|Built By||Humans - Calidians|
|Used Primarily By||Any in Clusterspace|
|Crew (Min/Max)||2/9 (total weapons crew: 2)|
|Man-Days of Fresh Air||1,080|
|Landing - Land||Yes|
|Landing - Water||No|
|Saves As||Thin wood|
|Power Type||Major or minor helm|
|Ship's Rating||As per helmsman|
|Standard Armament||1 Medium Ballista (crew: 2)|
|Source||Astromundi Cluster, The|
The Lanceship is a fully-enclosed Calidian design intended as a multi-purpose craft. It strongly resembles its namesake, especially at a distance. Maneuvering is accomplished through the use of a sail rudder which can be manipulated by a single sailor from within the ship. If attacked, only crew manning the ballista turret are exposed. Lanceships have not been seen outside the Astromundi Cluster.
The Lanceship is very easy to operate, requiring only a minimal crew. While only two crewmen are required, a typical crew will number about 5-8 men, which allows enough crew to man the ballista, as well as providing a small party for ship defense.
Smuggler: The Lanceship has become infamous as a smuggling ship, since its size and maneuverability make it a logical choice for threading through an asteroid field and avoiding notice. For this reason, Lanceship crews in port are often closely watched by the authorities.
Scout: The same qualities that make the Lanceship suitable as a smuggling ship make it ideal for small scouting parties over both long and short ranges.
Adventurer's Ship: Lanceships are ideal for small adventuring parties, since they are easily operated without a large number of hirelings.
Military: Although its light construction means that it cannot stand up to much punishment, the Lanceship makes a good light support craft, especially when carrying an elite boarding party.
Heavy Lance: A military version of the Lanceship, the Heavy Lance has its hull rebuilt out of metal, granting it AR 4 and 18 HP, although MC is reduced to C. Usually the ballista is replaced with a greek fire projector. The Heavy Lance is used to ram enemy ships, unleashing a squad of marines after first raking the deck with greek fire. Unlike the standard Lanceship, the Heavy Lance is much more likely to survive long enough to successfully perform such an attack.
- Spelljammer reference: 1087XXX1091, 1087XXX1092, 1087XXX1903
- TSR reference: TSR 1087
- ISBN: 1-56076-632-8