Outrigger Canoe Vehicle in Talifar | World Anvil

Outrigger Canoe

Written by JoshForeman

"The prow of the outrigger scraped against the sand as servants shoved the red and black canoe into the surf and then splashed aboard themselves. Five more canoes followed Bowmark’s.   Men tugged on lines and the triangular, indigo sails caught the rising breeze and belled out into a tight curve. The waves sparkled in the sunlight and slapped the canoe and its outrigger as the smell of decay blew away on the clean wind."   Sea Predator canoes are carved from large dense trees known as Canoe Wood trees. These can grow up to 26 meters tall and be 3 meters in diameter. The wood is both lightweight and strong. Quality trees are selected by priests who perform a variety of procedures, including measurement, prayer, study of birds and insects that live on and around it, as well as communal song and dance.   Dragging a fallen tree to the beach can take days and dozens of men. On rare occasions the tree is so large that the carving is done right where it fell. These sizes are created for long trips or Royal use. Carving is accomplished with copper and iron axes, adze, saws and hammers. Each major stage of construction is blessed by a priest who often brands the wood with a Giver's Hand insignia.   After carving the outrigger and sail is added. Sails are generally made of screwpine leaf fibers and died or painted bright colors. Other decorations include a carving on the bow, names painted or carved on the sides, and for ceremonial craft; a fancy pattern woven into the trampoline.
Bowmark flees StoneShell on the recently purchased SailsFar
1 - 2 King’s Vow coins (depending on quality and size)
2 - 5 Strides (meters)
~ 20Kilm/hour (candle)
Complement / Crew
2 - 20
A typical fishing outrigger

Cover image: by Josh Foreman


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