Two new factions to introduce today.
The Rat Covens of Ingoldsby are excellent scavengers, but terrible engineers and innovators. Long has the hive looked to the sea lustfully, wishing to extend its power to the waters near the coasts around their rat covens. Yet they have no shipbuilders, no gunsmiths, and very poor carpenters. What’s worse is that the Rat Covens’ tradition of callous disregard for contracts or agreements when it doesn’t suit them has led to them developing a bad reputation amongst the communities of naval shipbuilders. A naval career didn’t look promising.. that is until the recent peregrinations of Thunderpumper, a nearby rock giant. Having taken a wedge of cheese for his lunch, he was disgusted to discover the entire wheel had “gone off”. With a curse, he tossed it into the ocean, where it floated ashore, almost directly in front of the Rat Coven entrance. Sharples the King Rat took this as a divine omen, and he commanded the Rat Crew to dig tunnels through the cheese, bolt on some discarded ironclad armor salvaged from a shipwreck, and fit the cheese with three cannon and a fighting platform. Powered by a very balky steam engine that the Rat Crew has only a shaky notion of how to maintain, the ensuing partially armored cheese, dubbed PRIMUS by the King Sharples, is a slow and ungainly cruiser, but with a remarkable ability to spin in place, and unintentional side benefits from its unique materials. Stale cheese, as it turned out, can absorb cannon fire from multiple directions before losing flotation. The balls sink in about a foot and stop. The real risk to the Primus is if cannon fire can puncture the rat tunnels in the interior, which would rapidly fill up and cause the ship to overbalance. Without a doubt, the Primus is one of the most interesting “ships” to sail the Inner Sea.
The Holy Brothers of Saint Brendan are acknowledged mariners and shipwrights, and are known for building a sturdy, squared off carrack style ship that is a steady sailor and very stable in a storm. The Holy Brothers consider themselves Evangelists doing the Greater God’s work by arbitrating disputes and smiting heathens. Their ship, the Holy Frenzy, is well suited for doing the Lord’s Work and for cracking the occasional reprobate skull. With two cannon and a prayer platform for praying for gentler weather, the Holy Frenzy is a ship to be reckoned with.
That’s all I have now, Soon I will have the Ragnar brothers and the Bone legions in a follow on post.