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Drakkar
Built By Groundling humans
Used Primarily By Groundling humans
Cost 11,000 gp
Tonnage 10 tons
Hull Points 10
Crew (Min/Max) 20/40 (total weapon crew: 4 or 5)
Man-Days of Fresh Air 1,200
Maneuver Class F
Landing - Land No
Landing - Water Yes
Armour Rating 7
Saves As Thick wood
Power Type Major or minor helm or oars of the void
Ship's Rating As per helmsman or 2-8
Standard Armament 1 Heavy Ballista (crew: 4)

OR 1 Heavy Catapult (crew: 5)
OR 1 Heavy Jettison (crew: 4)

Cargo 6 tons
Keel Length 100'
Beam Length 20'
Source Concordance of Arcane Space

The Drakkar is a spelljamming ship built and used by groundling humans.

DescriptionEdit

The Drakkar is a large longship used by Viking peoples. It requires more people to operate than its tonnage can comfortably support, and therefore is not a good ship for long voyages. Being a groundling vessel, the Drakkar suffers from poor maneuverability, although since it is designed for combat it does have a stronger hull than many groundling ships. Since these ships were designed to be powered by oars on water, and since they require large crews in any case, Oars of the Void are a popular method for powering them in space.

CrewEdit

When used as a sea-going vessel, a Drakkar typically has a crew of 60-80 men, and will carry as many as 160 warriors. If this many were carried into space, they would quickly suffocate. Instead, a space-going Drakkar usually carries about 40 men, which is still many more than most similarly-sized spelljammers would dare carry, but safe enough for short journeys. Drakkars powered by major or minor helms usually carry 1-2 priests of the Norse pantheon who will serve as helmsmen, however the rest of the crew will be made up entirely of experienced warriors. Drakkars powered by Oars of the Void will often have crews with no spellcasters at all.

Ship UsesEdit

Raider: The vast majority of Drakkars are used as raiding vessels. These ships usually specialize in making surprise attacks on small settlements, and are involved in few ship-to-ship battles. Since they usually carry a large number of warriors, Drakkars are rarely attacked by pirates despite their poor handling. Likewise, they rarely attack other ships since their poor maneuverability makes it difficult for them to close with an enemy ship, while they lack sufficient large weapons to effectively fight a ranged battle. Drakkars powered by Oars of the Void, however, can be the exception to this rule. Such Drakkars often carry a full 8 sets of Oars, providing an impressive SR 8. This speed is often enough for the Drakkar to get close enough to grapple with an enemy ship despite its poor maneuverability. Drakkar raiders usually raid over short distances only, usually attacking targets less than a week away.

Trader: A very small number of Drakkars are used as legitimate traders. Typically this is only done by those with a cultural bias towards using viking ships, since the Drakkar has little to recommend it as a trade vessel.

Other ConfigurationsEdit

Whaler: Some Drakkars have been modified to serve as Whalers, hunting kindori for the wealth that can be extracted from their carcasses. The only modification that these vessels typically have is the replacement of the heavy weapon with 4 light ballistas which have been modified to fire harpoons.

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