The Cost of Steam Power
The logistics of operating steamjacks can be
daunting, but the actual costs of fuel are fairly
manageable. When purchased in bulk, coal is
relatively cheap. In most populated regions of
western Immoren, a ton of coal can be purchased
for 100 gc. Forward-thinking mechaniks and
warcasters stock surplus coal in whichever city or
outpost serves as their base of operations. Ready
access to water can actually be a greater limiting
factor in areas such as the Bloodstone Marches and
the deserts of southern Immoren. Most steamjacks
carry a load of fuel to allow many hours of
exploration, but all steamjacks burn fuel at a much
faster rate when engaged in combat. It is worth
noting that outside of the battlefield few fights last
more than a handful of minutes, so a fully fueled
steamjack can be counted on to perform in several
brief engagements each day.
The fuel load of a steamjack is typically several
hundred pounds of water and coal. A typical
fuel load ratio is five pounds of water for every
pound of coal. A warjack with a 660-pound fuel
load would carry 110 pounds of coal and 550
pounds of water.
Coal is available throughout the Iron Kingdoms
and becomes cheaper when purchased in bulk.
The following prices are standard throughout the
• Coal, 20-pound bag: 3 gc
• Coal, 50-pound bag: 5 gc
• Coal, delivery of 1,000 pounds: 60 gc
• Coal, delivery of 2,000 pounds: 100 gc
Water, Wagons, and Incidentals
In addition to the cost of coal, a ’jack marshal must also
consider the logistics of getting fuel to the machine.
Unless he limits himself to working in an area in close
proximity to his coal supply, at some point he will need
to invest in water tanks, coal wagons, and a team of
horses to get his ’jack from place to place.
• Wagon, small: 50 gc
• Wagon, large: 85 gc
• Water pump, hand: 10 gc
• Water tank, 5 gallon (holds about 42 pounds of water): 2 gc
• Water tank, 10 gallon (holds about 83 pounds of water): 3 gc
• Water tank, 50 gallon (holds about 420 pounds of water): 5 gc
Wagons designed to carry steamjacks are heavily
reinforced constructions of wood and steel. They
are generally uncovered and have separate locations
for fuel and other cargo. Steamjacks are lashed or
chained down for transportation to limit the chance
of shifting while on the move.
A typical small wagon is large enough to
accommodate a single light steamjack and a modest
load of fuel or other cargo. The wagon has room for a
driver and single passenger. Small wagons are usually
pulled by a pair of draft horses (sold separately).
A typical large wagon is large enough to accommodate
a single heavy steamjack or a pair of light steamjacks
along with a heavier load of fuel or other cargo.
The wagon has room for a driver and up to two
passengers. Large wagons must be pulled by a team of
at least two draft horses.