Youngsters in The Key
living at the magical boarding school of Breckskeep
get a special project during their second year at school. Each student is to build a miniature radio controlled ship. This started around 30 years ago and around 28 years ago the 3rd years who were finished with their ships started racing them with each other at the beginning of the year. The students in the other Guilds
heard about this around 25 years ago and also wanted to join in. This was how the yearly regatta , Shipwars,
started. Each student in The Key
choose their friends as their support team and these teams competed with their ships in the Unofficial Shipwars regatta
17 years ago the school decided to officially support this competition and let it be held in the large pond of the Central Garden
a student of The Key
was a 3rd year at the beginning of that year and he had created a ship during his second year. But he knew that his ship wouldn't win so he decided to not participate. The reason why he knew that he wouldn't win was because a 7th year named Jace Castle
had been winning for several years. Jace's ship, "The Rascal", and his team were just that fast.
Ristian, also called Turtle, who was a student of The Skull
had built model ships with his father since he was little, so he had helped Ness with his ship homework during their second year. Ristian told Ness that he should enter the ship for the contest anyway. Ristian had read the pamphlet that the school had given out for this new official version of the old contest. Which many of other students had neglected to do.