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From:     RJPugh@???.com
Date:     Tue, 3 Jan 1995 14:31:37 -0500
Subject:  Re: Flying Mounts
Hi folks.

Regarding the winged mount debate, I tend to agree that a flying mount would
have a low SR, unless the species in question is bord for life in space.  A
small kindori springs to mind as such a creature.
Flitters are very good at attacking a large ship and disabling it prior to
boarding.  In that department, they are hard to beat.

However, the potential for boarding a ship with a griffon (hippogriff,
pegasi, or even a small dragon) shouldn't be taken lightly.  If the enemy
ship has been disabled, such that balista and catapult fire isn't a big
concern, then boarding a ship with a batch of griffons could make life very
difficult for the opposing ship.

For example, you close in on the disabled deathspider, and storm the battle
deck with a set of angry fighters with perhaps a half -dozen mounted griffons
for support.  The neogi are now faced with the equivalent of infantry with
light cavalry support.  While the griffons have a low SR rate, once they are
in the air envelope of the deathspider, they are able to make full use of
their ariel manuverability, AND their normal combat abilities.  The umber
hulk guards will now have to deal with not only the fighters, but the
griffons buzzing them from above.

I would say that the best use of flying mounts in ship-to-ship combat would
be as "air support" for conventional boarding parties.  If you can scrounge
up a few flitters to keep the enemy ship's gunners busy, all the better.

Rich


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