Medieval America Mark III

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  1. tehskyman Engineer for the money

    Jul 8, 2013
    The Humble Canoe


    Unlike the classical civilizations of China, Europe and the Mediterranean, Medieval America is connected to the Boreal Forests where canoes are a necessity to life. Every year, the Mush Mush will bring their canoes to the Thunder Bay Mall to trade furs and other goods for metal knives and axes. Initially, canoes were dismissed by merchants, they seemed far too small and flimsy for proper traders. However, the largest of these canoes could easily hold 6-10 men and their goods and it was even possible to attach a sail, if one were so disposed.

    Over time, merchants began to realize the potential of the canoe. Here was a boat which even the poorest farming village could construct from tree sap, birch bark and ceder, which could hold more goods than a convoy of horses and travel much faster too. Ideal for small and valuable goods. Especially in a convoy. And so, the canoe began to spread. At first it was limited to the upper reaches of the Great Lakes. But when a large convoy of them rowed past the Governor in Detroit in 2564 word of the strange boat began to spread. Merchants began to buy these canoes until the prices became unbearable and a couple Mush Mush were kidnapped and made to pass on the knowledge of canoe construction. 5 years after, canoe guilds popped up in Chicago and Detroit and canoes began to float down the Mississippi.

    Nowadays the canoe is common in the heartland though comparatively rare along the Atlantic Coast. Farmers use canoes to transport livestock to the bustling markets of Dayton, Cincinnati and Lexington and then row valuable metal tools home. Mormon porcelain sails down the Platte river to St Louis as part of merchant convoys. For a while, this slipped under the notice of the Rizzinnis, until they setup a chain across the river. Monks travel from supervisory to supervisory carrying edicts from holy Washington DC. But most importantly, are the war parties. During the Great Midwestern War, a convoy of knights on canoes, snuck across Sandusky Bay from Cedar Point to set fire to the Ohioan fleet guarding the city. In the chaos, Buffalonian soldiers were able to enter the town and raze it. Canoes are no longboat or caravel, they are incapable of holding more than few armored men, and require a strong current or strong rowers, but for a sneak raid they do fine.