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|origin= [[File:USAthumb.gif|text-top]] United States
 
|origin= [[File:USAthumb.gif|text-top]] United States
 
|produced= Talon Shipwrights
 
|produced= Talon Shipwrights
|feature1=» ''"Oblivion"'' 1440mm gun w/ moveable hinge
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|feature1=» ''"Oblivion"'' 914mm gun w/ moveable hinge
 
|feature2=» Stabilizing pontoon (x2) and Talon Steel anchors (x4)
 
|feature2=» Stabilizing pontoon (x2) and Talon Steel anchors (x4)
 
|feature3=» 3 inch Talon Steel plating
 
|feature3=» 3 inch Talon Steel plating
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Talon history tells a different story. According to the scrolls of the Order, the possibly mad architect was intercepted by Talon agents before he even left Washington D.C. They offered him the chance to bring his monstrous design to life, with a metal that could take the strain, provided he swear secrecy and service to the Lord God. Amidst the dry wording of the Order's history, an observant reader might gather that the man was a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but he nevertheless agreed. Talon Steel made the weapon possible, but it still wasn't too practical - only by deploying four separate anchors and two stabilization pontoons, and assembling the barrel piecemeal could the cannon be assembled, and even when rerouting all steam from the ship's engines, it took a long time to build up enough power to fire. Reloading the thing was a time-consuming, backbreaking effort even with a full crew, and the ship itself was an afterthought to give the cannon some degree of (limited) mobility.
 
Talon history tells a different story. According to the scrolls of the Order, the possibly mad architect was intercepted by Talon agents before he even left Washington D.C. They offered him the chance to bring his monstrous design to life, with a metal that could take the strain, provided he swear secrecy and service to the Lord God. Amidst the dry wording of the Order's history, an observant reader might gather that the man was a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but he nevertheless agreed. Talon Steel made the weapon possible, but it still wasn't too practical - only by deploying four separate anchors and two stabilization pontoons, and assembling the barrel piecemeal could the cannon be assembled, and even when rerouting all steam from the ship's engines, it took a long time to build up enough power to fire. Reloading the thing was a time-consuming, backbreaking effort even with a full crew, and the ship itself was an afterthought to give the cannon some degree of (limited) mobility.
   
And yet the design was a success: the ''"Oblivion"'' cannon of the '''Apostle Bombard Ship''' is perhaps the most powerful tactical weapon on Earth even today, rumoured to put even a shot from a proton collider to shame with a shell that weighs over forty tons. The twentieth century did see the shells redesigned into rocket assisted projectiles capable of much greater range than the original design at the insistence of Master Shipwright Okamura, but personnel assigned to one of these behemoths still receive the same weapon their forebears did: a monstrous floating doom cannon with a capital ship strapped to it. The Talon provides lessons in American sign language for all sailors assigned to these ships and to the captains expected to command such vessels.
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And yet the design was a success: the ''"Oblivion"'' cannon of the '''Apostle Bombard Ship''' is perhaps the most powerful tactical weapon on Earth even today, rumoured to put even a shot from a proton collider to shame. The twentieth century did see the shells redesigned into rocket assisted projectiles capable of much greater range than the original design at the insistence of Master Shipwright Okamura, but personnel assigned to one of these behemoths still receive the same weapon their forebears did: a monstrous floating doom cannon with a capital ship strapped to it. The Talon provides lessons in American sign language for all sailors assigned to these ships and to the captains expected to command such vessels.
   
 
Fortunately for the Talon's enemies, the Talon could only ever afford to construct a handful of these ships, and even then they have not seen very much combat.
 
Fortunately for the Talon's enemies, the Talon could only ever afford to construct a handful of these ships, and even then they have not seen very much combat.
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