E'lassa'r'd

The E'lassa'r'd, traslated into most of the Common Languages to 'Wastelayer' or 'Desolator' from Avaree, is a maha'kan ship commanded by Tãrvisãri of Cotto, sailing under the flag of Shorsh à Cotto. It is the only known Agam'an vessel that was built for hostile intent.

Propulsion

The E'lassa'r'd is propelled both by oars, manned by chained slaves, and by three sails on the same mast; they are complemented by two side sails which assist in its maneuverability. Additionally, the ship is guided by two wenfers and can be aided by the captain, who happens to be a prodigious saifer in his own right. In certain circumstances, it can utilize its towing mechanism in order to lunge forward.

Weapons & Armament

The E'lassa'r'd is possibly the most well known Agam'an vessel; even if it weren't captained by one of the cruelest pirates to have ever lived, it is the first and only Agam'an ship to have been built for violent purposes. There are two structural offensive tools; the ship's twin bows are made of Tanukian wood and have cast iron wedges at their tip, allowing it to ram ships or even capsize them; the second is its unique towing mechanism, a massive contraption that allows the E'lassa'r'd to almost double its velocity by essentially harpooning another vessel with a ballista bolt chained to a huge winch at the ship's stern.   The ship is equipped with harpoon guns located at its forecastles, which can be relocated to several designated docking sites at the top deck; these are used to rip apart ships engaged by the E'lassa'r'd and against personnel, ensuring that whoever gets hit by it is removed from battle no matter their injury. Additionally, an overpass connecting both between both hulls houses two ballistae; each ballista is placed on a rotating platform, which in turn can move along the overpass on a fitted rail, allowing for great versatility in the direction of fire.  

Towing Mechanism

The most striking feature of the E'lassa'r'd is arguably its towing mechanism. It is comprised of a siege sized ballista armed with a spring-hooked bolt on a platform; the platform is connected by two massive chains to two equally massive cogs in the ship's stern; when fired, the bolt penetrates the target ship's hull and expands when retracted by a smaller winch immediately followed by the turning of the cogs, pulling on the platform and causing one of two effects. In case of small ships and boats, the target is likely to capsize after the hull is inevitably crushed by the hooks; in the case of ships of size similar to or greater than the wastelayer's, the latter is lunged forward, utilizing the former's angle in the water as an anchor point.

Armor and defense

The E'lassa'r'd is designed for fast assaults and quick disengagements; to this end, the best method proves to be camouflage; not only it is much easier to overwhelm a surprised crew, it is also much easier to escape any bite too big to chew and evade naval authorities.
The E'lassa'r'd
Manufacturer
Owning Organization
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Beam
4.3 m (hull);
13.4 m (total width)
Length
29 m

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28 Sep, 2021 17:10

The towing mechanism is a unique and cool idea, i also greatly liked the design of your ship. It would be nice to have some dimensions, as it describes as more of a mid-sized ship, but it is hard to tell.

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29 Sep, 2021 18:32

I'm glad you liked it! I've added its dimensions, though I'm still not sure how I want the draft height to be, I have some more research to do before that. While you're at it, I would also recommend checking out the article on its captain, it's a personal favorite of mine :)

29 Sep, 2021 22:26

I would potentially recommend making the draft a little deeper than one might expect, as having the boat sit deeper in the water, in my mind, would make the towing mechanism more effective. just spitballing here, but possibly have a floodable/pumpable "bilge" level so that once it hooks another boat it can increase its weight/drag if and when desired.

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6 Jan, 2022 15:28

I absolutely love that idea! As you can see, I've recently implemented it :)

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