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Historically, chainshot (the technical term) was very much less effective against people than grapeshot (canister of musket balls) or even than roundshot (single ball) precisely because the latter tore up large impaling splinters, and indirect casulaties were heavier than direct. Chainshot was normally fired at masts and sails, in the hope of bringing down ...


Chained shot would not be used in an antipersonnel role. Instead you'd have grapeshot or deck guns being used to hit the crew of a ship. This doesn't mean that your characters aren't going to be hit by falling tackle, spars, masts, sails and other sailing bits and bobs though... I'd suggest having the characters take damage from shrapnel, deck shot, grape ...

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