someone. His face is clearly agitated. The persons back is to you.

What do you do?


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Pause there, Alessandro is detained, when he is free, he will join you.


Traveling this week, will update on Friday.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

Do you wish to do anything else or simply head back to the Inn?


No worries, I will probably have you hang out in the background for now as you are not in a scene with a current player.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

" I do not think that it is anything that will effect us directly, it is likely just the reason that we have been placed in the room, all others are occupied at the current time. Unless Sergai Volkov has connections to this man, then perhaps it would be prudent to leave".

Dominic shrugs, "Signore' Khadaji saw Volkov once that I know of, in the market, raving like a lunatic. I do not think Khadaji would associate with one so unhinged".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

Grima sits with you at the café, his feet are sore as he rubs them. Grinning as he sips on his espresso he turns to you, "We have covered the length of the city. Tell me what do you wish to see next Signore'? The sun is setting and I will need to return to the docks to work soon".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"No, there is something afoot here, the guardsmen were not Muslim who were escorting that woman who passed us by upon our entrance. They may be hosting someone, who is the question I suppose".

You saw a crest on the uniforms of those guards but it was not one from Venice, that is for certain.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

He pats your back awkwardly, "Unless there is some way you can magically extend my life no more can be done, the Viziers tell me the disease is terminal. I have had a fine life my son, my last command is for you to do what you think is best in all matters. I will be leaving tomorrow to make my last Pilgrimage to Mecca. If Allah wills it, then I shall return to your mothers' side in the lands of the Earl in the north".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

You wander around for about an hour but cannot seem to locate the place of the first murder.

Sergei you can see is getting impatient, "Will this take much longer? I thought you knew this city?"


I took Hatred Ecclesiarchy Caps.

FYI, Brenda re-sent me an invite but I did not get it yet. Can you take a pic and text it to me so I have the info?

Thanks.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

"I want to go to the scene of each murder, in order. There may be some insight i seeing these places".

Make a Charisma + Hearth Wisdom roll to ask around for the site of the first murder, the second one you are aware of already.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

Your long day of touring the city and interacting with Veetians high and low has yielded some understanding of the current climate in the city.

Power Structure
Currently Doge Pietro Gradenigo and the members of the Great Council guide the city. Recently through deft political maneuvering the Doge has closed the Council to those who have either already sat on the council or who can prove that relatives were on the council in the past. These Oligarchs led by House Dandolo and Gradenigo seek an expansion of Venetian territory in the Italian mainland. Their opponents, pro-papal Querini and Tiepolo are populists, who seek to refrain from interference on the Italian mainland.

Current Political Climate

The taking of Ferrara in northern Italy has raised a stir. The Great Council has waged spirited debates for weeks regarding how to come to grips with the Popes reaction to the taking of Ferrara. He has threatened excommunication!

The populists believe that Ferrara should be handed back to the Papacy while the Oligarchs believe that Venice is in its rights to claim the city and the Pope should back away from Ferrara. Especially in light of the fact that the city is financially struggling after several naval setbacks over the past few decades.

The clashes have led to some bloodshed in the streets and brawls in cafes. The Doge has called for a ban on weapons carried by citizens as a result and has been by and large effective in at least forcing those who would disobey the edict underground.

Commerce
The commerce of the city is mainly through the trade of goods. Venice has access to many ports and the will and ships to defend most of those trade lanes despite their recent setbacks. They are the crux of the east west trade. Collegantia, the main form of business involves a silent wealthy partner who contributes the bulk of the capital and an active partner who also puts up a share and conducts the trade.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Your father takes a deep breath, "Alessandro, I am dying. I have been sick for a few months now. I have sought springs in the land of the Earl which I thought would restore my youth, sadly the efforts have failed. I grow weaker with each passing day. I have spent my time the past few weeks visiting your brothers and sisters along the Mediterranean to ensure that they have what they need to keep the family operations running smoothly".

He reaches into his pocket and produces a scroll and he hands it to you.

"My wasiyya Alessandro. I have named you my al-wasi. It shall fall to you to be Qiwaamah as I pass. Though you may be the youngest of my children, you are the most possessed of Hikmah amongst my descendants".

Alessandro:
Feel free to correct the usage of these words. I felt it important to use Arabic to convey the message in this scene. You can well consider that my Arabic is about as good as my Italian which I mean to say its s&&#. :-)


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

As you walk through the house you see some of those who are wandering about nod to Moses though they seem a bit distant to you and your brother.

You are brought to room which has no windows, "Refreshments will be brought to you soon".

Jaleel takes his leave closing the door behind him.

Moses stretches and sits down on the pillows which cover the floor, "This is a very traditional Muslim household based on dress and etiquette. My presence here may well help you with this deal". He grins at you both.


I tried to get to this earlier today but just had too much to do today. Good news is that I am feeling physically fine after being sick for the 5th or 6th time this year. I am over the hump with work as well so should be slowing down for the next few weeks.

I will therefore be posting tomorrow from work all of the updates. As always, I appreciate your patience with this glacially slow PBP!

One of these years you will all be together and the story will pick up as I will be running one game and not seven separate games at once!

At some point I will archive this thread the free time to do so just has not made itself available to me yet.


Sorry I have been unavailable all week, will catch up tomorrow.


Will try to get to updates no later than Saturday gents.


OK Finn no worries.

I don't think you will come into contact with any players for the remainder of the current day.


Thanks Lorenzo. Finn please see the spoiler in Lorenzo's post above.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

The guards shrug and let you through with that explanation.

As you approach the open doors of the house you are greeted by an older Muslim gentleman, "Good day Signore's. I am Galeel, Seneschal of House Khadaji. Tell me, how can I be of service?"

Galeel appears to be warm and inviting, he is tall but not as tall as the hooded giant Moses.

Dominic chimes in, "My brother and I own a venture which Alessandro expressed an interest in purchasing from us. We are here to discuss this further".

Galeel smiles, "Very well. Come, I shall find a place where you can take refreshments. Alessandro is busy with other business but he should free up soon enough".


Finn, make two more Charisma+Carousing rolls. Let me check the rule of 10 in the new Dark Ages book and I will let you know later tonight.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

The worker nods in assent as he goes about his business.

You head back home considering your next move as there is much to do but not much of it that can be done right now. The woman Xing must be found, she is the key to finding the Man with No Name.

Sadir should certainly be informed about what you have discovered about Fahdi, Even thinking the name causes a ripple in your mind, to say the words are just impossible. Then there is the trouble with the shipments and ensuring secrecy in the process.

Your musings absentmindedly bring you closer to the center of civic life in the city. As you look up you see your father standing there aghast.

"Why are you still here?" he hisses as he approaches. "You were to accompany the agent of the King to a meeting, do you care so little for your responsibilities to your family!"

You realize that out here in public he is trying not to cause a commotion but from the look on his face he is furious with you. Surrounded by citizens, you are glad for the safety in their numbers.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"I am well as is your mother. She is overseeing affairs in the north. Tell me how you feel about marrying this daughter of an Earl. It is an opportunity for our family to stride both east and west but I sense some hesitation in you, why is this?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You all head over to the home of Alessandro Khadaji. It is a bit colder this day then the past few causing you to shiver as you are not dressed for it to be so cool, especially without full access to all of your clothing at the present time.

His home is by the sea, mush to your surprise, it is guarded by men who wear an unfamiliar sigil.

Within the gates a woman attended by a few guards strolls purposefully towards you. It would seem a coincidence that they are leaving as you are arriving. She is dressed in a hijab. Curiously, the men guarding her are all white males, too pale for the olive skin of a Venetian.

As you arrive at the gates, they pass through.

Alyssa:
Auspex 7d10 ⇒ (6, 5, 1, 2, 9, 4, 3) = 30

The woman turns in your direction but keeps moving.

The men at the gates stop you, "What is your business here?


OK, finally got a chance to update the thread!


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

"You just don't get it do you Mon'Amie. Your life as you knew it is over, you hang on to something you need to rid yourself of if you wish to stay alive. Do as you wish, your arrogance will be your undoing".

You stride past him to see if Sergei is awake.

Sergei looks up at you, he is speaking with a new figure, one you have never seen before. He nods to the man who strides out of the room. No one else is present.

"It is time to begin a real sweep of this city Michael. We will need to begin with the areas where the murders took place over the past few weeks. Let us take a tour you and I, shall we?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

You head to the boathouse looking for Michael, unfortunately he is not there.

One of his employees is present though, "Signore Santo is not available at this time. I understand he was by late last night, I do not know where he is now".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

Grima agrees to give you a tour of the city though his station does not allow you to gather the nature of information that you seek.

Make a series of rolls. First Charisma+Carousing rolls, 3 in all, to reflect the time you spend all day learning the power structure of the city. Make two Charisma+Politics rolls to ascertain what the political climate is. Finally, make also one Charisma+Finance roll to get a sense of how the commerce of the city functions.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Galeel hesitates, "He has been hard to read since his return Alessandro, I am not sure what he is thinking. Come, let us attend to him".

After dressing you head with Galeel through the house to where your father sits on a veranda overlooking the sea.

He turns to you, In Arabic. "Sit my son sit, let us discuss the future. Galeel, you may leave us".

Galeel closes the door behind him leaving you both alone.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses sighs, "Fine but I will accompany you. Lead on Dominic".

Dominic grinning gets ready, [b "Let's eat first, need to be on a full stomach to negotiate properly". [/b]


Will update by the weekends end.


Will post likely tomorrow, baby never napped yesterday...


I just received my PDF copy of V20 Dark Ages. I will be looking through it over the next few days. Likely we will transition to this version of the game as it is suitable for the setting.

I believe this is the last book I will back for an RPG company unless something else really compelling is proposed.


I will update tomorrow night.


OK updated! All are good to go for the next day.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses shakes his head, "Do you expect Lorenzo to go with you on these expeditions?"

Dominic nods yes, "We will be in the daylight in the open. The Volkov's and their minions would be a fool to attack the three of us in broad daylight!"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"And you shall get it back but it is not worth your life".

Dominic shrugs, "Alessandro will be easier to get to as he is a simple merchant and not a politician but Dandolo will no doubt have more funds".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses gives you a dubious look, "We are staying here because we should not be at your house. I don't think that is a good idea at all".

Dominic chimes in, "I agree. Instead I think we should seek out two individuals. The first Christopher Dandolo and the second Alessandro Khadaji. Both men seemed to express an interest in our warehouse business. Now is the time to sell and give some of the profit to our dear sister and her children. The rest, we keep for ourselves to have our own liquid cash, in case for some reason we need to flee this city".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

You head back to your home a bit shaken by your encounter with Hans/Fahdi. It seems that he can be rattled though you are not sure doing so is the wisest move! You wish to tell Sadir about this encounter but some force holds you back, probably the power of that damn Hans!

You are puzzled about how to find the Man with No Name if he is indeed a nocturnal creature. Perhaps the woman is the only way to find him but then how do you find her?

You at least find comfort in the arms of your new "wife".

As the sun rises late in the morning, sleep has not solved your dilemma. What do you do?


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

After a long night of back and forth you head to the boathouse one more time to ensure that at least the business end of your business is operating more smoothly than your personal life.

To your amazement, all of your drivers have recorded hefty fares. It seems that the past few days have seen more overnight arrivals than you have seen in quite some time. Putting this in the back of your mind you head to the Volkov safe house knowing that going home yet to sleep is not an option.

As you arrive there as dawn breaks Francois is the only one awake in teh main room.

He shakes his head at you, "Risky. Going off on your own like that. Next time, you may not make it back. I keep telling Sergei you are a liability but he won't hear it. More nights like this and I won't have to try too hard to convince him I am right".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Galeel rouses you from your slumber, "Sabaah al-khayr Alessandro. Your father, he wishes you to break your fast with him after morning prayers".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses is the first to wake up. He has retrieved a hearty meal to break your morning fast.

Dominic is bleary eyed and quiet.

Moses grins, "Better accommodations than the last place I set you up in eh Lorenzo?" he says with a smile. "Have you any plan today other than to lay low?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

You wake a bit late after your late night activities. Confident that the seeds you planted will ripen you step out to proceed with your initial arrival plans...

Finn:
Overall goal is for Finn to get a real good sense of the power structure of the city, its economics, its politics and its people so that he can move in between trough all categories) the 2nd part of the plan is to insert himself into the financial / economics system and to develop his information network. I want to make sure this is still what you had in mind before I push your story further.

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