Imperial outposts are a type of expedition accessed using charts purchased at an explorers' hall. The chart leads to a tiny island denoted with a crown icon in the ocean view. After an Imperial ship is sunk during a sea battle, a swordfight takes place on the island. If the pirates win the swordfight, PoE, cannon balls, and grog are placed in the ship's hold.
The tyrannical Empire, no longer content to remain in the far off continental mainland, has decided to stamp out piracy once and for all in the archipelagos and bring them under the iron fist of Imperial authority. The Imperial Navy has recently been spotted constructing small forts and landing troops of marines on previously unclaimed atolls on the outskirts of the ocean, presumably to use as a base of operations for further incursions into pirate waters.
Pirates everywhere are encouraged to head to an explorers' hall to obtain the expedition charts needed to harry and plunder these accursed imperial outposts and ensure that free piracy will reign throughout the ocean.
Attacking an imperial outpost
When buying a chart from an explorers' hall, make sure you have ample charts around the island of purchase, because you cannot use an Imperial outpost chart to take you to the outpost. A chart is used from the purchase island to an adjacent island as on a normal pillage, and then you can place the imperial outpost chart on the chart table, and the attack will appear as an expedition in the Ahoy! tab of the sunshine widget, allowing officers with the correct permissions to order the attack when the league point is reached. The outposts do not stray from normal chart league points.
Imperial outposts come in 4 different sizes (small, medium, large and huge), 3 different fortification levels (fledgling, established and fortified) and either sinking or non-sinking. A chart to an imperial outpost indicates what combination of features it has.
Player vessels sunk in a sinking imperial outpost are permanently lost. No injuries are unique to this expedition.
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The types of Imperial ships guarding an outpost depend upon its size. Based on this information, the following ships are suggested to mount an expedition against an Imperial outpost:
|Outpost size||Guard ships||Suggested expedition ship||Minimum soldiers at land||Maximum soldiers at land|
|Small||Sloop||Sloop / Cutter / Dhow||5||10|
|Medium||War brig||Baghlah* / War brig / Xebec||22||28|
|Large||War frigate||Xebec* / War frigate||?||?|
|Huge||Grand frigate||War frigate* / Grand frigate||?||?|
*ships that take less damage then the defending ship, these can be used in Imperial Ouposts but take an exceptionally well-staffed ship to be succesfull.
When a ship sinks the enemy vessel guarding the Imperial outpost and the crew on board have defeated the soldiers of the tyrannical Empire, they will be rewarded with PoE, cannon balls and grog. These are immediately placed in the ship's booty and a small portion will be put in the hold for the officer in charge.
You can overwrite the data below once you have a higher maximum than that listed below.
Imperial outpost trinkets are awarded to some experienced pirates*, randomly chosen from those aboard the ship, when they defeat the soldiers in the swordfight.
*On doubloon oceans, the pirate must possess a pirate badge or higher. On subscription oceans, they must be subscribed.