Travel in Velitrium
There are several travel
By far the most common, especially for the common folk. If
you are on
the roads it is pretty easy. Most of the major rivers have bridges or
ferry service across. The minor rivers and streams either have bridges
or fords. Of course, there is the little matter of tolls on some
the bridges and ferryman charges for boat passage.
country is a different story. If you are in the central regions
valley, where most land is cultivated, travel is still pretty easy.
Most areas are open, the under brush has been cut back and there
numerous cart tracks and cow trails etc. Crossing all but the
waterways can be tricky, though there are many �unmarked� fords that
the locals know about and use regularly.
Horse or Coach: Since horses are expensive this method is used
people with money or in service to the Crown. In general the
on walking apply here as well. Tolls are higher for horse and rider,
but it is possible to cross shallow waterways away from fords without
getting too wet in the process. Only the wealthy employ coaches,
they are handy for long distance trips, providing shelter from the
weather and a convenient and private place to transport people and
things. Many of the smaller trails, which can be used on foot or
horseback, are too narrow or steep for a coach.
Diligence: The Diligence is a public coach line that runs between
Velitrium City and Glenluce and Velitrium City and Drunmore. The
runs straight through, stopping only to change horses at designated way
stations and to allow drivers, passengers and guards to answer the call
Diligence Coach can carry six people plus 100lbs of luggage per person
on the roof and back rack. The Diligence also transports mail for
Crown, which is the main reason the service was formed in the first
place. Travel cost depends on where you are going, the Dilligence
stops in a number of towns and villages along the route and passengers
may get off or, if there is room, get on.
Travel by Diligence is not
cheap, but it is fast. All listed fares are one way.
are two drivers and one guard. They take turns driving the coach.
Provisions may be purchased at the stops, but they are the passenger�s
Diligence Routes and Fares
The trip, in both
directions, takes 25 hours with 5 half hour horse changes and four 15
minute passenger stops.
The trip, in both
directions, takes 30 hours with 6 half hour horse changes and three 15
minute passenger stops
by Boat: There are several types of boat in use in Velitrium.
range in size from dugout canoes like those made by the Jhensari, to
full sized sailing ships used on Lake Aldin.
The type of vessel depends
on where you are going and what you are doing.
Row Boats and Dory�s: These can make it up into all but the
streams and brooks. However they are dangerous to take far from shore
on Lake Adrin. Row boats can be rigged with a small mast and sail.
or Fishing Boats: These are shallow draft boats of 15� to 30� in
length. They have one mast and can, if needed, be rowed or poled.
Probably the most common boat in Velitrium. It can penetrate all the
major rivers and safely cross the open water of the lake. The
hold allows anywhere from 5 to 10 tons of cargo or ten to twenty
passengers. Sailing speed averages 3.5 miles/hour.
Barges: Wide, flat bottomed vessels with removable keel boards.
can range in size from 30� to 50� and carry a remarkable amount of
cargo, anywhere from 20 to 100 tons, on the open deck. They can
sailed, albeit not easily, and rarely attempt crossing the open lake.
However they do regularly ply the coastline and all the major rivers.
Propulsion is usually by poles, oars or drifting with the current.
They are the slowest and cheapest form of water transport.
poled, averages 2 miles per hour and the crew rests at night.
Ships: One and two masted, deep water ships that average 40� to
length. They are the fastest, safest and most expensive way to
the lake. They can carry large numbers of passengers and have large
cargo holds. The deep keels limit their usefulness on the
Since the Rebellion the Crown has maintained four of these ships to
facilitate moving troops and keeping the island garrison in supply.
There are probably no more then ten privately owned lake ships.
sailed averages 5 miles per hour.
Examples of Boat Fares and
passage time: Passenger 100lbs cargo
Velitrium -- Glenluce
= $5/2 days
Velitrium -- Rannoch
= $40/ 9 days $75/3 days
Velitrium -- Drunmore =
$25/3 days^ $30/2 days
Drunmore -- Velitrium =
$50/10 days* $80/7 days
Drunmore -- Glenluce =
$55/12 days* $90/8 days
Drunmore -- Rannoch =
$90/21 days* $200/10 days -------
Glenluce -- Rannoch =
$35/7 days $65/2.5 days
Glenluce -- Drunmore =
$30/5 days^ $40/2.5 days
Rannoch -- Drunmore =
$65/12 days^ $100/5 days
^ With the river current
* Against the river current
Travel by Road
Distance in Miles
53 + *
53 + *
193 + *
+ * 0
220 + *
45 + *
177 + *
+ * 0
273 + *
+ * 209
98 + *
230 + *
53 + * 53 +
* 193 + *
+ * 98 + *
230 + * 0
* = The
distance by boat across Lake Adrin. This equals 60 miles.
The journey around Lake Adrin, by road is very long.
Velitrium to Rannoch = 340
Glenluce to Rannoch = 165