THE R'UNORIAN NAVY
The R'unorian Navy, one of the strongest navies in the world, has made up for its lack of resources, and therefore small numbers of ships, through both the incorporation of steel and iron in the outer hull and the internal structure of vessels (one must understand that in R'unor wood is actually more expensive by volume than iron). Another reason why the R'unorian Navy is so powerful lies in the fact that the R'unorians do not adapt the traditional boarding or steady bombardment tactics but prefer swift hit and run attacks and ambushes.
Not all ships of this mighty kingdom are of military use however. Quite to the contrary: Many interesting merchant vessels and even passenger ships call the ports of R'unor home, some are even of unique designes, built exclusively in these isles.
Below is a short list of the basic types of vessels found in the R'unorian armada and merchant fleets (listed in order of the average size of the vessel):
These vessels are just that simple bardges used for transporting cargo up rivers. They are usually rectangular with flat bottoms that aid in tranversing the shallower water. They are completely unsuited for deep ocean travel.
Smallest of the R'unorian fleet's vessels, suitable for deep ocean travel, these ships have extremly small crews (3-4 average) and measure only 10 or 12 peds from bow to stern. They are used - as the name already implies - for short range scouting for merchant or military vessels that almost always can be found acompaning it.
Small highspeed vessel, designed for hit and run attacks. These ships usually measure 50 or 60 peds from bow to stern and are armed with a solitary catapult on a special rotating platform. as well as 4 ballista implacements, one facing port, one starboard, one forward and one aft.
Measuring 70-80 peds bow to stern and 50-60 port-starboard these vessels are designed to hold massive amounts of cargo, both grains and wood and other raw materials to the Isles of R'unor and finely crafted finished goods from the Isles. These ships make up the bulk of the R'unorian merchant fleet. Sometimes they may be converted into troop transports during war-time.
100-120 peds from bow to stern these ships are usually reserved for defensive of support rolls to the more agile corsairs. Warships have 2 gundecks with a complement of up to 10 or even 20 ballistas as well as three rotating catapult platforms.
These ships are huge vessels, but also sluggish. Dreadnaughts measure usually between 200 and 220 peds bow to stern and 150-160 port to starboard. They have 5 gundecks and carry 20+ stationary ballista implacements and 4 rotating catapult implacements... However, their primary function is to serve as landing platforms for lurker divisions allowing for greater range in flight. There exist only a small handfull of these mamoth ships in the R'unorian armada and their class is being discontinued in the near future due to high maintenance costs and limited applications.
Information provided by Xenos Ravenbeack