|Built By||Groundling humans|
|Used Primarily By||Groundling humans|
|Crew (Min/Max)||8/10 (total weapon crew: 4 or 5)|
|Man-Days of Fresh Air||1,200|
|Landing - Land||No|
|Landing - Water||Yes|
|Saves As||Thick wood|
|Power Type||Major or minor helm|
|Ship's Rating||As per helmsman -1|
|Standard Armament|| 1 Heavy Catapult (crew: 5)
OR 1 Heavy Ballista (crew: 4)
|Source||Concordance of Arcane Space|
The Coaster is a groundling coastal trading ship, which is not intended for use in space. Sometimes used by those new to space travel, the Coaster makes a poor spelljammer. Coasters are very clumsy, suffering from poor maneuverability, and heavy handling which makes it difficult for a helmsman to operate. This results in a -1 penalty to SR (to a minimum SR 1). In addition, Coasters are poorly armoured, and require a large crew for their size. Most Coasters carry a single heavy weapon to deter pirates, however this is mostly for show, and the ship is very vulnerable to attack. Most spacefarers using a Coaster will upgrade to a more suitable spelljammer as soon as they can; assuming that they survive long enough.
When used as a spelljammer, a Coaster will typically carry a crew of about a dozen men. This is somewhat less than the 20 men which a Coaster usually carries when used as a sailing ship, but it is still more than the ship's air envelope can comfortably accomidate, making long journeys a poor idea.
Trader: Most Coasters in space are used as trading vessels. The only advantage that such a ship has over more capable ships designed for spelljamming is the fact that a Coaster can land in the water, and trade with groundling ports without attracting undue attention. In some of the safest areas of space using a Coaster as a trading vessel is actually a viable option; however, most of wildspace is not safe for the ship, and even in those areas that are safe a Caravel would be a better choice.
Modifications to the Coaster are rare, since it is usually more cost-effective to simply purchase a better ship.
- Spelljammer reference: Concordance of Arcane Space