A tangent on the seasonal variation thread lead to a great emerging discussion on Black Arks. So let us talk about all things Black Ark here. Here are some questions for discussion. Without a Slann creating a hurricane or some other god-like feat of magic, could the Lizardmen conceivably sink or at least repel a Black Ark at sea? If you threw enough Saurus, Skink, and Kroxigor bodies at a beached Black Ark, the Lizardmen could beat a Black Ark by besieging it and killing every elf in it. In my opinion, the Lizardmen would probably lose at least double the soldiers that the Elves lose, maybe triple or quadruple. What would be the most tactical way for a Skink priest or Saurus Oldblood to plan an assault on a beached Black Ark? When Malekith invades Ulthuan, he usually creates a massive beach head of Black Arks as the initial thrust of his invasion. As far as I know, Malekith has never mobilized the totality of his Black Arks for anything short of invading Lustria, but most of the time, Black Ark commanders seem to have relative autonomy to sail where they want to, as long as Malekith gets a percentage of their plunder. The Dark Elves could easily beach one or two Black Arks on either the Lustrian east or west coast to form advanced base if they chose. Lets assume you are a Black Ark commander that wants to raid Lustria. As far as you know, if you beach the Black Ark it would be very difficult for the Lizardmen to destroy your Ark. if you stay in the water, as far as you know, it would be impossible for the Lizardmen to destroy your Ark. Under what scenarios would a Black Ark commander choose to beach his Ark on Lustria? The Dark Elves can raid Lustria with Black Arks and they can raid Lustria with conventional ships. They probably use both. Which do they prefer? Are Black Arks a common tool of raiding Lustria or a rare tool of raiding Lustria? Why? Along those lines, would Black Arks be comparatively more useful at raiding human lands or more comparatively useful raiding Lustria? Why? If for some reason Malekith made conquering Lustria a top priority, would the First be able to handle most or all of the Black Arks assaulting Lustria at one time if there aren't enough Slann awake to create magic exceeding that of the Big Red Book. If for some reason the Slann collectively decided that the Dark Elves need to be crushed, right now. Would Malekith and Morathi be able to stop the Slann from sinking most/all of their Black Arks?