Even at 600 metres away, the Rathun must be an intimidating sight. If you squint a bit they look like Vikings. But Vikings, even the really scary ones, were never ten feet tall. Or, for the most part, on fire. While the eye slits in the Rathun’s helmets suggest facial features, they merely give shape to the flames that lick beneath. When the Rathun smoulder, they really smoulder - the fire falling across their glowing shoulders like molten locks.
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With a bark from our protagonist, Sassia, the helmsman spins the wheel to starboard, pulling the ship around 90 degrees to broadside the approaching Rathun longship. As a blue-skinned Aumaua, Sassia stands a good head above the humans on board herself. And as a multi-classed fighter and rogue she is officially a ‘swashbuckler’ - a designation that, perhaps falsely, grants some degree of confidence in situations like these. Still: better to keep our distance and hope the water can douse those flaming heads.