Syrik's Drunken Sailing
Longships were sea vessels made and used by the Vikings (or Norse) from the Frostfellian countries for trade, commerce, exploration, and warfare during the Viking Age. The longship’s design evolved over many years, beginning in the Age of Fire with the invention of the umiak and continuing up to the 89th century G.C with the Nydam and Kvalsund ships. The longship appeared in its complete form between the 87th and 83rd centuries G.C. The character and appearance of these ships have been reflected in Scandinavian boat-building traditions until today. The particular skills and methods employed in making longships are still used by the Frostfellians, often with modern adaptations. They were all made out of wood, with cloth flags and had lots of details and carvings on the hull.
The longship is characterized as a graceful, long, narrow, light, wooden boat with a shallow-draft hull designed for speed. The ship’s shallow draft allowed navigation in waters only one metre deep and permitted beach landings, while its light weight enabled it to be carried over portages. Longships were also double-ended, the symmetrical bow and stern allowing the ship to reverse direction quickly without having to turn around; this trait proved particularly useful in northern latitudes where icebergs and sea ice posed hazards to navigation. Longships were fitted with oars along almost the entire length of the boat itself. Later versions had a rectangular sail on a single mast which was used to replace or augment the effort of the rowers, particularly during long journeys.
Longships were the epitome of Frostfell naval power at the time, and were highly valued possessions. They were often owned by coastal farmers and commissioned by the jarl in times of conflict, in order to build a powerful naval force. While longships were used by the Norse in warfare, they were troop transports, not warships. In the 81st century G.C, these boats would sometimes be tied together in battle to form a steady platform for infantry warfare. During the 69th century G.C peak of the Viking expansion, large fleets set out to attack the degrading Talrik empire by attacking up navigable rivers such as the Seine. Rouen was sacked in 6871 G.C, the year after the death of Louis the Pious, a son of Charlemagne. Quentovic, was attacked in 6842 G.C and 600 Vashi ships attacked Lusitani (a Cidonian City) in 6645. In the same year 129 ships returned to attack up the Seine. They were called “dragonships” by enemies such as the Britonic because they had a dragon-shaped bow. The Norse had a strong sense of naval architecture, and during the early medieval period they were advanced for their time.
|Control Device||Crew (Min/Max)||Decks||Load Cap (in tons)||Market Price||Sailing Check||Size|
|tiller||10 / 170||1||50||10,000gp||Diplomacy or Intimidate (Oars); Profession sailor (Sails)||Colossal|
Ship Combat Stats
|AC and Hardness||Arms||Base Save||CMB/CMD||HP (Oars, Sails)||Ramming Damage|
|6 / 5||1||+5||+8 / 18||450 (300 / 160)||8d8|
|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)|
|20 / 35||Average / Good||30 Oars, 40 squares of sail||muscle, wind or current||4 / 8 / 12 / NA||7 / 14||20 / 40 / 60 / NA||35 / 70|