Waysairs

The pirates of fortune who prowl the seas of space.

SWS Hermes Runner Black Box 1

The run through unmarked space goes well, clean in and clean out. Church Maritime Department said we should be back in Somnolent space in two weeks tops. Caught something on the long range scanner though, just gonna try an- Fuck. Nope that's coming to quick.   Lieutenant- All hands to Muster Stations! Shields full! Waysairs are en route astarboard!

— Captain Hans Oswold, 08:23 1-42-21783

Overview

Waysairs are the widely accepted term for Banner-Era crews who commit piracy in the confines of space. They often subdue or downright force ships into submission, stealing cargo and leaving a varying amount of causalities. It is a danger in almost all parts of space, but often Waysairs will frequent the No-mans-lands of space where Banner navies rarely reach.  

SWS Hermes Runner Black Box 1

Ships coming into view now. Fuckin' hell, it's massive and covered in junk, looks like scuttled wayship parts. The Mad Kraht, could recognize his flagship anywhere.   Fire forward cannons, all gunners focus on boarding pods! Don't Le-

— Captain Hans Oswold, 08:26 1-42-21783

Tactics and Outfitting

Waysair crews vary widely on equipment and size, and their tactics fluctuate based on their capital. Crews can vary between a squad and a platoon, and can have anything from simple fighters and corvettes to massive salvaged frigates and freighters. Some Waysairs take no prisoners, often these are smaller crews who prefer to scuttle and destroy ships and comb the wreckage for valuables.   The more notorious Waysairs often have power enough to force ships into surrender or to take their quarries through boarding. Often there are little to no causalities on these acts of piracy, but they also have been known to grow bloody should resistance to the boarders arise.

Countermeasures

Many Banner navies offer security escorts to unarmed vessels. This service is offered at a cost of the overall shipment, and many merchants looking to save do not opt into the escort. Many cargo vessels elect to defend themselves with private guard and armaments. This is often a gamble, as private guard and weaponry have been used against resisting ships.   Many Banners have taken under the table dealings with Waysairs. Bribes and Credit-wires became proactive weapons in keeping Waysairs out of an area. Tactics of bribery are especially common among Waysairs who operate under a Marque Clause of a rival banner.

SWS Hermes Runner Black Box 2

Hello there, lost ones. This is Captain Rul-nik Tor Mad Kraht. Your captain and leadership are no more than space dust and frozen blood. If you wish to share the same fate, pick up your arms and provide us a challenge.   If you want to see your families again place your faces flat on the deck and wait for us to clean your pathetic ship out. Heros will be made an example of.   Thank you for your patronage.

— Hijacked Intercom Feed, 08:27 1-42-21783

Legality

Marque Clauses

Several Banners have established Marque Clauses. These Marque Clauses establish the ability for the Banner's military to fit and arm in order to capture and plunger enemy vessels. Waysairs under this employ are often dubbed Marqs. These clauses differ per banner in terms of frequency and pay. They are often used to patrol areas of contested space or to destabilize the space of other Banners.   Waysairs often take advantage of Banners with Marque clauses, selling their services to each Banner at greater and greater costs until only one Banner is willing to win the bid war.  

Banners with Marque Clauses

The Apple of Hedonism
The Church of The Somnolent
The Federation of Free Planets
The ValuSelu Pact

Banners without Marque Clauses

The Verin Haimarchy
The Jupiter Syndicate
The House of Sorrows
Alternative Names
Pirates, Marauders, Freebooters, Marqs (For those under Banner Employ)
Type
Illicit


Cover image: Space Battle by Tableatny

Comments

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19 Sep, 2018 13:52

All in all, i really like this aspect of your world. I especially enjoyed the little story you told through the black box, and i enjoyed the formatting of the article even more! The only thing i'd like is if you included a bit more information on the topic, because it is quite interesting and i feel that there could be much more to discover. But still, this article definitely gets a well deserved 9.5/10!

19 Sep, 2018 14:22

Sweet! I'm glad you enjoyed it! If you think about it, leave a like if you enjoy it!   As for the length, I actually wrote this in an hour for the Ethnis nightly trivia. I really do want to extend more on the topics such as armaments, tactics, and delve more into some of the more notorious examples of Waysairs in Ethnis lore!   All a matter of time, thanks so much for the feedback!

19 Sep, 2018 14:22

What sort of details would you like it to dive into more?

19 Sep, 2018 18:09

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Marqs! Big fan of this, Barron. Piracy is always fun! I liked the song choice too. Even with the mini black boxes, I'd almost like to see some more story behind it. When did the actual origins of piracy in Ethnis develop, or even just piracy in specific sectors? I like the idea of Waysairs being hired, as well. All in all pretty damn good!

19 Sep, 2018 18:22

Ohh yeah, this is really good. I'm confused however as how the captain and leadership all got blown apart into space dust if they were all aboard the same ship and the landing pods hadn't docked yet: could you clear this up for me?

19 Sep, 2018 19:13

I was hoping to preserve the mystery of it a bit, but I should have probably hinted more that the captain and bridge were shot out by the main ship even before they were boarded. I'll have to edit the quote to reflect that.

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