The Ball-Eater was the ship owned by the Mighty Nein, previously captained by Orly Skiffback. Fjord captained the Ball-Eater during the Mighty Nein's time at sea. It was formerly captained by Avantika as the Squall-Eater and aligned with The Revelry before Avantika's death. Plank King Wyatt Maranoss determined that the Mighty Nein would take the ship and leave Darktow Isle permanently. During the Mighty Nein's visit to Rumblecusp, it was attacked and wrecked by a dragon turtle.
The Ball-Eater was a massive, tri-masted ship with a cargo hold, an outer balcony and a gun deck. It was armed with large heavy cannons and had many gunports. It had two rowboats, rope ladders and a captain’s quarters below deck.
The ship was 90 feet long by 25 feet wide.
The captain’s quarters was a beautiful open room that was solidly made with a balcony in the back, with scuff marks on the floorboards. It had a mismatched patchwork of old carpets laid over each other from various designs around Exandria. There was a desk bearing multiple carved marks and papers laid out, and a shelf with a small lantern on it. Above the door was a small shelf holding a tiny black iron shrine to Uk'otoa of an ouroboros serpent eating its own tail. About every inch across the length of its body is an eye, and in the center is a single metal sphere with a cloven line down the center.
As the Squall-Eater
The Squall-Eater was manned with a large crew. As pirates, the crew were heavily armed with shortswords, longswords and cutlasses. Most were also armed with a flintlock rifle and/or pistol. During their confrontation with the Mighty Nein at Darktow they resorted to using heavy crossbows.
- Captain Avantika: Deceased.
- Quartermaster Vera: Fate unknown, presumed alive, arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Bark: Fate unknown, either deceased or arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Bouldergut: Arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Jamedi Cosko: Adventurer for hire, after fulfilling his contract and collecting payment he parted ways with the crew.
- Ophiscan Duth: Deceased.
- Second Mate Ipess: Arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Deckhand Waldark: Fate unknown, either deceased or arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Jeremiah Willowhisk: Arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Zoen: Fate unknown, either deceased or arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
As the Ball-Eater
The crew was comprised of hired sailors and one former pirate, and were largely noncombatants.
The crew consisted of the adventuring party known as the Mighty Nein as well as several hired sailors. Overall, the crew was generally lightly armed but counted multiple spellcasters among its ranks. Under Fjord's captaincy, the ship was renamed the Ball-Eater.
- The Mighty Nein: Decided to transfer written ownership of the Ball-Eater to Orly Skiffback, and leave the ship in search of new adventures.
- Twiggy: Presumed alive. Snuck aboard in Darktow, lived in the cargo hold until discovered, and parted ways amicably with the Mighty Nein upon arriving in Bisaft.
The Ball-Eater had four cannons on the port side and three functional cannons on the starboard side, for a total of seven.
Under the captaincy of Avantika the Squall-Eater flew a flag bearing a design featuring the Cloven Crystal. As a ship aligned to The Revelry it also had a flag of plain purple bearing an unusual sheen that the crew hoisted when wishing to approach Darktow Isle.
By the time the Mighty Nein arrived in Nicodranas, the Squall-Eater already had a reputation as a pirate ship. Marius LePual mentioned it to Fjord, and Gallan Westman, the carpenter on the captured Mist, told them The Mist is a sister ship to it. The Squall-Eater was waiting at the island of Urukayxl for Captain Jawgrasp on The Mist to deliver a Cloven Crystal.
"Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) The rowboats boarded The Mist and demanded that the captain joined them on the Squall Eater. The Captain took part of his crew (Tracy, Phillip, Sapphire, Cornelius, Janet, and Gilligan) with him and left Bouldergut on board with the rest of the crew and rowed to the ship to parlay with Captain Avantika. During the parlay, Captain Avantika discovered that the captain and his crew was not who they said they were, and they were revealed to be the Mighty Nein.
She offered Captain Fjord a deal, the Mighty Nein could live under her crew and prove themselves as both skilled and as trustworthy as she hopes them to be, if their goals are indeed aligned. Perhaps even join them, if their deeds please her. Or two, she weighs their corpses down with rocks and leave them there amongst the reef. They accept the first option and joined the crew. After being led down to the captain’s quarter Beau sees two plain-bound books on a shelf as Avantika tells the story of Uk'otoa. Avantika discovers that Fjord has dreams about the leviathan and tells them to stay the night onboard waiting for Jamedi Cosko to arrive.
At night Nott sneaks out of her room to the cargo hold below. She investigated a few crates, one is filled with hardtack and a second one is filled with small kegs of gunpowder, a third crate has a lot of repair materials, another crate has lots of foods inside. Nott steals a keg of gunpowder and fermented fruit and escape back to her sleeping quarters as Avantika ask Fjord to join her for the night.
"Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) Avantika, Jamedi Cosko, and the Mighty Nein escaped both Lizardfolk and yuan-ti pursuing them through the jungle of Urukayxl. The Squall-Eater covered their escape by firing cannons at the beach while they rowed back to the ship.
"A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41) The Squall-Eater and The Mistake together sailed to Darktow Isle. While on their way, the Mighty Nein choose ship's jobs to learn, Caleb navigation, Nott powder monkey, Fjord quartermaster, Jester carpenter, Caduceus boatswain and Beau cooper.
They intercepted and looted a Clovis Concord ship called The Stormcap. The captain agrees to talk, and they demand food and water, gems, and free access below decks to see if there's anything interesting. In return, Caduceus will heal their crew. The captain agrees, and they board. They find a hidden small chest containing quite a bit of coin and a beautiful wooden box with Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments. Upon obtaining the box Nott hides it, and they all scurry back. Continuing their journey to Darktow, Fjord has another dream from Uk'otoa.
"A Hole In the Plan" (2x42) When Fjord keeps Avantika busy on Darktow Isle, Jester Dimension Doors her and Nott to Avantika's quarters to search it. Hearing footsteps, they escape through a self-made hole the floor and find themselves in a sleeping crewman's quarters. Nott puts jewels in bed with him, and they dive under the bed. A crewman falls through the hole into the room with them, waking the sleeper, who stabs him. They apologize to each other and go off to find a surgeon. Jester lifts Nott up to look through the hole in the ceiling into Avantika's room, and the gas there hits her. She messages Beau to create a distraction, and Caleb starts singing and acting drunk. She complains to the guards about him to distract them.
Nott and Jester disguise themselves as Keg and Molly. As they reach deck, Nott casts Phantasmal Force on the crewman in the crow's nest, making him think it's on fire. Nott and Jester jump overboard as the crewman leaps from the crow's nest, breaking a leg and screaming, creating an uproar on deck. Nott and Jester make it safely to shore and stroll away to the tavern, joined shortly by Caleb and Beau. The next morning everyone is brought aboard, joining the crews of the Squall-Eater and The Mistake. Avantika tells everyone there's been a break-in of her chamber, and she questions several crewmen. Just as Vera casts Locate Object, Caleb takes a bit of phosphorus, squelches it through his hand, and casts Wall of Fire across the entire length of the boat.
"In Hot Water" (2x43)
Caleb conjured a Wall of Fire followed by a Fireball, causing severe damage to the Squall-Eater dring the battle between the Mighty Nein and Avantika's crew. The Plank King's guards arrested everyone involved in the battle. At the trial, The Plank King ruled the Squall-Eater would now belong to the Mighty Nein. Avantika was executed, and the rest of her crew stayed under arrest on Darktow Isle.
Captain Tusktooth's Captaincy
The Mighty Nein were allowed to bring their hired crew from The Mistake to their new ship. They left immediately. The crew under Fjord ("Captain Tusktooth') was unable to fly any flags due to them being burned upon their banishment from Darktow Isle. The Squall-Eater sailed to the Diver's Grave. The ship waited while the Mighty Nein dove underwater to search for a Cloven Crystal.
"The Stowaway" (2x45) As the Mighty Nein set sail for Bisaft Isle, they realized the ship is known to the Clovis Concord as a pirate ship. Nott came up with the new name Ball-Eater. Twiggy painted the new name onto the ship. The Ball-Eater continued sailing to Bisaft after the Mighty Nein (minus Yasha, plus Twiggy) were teleported away by the Happy Fun Ball of Tricks and gone for seven days. The Ball-Eater got repaired while waiting for them to return.
"The Second Seal" (2x47) After the Mighty Nein returned to the ship at the Gravid Archipelago they were suddenly ambushed and pursued by the Salty Criss. During the chase the Ball-Eater struck some jagged rocks and took minor hull damage though ultimately the Ball-Eater and its crew destroyed the pursuing ship when Caduceus capsized it using Control Water. After rescuing Captain Feng and her surviving crew, the Mighty Nein marooned them on a nearby island of the Archipelago at Feng's request.
The Mighty Nein decided to return to the Dwendalian Empire by way of Nicodranas. As they approached the city, Jester forged a new registry for the ship and Fjord gifted ownership of the Ball-Eater to their navigator, Orly Skiffback, who promised to take good care of the ship.
Orly still considered the Ball-Eater to very much be the Nein's ship, and Fjord its captain. Orly stated that he planned to use the ship to earn money for himself and its crew and that he would set aside a percentage of the earnings to give to the Mighty Nein when they next visit.
The Ball-Eater's acting captain aimed to turn the ship's use to more legitimate trade rather than illicit piracy. In just a few months, the crew did enough business along the Menagerie Coast that the Mighty Nein's split of the earnings was 1,312 gold.
Peace Talks and Rumblecusp
Following the peace talks, the Ball-Eater made its way towards the island of Rumblecusp in order to hold TravelerCon on the Zenith. On the way there, the ship was attacked by a dragon turtle, who was seeking treasure. The crew was able to momentarily fend off the dragon turtle, and made its way to Rumblecusp, though the dragon turtle made chase. Upon reaching the island, the crew disembarked. The following day, the dragon turtle (by then nicknamed "Dieter") attacked the Ball-Eater, destroying it.
- See "A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41) at 0:09:08.
- See "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 1:34:38.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:37:05.
- See "Dubious Pursuits" (2x40) at 2:08:01.
- See "Hunted at Sea" (2x100) at 0:21:09.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:03:27.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:27:49.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:46:27.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:28:27.
- See "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 0:43:40.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:48:32.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:56:02.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:30:40.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:26:10.
- See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:26:10.
- See "A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41) at 2:52:22.
- See "Dockside Diplomacy" (2x35) at 3:31:37.
- See "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36) at 32:23.
- See "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 2:15:59.
- See "The Stowaway" (2x45) from 1:02:29 through 1:05:00.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 2:12:57.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) from 2:28:05 through 2:29:50.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) from 2:42:10 through 2:45:48.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:16:06.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:17:06.
- See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:17:27.
- See "Titles and Tattoos" (2x84) at 1:12:10.
- See "Maritime Mysteries" (2x103) at 0:44:13.