RHC Ship
Roscommon, Fey-Pact Schooner
Large Vehicle
Level 14 Vehicle
47,240 gp
Hull Integrity 3
Defense 20
Maneuverability 8
Speed 10
Full Crew 16
Minimum Crew 4
Total Complement 40
Length 90 ft. Beam 25 ft. Three masts, 70 ft. high. Two decks. Beautiful fey woman
Beloved but Petulant * Trait
As long as the ship and figurehead are in full repair, the ship completes its journeys in
10% less time than usual, and the crew gets +1 to saving throws. If either is damaged,
the benefit goes away.
A small array of light cannons, five to either broadside, enchanted for elven precision.
The mounting for each is carved from lightning-struck wood, threaded with white
streaks. A couple of cannons are mounted forward and aft for full coverage.
Crew: 15. Attack: +10, full coverage. Option to fire shocking ammunition, which only
damages enemy crew, not the vessel.
Dryad Figurehead
The beautiful woman blushes when complimented, and sometimes disappears when
mistreated. Occasionally trinkets go missing and are found decorating her wooden
The figurehead functions as a flagbearer, redirecting hostile spells originating beyond
50 feet away to herself. She has 50 hit points, and ignores the first 10 points of
damage from any attack.
Once per naval round, the captain standing at the head of the ship can ask the favour
of the queen’s figurehead. If the captain is in good favour with the fey spirit within
the figurehead, the ship teleports a short distance. This can grant a +5 bonus to the
ship’s Maneuverability for the purpose of avoiding obstacles or for the Bearing phase,
but only relative to a hostile ship at short range.
In tactical combat, this requires a standard action and can be done once every five
minutes. The Roscommon and everyone aboard teleports 50 ft. (10 squares) to an
unoccupied space. It maintains the same heading and speed.
Total Cost 19,240 gp
Hull (base level 8, sails, improved speed ×4, Level 14): 21,000 gp
Armaments (medium, full coverage, Level 13): 17,000 gp
Shocking ammunition (Level 8): 3,400 gp
Figurehead flagbearer (Level 4): 840 gp
Jaunter fey step (Level 10): 5,000 gp

Roscommon, named after the region in Risur that provided most of its material, mounts a three-masted square-topsail rig. Her lower deck could accommodate as many as forty, and she typically sails with thirty-five crew, a cook, and some small elite complement of officers or specialists.
Laid down in 417 A.O.V., when it was nearing completion its designer had a druid deliver a replica to a fey circle near the town of Roscommon. The model ship delighted the local fey queen Medb, and the next morning when the designer returned to work, the ship’s figurehead had been replaced by a beautiful faerie woman carved from living wood.

R.N.S. Coaltongue
Gargantuan Vehicle
Level 26 Vehicle
1,500,440 gp
Hull Integrity 4
Defense 30
Maneuverability 8
Speed 18
Command +15
Full Crew 32
Minimum Crew 4
Total Complement 200
Length 205 ft. Beam 50 ft. Two level central bridge. Steam engine with two propellers.
Five decks.
Dozens of cannons fire to either broadside.
The ship’s greatest weapons are its capacitor which magnifies the spells of
mages who cast from the main deck, and its brand which can launch a blast
of arcane flame from the prow.
Crew: 100. Attack: +25 in any firing arc. Can use acidic, chain shot, flaming, freezing,
and shocking attacks, but no more than one in any given round in a single firing arc.
Eldritch Defences
The ship gains a +5 bonus to saving throws against the burning condition. Any spells
that originate more than 50 feet from the ship deal 26 less damage to targets within
that area. Teleportation cannot enter or leave the ship.
Total Cost 1,500,440 gp
Hull (base level 14, engine, improved maneuverability x2, improved speed x7, Level 26):
1,125,000 gp
Armaments (huge, forward turret, Level 22): 325,000 gp
Gunnery components (acidic, Level 8; chain shot, Level 4; flaming, Level 10; freezing,
Level 8; shocking, Level 8): 16,040 gp
Eldritch defenses (greater fire charm, Level 12; shield defense; Level 10; tar and
brimstone sheathing, Level 8; teleportation ward, Level 12): 34,400 gp


  • Captain:
  • Bosun:
  • Engineer:
  • Gunner:
  • Look-Out:
  • Navigator:
  • Attacker:

Officer Roles

There are six officer roles. Each round, a PC can choose a role and provide one of the listed benefits for the ship. NPCs can also fill officer roles, and most ships of significant size will have multiple people with the right skills for each position.
You can have multiple characters in the same role, except for captain. Also, a ship can benefit from a maximum of six officers at a time. Any spare characters can fill the Attacker role, which doesn’t count against the limit.
Characters can switch roles between rounds as long as the character can realistically reach an appropriate location to perform the duties of that role. Since naval rounds are one to five minutes long, it’s usually possible to get anywhere on even the largest ship in that much time. However, a character can only take one officer role-based action per naval round (two if he has the Elite Officer feat, page 9).
Finally, most roles let characters add to the captain’s Command checks for a specific action. A character must choose whether to add a bonus before the captain rolls, so it is ideal for the officers to decide their tactics at the beginning of the naval round, before they start making rolls.

The officer roles are:

  • Captain: Decides ship’s movement. (Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma)
    • [+11: Chandra, Ernst, Phyllis; +10: Garrett, Gerald; +9: Zane]
  • Bosun: Manages the crew and can grant small bonuses in various roles. (Charisma; Diplomacy or Intimidate)
    • [+6: Chandra; +5: Garrett; +4: Zane; +2: Phyllis; +0: Ernst, Gerald]
  • Engineer: Repairs damage, or adjusts ship components to improve performance. (Intelligence)
    • [+11: Ernst, Phyllis; +7: Chandra, Garrett; +6: Gerald, Zane]
  • Gunner: Aims shipboard weapons. (Dexterity, Intelligence; Perception)
    • [+6: Ernst, Garrett, Gerald, Zane; +5: Phyllis; +1: Chandra]
  • Look-Out: Helps avoid hazards and tricks. (Wisdom; Perception)
    • [+5: Gerald; +3: Chandra, Ernst, Phyllis; +2: Garrett, Zane]
  • Navigator: Plots courses or pilots ship to grant bonuses for manoeuvres. (Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom; Nature)
    • [+6: Phyllis; +5: Ernst, Garrett, Gerald, Zane; +3: Chandra]
  • Attacker: Uses own attacks against enemies.


The captain’s role is to decide manoeuvres and order the rest of the crew. His actions are typically limited to those detailed above in the Round Phases section. The rest of the crew augments his decisions by filling in the details and giving the captain more time to focus on the big picture. It’s the difference between the captain giving specific orders (“Set a course at 15 degrees North North-east at twelve knots”) and the captain providing general goals and trusting his crew to carry them out (“Cut them off so we can bring our port guns to bear”).


The bosun relays orders to the crew and directs them while working alongside them. Once per round, the bosun can choose one of the following:

  • Roll a Command check in the Location, Terrain, or Bearing phase, adding his Charisma modifier to the captain’s Command score. This replaces the captain’s normal Command check for that phase.
  • Add his Charisma modifier to a shipboard weapon’s attack roll, or to an engineer’s check to repair or tweak the vessel.

A bosun trained in Diplomacy or Intimidate can either add 2, or add 1 + his ability score modifier, whichever is higher. So a bosun with an 8 Charisma who has the right training could add +2, while a high-level bosun with a 22 Charisma and the same training could add +7.


Once per round, the engineer can attempt to repair the hull or a damaged component, or can try to tweak the ship’s performance. To do so, first he must have a number of crew at his disposal equal to the ship’s Minimum Crew rating. Then he chooses one of the following effects, and makes an Intelligence check.

  • Fight Fire (DC 20). Put out a fire in one section.
  • Repair Component (DC 15). One damaged component is restored to full order. A check that beats DC 20 can repair a disabled component to being just damaged. A check that beats DC 25 can repair a destroyed component to being disabled. If the component is magical, the engineer takes a –5 penalty to this check if he’s not trained in Arcana.
  • Repair Hull (DC 20). Repair 1 point of Hull Integrity damage the ship has taken. Each success increases the DC of further repairs by 5, even between encounters. The DC only resets if the ship can undergo proper repairs in a safe harbour.
  • Right a Listing Ship (DC 20). Restore a listing ship to be upright.
  • Slow Sinking (DC 15). Reduce the rate of the ship’s sinking by one step, from immediate to quick to slow to stable.
  • Give Her All She’s Got! (DC 10). Increase the ship’s Manoeuvrability or Speed rating by one 1 for this round, plus an additional 1 for every 10 you beat the DC by.


One PC can act as Gunner per firing arc, as long as the battery has sufficient crew. Once per round, the gunner can choose one of the following:

  • Roll for an attack with a shipboard weapon, adding his Intelligence or Dexterity modifier to the normal attack bonus. Similar to with the bosun above, a gunner trained in Perception can add either 2 or 1 + his ability score modifier, whichever is higher.
  • Choose the location of the first hit with shipboard weapons, instead of rolling on the hit chart.


During the Manoeuvres phase, the look-out makes a Perception check to determine the order ships choose their manoeuvres for the round. Additionally, once per round the look-out can choose one of the following:

  • Make a Perception check to reduce the impact of poor visibility. See Visibility (page 7).
  • Roll any necessary Command checks in the Terrain phase, adding his Wisdom modifier to the captain’s Command score. This replaces the captain’s normal Command check for that phase.
  • Grant a bonus equal to his Wisdom modifier to the ship’s Defence against one attack from a vessel he can see.
  • Grant a bonus equal to his Wisdom modifier to the defences of the crew against attacks coming from a vessel he can see. This bonus only applies to personal attacks, not shipboard weapons.
  • Choose one section where the crew takes damage from an enemy’s shipboard weapons. Reduce the damage done to each creature in that area by the same bonus as above.

When he would add his Wisdom modifier, a look-out trained in Perception can add either 2 or 1+ his Wisdom modifier, whichever is higher.


Once per round, the navigator can roll a Command check in the Location or Bearing phase, adding his Dexterity, Intelligence, or Wisdom modifier to the captain’s Command score. This replaces the captain’s normal Command check for that phase. (Dexterity represents fast piloting as helmsman, while Intelligence or Wisdom fits for plotting courses).
A navigator trained in Nature can add either 2 or 1+ his ability score modifier, whichever is higher.


Each naval round lasts a minute or more, but sometimes players will want to take actions that can be accomplished in a few seconds. Performing the other officer roles takes the full round, but if a character would prefer to unload a wand of fireballs or a quiver of arrows, use these guidelines.
Attacker is an officer role, just like captain or bosun, and a character who’s busy filling another officer role doesn’t have time to directly attack an opposing ship.
Ships spend most of their turn hundreds of feet away from each other, and rocking of waves, gusts and vortices of winds, and the great speeds of ships make it difficult to aim ranged attacks accurately. Likewise, most ships that expect combat are enchanted with some sort of eldritch defence that weakens magical attacks, or else have mundane countermeasures.
An attacker is usually better off waiting for the right opening and making a single attack, instead of futilely watching arrows fly off course, or fireballs be snuffed by an eldritch aura.

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