Although the Zamarrid Empire includes ships of many sizes and functions, the epitome of their ship-building art is manifest in the two imperial flagships: Tiamat’s Wrath and Bahamut’s Will. Both ships are of a monstrous size, and numerous scholars have speculated that the imperial shipyards enchanted the hulls in order to keep the ships afloat. They have ten decks apiece, stretch 350 feet, and are 50 feet wide, making them the largest ships on al-Azraq.
Bahamut’s Will functions primarily as a diplomatic vessel. While it has a full complement of war mages and marines, it also has lavish cabins for traveling dignitaries and visiting emissaries. In a way, Bahamut’s Will serves as an example of Zamarrid society in microcosm. Gold and Silver scaled dragonborn and their Brass aide-de-camps carry out diplomatic missions, while the armed contingent answers to a Bronze, and the quartermaster is a Copper. The captain of the ship is a Red, the war-mages are all Blues, Blacks serve as lookouts and “fixers” when in foreign ports, and Whites see to maintenance duties and the galley. In addition to the Zamarrid crew, Bahamut’s Will also includes specialists from other races, such as gnomes to keep any machines running. Finally, high ranking Zamarrid often keep non-dragonborn members as part of their retinue.
Bahamut’s Will rarely uses all of the space available, so the captain, Tadib, often rents out cabin, deck, and hold space to passengers headed to destinations along the route planned for whatever diplomatic mission the ship is on. Currently, Bahamut’s Will is ferrying Aydala, a Gold representative of the Zamarrid clan from the Imperial capital of Altayn to talks in Rivenburg, capital of one of the Human kingdoms. Since relatively few ships ply the waters of the Sundering Seas between Zamarrid and Human waters, Bahamut’s Will is packed with people of all races and backgrounds seeking to make the crossing, including some that are not on the manifest.
The ship’s next stop is on the island of Sharq’aradi, the last land of any note on the western side of the Sundering Sea.