The party returns to the Comte’s house. The engineer Hendryk makes a very valid point. If there is a technology that can upgrade ships like the Duke’s, then why has nobody seen more ships like this? It would be quite strange that the wonderful Setward isles people had only ever upgraded one set of ships.
Brandy for everyone. A discussion. The Duke does not seem overly apologetic about his attacks on the Empire. But, given the forces they have, making a prize of the celestium craft is unattainable. The artillery battery on the headland is insufficient as are the Baron’s dragoons. If the Duke should summon the storm again, it would go badly.
The Duchess speaks to her father. Why did he destroy the Imperial settlements? He flips the argument back onto her; what would you have done if you thought I was in danger? The Duke says he was misled by someone feeding him bad intelligence. Nevermind, the wealth of the family will fix the the problem with the Empire.
The Comte, the Baron and the party go to visit the Duke on his ships. His men cry, “Announce yourselves” in a breach of etiquette. The Duke’s presence is requested.
The Duke appears and apologises for his men’s actions. Too zealous. All are invited aboard for breakfast tea.
A tour of the ships. They can be duplicated, especially if the Duke makes good on his promise of financial recompense. But there is a faster way as well. The Duke suggests a voyage to visit the Setward Islers who retrofitted his ships to start with.
The Baron is interested. This sounds like an adventure!