What the Guinea Pig Dragged in
There has been excellent progress in the last month regarding our project. The vessel is coming together exquisitely, and is responding to the tests well. The shell has proven strong, withstanding the full brunt of a cannon with little more than a scratch. Traditional magic has proven somewhat trickier to defend against, but marked improvement has been seen in this area as well, with the shell absorbing a significant portion of the incoming magical energies. There are still issues with the dissipation of the remaining energies, as the shell still buckles under impact from pseudomagefire, though this may not delay progress as much as it might seem at first, given the dearth of pseudomagi we will face. I believe when the time comes, Sire, that there will be little to worry about with the shell of the vessel.
The soul engine is also progressing smoothly. It appears to be converting souls at a fairly efficient rate, though we have not yet exercised the engine, as the frame and shell are still being created. The engine’s power seems sufficient for the theoretical frame, and I believe that we shall be able to manage to keep the vessel stoked with souls once events begin to move. This engine will be unlike any engine created before it, and will suit my Lord’s purposes perfectly.
The issue still remains with the vessel’s psyche units – we are still seeing madness manifesting in the test vessels using the master-slave units. Over time, it appears that the slave souls degrade, and within a matter of days, the master-slave unit functions with no better performance than a standard psyche unit. Further testing will be necessary, especially given the fact that this significant a decay is present in a one-master-one-slave unit, and that my Lord’s vessel will require a psyche unit far more complex.
Testing of the remaining factor should begin soon, your Majesty. A suitable candidate has been selected, and preparations are being made for his acquisition. There will be a cost to this acquisition, but I believe that as I have already discussed with my Lord, the sacrifices will be worth it, in the end. The test vessel has already been readied, and the blending of the test vessel’s appearance with that of my Lord’s regular forces appears flawless. It appears to be a typical vessel when examined physically, magically, and even pseudomagically.
Despite the successes we have seen so far, I must beg of my Lord a supply of more souls, as those that we have on hand are starting to show signs of natural decay, and will soon be insufficient for proper testing. As pseudomagical resistance is a prime factor of this vessel, we need to supply both the vessel itself and the pseudomagi performing the tests. I believe that the upcoming campaign that my Lord has spoken of will be a boon to this project, and that no quarter should be given to the enemy in order to increase the harvest.
I hope this report finds you well, Majesty.
Your humble servant,
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