Syrik's Drunken Sailing
The galleon was an ocean going ship type which evolved from the carrack in the second half of the 3rd century. A lowering of the forecastle and elongation of the hull gave galleons an unprecedented level of stability in the water, and reduced wind resistance at the front, leading to a faster, more maneuverable vessel. The galleon differed from the older types primarily by being longer, lower and narrower, with a square tuck stern instead of a round tuck, and by having a snout or head projecting forward from the bows below the level of the forecastle. In Veishan at least, carracks were usually very large ships for their time (often over 1000 tons), while galleons were mostly under 500 tons, although the Karrakean galleons were to reach up to 2000 tons. One of the largest and most famous of Tholland’s galleons was the el fierabrás (‘spitfire’ in Tholl), a 1,000-ton galleon built in 364, said to have carried 366 guns. Carracks also tended to be lightly armed and used for transporting cargo in all the fleets of other Western European states, while galleons were purpose-built warships, and were stronger, more heavily armed, and also cheaper to build (5 galleons could cost around the same as 3 carracks) and were therefore a much better investment for use as warships or transports. There are disputes about its origins and development but each Nureskian sea power built types suited to its needs, while constantly learning from their rivals.
The galleon was powered entirely by wind, using sails carried on three or four masts, with a lateen sail continuing to be used on the last (usually third and fourth) masts. They were used in both military and trade applications, most famously in the Tholl treasure fleet, and the Karrakel Galleons.
|Control Device||Crew (Min/Max)||Decks||Load Cap (in tons)||Market Price||Sailing Check||Size|
|steering wheel||52 / 500||5||240||180,000gp||Profession sailor (Sails)||Colossal|
Ship Combat Stats
|AC and Hardness||Arms||Base Save||CMB/CMD||HP (Oars, Sails)||Ramming Damage|
|2 / 5||5||+8||+8 / 18||1200 (NA / 480)||9d8|
|Acceleration (Sail/Oar)||Maneuver (Sail/Oar)||Means of Propulsion||Propulsion||Wind Speed (Knots) per hour (x1 / x2 / x3 / x4)||Oar Speed (Knots) per hour (x1 / x2)||Wind Speed (feet) per round (x1 / x2 / x3 / x4)||Oar Speed (feet) per round (x1 / x2)|
|15 / NA||Poor / NA||120 squares of sail||wind or current||3 / 6 / 9 / NA||NA / NA||15 / 30 / 45 / NA||NA / NA|