Onyx Watch

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Summary[edit | edit source]

Onyx Watch is one of eight factions in the single player campaign. The faction is said to be based solely on monetary wealth; the Watch do not care about much except for money and keeping their trade safe and flowing. They generally have ships resembling castles or early modern frigates with broadsides, are usually with at least one Massive CRAM cannon, and expect their ships to be armoured decently.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Onyx Watch are the original mercantile navy with deep roots in tradition, trade and contract. Being the old money of Neter they broke off from the Steel Striders over increasing frustration of pirate attacks on their trade convoys, to create a self-funded force to protect themselves. These pirate attacks have historically been from the scavengers of the Deepwater Guard, however recently the Twin Guard attacks on convoys show an alarming increase since the split from the Steel Striders. Due to this, The Onyx Watch council clearly saw that their tax was better spent in creating their own defensive force.

Their Society revolves around mining and industry where a skilled individual is valued above all but raw resource and so take great pride in their trade, leading to some of the finest craftsmanship seen in Neter. The most renowned craftsman form the Onyx Watch council which oversee their financial success as a ruling force. Having a wealth of skilled tradesmen and resources the Onyx Watch were quick to rearm themselves for self defence, first refitting their trade Galleons to be combat worthy through their original manufacturer "Black Powder Antiques" and later commissioning the production of dedicated warships through "Lochforge Industrial Marine".

Hailing from the snow tundra of Cold loch where exposure to the elements can mean death in minutes the word "Safety" to the Onyx Watch quite literally means "Fortification". This relationship with the elements has heavily influenced their design mantra where combat is waged from behind strong walls at great distance. As such there are many artisans dedicated to gun-craft and fortifications. The environment has also moulded their society over time into having a serious distrust of flying, almost to the point of disambiguation. This had a questionably beneficial side effect of leading the Onyx Watch to glorify oil as greatest of the resources available on Neter and lifeblood of their industrial machine. Devoting their supplies of oil to production has allowed them produce massive structures and vehicles, but also means that they shun anything that they see as wasting the precious substance such as energy hungry lasers or shields.

Fleet Configuration Lore[edit | edit source]

The Merchant Navy is a group of heavily armoured and gunned wooden Galleons which, if pushed into a fight, will turn in for a broadside to cripple opponents through sheer number of cannons while cargo is safely stored below. While the use of sails seems outdated for a society built around industrialisation and manufacturing, the benefit of not requiring fuel to move their wares from one place to the other far outweighs the extra time it takes. The Onyx Watch were never in much of a hurry to get anywhere to begin with though. Almost all of the merchant navy fleet were created by the corporation Black Powder Antiques and although few orders for new Galleons come in, the corporation still performs maintenance and repairs for the ageing fleet.

The dedicated Combat Navy of "castle-ships" takes the siege warfare mantra to the extreme with heavy broad hulls of metal and large calibre (1200mm+) HE CRAM Cannons (or occasionally Advanced Cannons) most often mounted on turrets, or massive broadsides. These large gauge, low RoF cannons are the signature of the Onyx Watch and are used from anything between anti-ship, anti-air to even anti-infantry roles. Castle-ships excel at ranged combat supplemented by heavy durability of metal beams. While they are able to generally turn faster than the merchant Navy they are still slow in a straight line. The more decks a ship has the more prestigious its considered to be and so almost all of them feature at least one upper deck; It's a matter of pride for the captains, and the craftsmen of the Lochforge Industrial Marine who make them.

Notable common quirks of Onyx watch captains: Upon losing all of a ships cannons it is almost certainly followed by the captain muttering "I'm getting too cold for this ship" Before a particularly brutal battle, Captains smear oil across their faceplate as if to say they have already paid the price of combat. Remains from Pirates are prized as good luck charms and apparently make the best armour plating.

"Ages" Mechanic[edit | edit source]

There are three "Ages" of encountering Onyx Watch depending on when you attack them.

  • Old age: Sailing ships only, fairly ineffective fighters. Best to attack them during this time.
  • Hybrids: Starting to use ironclads and turrets, slightly more powerful, still fairly weak.
  • New age: Full blown castle ships. They have finished their engineering learning process, any ships you encounter during this time will be very powerful. They have also experimented in flying vehicles and have completed a flying battleship.

Bordering Factions[edit | edit source]

The Onyx watch have the Twin Guard to the north, Steel Striders to the north-east, White Flayers to the east, and Deepwater Guard to the south.

Relations[edit | edit source]

Relations on Medium at Start with no bonuses:

In Game Vehicles[edit | edit source]

Listed top speed when out-of-play. In-play speed may differ, especially for sailing vessels.


Easy Designs
Name Corporation Type Campaign Battle Points Volume in m³ Spawn Chance Top Speed in m/s
Bailey Black Powder Antiques Ship 6 3,029 10% in OW 10.8
Bastion Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 10 3,520 20% in OW 3.2
Bayleaf Black Powder Antiques Ship 15 15,435 5% in OW 8.6
Behemoth Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 12 8,262 2% in OW 6.6
Buttress Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 5 1,976 20% in OW 3
Capitol Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 35 17,018 10% in OW 6.8
Churl Black Powder Antiques Ship 18 7,985 5% in OW 8.5
Claymore Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 14 4,978 20% in OW 5.2
Constellation Black Powder Antiques Ship 35 19,980 10% in OW 5.2
Culverin Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 5 1,906 20% in OW 6.1
Defiant Black Powder Antiques Ship 5 3,316 5% in OW 27.9
Greenfield Black Powder Antiques Ship 35 16,609 10% in OW 9.4
Harlech Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 40 15,447 20% in OW 4.7
Ironclad Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 12 6,918 20% in OW 6.3
Lance Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 10 6,934 20% in OW 5.6
Meridian Black Powder Antiques Ship 10 5,499 10% in OW 15.9
Mule Black Powder Antiques Ship 5 2,723 5% in OW 7.3
Partisan Black Powder Antiques Ship 6 2,884 5% in OW 10.2
Spear Black Powder Antiques Ship 10 4,270 5% in OW 5.1
Stalwart Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 22 7,114 20% in OW 5.8
Regular Designs
Name Corporation Type Campaign Battle Points Volume in m³ Spawn Chance Top Speed in m/s
Catapult Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 35 7,181 20% in OW 4.0
Essen Black Powder Antiques Ship 10 3,891 5% in OW 21.8
Glaive Black Powder Antiques Ship 25 8,769 20% in OW 7.5
Grendal Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 12 7,091 20% in OW 6.1
IronCross Black Powder Antiques Ship 12 7,952 5% in OW 13.3
Kingstead Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 40 37,938 20% in OW 5.3
Nightingale Black Powder Antiques Ship 25 7,050 5% in OW 11.1
Palisade Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 20 13,659 5% in OW 4.9
Seagull Black Powder Antiques Ship 20 2,955 5% in OW 10.1
Stockade Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 22 10,417 5% in OW 8.1
Straussland Black Powder Antiques Ship 34 14,993 5% in OW 9.5
Telemachus Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 5 2,000 20% in OW 4.2
Warden Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 25 11,524 20% in OW 4.7
Wintersday Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 15 9,005 20% in OW 8.0
Expert Designs
Name Corporation Type Campaign Battle Points Volume in m³ Spawn Chance Top Speed in m/s
Alcazar Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 45 26,770 30% in OW 4.0
Cauldron Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 25 7,103 20% in OW 8.1
Clydesdale Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 35 16,683 20% in OW 8.3
Constitution Black Powder Antiques Ship 45 26,149 5% in OW 11.9
Eyrie Lochforge Industrial Marine Thrustercraft 50 20,634 30% in OW 22.8
Fairday Black Powder Antiques Ship 25 9,197 5% in OW 11.7
Halberd Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 28 9,933 20% in OW 6.2
Hourglass Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 18 10,313 20% in OW 4.4
Jormungand Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 40 22,422 15% in OW 12.2
Poseidon Black Powder Antiques Ship 30 8,104 5% in OW 5.9
Godly Designs
Name Corporation Type Campaign Battle Points Volume in m³ Spawn Chance Top Speed in m/s
Angler Black Powder Antiques Ship 25 6,297 5% in OW 22.4
Bulwark Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 50 39,163 40% in OW 4.6
Chancellor Black Powder Antiques Ship 35 27,128 5% in OW 5.3
Huskarl Black Powder Antiques Ship 42 24,019 10% in OW 15.8
Iron Cordon Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 42 27,214 40% in OW 9.8
Palstave Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 30 12,184 20% in OW 4.7
Pinacle Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 18 2,836 20% in OW 12.7
Pioneer Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 25 6,059 20% in OW 6.9
Proctor Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 15 2,514 20% in OW 11.4
Trebuchet Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 45 23,010 40% in OW 8.2
Warrior Lochforge Industrial Marine Ship 18 9,685 20% in OW 7.9
Installations And Buildings
Name Corporation Type Volume in m³ Top Speed in m/s
11B Oil Refinery Platform Lochforge Industrial Marine Installation 4,689 3.0
Ballistae N/A Buildings 1,082 0.0
Cannon Tower N/A Buildings 1,213 0.0
Furnace Lochforge Industrial Marine Installation 13,013 3.0
Iron Cove Ship Test Facility N/A Installation 8,226 3.0
Large House N/A Buildings 1,539 0.0
Onyx Throne Lochforge Industrial Marine Installation 42,818 3.0
Ore Foundry N/A Buildings 6,754 0.0
Small House N/A Buildings 879 0.0
The Manor Lochforge Industrial Marine Buildings 11,018 0.0
Watchtower N/A Buildings 1,609 0.0