"We have traversed more than 100,000 li of immense water spaces and have beheld in the ocean huge waves like mountains rising in the sky, and we have set eyes on barbarian regions far away hidden in a blue transparency of light vapours."
— Zheng He
Fast raiding vessel, best used for taking out unarmed targets and patrol duty. Cheaper than War Galley.
|Prereq:||Build time||HP||LOS||Attack||Attack speed||Movement
|200||17||17 x 1||1.6s
|Cost||Created from||Armour||Weapon range||Specialty|
This warship is in essence a Brigantine that is far more accessible — in Asian nations, you actually get the best warships your resources can ever by without having to make political compromises unlike Muslim or Christian nations.
As such, you will most likely find the Covered Swooper a powerful asset to your war fleet. Being fast, sturdy and powerful, it is all the captain of a light fleet can ever ask for, being more capable of raiding or interdiction duty compared to more inferior War Galleys. The only problem of course is that to build this as well as the fearsome South Sea Barque requires two things: a massive outlay of resources, as well as compromising your ability to trade and supply units on land. But such is the price of progress: the ability to create a more powerful fleet especially in the early stages of the Imperial Era when guns are starting to become more pervasive is a force multiplier.
- Taking Enemy Fire — The increased accuracy of a Dromond's missiles and speed make them good for raiding and defending against fireships. On the other hand, their low cost makes them ideal as decoys.
- A Warm Welcome — As Dromonds are weak against heavy ships, complement your Dark Age fleet with fireships to keep enemy Longships and Roundships at bay.
- Planned Obsolescence — Upgrade your Dromonds to Barques once resources are available.
- Dromonas— The Byzantines do not build Dromonds, but instead maintain the Dromonas which is in fact the original prototype; the Dromond itself being a weaker and less efficient counterfeit thereof.
For most of her long history, China has had a long acquaintance with watercraft.