Eoferwic

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Eoferwic

Post Number:#1  Postby mark » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:57 pm

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Eoferwic

Eoferwic, or Jórvík as it is called by its new masters, is a large, well fortified settlement at the confluence of two rivers. Eoferwic is the largest city in the Kingdom of Northumbria, and serves as the centre for both religious and political administration. The population estimate is about two thousand people, some of whom are conquering Pagan Danes and some are Christian Angles. The entire city is a melting pot of culture and will require strong leadership to maintain order.

The original ageing stone walled city is Roman, as is her vast stone cathedral and administrative buildings. It is a roughly square area, surrounded by a low ditch and moderately high and thick stone walls, and each corner has a stone tower. There are gates to the north, east, south and west, each with a pair of towers.

An later expansion of the city extends over one of the rivers, and is fortified by a ditch and a large wooden palisade with wooden towers. The palisade does not extend around the edge of the river, which promotes rich international river trade in this area and leaves the older city to engage in crafts such as the minting of coins and the fashioning of wheels and so on.

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Re: Eoferwic

Post Number:#2  Postby mark » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:38 pm

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The Jǫtunn [(Frost) Giant] is a Danish theme pub in the merchants' quarter of Eoferwic (aka Jórvík). The name alludes to Jarl Ívarr, perhaps as recognition as the overlord of the conquering army or some such. The painted sign has both an image and Danish runes [Younger Futhark (long-branch), aka East Norse writing] for those that can read them.

The building is a medium to large sized, single story, timber and thatch construction hall. It is a cheap to reasonable quality establishment, neither the best nor the worst, just plain and comfortable furniture (no cushions & few simple tapestries) and average ale. Most of the working girls are young adults, slim, mostly clean, plain looking, Englar slaves. You could do better, but you'd pay a lot more, and you could very easily do a lot worse. The girls are forced to work in the loft above the common room, accessible via a ladder.

There are a couple of private rooms at the back of the establishment, no doubt used by the owner or staff. Sleeping accommodation is either in a 'private' bunk, raised just above the common room benches and with privacy provided by a curtain, or sleeping in the common room in the straw or on a bench. The floor is dirty and draughty, especially in winter, but it beats sleeping in the street!

The centre of the common room is dominated by a rectangular fire pit. The fire is almost always keeping a cauldron of stew warm or for the wealthy it is sometimes used for roasting.
Eoferwic is not a cheap place, except for surplus war booty, and as such prices here are higher than standard...
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ACCOMMODATION PER NIGHT
Common room floor; 1.5d
Raised & curtained bed; 3d

GROOMING
Hot bath (mornings); 0.5d
Laundry, 1 set of clothes (mornings, 24hrs); 2d

DRINKS PER DAY-MARK [<3hours]
Reasonable ale; 1.5d
Reasonable mead; 12d
Cool, clean water; 0.5d

FOOD
Reasonable meal (ie: bread & stew); 6d
Superior meal (ie: roast meat); 16d

GIRL PER CANDLE-MARK [~15mins]
1 Girl; 30d
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