The Three Winds
A wooden oval-shaped airship, with a single-story nine-room flat-bottomed hull. The top is a flat deck with a canopy covering one end. Googly eyes are painted all around it -- top, bottom, fore, aft, both sides. Two ballistae are set on moveable mounts on either side of the deck.
Most of the crew and adventurers are gathered on the flat top deck. The lieutenant and Bitterroot, the Herethroy guard from Verdant, are standing by a ballista. At Dzhani's command to the pilot, the ship abruptly cants to the starboard side and starts to fall preciptiously. "You want down, we got down," the pilot tells her. The sleeping elemental has been rousted and the three winds are all amassed on the port side of the ship, pushing it to starboard even as it lists in that direction.
Raspberry clings to the ballista for dear life! "Are you planning to ram
Wintermint knees down on a midhand, and snugs her crossbow to her shoulder. Tripod steady, when the 'cloud' clears the railing she snaps a shot at it.
The deck dips to about a twenty-degree angle and then stops dipping, so the rail will ensure that no one falls off, even those who don't have a good hand- or foot-hold.
With gravity almost meaningless to him, Luxlead seems to pay the change in the ship's orientation and direction little mind, simply raising his eye tendrils for a better look at the mysterious cloud. "So what do you suppose we've..." He stops when a bolt flies out at it. "Whoa."
"Okay, good, yip!" Dzhani barks as her command is obeyed promptly. She braces herself and brings up her bow.
As the ship stops listing, the lieutenant and guard try to push their ballista from port to starboard. Raspberry's ballista is on the correct side already, however.
Raspberry casts her 'mighty archer' spell, hoping that it'll work on the ballista, and tries to take a careful shot right at the center of the cloud, since she can't see any specific target.
The ballista shot goes exactly where Raspberry aimed it. Apart from the gust of wind the projectile carries with it, which stirs the cloud briefly, the cloud does not seem the worse for wear. There's no sound of impact, and a few moments later Dzhani sees the bolt falling from the other side.
Raspberry says, "Crap. Did I get the right cloud?"( Collapse )