111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#76  Postby mark » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:07 pm

The Rēfa nods as he listens and sips from his elaborate drinking horn, "So Tjodolfer the Northman is accepting his ship was lawfully seized, but wished to appeal on the grounds of extenuating circumstances? Indeed, he claims it was the fault of Ubbi Ragnarsson, our kingdom's esteemed friend, that he did not pay the full amount of the berthing fees? Anyway, when informed the ship had been lawfully seized for non payment of fees, instead of appealing to the king, he publicly called the Here-berg Mægester a thief?"

Rēfa asks, "Tjodolfer is there anything else you wish to add?"
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#77  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:10 pm

Struggling to understand the implication Dolfer says in his broken Anglican " That the ship is hold on until the debt is cleared is of course understandable. But confiscating the ship and giving it away or selling when he own 45 d fees is not." Then Dolfer takes of his silver arm ring. And show is " I want my ship back, i can pay what is own here and now" It is clearly that Dolfer is so angry and upset that he is nearly crying.
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#78  Postby NMorgan » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:25 pm

Sulki leans in towards Dolf and says in Danish, "I told them that we want our ship restored, on grounds of the unusual circumstances and the fact that we owed so little compared to what was taken. He wishes to know if you accept that the ship was seized according to the law, and confirms that we claim that it was Ubbi’s "fault" that we did not pay the full amount owed. He asks if, instead of appealing to the king, you instead publically called the harbormaster a thief and he wishes to know if you have anything further to add to this.”

He gives Dolf a moment to add or not add to what was said before he translates.
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#79  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:45 pm

Dolfer nods and say. "I told you that I thi k he is a thief I did not challange him. But you where there, tell them what you want. "
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#80  Postby mark » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:25 am

Dolfr makes a speech in Anglian as best he is able to those assembled in the hall, including the Reeve himself. He tries to assure them of his honour and good name and convince them to return the ship to his custody.

The Refa waits for Dolfr to finish speaking and then says in Anglian, "Only the King can return your ship to you now, Tjodolfr the Northman, but I see no reason to bother him with this as the matter is clear. You had an agreement to berth your ship for set period of time for a fee, and you did not collect your ship in that time. The ship was lawfully transferred to the king, and for that you call his Here-berg Mægester a thief."

Turning to Oswine, he asks, "That is correct, yes? And what is the ship worth?"

Oswine nods solemly at the Refa and replies, "About 9,000d."

The Refa says, "Tjodolfr the Northman, you have been found guild of sedition against the king's appointed Here-berg Mægester, publicly accusing him of an outrageous theft and came here hoping to see him punished."

The Refa adds, "You will pay him 9,000d in compensation and will suffer the rest of the day in the healsfang where one ear shall be cut off and nailed next to you so that in your future dealings all the good people of Eoferwic will know the manner of man you are. If you cannot pay then all your goods will be seized and after your time in the healsfang you will be banished as an outlaw."

Perhaps now would be a good time to apologise wholeheartedly to Oswine and make a plea for leniency to the Refa...

healsfang [Anglian] = neck taker (pillory)
Eoferwic [Anglian] = Jórvík (York)
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#81  Postby Bjorn Are Stolen » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:15 pm

Upon hearing the harch centence, Tryggr, allready by the door, decides to sneak out, pretending he never knew theese people
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#82  Postby jezreel » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:12 pm

sensing the commotion and seeing Dolfer's reaction, Gunnar whispers urgently

" What's going on?"
" What has he said?"
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#83  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:00 pm

Not understanding everything but sensing he is in truble Dolfer looks for a way out and start to move backwards.
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#84  Postby Scipio » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:10 pm

Biarni, trying to process what's happening while working in two languages at once, translates as best he's able to the men standing behind Sulki and Tjodolfr. At the Refa's judgement he chokes, unbelieving.

Leaning forwards, he speaks quickly to the two men doing the talking: "But he, we, did not come asking for a punishment. We came willingly, asking to be allowed to buy our ship back, asking the Refe to consider our case on behalf of the King. Punishing us for asking for arbitration is not reasonable, even if the situation was heated. This is what the laws require us to do in case of disagreements, I am sure.

The harbour master may feel insulted by the tone, but calling it sedition is a stretch. This is where we might want to consider offering an apology."


Having spoken his piece to Tjodolfr and Sulki, Biarni discreetly eyes the room to gauge their chances if Tjodolfr draws a blade. He doesn't like the result.
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#85  Postby jezreel » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:42 pm

Gunnat stiffens with horror as he hears Biarni's translation

Dolfer is a loudmouth for sure, but this is crazy - what kind of justice is this? he thinks

" FIght of flight?"
" Or is there another plan ?
" he whispers to his mates
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#86  Postby NMorgan » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:10 am

Sulki nods at Biarni and looks hard at Dolfr, hoping his friend has grasped the severity of the situation and would be able to keep his pride in check. ”Yes. If you value your hide, you will likely have to apologize and hope it is enough.”

He turns back to the magistrate,trying to keep himself, or at least his voice, calm even if inwardly he is seething.

”Honored Rēfa, Tjodolfer the Northman did not know the law, nor for that matter, did any of us. Further, most in our crew, including Tjodolfer, are not particularly fluent in the language. We thought, incorrectly it seems, that this was an opportunity to have our case regarding the ship heard. Instead, it has devolved into something else. As has been stated, we were delayed in our return performing a valuable service for Ubbi Ragnarsson, a task we did not know we would be set to accomplish when we departed this town. One that nearly cost some of us our lives, and indeed we lost one of our companions, but through our efforts and the wise leadership and counsel of Ubbi, we obtained a measure of peace for this kingdom and a reprieve from war, accomplishing what Lord Ubbi and the Sons of Ragnar, stalwart friends of this kingdom, desired.”

“When we departed here, we were in good standing at the docks, having prepaid the berthing for a sufficient amount of time for what was then our intended journey and then some. We were delayed by the aforementioned circumstances. Then, upon our return, and indeed on our very first full day back, we immediately went to the harbor to be sure to pay what we knew would now be due, only to find ourselves immediately blocked by armed men, told our ship was no longer ours, and ordered to leave the docks. How any of them even knew who we were so quickly or why we would have come to the docks, I have yet to figure out for we had not yet even approached the ship in question or even spoken to anyone. We were taken entirely by surprise, both by the needlessly hostile reception, and that a ship worth 9,000 d would be confiscated for a debt amounting to a round of beers for a common tavern room, without any chance of recourse or opportunity to rectify the situation given.”

”Men were gathering threateningly with weapons at hand, tempers flared on both sides, and words were spoken which, under better and less threatening circumstances, clearer heads would not otherwise have been spoken. I apologize to Oswine Wigheardson for the slight against him as he was, as I have come to understand, following the law and customs of the land. I also ask for leniency on behalf of Tjodolfer, who has risked his life repeatedly for this kingdom and its friends and allies. Leniency for Tjodolfer, who has never intended anything approaching “sedition,” who came from a land where the customs are quite different, and who, in a moment of surprised shock, merely spoke out in anger when he should not have.”
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#87  Postby mark » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:11 pm

Tryggr's passage is blocked by what appears to be a locked door and a couple of armed guards. They make no effort to restrain Tryggr, just making sure he remains until the proceedings are over in case he is somehow involved.

The court falls silent as Sulki speaks, and is quiet for a few moments afterwards. The Reeve is clearly considering what Sulki has said....

Several moments later, he asks, "Translator, what is your name and relationship to Tjodolfr? He is your scip mægester, yes? Are these exactly the words of Tjodolfr? Does he wish to publicly apologise to Oswine for calling him a thief and to this assembly for wasting our time?

Oswine raises an eyebrow and turns to look at Sulki and Tjodolfr, looking more as if he expects violence to erupt rather than an apology to be issued.


scip mægester [Anglian] = ship master (captain)
Norþhymbra Rīce [Anglain] = kingdom of Northumbria
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#88  Postby Bjorn Are Stolen » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:27 pm

Tryggr makes no attempt to get out if the path is blocked, he just resigns, awaiting his destiny.
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#89  Postby jezreel » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:09 am

Gunnar looks at Dolfer - all seething warrior - and at Sulki- all worried leader - and at Biarni - all merchant that cannot believe the trouble that Dolfer's words cause - and then around for Tyggyr, who seems to be about to head out of the door

He lays what he hopes is a calming hand on Dolfer's sword arm and whispers to him in his best comforting and persuasive style

" This is not a time for getting even, or worrying about your reputation "
"There will be plenty of time to work on that to come"
" This is a time for getting out of here with both your ears still attached to your body"


Gunnar then looks into Dolfer's eyes and says with a grin

" Believe me, you look better with both of them "

"Just tell them that you didn't understand what had happened to the ship and you thought it had been stolen......"
" And you're sorry for calling the Harbourmaster a thief - it was a mistake...."


" Then we can all get out of here in one piece, and plan our next move"
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Re: 111-868 Undr á Gæignesburh [IC]

Post Number:#90  Postby NMorgan » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:07 pm

"My name is Sulki Barðisson from Vágrvik in Western Jutland. I am the scip mægester."

Quickly, Sulki turns and outlines what he has told the court to the others. ".... and so he wants to know if you wish to publicly apologize to Oswine for calling him a thief and to this assembly for wasting its time. Which you do, Dolf, because otherwise they will take your ear and make you an outlaw, and if you are an outlaw, then I will need to go and be outlaw with you, and that is going to make getting our ship back and helping Vágrvik even more difficult. So, please."
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