So, it's always been a pet peeve of mine. People running onto ships with strict boarding rights and treating them as unassailable fortresses (because essentially, they are). As long as it's docked, you can board it and be perfectly, absolutely safe from anything. Before, it was a pain just because someone with a ship could run there and not get stolen from/killed by a mark/killed by someone just flat angry/etc. Maybe it's just my New Eden mentality of nothing should ever be completely safe to do. But I've bitten my tongue: obviously, the admins let this sort of behavior go on (why then, can we not enter a journal to escape being attacked? Isn't it just a more expensive version of that? But no, no complaining, Naverre, just let it go), so we must live with it. Working as intended.
Now, we have Targossas, holding the impious sceptre aboard a ship and safe from any attempts to take it. Which is, in my humble opinion, completely against the spirit of Reckoning. Hell, what's-her-name even said it "couldn't be stored", so it was never meant to be completely beyond the reach of the other side like it is. They can keep this up for the entire five months that it's in their position, and even if team Ice wins the trial, they'll likely pull the same crap (no, it's not fair when the other side does it, either, I'm not really a hypocrite. Most of the time. Really). And so the sceptre will, on the final day before the assessment, be on the side of whoever happens to hold it, purely by virtue of the fact that it's on their ship, and there's nothing the other side can do about it. Again. Because, ships.
Call this the proverbial straw.
What I want to see is this: a way to attack a ship, or a person on a ship, that's docked in a harbor. Obviously the moment they take it out to sea, they're at risk. And if the disembark, they're at risk. It's that sweet spot in between that's ripe for new mechanics. How about, if a ship has someone on it, it can be forceboarded? Perhaps it could be fired on from near the harbor at sea, and if the hull reaches a certain threshold, each shot starts doing ridiculous damage to people on board? Maybe create some antipersonnel weapons and ammo specifically for this task that won't harm the hull but only people on board, regardless of their positioning on or in the ship? Another gold sink for those ship captains, they must be swimming in it.
I don't really care what you come up with, just as long as it's fixed. I guarantee you, I absolutely guarantee you, if the holder of the sceptre hopped into a journal in order to keep it from being stolen, he/she would be shrubbed so fast their leafy heads would spin. If it doesn't specifically violate HELP HONOUR, it sure as hell violates the spirit of it.
Edit: Grammar, you a treacherous fiend.