Sing a Song of Blackbirds
The Ospreys are a seafaring mercenary company, often hired by the city-states of the Mahogany Coast to harass the ports and trading routes of other city-states. Their banner and coat-of-arms consist of a red ship on a dark blue field. They have an impressive fleet of longships, each equipped with a Ballista at their aft end. The longships tend to be made of dark hardwoods, such as mahogany, walnut and rosewood — often imported from the Mahogany coast itself — and their sails are dyed blue, usually just a shade lighter than the blue of their flag. The longships are also stocked with three landing barques, which carry somewhere between five and ten soldiers. These barques are used to establish beach-heads and to conduct raids. Sometimes they will be used to gradually land an extensive force, but only when the entire company has been hired to conduct a full-scale invasion.
The Ospreys themselves are not particularly effective soldiers, as they are sailors first and fighter second. Still, they can be a fairly effective force when used strategically. They have several ranks and positions: