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Swan Ship
Built By Halflings
Used Primarily By Humans, halflings, elves
Cost 30,000 gp
Tonnage 50 tons
Hull Points 38
Crew (Min/Max) 20/50 (total weapon crew: 9)
Man-Days of Fresh Air 6,000
Maneuver Class C
Landing - Land No
Landing - Water Yes
Armour Rating 7
Saves As Thin wood
Power Type Major or minor helm
Ship's Rating As per helmsman
Standard Armament 2 Medium Ballistas (crew: 2)

1 Heavy Catapult (crew: 5)

Cargo 35 tons
Keel Length 100'
Beam Length 40'
Source SJR1 Lost Ships

The Swan Ship is a spelljamming ship built by halflings and used by halflings, humans, and elves.

DescriptionEdit

The most successful ship designed by halflings has been the Swan Ship, one of the rare non-elven ship designs which has been deemed acceptable by elves and purchased for inclusion in their navies. The halfling communities that build Swan Ships are usually closely linked with elven communities, which perhaps is why they were able to build a ship that the elves found so appealing.

CrewEdit

The crew sizes given above are for human-sized crews. Halflings and other small-sized creatures have a crew minimum of 30, and a maximum of 100. Most Swan Ships operated by humans or elves tend to run with a crew of about 30, while halfling crews tend to number about 50. The organization of human crews varies widely, while elves arrange their crews along normal military lines. Those Swan Ships operated by halflings tend to be crewed by a single extended family, with the patriarch or matriarch serving as the nominal captain. Such family-run ships do not have officers or crew per se, rather every family member knows his or her place and cooperates with the rest of the family members.

Ship UsesEdit

Trader/Supply Ship: The Swan Ship makes a graceful and sturdy merchant vessel capable of crashlanding on grasslands or beaches and remaining spaceworthy. Although poorly-armoured for any combat duties, the Swan Ship is relatively maneuverable, and carries enough weaponry to discourage many opponents. Most importantly, the Swan Ship is able to carry significantly more cargo than most ships its size. Almost all human and halfling-operated Swan Ships are traders, while most elven-operated vessels serve the similar role of supply ships for the Imperial Elven Navy.

Other ConfigurationsEdit

Warswan: Many Swan Ships have been modified for combat use, although each such ship seems to be different. The most common modification is simply to add more weapons, although the exact nature of these weapons varies widely. One particularly striking modification to the weaponry involves replacing the ballista on the bridge deck with a greek fire projector. When fired, it appears that flames are shooting from the swan's eyes. Although the biggest drawback to a Warswan is its lack of armour, increasing the armour on the ship is not a popular modification, since it usually results in a reduction of the maneuverability which can often save a heavily-armed Warswan in battle.

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