Sonor Val'Illhar'dro wrote:goblin6 wrote:Plus we're likely to leave in the next turn, and interrogation usually takes a few turns to break the prisoner into divulging information. And no, we're not bringing the prisoner with us just so we can get info out of her, security risk and all that.
Then chop off her limbs and cauterize the wounds. There, risk averted.
You're a horrible person. She's already given all the relevant information we have. Anything we ask her for beyond this point will be for purely personal entertainment.
@Tim: If you're wondering whether we can put it on the ship at all, that question's been answered in the LA comic. If you want to know whether or not we can mount it, that's another matter entirely, and my money's on 'No'. We already had plans for a 'heavy' mounted ballista that I imagine wouldn't have been much more than 1.5-3 times the size of the four smaller ones we currently have mounts for, 2 of which are in use. That one was already commented on as having been a threat to the ship's balance, and it's not the size of a handful of houses.
If anything, it will only be deployed in situations where we're planning to carry out a siege from our airship, which should be extremely few and far between, but will be happening at least once in the near future else Anjhali wouldn't have suggested bringing it at all. Within those instances, we will have to land the airship long enough to wheel (or walk, if Min has her way) the damn thing out of the airship and into a position where we can shoot at somebody's walls with it. Outside of those specific instances, it will just be dead weight and space taken with a lot of potential that will scarcely be put to use, like a modern stealth bomber.
Relying on the scale presented by the picture where it's shown being loaded onto the airship (assuming the taller people-blurs are women and therefore ~8 feet tall, which is convenient, as they're also 8 pixels tall), its 'footprint' will likely be a circle roughly 60-64 feet in diameter, judging by an apparent 54' length (this is actually kind of hard to judge due to the angle the ballista is viewed from) and allowing 3-5 feet on all sides for people to move around it. Its needed space will be a cylinder at least 20 feet tall (this is still relying on the pixel=foot scale and adding space), possibly more depending on its elevation angle limit. Those are absolute minimums, not even accounting for having to move around the arms of the bow. There is no way in hell we're operating this on our airship. By itself, it probably takes up at least half if not the majority of our available cargo space, so it had damn well better be absolutely priceless in the situations we decide to use it.
FYI: That cylinder's total volume would be over 56,500 cubic feet. That's three times the size of a square building 30 feet to a side and 2 stories high.