Lord Blackthorne strides down to the docks, his Black Chaos Shield gleaming in the morning sun. He approaches the docs where he is greeted by the finalists of the Galleon Construction challenge. What is the best each race can produce? Oroku Musashi, The Tokuno Delegate: "Set your eyes on this fine sanpan galleon, honorable gaijin shogun. The elegance of Tokuno is evident in its quick responding helm, its majestic sails and its generous cargo hold. It flies faster than any other ship, slicing through the waters like a Fan Dancer's tessen." Blackthorne: Indeed. What a sturdy vessel. Maybe the Empress will stop losing her treasures at sea. K'Traugh, The Ter Mur Delegate: "Ha. Elegance? That hideous fright can't possibly compare with this, the Gargoyle Galleon. Crafted with the splendid craft of the racially most gifted artisians IN this world, The Gargoyles. Much faster and magically enhanced to outpace anything on the water, and packing a truly terrifying seven cannon punch, this is truly the best craft available for Your Excellency's Conveyence..." Blackthorne: "Wow. This IS quite a vessel." Gorkmug, The Orc Delegate: "HA! *snort* That bucket will break apart like a chair in a bar fight. Yer lookin' at the Bloody Fist, prototype of The Orcish Navy Enforcer Galleons. It may not be as pretty as the Tokey or the Garg, but it could take em BOTH on and win. Hull made of Bloodwood, reinforced with iron from the Growling Hellhound Mines. A big hold, much better cannon than the popguns either of these nancies have... this is the vessel you want. Cuz after all, drynose... the best way to win a fight is to kill the other guy before he starts. Har!" Blackthorne: Very impressive. Brutal and malevolent, right up my alley. OK, now let's see... what do WE have? Boob McNutt, The Britannian Delegate: "Duuuhhh..... Long Boat. Huh." Blackthorne: "What?" Boob McNutt, The Britannian Delegate: "Yuh kin have it WIF or WIFOUT a dragon head, there. Duh-HAW!" Blackthorne: "Don't WE have a Galleon? We have far, far, far more riches, magic, and resources than Tokuno, Ter Mur OR all the orcs in Britannia put together and doubled! And this is all we have?!?!" Boob McNutt, The Britannian Delegate: "Galleon? Uh, yeh. Um, go over to that there pub and ye kin getcha a galleon of milk, a galleon of wine, a galleon of water..." (Long pause) K'Traugh, The Ter Mur Delegate: "My God. I can't believe we lost to THESE guys in Ultima VI."