I've created a new Page (see above) which contains an index of the previous turns, to make it easier for us all.
|Hmm, either this picture is wrong, or those Greenlander natives don't feel the cold!|
Well, nobody can say I didn't try. Also, I gave orders that my character would allow his 'workers' to have some time off to themselves (not at all to be read as, buying their loyalty), and that my character would rest up at his Inn lodgings so as to be well-rested and fit for the expedition to come.
So, onward to the...
Current situation:Attempting to secure a loan off a moneylender for 25 guineas proves
more difficult than one would have thought. You find yourself at the
Sign of Three, a pokey and dusty shop which is dark within, and
manned by an unkempt shaggy-haired individual sporting ragged black
clothing and fingerless gloves. He introduces himself as Josiah Snead.
You ask for a loan of up to 25 guineas, and he looks surprised. He
shrugs, “What have you got as security, my boy?”
You hesitate. He points to your walking cane, prompting you to show it
him, and explain it to be a sword-cane. He examines it, and explains if
this is left with him until payment is made back, he offers you half-a-guinea, as a loan up until January 1711 at which point either one
guinea needs to have been paid to him to release the cane and clear the
debt, or the cane becomes his own possession. You try to persuade him
to make you a better deal, but it soon becomes clear that he is sure this
is the best deal you will find! Do you accept the offer?
It is frustrating, because half-a-guinea won’t buy any goods even if you
should agree, so dreams of buying goods to trade seem to be fading
While there is still free time before sailing, you hand to Ern one guinea
and allow him and his two mates time to spend it as they will (which
appears to involve drinking far too much). Your insistence that they be
fit and healthy, and present to set sail for Greenland when that time
arrives notwithstanding (for the next day they seemed in good spirits,
and in rude health, despite having over-indulged, albeit they tired later
in the day and to a man became sullen).
As for yourself, you retired to the Old Thameside Inn, visited coffee
shops, and led a quiet existence keeping yourself out of trouble as best
It was with some gratification that a few items found a way to your
lodgings courtesy of Thomas Guy, for your personal use. Namely, a
flintlock blunderbuss, powder and shot, a flint and steel necessary to
light fire, a leather bottle of whale oil.
|An English Flintlock Blunderbuss|
And there we have it. My current situation and where I shall begin my imaginings for next turn's orders. I'm not going to give up on securing trade goods (my character is a merchant after all), but I feel that the disappointment of failing to secure a loan, and suppressing said disappointment last month, means Mister Bartholomew Yorke will be using / allowing his Weakness of his Temper to become unchecked this next turn. You have all been warned!
|Cornelis Dusart, 'Drinking Bout', 1700 © Frans Hals Museum|