Played on January 13th, 2008
As told in the voice of John
May 31st, 1689
So Olivia had the grace to tell us that we had not arrived in Rome but
instead in a neighbouring town called "Portus". As if we hadn't had enough
hardships on our way already, now we had to walk to Rome (some 20 miles!)
because of course with our curse we could not borrow one of the many wagons
riding on and off. So we walked until dark, about 4 hours. Man my legs hurt.
June 1st, 1689
Man what a night. First Karel started a fire to keep Gerardus warm. That
got us nice and cozy so we all dozed off. Then I woke in the middle of the
night so some awful howling. Luckily that quieted down as I shouted some
curses their way. However after having dozed off again, I then awoke to
some more howling. Apparently father Gerardus was chased by wolves. Before
I knew it, Philip shot down the one biting in Gerardus' leg, Karel shot
another one and Olivia stabbed the third. That sent the rest of them off.
But father Gerardus was hurt pretty bad. I think Olivia watched over him
for the rest of the (short) night.
When we next awoke Olivia obviously had a plan for she was standing on
the road trying to get some of the wagons to stop. At last she succeeded
and then she convinced the driver to take her and father Gerardus to Rome.
Of course, she explicitly requested the driver not to take the rest of us!
And we only understood that part of it when we tried to get on the back of
the car only to find out that all the babbling Olivia had done in that strange
language of this country led to us being kicked off. Apparently we had to
walk while she had the easy deal. Seeing as it's a Sunday, I intend to do
no such thing at all -- I don't want to grow another beard.
June 2nd, 1689
So we did arrive in Rome yesterday after all. Turned out that Karel had
picked up enough of the strange language to negotiate a deal with another
driver -- a candlestick out of the cursed loot from that cursed island.
I thought he would be glad to get rid of it but apparently he wanted some
money in return. However his language skills seemed to fail him with that.
In any case once we arrived in Rome at the gate, Olivia was there
waiting for us. Maybe she really intended to all along, who knows.
After telling Karel that he would have to get his money at a later time
(preferably with a translator) at the drivers house (he was called Giuseppi
from the El Spatula trading office), we went to see the place where she
brought father Gerardus: a church called the St. Giovanni Illateranum.
The monks there were taking care of him.
Once we arrived there Olivia went to talk with the father who had
just awoken from his illness-induced sleep. Father Gerardus recommended
us to talk to the Holy Father here in Rome. He would try to arrange a
visit as soon as possible. That was about all she heard from him before
Gerardus went to sleep again.
While Olivia was talking, Philip decided to walk his Stations of the Cross;
inside the church where the pictures he had been looking for all along. And
I'll be burned on the spot if his face didn't look a whole lot better after
he had done that! So seeing as I also wanted to get rid of that stupid curse,
I tried to do the same as Philip did. But all it got me was wasting a few
hours while sitting on my knees whispering stupid words. I guess I really
need to make a confession first, if only those stupid priests would let me
With that in mind I made for the nearest monk and yelled at him until
he let me make a confession. However since he only spoke that strange
language I couldn't make heads or tails of his answer. Karel, who happened
to be nearby, could read the book he was pointing at and told me it had
something to do with offering a sheep. I decided to get me a sheep as soon
as I could.
With all that stuff going on, it was already dark outside; I didn't
have any place to stay so I stayed the night outside on the bench.
June 3rd, 1689
Well Olivia told us our audience with the pope was scheduled for this
afternoon, but first she had to take care of something else. I went out
trying to look for a sheep at the local market, but once I got there
I remembered that I didn't have any money at all, and in this accursed
state I still couldn't "borrow" one. I only hope the pope will lift the
curse very soon. So once I returned Olivia was back too, and apparently
she had bought some very fancy necklace. I think the others were suspicious
about where she got it but the way I see it, if Olivia spend some of their
gold, the others should have been more careful on who guards it in the first
Once I told Olivia what I was up to (she was inquiring) she went inside
to find out what the monk really tried to tell me -- for (in her words)
"they don't do offerings here". Really, what kind of religion is this?
Anyway it turns out that I have to read some thing out of that book,
on a specific Friday, which is, oh, like, about a year from now. WHAT?!
Yeah really. I mean, what kind of religion is this? If that pope doesn't
releave us of this curse as soon as possible I don't know whether he'll
live much longer...
later that day, June 3rd, 1689
So the pope didn't releave us of the curse. In fact he didn't even
seem to believe us. However he was dying already so there was no fun
in trying to kill him anyway. And besides he told us to go to yet
another person, something about the library of Saint Peter. I think
he was the head of father Gerardus' order or something (oh yeah, I forgot
to mention -- father Gerardus died last night. Good riddance. Although
I'd have loved to kill him myself).
Anyway so we went to the library of Saint Peter. Nice place they got
there. Once we mentioned what we had done he went all crazy and locked us
up in a backroom. Then he asked us to show him whether it was true, and
William showed him, and he was all surprised. I mean, what else could
we be doing there?
He then launched into some boring story about a knight called Hofenstaufer
or something, who apparently had done something during the crusades.