Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Agema's Play-By-eMail RPG Game "Swashbuckler" - Turn #3

So last turn we left my character, Mister Bartholomew Yorke, leaving his native city of York, Yorkshire, and along with his three new acquaintances, arrive at London. Well today saw the third turn, September 1706, arrive and we get to see what he's been up to...

LINK to turn one

LINK to turn two

September 1706

Location: London, England.
What am I doing: Just arrived this month and have spent the turn familiarising myself with the place, and looking for work opportunities. 
'Old' London Bridge - hence the song, 'London Bridge is falling down...'
Current Situation:
Your first need is to find lodgings, preferably within the area of the old city walls. Such will allow you to acquaint yourself with the locations of Cheapside and Leadenhall Street, the Wool Merchant's Guild at Bishopgate, and any clubs where wool and linen merchants may meet. 
London is a very busy place which makes York seem like a quiet backwater. As you go about attempting to find suitable lodgings, followed by Ern and your two other 'employees', you happen to pass a well-dressed gentleman and lady. 
You overhear he is pontificating to the lady in the manner of someone explaining the wonders of the city in depth to a visitor. "The population includes a Huguenot √©migr√© community which fled persecution in France during the late 17th century. The Bank of England was founded here in 1694. Sites include the Tower of London (11th century, a Norman citadel), and the Tea Exchange near East India House in Leadenhall Street. Squares..." 
The lady yawned. 
"It's BORING!" she cries, with a gleam in her eyes. "You promised me adventure. If I have to make eyes at one more old man with a cheap wig I'll SCREAM! Let's take the money we have so far and run away, let's visit some exotic country..." 
"Yes, my dear, of course," the gentleman replied hastily, "Have you ever travelled to... Denmark?" 
"Denmark? Of course I bloody haven't, it's just a few islands of fisherman and pig farmers!" 
"Far from it, my one love." 
They wandered off as you pursued your own course.
Ern observed, "They talk funny around 'ere."
'Old' London Bridge
Now everything is hustle and bustle, the streets are busier still in the centre. You end up having to pay a guinea to secure a decent room at an inn near the Thames, namely at the Old Thameside Inn near London Bridge. 
During your stay it becomes clear that there is a huge variety of life and opportunity in this great city. You are aware of Tompion's workshop where apprentices are taken on to learn how to make watches. There's also the famous Tower of London where the Board of Ordnance is based. The royal court meets in St. James Palace, while Parliament meets in the Palace of Westminster. 
The war office is housed at Horseguards Palace, and the Board of the Naval Commission at Whitehall Palace. There is also a royal naval academy, as well as the Royal Marine Society of Craft and Workshop. 
The London Society meets in the city, headed by Sir Isaac Newton. 
In addition, under Colonel Holcroft Blood there is an artillery academy. 
The Church of England runs Lambeth Palace where Thomas Tenison, the venerable Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England resides, while the Bishop of London runs St. Paul's Cathedral. 
Then the Royal Society of Medicine is based in Cavendish Square near Westminster, which includes Sloane Square Hospital and includes several GP practices. 
There are barracks, and two shipyards called the Old and New Yards. 
Then we have the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. 
Other places of interest include the Bank of England, the Board of Trade, the headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company and the Honourable East India Company. 
You have heard of several eminent gentlemen residing in London, including Nicholas Hawksmoor (architect), Robert Hooke (scientist), Gregory King (statistician), Henry Winstanley (engineer), and Sir Christopher Wren (architect, physicist, astronomer and mathematician). 
One of the senior military commanders in the city is Lieutenant-General Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough.
'Old' London Bridge - note the spans of bridge that can be levered open to allow tall ships to pass through
What do you wish to do, or do you wish to explore the city? 
You have already fallen on a curious advertisement entitled 'Men of Substance and Quality' in a newspaper you happen to pick up, the London Gazette. While you do not have much to buy an interest in the business therein described, perhaps this Company would let you invest, or need employees like your men as sword-hands to protect their interests, or yourself as a Company officer to protect them from savages in the desolate land known by the oddly inappropriate name of Greenland? (Iceland would be a more apt name, but apparently that has already been taken!) 
Ern favours it, and the others seem to do what he says. It is possible they can speak for themselves, although you have seen precious little evidence that this is so.
The River Thames was never this clean, surely?
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So that's where Mister B. Yorke now finds himself, at London and having to decide whether to follow the wool trade he knows a little about (being a merchant from York), pursue another of the many starting points for trade and adventure that London, it seems, has to offer, or try his (and the other three's) luck on this Greenland venture. 

Decisions... 

Then there's also the small matter of needing to lose my temper (as in use my 'weakness' - a necessary game action once every six turns) in the next couple of turns. 

Decision, decisions.

One thing that is for certain. London's an expensive place ... One Guinea for an inn room! I'll be bankrupt at those prices, unless I find work soon.