Skull and Shackles
The Chicken Bone
The Chicken Bone
Squares 3 (30 ft. by 90 ft.) Cost 10,000 gp
AC 2; Hardness 5
hp 0 (sails 0)
Base Save +6
Maximum Speed 90 ft. (wind); Acceleration 30 ft.
CMB +8; CMD 18
Ramming Damage 8d8
Propulsion wind or current
Sailing Check Profession (sailor)
Control Device steering wheel
Means of Propulsion 90 squares of sails (three masts)
Cargo/Passengers 150 tons/120 passengers
Ship is described from the top down, front to back per level.
The foredeck rises 10 feet above the main deck. The ship’s nameplate on the hull reads Man’s Promise, but a quick look notices a second nameplate beneath it. This second nameplate reads the Motley. Further investigation reveals marks in the wood of the hull that indicate that a previous nameplate existed before that one, but it has long since been removed. The foredeck is large enough to place a heavy weapon or two or you could use it as a battlement for archers.
The aft deck sits 10 feet above the main deck. The ship’s wheel stands just before the rail overlooking the main deck. Currently, this area is cramped with the installation of two ballistae and a box containing a dozen ballista bolts.
Main Deck Level:
The enclosed area below the forecastle is the officer’s quarters. Four hammocks hang here and it is locked with secure, strong doors with good locks (DC: 30 to open). In here are four metal footlockers (DC: 25 locks) and a single hooded lantern in the middle of the room.
Two 10-foot-square hatches covered in metal grates sit adjacent to each other in the deck and open onto the middle hold. Two ship’s boats, a cutter and a gig , hang from davits on the gunwales just forward of the aft deck. The boats are lashed to the ship and require generally require three sailors working together for about 10 seconds to deploy. Each ship’s boat has four oars and a single mast. The cutter can carry up to 12 Medium passengers, while the gig can carry up to 8 Medium passengers.
To the aft of the ship is the captain’s cabin. The rear wall of this luxurious (by pirate ship standards) cabin holds four gilt-framed windows that rise the full height of the chamber. The cabin contains a luxurious hammock, a dining table and chairs, and a few chests and bookshelves. The windows do not open. Owlbear was chained to the mast which runs through the middle of this room and forced to sleep on a straw bed in the middle of the floor. The hammock radiates magic.
Inside the Captain’s Quarters are two small areas. These small storerooms do not have doors, but are separated by sliding walls that can also be removed and made into a folding table. The starboard compartment contains a small writing desk and a chest. The chest is locked with a sturdy looking lock and radiates magic. The other chest is unlocked and empty.
The foremost part of the crew deck is the carpenter’s workshop. Protected by a strong door with a good lock (DC: 30), there is an empty chest (DC: 30) which used to house all sorts of alchemical items and specialized tools as well as the main workbench, on which all manner of standard tools are found (saws, hammers, mallets, chisels, planes, etc.)
Middle Deck Armory:
The middle hold of the Man’s Promise is currently empty, though the weapon racks along the walls only need to be restocked to turn this hold into a working armory.
Ten supporting pillars behind the mainmast fill this spacious compartment, with room for over a score of hammocks. About 20 metal footlockers are in here with mediocre locks (DC: 25)
This sizable galley contains a large stove against the aft bulkhead and a single porthole in the starboard wall. In one corner, a derrick stands next to a trap door that opens into the secure storage below. The door is locked with a huge, good padlock (DC 30). It takes a full round to raise or lower the line on the derrick, which can lift up to 200 pounds of cargo. The galley has been stocked for the journey to Port Peril, but the food is scant at best.
This filthy cabin contains two dirty hammocks and a single porthole in the port wall.
Cargo Deck Level:
Essentially empty after being looted by the crew of the Wormwood, the main hold of the Man’s Promise contains a large water barrel secured to the starboard wall. A trap door near the mainmast leads to the bilges, which contains two bilge pumps, forward and aft. If anything, there are more bilge spiders there than in the Wormwood.
Secure Storage:This large compartment aft of the main hold is locked with a good lock (DC 30), but is presently empty other than a small smattering of food stores.
The lowest deck of the ship, the bilges are a foul, damp place with thick cobwebs above and 1–2 feet of dark, brackish water that stinks abominably below. A ladder leads up to a trap door that opens in the lower hold. A number of discarded crates and boxes packed with straw lie in the bilges, as well as junk littering the bilgewater below.