Ch. 21: Swiecie to Grudziadz.   Posted by Cap'n Rae.Group: 0
Craig Sutherland
 player, 725 posts
 Lt., 42 Cdo, RMC
 Cymon
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 00:49
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
In reply to Jan Cerny (msg # 298):

Craig rubbed his chin and spoke: "If the nuke has a decent battery and the General has access to an electrical grid then it is fine and operational. Otherwise it is not, what is the most likely scenario?"

Turning to the subject of trade he adds. "I think we offer up the ZU and remaining ammunition for it in trade and see what the general has to offer back. Something with a lower round per minute is high on the list. Not another anti-aircraft gun. Something like a KPV single mount that we can enclose and armor."

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:02, Thu 09 July 2015.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1677 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 01:12
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
In reply to Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Kane (msg # 297):

"I'm not trying to bump heads with you, Commander because I did that with another officer who thought her shit didn't stink.  You certainly not her by any means and between you and Ana, your shit sounds pretty good right now.

We do need each other.  You guys willing to play nice?  I'm pretty sure we don't care about any previous Ops you've been on but, if you've got something going on now that's going to affect ALL of us, I think you should at least be forthcoming with Griet and Captain Konrad.  We've got enough to worry about once we undertake this job, mission, if that makes you feel better ma'am."

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1678 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 01:14
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
Craig Sutherland:
In reply to Jan Cerny (msg # 298):

Craig rubbed his chin and spoke: "If the nuke has a decent battery and the General has access to an electrical grid then it is fine and operational. Otherwise it is not, what is the most likely scenario?"

Turning to the subject of trade he adds. "I think we offer up the ZU and remaining ammunition for it in trade and see what the general has to offer back. Something with a lower round per minute is high on the list. Not another anti-aircraft gun. Something like a KPV single mount that we can enclose and armor."

"I like Craig's point about getting rid of the Zoo for a KPV or equivalent."
Konrad Bayer
 player, 1935 posts
 Hauptman, Pzg
 the fusilier
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 01:49
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
Griet Niewiadomska:
"Konrad," she finished, "what are you thinking about this?"


Bayer shakes his head a little and replies, "Let's go with your plan... same goes with the two trade options. They're good." He then adds, "Oh, but try to get a few belts for the PKM thrown in along with the zoo-23 and mortar ammunition, if the General will accept our more aggressive proposal... so we don't neglect the shore party."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:10, Thu 09 July 2015.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1680 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 01:53
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
Konrad Bayer:
Griet Niewiadomska:
"Konrad," she finished, "what are you thinking about this?"


Bayer shakes his head a little and replies, "Let's go with your plan... same goes with the two trade options. They're good." He then adds, "Oh, but try to get a few belts for the PKM thrown in along with the zoo-23 and mortar ammunition, if the General will accept our more aggressive proposal... for the shore party."

"We're going to need all of the ammo we can if we're going up against Spetsnaz."
Konrad Bayer
 player, 1936 posts
 Hauptman, Pzg
 the fusilier
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 02:02
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker:
"I like Craig's point about getting rid of the Zoo for a KPV or equivalent."


Bayer nods in semi-agreement, "If we can't get a respectable load of ammunition for it, we'll trade it for something more practical."
Griet Niewiadomska
 player, 877 posts
 CPO, Polish Navy
 mark101
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 09:32
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
"Very well," Griet said, "we'll go back in and speak with the General. I'll present him with some options and see which he bites at. At the least we should get teh engine fixed an dbe allowed to trade with the ORMO. The rest will be up to him."

"Is that OK?"

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1681 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 13:23
Re: My Dinner With Andrei
Griet Niewiadomska:
"Very well," Griet said, "we'll go back in and speak with the General. I'll present him with some options and see which he bites at. At the least we should get teh engine fixed an dbe allowed to trade with the ORMO. The rest will be up to him."

"Is that OK?"

"Let's take note on how much he's willing to give us or promise us."
Cap'n Rae
 GM, 3042 posts
 Tour Director
 Narrator
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 18:08
Rolling on the River

As Scully and Phillips wait for Greg the Cockney to produce the shotgun shells, they see Kane, Kovac, and their new friends arrive at Andrei's. The party files past the two armed guards at the door and enter the café, disappearing into the shadows near the back of the interior dining area. The guards don't move. Greg returns with 25 shotgun shells- 3 solid slugs, 7 rounds of birdshot, and 15 rounds of OO buck.

The negotiations are finalized. Greg's starting to ask a lot of questions, most of which Scully playfully dodges. The two Americans could move on, but they have a good view of the front of the restaurant and a legitimate reason to be standing in front of Greg's stall, so they hang around until their allies exit Andrei's.

The negotiations team confers for a few minutes and then Griet, Bayer, Kane, and the others head back into the restaurant.

Andrei's seems much darker after having just stood outside at midday.

Griet speaks, "General, we have decided to accept your job offer, but we have a counteroffer that we would like to make... in private."

Zolnerowich hesitates, then dismisses the guards at the kitchen door, sending them outside.

"These men," Zolnerowich says, indicating his present staff officers, "I trust completely. They've been with me since I took this command. What you have to say to me, you can say in front of them."

"General, we are willing to take you under the conditions you have suggested, although we feel it is dangerous and likely to end up with us in trouble whatever happens. This decision puts that trouble further down the road though so we are willing to use this opportunity to prepare. If it helps you, so be it.

"If you just want transport we will settle for your offer plus the opportunity to trade with your ORMO for goods that you may be reluctant to pass on. In particular we are looking to trade our Z00-2 for a KPV and mount, I'd like a double but we'd settle for a single as well as ammunition. We have other things we'd like to trade for but if you agree we can burden your quarter master with the details."

"We do have another suggestion for you. It is presumptuous and wild but may be strange enough to work. If you decide to ignore it we will understand entirely. We are working on the assumption that your opposite number will double cross us and suggest that we pull the double cross first. It would involve you very publically declaring that you are travelling on the Queen and will be leaving in however many days you think we can risk leaving it. Before the announcement, get a cordon out so that if the nuke is here and then recalled you might be able to capture it as the saboteurs leave. If that happens we will bring you back here to safety.
If, as I suspect, that fails, I suggest that I send a secret message to the general saying that I suspect you of tricking him in some way and offering to exchange you earlier in a place that we decide. I will insist that he comes to make the exchange. If that works, we can possibly take him and his power base out and leave you to step in to the power vacuum.

"To do that we'd need your best men hidden on board and as much ammunition for our weapons as we can get. Any we don't fire will be returned less a small fee for our services. It is risky but possibly better than appealing to reason with a man willing to nuke a city to get his way.

"Of course, I am merely presenting you with an option. If you wish to stick with your plan we will follow your wishes."


The general's face is an impassive mask. He looks at each of his staff officers in turn, then back to Griet. The silence is almost oppressive. Suddenly, he breaks into a wide grin.

"I have already told you far too much. There's no going back now."

He looks to his staff again. Lagunov shrugs his shoulders, the others give similarly ambiguous, noncommittal gestures. Clearly, they're not as decisive as the their commander.

"Your reputation precedes you. We've already heard about how you helped the 89th cross the river; how you defeated Torun's floating tank and escaped General Bukov's trap at Torun. My staff preached caution, but I feel that I can trust you. I am going to try to kill Chilikov. Turning myself in is a ruse to get close to him. I don't think it will be that easy, though. I command conscripts, not commandos. I need skilled manpower to make this work. You seem more than capable... and willing. So we work together to take down Chilikov. Everything I have I put at your disposal. I will send my logistics officer with you back to your boat. He will assist in repairing your engine. Give him your list of supplies and equipment and we'll do what we can. We will depart as soon as your boat is fixed. We can iron out the plan once we are underway."

With that, the meeting adjourns. The Kommandos file back outside, met now by Scully and Phillips, and they all pile back into the two jeeps, along with the Soviet drivers and Major Suvorin, Zolnerowich's S4. The trip back to the tug is short.

Gryzyech is reluctant to let anyone, especially Russians, enter his precious boiler room. It takes a stern, yet compassionate talking to from Griet to get the salty old mechanic to acquiesce. He sulkily shows Suvorin the damaged component, a cracked piston rod. Suvorin sketches the part and writes down all of its identifying information. Before he leaves the tug, he writes a list of all of the supplies requested by the Kommando.

The first shipment arrives soon after Suvorin departs. Two crates of 82mm mortar rounds, 10 rounds per crate, all HE*. Several more shipments follow.

*20 rounds 82mm HE
300 rounds 12.7mm
1 ZPU-2 twin-barrel KPV 14.5mm HMG/light cannon
550 rounds 14.5mm API/tracer rounds
Wheat flour and dried fish, enough to feed each Kommando and Krolowa crewman three light meals a day for an entire a week


A work crew with a truck mounted crane removes the ZU-23-2 from the Krolowa's poop, replacing it with the lighter ZPU-2. Anders, Tucker, and Craig work with a few of the Russians quayside to improvise a wrap-around gun shield for the twin-barreled light cannon. They have to use steel plate of a less than optimal protective thickness or else the gun's traverse mechanism will be overburdened and it won't be able to pivot quickly or smoothly. Still, the improvised armor protection should be able to stop most rifle-caliber rounds without interfering with the weapon's operation.

Shortly before nightfall, Suvorov arrives in a Ural 6x6 cargo truck. In the bed, wrapped in protective greased tarps, is undamaged twin to the Krolowa's cracked piston rod. In an astounding coincidence, Grudziaz is home to a dormant factory nearly identical to Krakow's in the make and model of its machinery. The rest of the night is spend swapping out the parts. It's hard to get much sleep on board the tug, with profane streams of shouted Polish curses accompanying periodic boats of clanging and banging echoing through the ship's hull from the engine room.

Shortly before midnight, a stranger arrives at the pier. A young man with east Asian features, dressed in worn and faded American woodland BDUs, Red Army canvas satchel bag over his shoulder. In broken Russian, he talks his way past the guards and crosses the gangway to the tug. He introduces himself to the duty officer as Hospital Corpsman Ken Takanori, USMC, and asks for passage on the tug in exchange for rendering medical services as needed. He's brought a few medical supplies with him in the bag.

Dawn breaks cold and clear. General Zolnerowich arrives to check on the progress of the repairs and is delighted to hear that the tug is ready for a trial run. The old tug passes the test with flying colors and, shortly after 10am, departs Grudziaz, new supplies and passengers- Red Army deserter Jelena Tamm, General Zolnerowich, two of his staff officers and four enlisted men (his best fighters, he claims) and Marine Corpsman Ken Takanori- on board.




The tug passes the famed medieval granaries, historic Grudziaz landmark. The towering brick edifices were constructed- part food storage, part fortification- by the Teutonic order during its Prussian crusades. They've certainly seen better days. It looks as though a pack of giant rats have gnawed through the walls, hungry for the grain within.



In reality, the most recent damage was caused by modern heavy artillery. Unfortunately, it looks like most of the historic buildings are beyond repair.

Although she's only making 15kph, after the last leg of the journey on the tug, during which she rarely hit 5kph, it feels like the Krolowa has transformed itself into a cigarette boat.

Shortly before noon, the Krolowa approaches the riverside village of Nowe. Before the settlement even comes into view, those topside see a conspicuous sign erected overlooking the river on the west bank. It's the size and shape of a pre-war billboard, whitewashed background with a plain red flag hanging from a pole jutting above the riverside post. Painted in large, red letters on the board(in Polish),

SLOW DOWN!
Toll Station Ahead.
Prepare to Stop.


Just past the entrance to a small tributary on the west bank, a rickety, ad-hoc pier extends about 15m out into the river. It looks to be constructed largely from scrap, including one large piece that looks suspiciously like an aircraft wing. At the end of the pier floats a pontoon of sorts, a wooden platform supported by empty oil drums. Topping the pontoon is a sandbagged bunker manned by at least two individuals. Tied alongside the pier is a low-slung river tour boat, its hull painted a gaudy pink. Although the paint scheme is different, the vessel itself seems somewhat familiar to Konrad, Griet, Tucker, and Minh. A second sign, not quite as big as the first, but apparently double-sided, stands on the bank near the root of the pier. It can be read using binoculars. In Polish, it says,

STOP!
Toll Station.
WARNING! DO NOT PASS Without Stopping.


General Zolnerowich, currently on the bridge, announces, "It's not one of ours. It could be Anders' men. He considers this territory to be his turf."


Your Move.

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This message was last edited by the GM at 22:49, Thu 09 July 2015.

Minh Quyen
 player, 720 posts
 SP4, U.S. Army MP
 JinnySong2
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 19:52
Re: Rolling on the River
Quyen is standing on the deck near the bow when Nowe comes into view. She pulls a cigarette from its case tucked away in an inside pocket and lights it. "That boat." she says with a strong hint of disgust in her voice. It wasn't the paint job though. Quyen then glances back to the bridge behind her where Bayer and Griet were probably eyeballing the signs, village, and boat. She hoped they would stop... but not to pay any tolls.
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1683 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 20:22
Re: Rolling on the River
Minh Quyen:
Quyen is standing on the deck near the bow when Nowe comes into view. She pulls a cigarette from its case tucked away in an inside pocket and lights it. "That boat." she says with a strong hint of disgust in her voice. It wasn't the paint job though. Quyen then glances back to the bridge behind her where Bayer and Griet were probably eyeballing the signs, village, and boat. She hoped they would stop... but not to pay any tolls.

"Yeah, can't place it," Tucker says as he keeps eyes on the boat and the dock.
Minh Quyen
 player, 722 posts
 SP4, U.S. Army MP
 JinnySong2
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 20:33
Re: Rolling on the River
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker:
Minh Quyen:
Quyen is standing on the deck near the bow when Nowe comes into view. She pulls a cigarette from its case tucked away in an inside pocket and lights it. "That boat." she says with a strong hint of disgust in her voice. It wasn't the paint job though. Quyen then glances back to the bridge behind her where Bayer and Griet were probably eyeballing the signs, village, and boat. She hoped they would stop... but not to pay any tolls.

"Yeah, can't place it," Tucker says as he keeps eyes on the boat and the dock.


"If it is what I think, it's human cockroach, just a greasy flesh peddler." Quyen replies dryly. She couldn't recall if Robert was with them when they crossed paths (twice) with the guy or maybe he just forgot. "Damian or something. I think he was good for information and target practice."

Quyen then asks Tuck "Hey. You have any spare blades you want to give up?I thought we might have one or two in the hold but no." Although the timing was suspicious it was an unrelated question to what lay ahead.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:34, Thu 09 July 2015.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1684 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 20:52
Re: Rolling on the River
Minh Quyen:
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker:
Minh Quyen:
Quyen is standing on the deck near the bow when Nowe comes into view. She pulls a cigarette from its case tucked away in an inside pocket and lights it. "That boat." she says with a strong hint of disgust in her voice. It wasn't the paint job though. Quyen then glances back to the bridge behind her where Bayer and Griet were probably eyeballing the signs, village, and boat. She hoped they would stop... but not to pay any tolls.

"Yeah, can't place it," Tucker says as he keeps eyes on the boat and the dock.


"If it is what I think, it's human cockroach, just a greasy flesh peddler." Quyen replies dryly. She couldn't recall if Robert was with them when they crossed paths (twice) with the guy or maybe he just forgot. "Damian or something. I think he was good for information and target practice."

Quyen then asks Tuck "Hey. You have any spare blades you want to give up?I thought we might have one or two in the hold but no." Although the timing was suspicious it was an unrelated question to what lay ahead.

Tucker keeps staring out at the water trying to remember something when the name Damian rings a bell.  "That name sounds real familiar.  Asshole slaver huh?  Sorry babe, shit's a blur for me.  We've been through so much shit, can't keep facts straight sometimes.  I guess I'm gettin' old," Tucker says with a smile as he waits for Minh to pass off her cigarette for a puff.

"All the shit we've taken and we don't have any extra knives on board?  Only thing I have is a bayonet and my leatherman Minh, sorry.  We'll get you something somewhere."
Craig Sutherland
 player, 726 posts
 Lt., 42 Cdo, RMC
 Cymon
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 00:57
Re: Rolling on the River
Craig worked tirelessly to get the new ZPU-2 in place and protected. He was disappointed that the improvised armor would still leave the gunner exposed and when he could he asked permission to enter the town to look for either a ground mount or pedestal mount that could take either one or both of the KPV's.

It did not need to be specific to the KPV as he could work on it as they traveled, it just need to be strong enough to take the weight. Something like that gave them better options at protection for the gunner and even in the deployment of the auto-cannons. Perhaps one or two AA mounts from a Russian tank or a ground mount used by dismounted troops and he could fashion the pedestal. It would need to include the Spade Grip Assembly, butterfly trigger and cradle that the KPV sat in.

He started with the Russian troops he was working with then the harbor master, then up to the market and the English guy the others had met. He was always keen to meet a fellow Brit.

Even if he was not successful he would at least take some more additional sheet metal and empty sand bags so if they needed they could try and come up with more protection.

Once they set off Craig manned the ZPU-2 as a way to ironing out any kinks in the protection or the AA gun itself. He traversed it several times, elevated and lowered the guns and sat looking for areas where the gunner was not protected. it was clear the biggest problem was that they had to elevate the unit higher then the surrounding gunwale so the auto cannon could engage forward and to the side this further exposed the gunner making them a tempting target regardless of the protection. If anyone else stepped forward with more experience he would let them take over.

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This message was last edited by the player at 01:27, Fri 10 July 2015.

Anders Mattson
 player, 144 posts
 Kapteeniluutnantti
 mediiic
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 01:36
Re: Rolling on the River
The Finn quietly worked with the Royal Marine Commando to work out any kinks from the mounting of the ultraheavy machinegun. By the looks of it, he was quite the professional when it came to heavier weapons and metalwork. He spoke with the funny accent, at times reverting to his native tongue for a curse or two, when they figured out a problem.
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1685 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 12:30
Re: Rolling on the River
Tucker will also help out with any of the tug's new renovations and upgrades before they get to the point where they're coming up to the toll booth.  He will also put in some time checking out the new gun mount they have to get familiar with it.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 16:43, Fri 10 July 2015.

Jelena Tamm
 player, 31 posts
 Red Army Deserter
 Silent Hunter
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 14:49
Re: Rolling on the River
Jelena decided that it really would be best to keep out of the way of these Russian soldiers, at least at the moment. Getting recognised as a deserter could lead quite an amount of difficulty.

She offered to help with any mechanical or general work that involved staying below decks; it was warmer down there anyway.
Anders Mattson
 player, 145 posts
 Kapteeniluutnantti
 mediiic
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 15:44
Re: Rolling on the River
"Virolainen, eh*", Anders commented to Jelena as they worked. "Parempi niin kuin ryssä.*" Finns and Estonians had been close before the Estonians surrendered to theSoviet Union without a fight during the early days of the WW2. "Tere tulemast**."


Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
* "Estonian, eh? Better that than a russkie.", said in Finnish. An Estonian would easily understand that much Finnish as the languages are very closely related.
** Welcome in Estonian


This message was last edited by the player at 15:48, Fri 10 July 2015.

Griet Niewiadomska
 player, 879 posts
 CPO, Polish Navy
 mark101
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 18:32
Re: Rolling on the River
As the crew made the repairs and modifications, Griet waited for the ORMO quarter master to arrive and discussed berthing arrangements with the Russian liaison officer.

"The General will have my cabin and my office can take the officers. They'll need bedding. Outside is the pilot's sleeping couch which can sleep ne guard and I'm assuming another will be outside the door of my cabin. The other two can bed down in the wardroom if they wish."

In a spare moment she saw the new man, the medic, "It will be good to have a medic aboard again."

She showed him the sickbay, "It isn't great but it's all we have. You can bunk in the casualty berth for now. If we need to use it for a casualty there's a pull out here so you'll be close."

When the ORMO representative turned up she smiled at him pleasantly and showed him their wares.
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1686 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 18:49
Re: Rolling on the River
Griet Niewiadomska:
In a spare moment she saw the new man, the medic, "It will be good to have a medic aboard again."

She showed him the sickbay, "It isn't great but it's all we have. You can bunk in the casualty berth for now. If we need to use it for a casualty there's a pull out here so you'll be close."

When the ORMO representative turned up she smiled at him pleasantly and showed him their wares.

Robert (time permitting) will approach Griet and the new sign-on for the crew, a medic which is very valuable in these times.  "Hey, Nice to meet you.  You're Ken?  I'm Tucker.  Heard you're signing on as our medic?  You got a piece?  Something to defend yourself?  If you don't, let me know.  We'll set you up with a pistol or something a little bigger if you want." 
Ken Takanori
 NPC, 4 posts
 E-4, USN HM3
 Raellus
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 20:49
Re: Rolling on the River
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker:
Robert (time permitting) will approach Griet and the new sign-on for the crew, a medic which is very valuable in these times.  "Hey, Nice to meet you.  You're Ken?  I'm Tucker.  Heard you're signing on as our medic?  You got a piece?  Something to defend yourself?  If you don't, let me know.  We'll set you up with a pistol or something a little bigger if you want." 


"Hey, Tucker. Pleased to meet you. This is all I got." Ken says holding up his satchel. "I was a POW up until about 15 minutes ago. Ivan trusted me with penicillin and morphine but not with a gun. If you could spare a weapon, that'd be great. I still feel kinda naked without one."

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This message was last edited by the player at 20:51, Fri 10 July 2015.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1688 posts
 P Sgt., 10th MD
 Corkman
Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 22:16
Re: Rolling on the River
Ken Takanori:
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker:
Robert (time permitting) will approach Griet and the new sign-on for the crew, a medic which is very valuable in these times.  "Hey, Nice to meet you.  You're Ken?  I'm Tucker.  Heard you're signing on as our medic?  You got a piece?  Something to defend yourself?  If you don't, let me know.  We'll set you up with a pistol or something a little bigger if you want." 


"Hey, Tucker. Pleased to meet you. This is all I got." Ken says holding up his satchel. "I was a POW up until about 15 minutes ago. Ivan trusted me with penicillin and morphine but not with a gun. If you could spare a weapon, that'd be great. I still feel kinda naked without one."

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"I can scare up something for you.  I know we've got an Uzi and and another 9mm MPK subgun.  We also have a H&K 9mm with a couple of mags.  Will that do or do you want something bigger?  They say you're a Marine so I know you can handle a rifle."
Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 1227 posts
 Teenaged Partisan
 mark 101
Sat 11 Jul 2015
at 06:12
Re: Rolling on the River
Mariusz finished stowing away the supplies in the galley and then leaned against the stove pouting. He had to admit that it was a more subtle way of undermining the crew than he'd have expected of the Russians. Boring them to death was an interesting way to go.

Nearly sixty kilos of dried fish and four that looked to be a mix of rye and oats wasn't going to get the Queen's galley any Michelin Stars any time soon. Still the gnawing worry of not having any food was replaced by the petulance of not having proper ingredients and Mariusz decided he would take that over the other feeling any day.

He checked through the rest of the supplies they had and started making some menus. The first task would be to get food read that would be easy to eat and portable for people on the move. Fortunately, having Anders aboard made that choice easy: if you wanted to look for ideas on how to cook with dried fish, the Scandinavians had about as many as any cuisine.

Carefully avoiding the grey sausage, he used up the last of his hoarded salt back bacon to make a mix with rehydrated fish that he placed in individual ration loaves of the rye flour. They would bake slowly and if looked after could last for a week. Given the limitations of the Queen's oven he'd need to make two batches to have enough for lunches or expeditions for the week but once they were done he'd be able to supply any shore party with something they could carry easily.

Once the first batch was on he used the last of the potatoes he had to mix with some flour and make little gnocchi dumplings that could be used to liven up the more boring fish stews they'd be relying on later in the week.

Today though the fish stew would be elevated to its greatest heights with the addition of the tinned tomatoes he had left, a little chervil and the precious spices he had looted from the Baron's Palace when everyone else had been drooling over gold. A touch of saffron and the holy trinity of Middle Eastern spices turned dried fish into a fragrant tagine that was missing some vital elements but was starting to smell delicious. He would have preferred to go French with the food but his spice palette was limited by the fact that the moron of a Baron had decided to lodge in the Egyptian Embassy rather than the French one. Inconsiderate bastard.
Mariusz hummed to himself as he prepared flatbreads to go with the tagine, later he'd go and work on the mortar, she'd be missing him by now.
Jelena Tamm
 player, 34 posts
 Red Army Deserter
 Silent Hunter
Sat 11 Jul 2015
at 13:48
Re: Rolling on the River
Anders Mattson:
"Virolainen, eh*", Anders commented to Jelena as they worked. "Parempi niin kuin ryssä.*" Finns and Estonians had been close before the Estonians surrendered to theSoviet Union without a fight during the early days of the WW2. "Tere tulemast**."


Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
* "Estonian, eh? Better that than a russkie.", said in Finnish. An Estonian would easily understand that much Finnish as the languages are very closely related.
** Welcome in Estonian



"Palju pardal. Eemal Punaarmee - lõpuks*", she replied in Estonian, then decided to switch to English, "I look forward to working together".

She smiled at him; having had a proper wash for the first time in many months, she looked a lot more human and even somewhat attractive.


Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
*"Happy to be aboard. Away from the Red Army - at last" in Estonian

Anders Mattson
 player, 147 posts
 Kapteeniluutnantti
 mediiic
Sat 11 Jul 2015
at 15:02
Re: Rolling on the River
Anders smiled back at Jelena. It was the first time in ages, he had done so. Thinking back, the last time he had was probably in the Polish farmer's home and probably had had something to do with the said farmer's daughter. "It's good to have someone to talk to, who understands one's own native language at least a bit", the bearded man said.