This is how much Citri loves siege turtles.
I bet Citri is happy she won’t have to deal with them ever again after next month. Well, until the inevitable GW2 expansion to return to Cantha. :P
It’s my guess that because Cantha was cut off from the rest of the world, they have no choice but to feast on all the siege turtles in the land for survival >:D
Oh, I don’t know about that. A siege turtle can produce a LOT of meat, and if memory serves me right, they produce a LOT of young too, so. (raises eyebrow)
(Technical note and apology; I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally reblogged the last two posts to my main blog instead of this one. Fixed now. :P)
I don’t even know how those cannons were supposed to work. I mean…
Take a good look at that. It’s just… I’m sorry. But to my knowledge, you don’t make a cannon like that. Because ballistics.
See, you have a massive barrel girth and a smallish bullet-shaped projectile… look at the size of the projectile versus the barrel in the picture… that just… even if it could manage to fire in a sane manner, due to the way the barrel is designed (with an evacuation route that looks like flared trousers), the trajectory is just going to be wacky.
Could it even fire in the first place? I’m not convinced it could.
See, there are reasons that cannons and cannonballs are shaped the way they’re shaped. And reasons why they aren’t shaped like that.
It’s like someone tried to make a cannon look like a giant musket but it doesn’t work that way. Again, at least not to my knowledge. And sure, it could simply have a really thick barrel with not much actual space there… but looking at another image, that actually isn’t the case. I’m almost sad about that.
I could be wrong about this, sure. But my goodness, to me that just looks tremendously silly. What is it with the GW Universe and derpy groups of humans?
And if I am right…
The charr, just starting off down the road to technological understanding, would most likely have gotten their hands on a Luxon cannon just to see how other races approach non-magical weaponry, but I suspect that all that they would have learned from this were quite helpful lessons about how one doesn’t make a cannon.
I could imagine a warband of charr tinkerers… staring at this thing, for a straight half an hour, wondering what questionable and mind-altering substances the Luxons were imbibing… before falling flat on their furred arses and laughing and laughing and laughing. I really wouldn’t blame them.
It’s just… unless I’m missing something, which I might be… that’s just such a derp cannon. My goodness.
Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here, but…
This is kind of breaking me.
I’m not looking at that cannon any more, now.
I think the problem is that this isn’t a Cannon at all but a Bombard. It’s the forerunner of the cannon and it must be installed likewise the siege turtles “cannon” is. Nethertheless the ballistic of a bombard is really awfull. Bombards are like horizontal angled mortars with longer Barrels. Zhey shot stone projectiles instead of cannonballs but to hit something is mostly gambling. So you have to aim with a dozen bombards ond hope to hit with one of them.
See, there you go.
The Luxon siege turtle cannon - excuse me, bombard - is a medieval/early-Renaissance weapon at best. As such, fyeahcharr’s notional warband must have been examining that Luxon bombard pretty much close to the time of the original GW 1, I daresay.
Charr weapons are firmly Industrial Revolution. Even early-20th century, judging from that they’ve developed Panzerkampfwagen. (Don’t ask me who the Charr Rommel or Patton is. :P ) Medieval Luxon (and I do use that term advisedly - remember the cosmology that was put on display in Nahpui Quarter? Well, that was general Canthan rather than strictly Luxon, but you get my drift.) and modern Charr weaponeers are working from different sets of technological databases and assumptions.
That actually raises the question of where Canthan technology is at nowadays. Back in the days of GW 1, it was more or less the most advanced in Tyria, but that was before the Emperor Usoku forcibly imposed the authority of Kaineng upon the Luxons and Kurzick and, Tokugawa-style, sealed Cantha off from the outside world. I was teasing Citri earlier about the first GW2 expansion being to travel to and open up Cantha, but now I’m wondering if maybe that’s not exactly what we’re going to see down the road, with a Charr Commodore Perry leading a fleet of “Black Ships” into Shing Jea Monastery Bay and demanding, politely, that the Master of the monastery convey a message to the Imperial Palace in Kaineng.
At any rate, we’d finally get to see how Charr do as sailors.