Sing a Song of Blackbirds
Osprey Pinions are the second lowest rank in the Ospreys. They are generally chosen from those Osprey Fledglings that show skill in combat, especially ranged combat. Pinions are generally given command of three to five Fledglings, depending on how strong they are as leaders.
Pinions wear the same dark-blue leather armor with red trim as do the fledglings, but are distinguished by their dark blue-grey cloaks. These cloaks are as much a practical benefit of promotion as they are a symbol of rank; they are oiled and hooded to keep the Pinions safe from the elements, and their lightweight material hinders the wearer very little in the water.
Pinions almost always wield a ranged weapon. Their apparent favorite is the shortbow, probably because it is the easiest weapon to use and aim from rocking barques. Pinions also always have a melee weapon, though this is sometimes nothing more than a knife or a shortsword.