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Mercenary Flagship, Breath Weapon

Breath Weapon (TT08-11), previously designated as Broken Wind (TT08), is an Oafan battleship. Breath Weapon served as the flagship of the Tagon's Toughs mercenary company from the end of Book 14: Broken Wind to the end of Book 20: Sergeant in Motion.

Ship Features[]

While the design has never been given a name, the U.N.S. military has designated ships of the same class as Breath-class vessels.[1]

Breath Weapon is rated as a S9 ship on the Planet Mercenary classification table[2], "9" being the highest existing threat rate for a ship, relative to size. Breath Weapon is just over five hundred meters long.[3] Her power output is comparable to an U.N.S. carrier and her hull is extremely durable, thanks to the heavy use of P.T.U. alloys.[4] Unlike Oafan corvettes, Breath Weapon is not equipped with a Long Gun.[5]

Breath Weapon carries a squadron of ovoid-shaped gunboats in a ring of docking slips located amidships.[6] Like their mothership, the gunboats have P.T.U. hulls.[7] After two of the original gunboats were lost in battle, the Toughs created replacements with a conventional hull. Although less resistant than the originals, the new boats were fitted with upgraded systems, making them otherwise superior in combat.[7]

Breath Weapon and her gunboats were later fitted with teraguns in order to combat the Pa'anuri.[8]

Smaller warship undocking from the ship's mid-section docking ring.

Ship History[]


Breath Weapon was built by the Oafans at least ten million years ago. Her original name was Hear And Hearken To The War-Cries Which Now Descend From The Furious Throat Of The Sky, For They Are A Precipitation Of Blades and her artificial intelligence was named Ufuimaele[9]. When the Oafans retreated to Eina-Afa to hide from the Pa'anuri, Hear and Hearken To the War-Cries was put in mothballs and stationed inside Eina-Afa's spindle with thousands of other warships while her A.I. was uploaded to the station's infosphere.

Service with Tagon's Toughs[]

Ten million years later, when the Tagon's Toughs informed T'kkkuts-Afa, Eina-Afa's A.I., that she did not have to hide from the Pa'anuri any more, T'kkkuts-Afa decided to join the small mercenary company. She adopted the name Iafa ("Little Wind")[10] and downloaded herself inside the mindframe of Hear And Hearken To The War-Cries. Iafa rechristened the ship Broken Wind, the translation of his former name T'kkkuts-Afa.[10] Broken Wind subsequently became the flagship of the Tagon's Toughs' squadron, under the command of Captain Kaff Tagon.

Broken Wind accompanied Cindercone to the Sol System to deliver ten thousand Oafan hulls to the U.N.S.[11] Broken Wind later travelled inside Cindercone's hold to the Celeschul System to bring the Sanctum Adroit's depot back to its home system. When Cindercone was ambushed by a fleet of pirate ships, Broken Wind raced outside of their hypernet jamming zone to call Chinook for help.[12] Broken Wind lost two gunboats during the engagement.[13] The destroyed gunboats were later replaced with a modified design.[7]

Broken Wind and Cindercone recovered the F'Sherl-Ganni Archive from one of the habitats of the destroyed buuthandi for Petey.[14]

Broken Wind and Cindercone were contracted by the Neofans to escort a research expedition to Uli-Oa, a damaged Oafan world forge.[15] Broken Wind deployed a four-layer Very Dangerous Array around Uli-Oa to defend the artifact against would-be thieves.[16] During this mission, a rogue faction of Esspererin soldiers led by Wing Marshall Takka Besti managed to board the Toughs' ships by using teraport cages and launched an assault against the crew in order to seize control of the ships. Captain Tagon sacrificed his life by detonating a ship-to-ship warhead aboard Broken Wind to destroy the Esspererin teraport cage and the boarders.[17] Iafa was forced to immerse Broken Wind inside Uli-Oa's ocean in order to dissipate the massive amount of heat generated by the warhead explosion.[18]

During the next four months, Broken Wind was placed under Captain Alexia Murtaugh's command[19], her name was changed to Breath Weapon[20] when Yaeyoefui discovered that her previous name could be read as a flatulence pun[21] and her interior structure had to be completely gutted and replaced because of the damage caused by Tagon's warhead.[22] By the time Captain Tagon was restored from his Laz-5 backup, Breath Weapon was operational once again.

During an investigative mission for Urtheep Industries, Breath Weapon was refused access to the Sol System after the Penultimate Admiralty declared a ban on all ships that might be armed with a Long Gun.[23]

During a relief operation in the Uuple System, Breath Weapon was incorrectly identified by the Uuplechan Patriot Armada as a sack-hull freighter.[24] When Chinook lost control of herself after Maxim 39's destruction, Petey teraported Breath Weapon to Eina-Afa, hoping that Iafa's knowledge of the station's infosphere would help them find a way to neutralize Chinook.[25] After creating a copy of himself inside Eina-Afa's network, Iafa allowed Chinook to kill him with a precision Long Gun shot against his mindframe in an effort to avoid collateral victims.[26] Ambassador Bala-Amin decided to evacuate the entire U.N.S. embassy, building and personnel included, aboard Breath Weapon to escape Eina-Afa.[27] Although Breath Weapon was able to clear Eina-Afa's TAD, she was immediately captured by Shoemaker-Levy, a Carbon-class battleplate.[28]

Return of the Oafans[]

The crew of Shoemaker-Levy repaired Breath Weapon's damage in one of their internal dry docks[29] but they also used the opportunity to study Breath Weapon's ancient Oafan systems, although they failed to discover any new technology.[30] After their digital consciousnesses were freed from Eina-Afa's infosphere by Iafa and Putzho, the ancient Oafans tracked down the Shoemaker-Levy's battle group and demanded the return of Breath Weapon as the ship's rightful owners.[31] Breath Weapon and her crew were freed by the UNS and the ship was reclaimed by Ufumaele ("Ufu"), Breath Weapon's original Oafan A.I.[9] Despite the change in ownership, the Oafans allowed the Tagon's Toughs to continue to use Breath Weapon and contracted them to "save the galaxy".

Investigation of the Pa'anuri warship[]

Breath Weapon deployed to the Xuvoth System to board a Pa'anuri warship and gather intelligence.[32] Upon arrival, Breath Weapon deployed her gunboat squadron and joined a coalition fleet in the fight against the Pa'anuri warship.[8] Captain Ellen Foxworthy and a team of fragsuit infantry deployed aboard Breath Weapon's Gunboat 5, renamed Heavy Breathing, to reach the surface of the Pa'anuri warship.[33] Breath Weapon supplied targeting information to Lota, allowing Lota to open holes inside the Pa'anuri ship's massive hull with her Long Gun and allowing the Toughs access to the ship's interior.[34]


Following the resolution of the conflict with the Pa'anuri, Breath Weapon was eventually reclaimed by the Oafans.[35]


In Oafan tongue, the name "Broken Wind" comes from T'kkkuts-Afa. Afa has plenty of meanings in the Oafan language, but the original meaning is "wind". It is considered a mystical force in Oafan mythology, synonymous with "unmoved mover" and "god". T'kkkuts is a string of sounds that is painful for Oafans to voice, and is considered an obscenity. The tone evokes anger, with the word generally specifying injury, damage, and violation of self. The term could be interpreted as "Angry God", but "Broken Wind" was taken as a closer translation.[36]

When the librarian learned the name of the ship, it was discovered to be a breach of cross cultural etiquette. "Wind" was considered too simple of a translation of "Afa", "T'kkkuts" implied more violence than 'broken', and "breaking wind" has a rather crude meaning in Galstandard West. With this, the ship was renamed "Breath Weapon". [37]

When the ship was reclaimed by Ufumaele, she revealed that its original name was Hear And Hearken To The War-Cries Which Now Descend From The Furious Throat Of The Sky, For They Are A Precipitation Of Blades -- but added that Breath Weapon would do for short, as "your mythological dragons have sufficiently furious throats."[38]


  1. An UNS officer uses the Breath-class designation
  2. The narrator identifies Breath Weapon as a S9 vessel
  3. Breath Weapon's size is mentioned
  4. Ennesby presents Broken Wind to Tagon
  5. Murtaugh indicates that Breath Weapon doesn't have a Long Gun
  6. Broken Wind deploys her gunboats
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ventura and Foxworthy present the new boats to Iafa
  8. 8.0 8.1 Breath Weapon and her gunboat squadron engage a Pa'anuri warship with teraguns
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ufu meets the Toughs
  10. 10.0 10.1 T'kkkuts-Afa reveals her new name
  11. The Toughs deliver Oafan hulls to the UNS
  12. Broken Wind escapes the pirates' jamming
  13. Tagon mentions the loss of two gunboats
  14. The Toughs deliver the Archive to Petey
  15. The Neofans hire the Toughs for a research expedition
  16. Broken Wind is deploying her Very Dangerous Array
  17. Iafa announces that Captain Tagon sacrificed himself
  18. Broken Wind gets out of Uli-Oa's ocean
  19. Commodore Tagon informs his son that command of Broken Wind passed to Murtaugh
  20. Murtaugh reveals Broken Wind's new name
  21. Murtaugh explains why Broken Wind was renamed
  22. The narrator mentions Breath Weapon's repairs
  23. Secretary Andreyasn explains the ban to Murtaugh
  24. UPA Shiplord Srabben calls Breath Weapon a freighter
  25. Petey teraports Breath Weapon
  26. Iafa explains his plan
  27. The UNS embassy embarking aboard Breath Weapon
  28. Breath Weapon is teraported inside Shoemaker-Levy
  29. Murtaugh mentions the repairs
  30. Levi announces the results of the study to Admiral Devereaux
  31. The Oafans demand Breath Weapon back
  32. Murtaugh briefs Commodore Tagon on their mission in the Xuvoth System
  33. Fragsuit infantry deploys aboard Heavy Breathing
  34. Breath Weapon helps Lola punch a hole inside the Pa'anuri ship's hull
  35. Murtaugh announces that the Oafans have taken back their property
  36. 2014-02-14
  37. Book 17: A Little Immortality - Part I - 2017-01-06