The Ball-Eater is a ship owned by the Mighty Nein, currently being 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 Marinos determined that the Mighty Nein would take the ship and leave Darktow Isle permanently.
The Ball-Eater is a massive, tri-mast ship with a cargo hold, an outer balcony and a gun deck. It is armed with large heavy cannons and has many gunports. It has a captain’s quarters below deck, that is a beautiful open room that is solidly made, that has scuff marks on the floorboard. It has a mismatched patchwork of old carpets laid over each other from various designs around Exandria. There's a desk that has a bunch of carve marks into it where papers can be laid out and a shelf with a small lantern on it. Above the door is a small shelf with a tine black iron shrine to Uk'otoa. It is of an ouroboros serpent that's eating its own tail. About every inch there's an eye across the length of its body. In the center is a single metal sphere with a cloven line down the center of it.
As The Squall-EaterEdit
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.
- 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.
- Fiskin Duth: Deceased.
- Ipess: Arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- Vera: Fate unknown, presumed alive, arrested and in The Revelry's custody.
- 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-EaterEdit
The crew comprises of hired sailors and one former pirate. The crew are 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 amongst 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 Biasaft.
The Ball Eater has four cannons on the port side and three functional cannons on the starboard side, for a total of seven.
Avantika's Captaincy Edit
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. Captain Adella mentions it to Fjord in the Wayfarer's Cove. The Squall-Eater was waiting at the island of Urukaxl for Captain Jawgrasp on The Mist to deliver a Cloven Crystal.
"O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36)Edit
"Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37)Edit
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.
"Welcome to the Jungle" (2x38)Edit
"Dubious Pursuits" (2x40)Edit
Avantika, Jamedi Cosko, and the Mighty Nein escaped both Lizardfolk and yuan-ti pursuing them through the jungle of Urukaxl. 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)Edit
"In Hot Water" (2x43)Edit
Caleb conjured a Wall of Fire and Fjord summoned a demon when a fight broke out between the Mighty Nein and the crew members loyal to Avantika, causing severe damage to the Squall-Eater. 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. The Mighty Nein were allowed to bring their hired crew from The Mistake to their new ship. They left immediately.
Tusktooth's Captaincy Edit
"The Diver's Grave" (2x44)Edit
"The Stowaway" (2x45)Edit
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.
"A Storm of Memories" (2x46)Edit
"The Second Seal" (2x47) Edit
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; ultimately though 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.
After deciding to head to Nicodranas from the Gravid Archipelago, the Mighty Nein decided to return to the Dwendalian Empire. As they approach Nicodranas Jester forges a new registry for the ship and Fjord gifts 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 has stated he plans to use the ship to earn money for himself and its crew and that he'll set aside a percentage of the earnings to give to the Mighty Nein when they next visit.
"Homeward Bound" (2x48)Edit
Orly's Captaincy Edit
Its acting captain aims to turn the ship's use to more legitimate trade rather than illicit piracy.
- ↑ See "A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41) at 0:09:08.
- ↑ See "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 2:31:20.
- ↑ See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:37:05.
- ↑ See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37).
- ↑ See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 0:46:28.
- ↑ See "Dangerous Liaisons" (2x37) at 1:28:37.
- ↑ See "In Hot Water" (2x43).
- ↑ See "A Pirate's Life for Me" (2x41).
- ↑ See "Dockside Diplomacy" (2x35).
- ↑ See "O Captain, Who's Captain?" (2x36).
- ↑ See "In Hot Water" (2x43) at 2:32:00.
- ↑ See "The Stowaway" (2x45) from 1:02:29 through 1:05:00.
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 2:45:05.
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 2:58:47.
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:34:21.
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:35:25.
- ↑ See "The Second Seal" (2x47) at 3:35:44.