Fifty years prior, a Carrier Balloon crashed along the Hungry Banks of the Runaways: a series of runoff streams that trickle from the Realms, intersect the Asma and empty into the Rattles.
salt to float is captured in sufficient quantities inside a large rubber ball stitched together to various sizes which contributes to a balloon's weight bearing capacity.
At the time of the crash a glimmering stream of salt could be seen leaking from its rubber balloon. It allowed for people on the ground to track the descent along the shadow pass, over the Teal Shallows and onto the Hungry Plains. When it finally landed, the rich outflow continued to pour out like a golden banner that reached high into the valley sky until it was totally emptied. It signaled to everyone with eyes that there was treasure to be had.
Weapons & Armament
Stranded UnitsEvery carrier carries a compliment of archers and they were the first line of defense against the hostile natives. The rest of the crewmen built makeshift ramparts between the rivers and the plain, on its north end. They then took up some rudimentary javelins to discourage approach.
KuitLight foot warriors were contracted by Sangsalgu to investigate what there was to be had from the courtiers, but got away with very little.
CuitNegotiators from Cuit were able to grant the survivors safe passage from the crashed craft in exchange for its freight and the carrier itself.
Armor and defense
CottonLayers of thick sheets of cotton can be laid over the rubber parts of the balloons as a means of protection.
Stripped ContentsOnce the winner was decided, the most of the valuable loads were traded for political favours and other things. But what Cuit deemed to be even more valuable was the hull itself. The hard and soft materials that went into making the craft
- Gold stained rubber from the balloon was turned into water proofing for the city
- Sheets of cotton were cut into blankets and clothes
- Bags of salt and soil were taken to preserve fish and start gardens
- Maize fibers procured from the lengths of rope onboard to turn into baskets, clothes or cut into shorter lengths
- Signal flags were repurposed to mount onto private homes to give direction
- Dragon feathers were the rarest thing the looters came across, to be turned into shin guards and elaborate pens
Personal EffectsThere were, as well, the crews' person possessions that were pilfered from the accident.
Extremely rare for a carrier to drift so far and crash
Complement / Crew
- 15 Crew Members
- 20 Archers
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