Time for some information on the River Fleets of Mutal. I am thankful the inspiration from some of the previous threads on Lizardmen Navies: http://www.lustria-online.com/threads/lizardmen-oceanic-travel.16709/ http://www.lustria-online.com/threads/lizardmen-navy.1076/ I still have more research to do through all the links provided in these pages, especially some of the fluff, but for now this is what I have put together. River Fleets of Mutal In order to protect the vast canal network of the city and the Obscumacinta River, the ancient inhabitants of Mutal have developed a large waterborne navy of ships and living creatures, to augment the aquatic patrols of skinks, kroxigors, and salamanders. The Lizardmen of Mutal make use of long canoes crafted out of the largest rainforest trees and rowed by a crew of two kroxigors to transport fast moving saurus patrols throughout the many tributaries of the Obscumacinta River. Larger war-barges and jungle-gondolas are rowed by as many as 25 kroxigor rowers, and can transport as much as an entire regiment of saurus warriors and auxiliaries onto the battlefield. These ships are also used to ferry goods throughout the countryside to the city itself. Everything from food to precious materials like jade, obsidian, tropical bird feathers, cocoa, and tropical wood are taken to the city of Mutal for the greater glory of the Slann and the Old Ones. The largest constructed ships used by the Lizardmen are the ancient temple ships. The secrets to the construction of these ancient vessels have long been forgotten. From the outside, they appear to be simply a massive temple complex along the edge of the river. However in times of war, huge crews of skittering skinks and kroxigor crews push the temple ships from the shore. Built with hardened snakewood and cast stucco armor, the temple ships are decorated with vicious lizard heads and mouths, and are able to carry a small army up or downstream to attack the enemies of the city. In more recent years the Jade Host have succeeded in “taming” some of the great aquatic monsters that live along the river to use as transports. The most commonly used are the pliodons: large, scaled, marine reptiles with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth, and more vicious than any river shark. They are the preferred means of transport for the fast-moving skink and saurus swamp patrols for ambushing interlopers and treasure hunters. There aren’t many things more devastating than a waterborne attack of a pliodon leaping out of the water to attack unsuspecting trespassers. I really like the idea of using massive marine reptiles to transport Lizardmen throughout the jungle rivers. The old saurus-transport picture is a great example, I just wish we could see more of the beastie to know what it looks like. I also like the idea of using a creature like a giant turtle for oceanic travel, but I think the Lizardmen would use the geomantic web to travel over long distances. The navy ships were inspired by the Lizardmen fleets from Man o’ War/Sea of Claws, I thought they were pretty cool looking stuff. The ancient Mayans actually did use a great deal of canoes, in fact some ships were almost miniature galleys used by the trading-princes who moved from city to city trading their wares. I also REALLY like the idea of temple ships, they remind me of the giant castle ships used by the Chinese during the Song Dynasty on the Yangtze River. Instead of cannons or rockets, the Lizardmen could still use giant bows or even solar engines or other magical artillery pieces to attack enemy ships.