Spires of Steel
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Numbers: Over 100,000 spires
Diameter: 3 meters
Height: 5 meters above water
Material: Hardened Steel
Function: Anti-ship defense
Range: 1/2 million square kilometers
Description: A narrow, 10-kilometer-wide band of water, approximately 100 kilometers off the coast of the Ironfoot Isles. Spans the entire west coast of Ironfoot.
Operation Red Bronze
Objective: Analyze the Spires of Steel
Personnel: 5,000, including 650 veteran sailors
Vehicles: 13 large junks
Casualties: 12 junks lost, 3,178 wounded or dead
Result: Navigation protocol established
What it was, I did not know. I was too scared to know. There was a strange whirlpool of water around the Spire, and the object itself seemed sharp enough to cleave my ship in two. I left the spire behind, but it seemed like there was just... more.The Spires of Steel are what give the Seas of Steel its name. Approximately one hundred kilometers away from the shore of the Ironfoot Isles, there are thousands of metal-like spires engraved with strange runes. Many a ship has foundered in these waters, their crews never to be seen again. Operation Red Bronze was established after the reunification of the Ironfoot Isles, to establish a protocol for safe navigation through the Spire Fields, a catch-all term given to spire-containing locations. Despite the death of 1,160 and the wounding of 2,018 personnel, a safe-navigation guide has been established, which has greatly reduced the number of deaths from the Spires.