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{{Warning|Sailing can be [[dangerous]]! Fires burn you, ice makes you slip and hurt yourself (it adds up if you move a lot), monsters deal damage! Each of these sources of hurt can kill you!}}
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The '''SS Unsinkable''' is a swamp-dragon-powered steam boat owned by [[Chidder]], who runs a smuggling operation out of [[Ephebe]].  The boat requires a [[group]] of players to work together in a chaotic, difficult mission to operate the boat, deal with the complications and dangers involved in the journey, and successfully bring the cargo to its destination across the Circle Sea.  Success can reward the group with a share of [[ambergris]], used to buy things from [[Niknax]].
 
The '''SS Unsinkable''' is a swamp-dragon-powered steam boat owned by [[Chidder]], who runs a smuggling operation out of [[Ephebe]].  The boat requires a [[group]] of players to work together in a chaotic, difficult mission to operate the boat, deal with the complications and dangers involved in the journey, and successfully bring the cargo to its destination across the Circle Sea.  Success can reward the group with a share of [[ambergris]], used to buy things from [[Niknax]].
  
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==Starting a mission==
 
==Starting a mission==
 
At first you need to be the leader of a group of at least 4 players. Say 'help' in [[Ephebian]] to [[Chidder]] and then 'yes'.
 
At first you need to be the leader of a group of at least 4 players. Say 'help' in [[Ephebian]] to [[Chidder]] and then 'yes'.
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You can only start after 2 roundworld hours (120 minutes) since the last time you started sailing. So if you take an hour to sail to destination, you have to wait another hour. If you take 20 minutes you have to wait 100 minutes. So for the cooldown it doesn't matter how long it takes to do the mission.
  
 
Once you succeed once (or more times) to reach your destination (with cargo?) and/or get higher skills and/or special equipment, you will then be able to start the mission with a smaller group or maybe even on your own.
 
Once you succeed once (or more times) to reach your destination (with cargo?) and/or get higher skills and/or special equipment, you will then be able to start the mission with a smaller group or maybe even on your own.
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===General===
 
===General===
 
Everyone needs:
 
Everyone needs:
*[[Adventuring.movement.sailing]] so you are not shoved into walls or into other rooms/overboard while the ship is moving (this is also easier while wearing appropriate footwear). Also, the ropes that you tie last longer.
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*[[Adventuring.movement.sailing]] so you are not shoved into walls or into other rooms/overboard while the ship is moving.
**The [[Smuggler's seaboots]] is the best, other boots probably help somewhat too. It is unclear if other seaboots help better than normal boots or if boots that are [[armour]] are better.
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**Also, the ropes that you tie will last longer.
**Without appropriate footwear you can lose traction, made worse when the boat is covered in ice, and this will cause you to be flung around - taking damage, being moved rooms.
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**Without appropriate footwear, the best being the [[smuggler's seaboots]], you can often lose traction, made worse when the boat is covered in ice, and this will cause you to be flung around more - taking damage, being moved rooms.
*[[Adventuring.acrobatics.balancing]] replaces the need for footwear, and high enough can even help prevent slipping on ice with bare feet. A 250+ balancing bonus is generally enough but you may still get flung around rarely. (Burden may influence this skillcheck?)
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***[[Adventuring.acrobatics.balancing]] can replace the need for footwear, and with a high enough bonus it can even help prevent slipping on ice with bare feet.
*[[Adventuring.movement.swimming]] to swim overboard the ship for repairing the hull and to keep up with the ship if it moves when overboard. Being tied to the railing with a rope will pull you along, but your rope frays until it eventually breaks.
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***A 250+ balancing bonus is generally enough but you may still get flung around rarely. (Burden may influence this skillcheck?)
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**As you wear more pieces of the smuggling outfit you will succeed more easily in staying in place while the ship is moving.
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***Known smuggling outfit pieces are: [[smuggler's seaboots]], smuggler's tricorn, smuggler's longcoat, smuggler's lingerie.
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*[[Adventuring.movement.swimming]] to swim overboard the ship for repairing the hull and to keep up with the ship if it moves when overboard.
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**Being tied to the railing with a rope will pull you along, but your rope frays every time it pulls you along until it eventually breaks.
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**To follow the ship you also need adventuring [[gp]], therefore you need to raise [[adventuring.points]] to have more of them. If you do not have enough gp you will wash out to the failure beach with no way back.
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**Failing the sailing check can also throw you off the ship.
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***If you are carrying heavy things, like filled buckets, you might fall underwater.
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***Emptying or dropping the buckets should help you move back to the surface and board the ship.
  
 
Exits on the ship:
 
Exits on the ship:
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*Aggy the pale green swamp dragon
 
*Aggy the pale green swamp dragon
  
Doing pretty much anything with the dragons, including looking at them to see their hunger, boredom and sleepyness, uses [[crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming]] and crafts [[gp]]. (You feel better at judging the moods of animals.)
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Doing pretty much anything with the dragons, including looking at them to see their hunger, boredom and sleepyness, uses [[crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming]] (You feel better at judging the moods of animals.)
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*Taking the dragons takes some crafts [[gp]], but looking at them does not.
 
*A minimum of 200 bonus is suggested so that you can see their needs and so they don't run away from you too fast.
 
*A minimum of 200 bonus is suggested so that you can see their needs and so they don't run away from you too fast.
 
*At 250 bonus you see more precisely how bored, hungry and sleepy the dragons are with numbers.
 
*At 250 bonus you see more precisely how bored, hungry and sleepy the dragons are with numbers.
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There are some things to keep in mind when wrangling the dragons.
 
There are some things to keep in mind when wrangling the dragons.
*You cannot play or feed the dragons in the engine rooms.
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*You should play or feed with only one dragon at a time when they are not placed in a circle.
 
*If there are any toys on the floor of any room with a dragon then boredom will go up very fast.
 
*If there are any toys on the floor of any room with a dragon then boredom will go up very fast.
 
*If holding an engineer's brush when playing with the dragon, then you will automagically use it. This seems to drop boredom to 0 (it becomes invisible).
 
*If holding an engineer's brush when playing with the dragon, then you will automagically use it. This seems to drop boredom to 0 (it becomes invisible).
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*Dragons do not open doors or hatches. But trying to feed or play in a storeroom of a moving ship will probably result in a lost foodstuff or toy before it works.
 
*Dragons do not open doors or hatches. But trying to feed or play in a storeroom of a moving ship will probably result in a lost foodstuff or toy before it works.
 
*When a player enters an engine room with a dragon, there is a grooming check which if failed makes the dragon put the room on fire. You have a few seconds to <code>stamp out fire</code> to prevent it from becoming too big. After that you'll need to pour a bucket filled with water on the fire.
 
*When a player enters an engine room with a dragon, there is a grooming check which if failed makes the dragon put the room on fire. You have a few seconds to <code>stamp out fire</code> to prevent it from becoming too big. After that you'll need to pour a bucket filled with water on the fire.
*It is prudent to always <code>stamp out fire</code> just after entering an engine room.
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*It is prudent to always <code>stamp out fire</code> just after entering an engine room. But if two dragons spray fire on the floor you won't be able to stamp, you'll need to pour water on the fire.
 
*Having a dragon in a burning room entertains them, reducing boredom. But it breaks the ship.
 
*Having a dragon in a burning room entertains them, reducing boredom. But it breaks the ship.
  
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There are two boilers on the ship, one on the port side, one on the starboard side.
 
There are two boilers on the ship, one on the port side, one on the starboard side.
 
*The ship moves when dragons heat up at least one boiler.
 
*The ship moves when dragons heat up at least one boiler.
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**It takes some time to get the boiler to boiling after putting dragon(s) on it, and likewise for it to stop boiling after removing the dragons.  Flushing the boiler or adding more water to it will reduce it from boiling faster.
 
*Having two boilers nearly boiling (result of having one dragon fire on each one) makes the ship go faster than having two dragons working on the same boiler.
 
*Having two boilers nearly boiling (result of having one dragon fire on each one) makes the ship go faster than having two dragons working on the same boiler.
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If a boiler runs dry, the room will catch fire frequently.
  
 
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</pre>
  
  Engine:
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  l boiler
 
  This is an aptly named contraption for boiling large quantities of water into steam.  Its main body is a large iron barrel with around a dozen pipes running through it.  According to the large embossed symbols and arrows on the barrel, it looks like the Engine should be filled with water and then fire passed through the pipes to boil it.  Wide pipes lead out of the Engine into the ceiling and floor and a red lever is mounted on its side.
 
  This is an aptly named contraption for boiling large quantities of water into steam.  Its main body is a large iron barrel with around a dozen pipes running through it.  According to the large embossed symbols and arrows on the barrel, it looks like the Engine should be filled with water and then fire passed through the pipes to boil it.  Wide pipes lead out of the Engine into the ceiling and floor and a red lever is mounted on its side.
 
  According to the dials on the side, it seems to be completely empty and cold.
 
  According to the dials on the side, it seems to be completely empty and cold.
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This uses the coils of rope and [[adventuring.movement.sailing]].
 
This uses the coils of rope and [[adventuring.movement.sailing]].
  
You must secure the cargo if you don't want it to fly off everywhere and get damaged.
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You must secure the crates with ropes if you don't want them to fly off everywhere and get damaged.
*Best done before getting underway.
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*This is best done before getting underway, because crates that are not tied down get damaged.
*Ropes break after a while though, you need to secure the cargo again and repair the crates.
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*Ropes begin to fray after too much turning of the ship, so you might have to untie and tie them with a new rope to secure the cargo again.
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**Doing this while the ship is moving can lead to crates moving and taking damage.
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**You can repair the crates when they are damaged, the same way as the walls and the hull.
 
*With a higher [[adventuring.movement.sailing|sailing]] your knots/ropes will last longer.
 
*With a higher [[adventuring.movement.sailing|sailing]] your knots/ropes will last longer.
  
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*You need to untie yourself if you want to go below deck. This needs to be done in the room you were tied.
 
*You need to untie yourself if you want to go below deck. This needs to be done in the room you were tied.
 
*As long as you are tethered it will pull you along when the ship leaves while you are swimming around trying to repair the hull, break the ice or cut the seaweed, at least for a while.
 
*As long as you are tethered it will pull you along when the ship leaves while you are swimming around trying to repair the hull, break the ice or cut the seaweed, at least for a while.
*The ropes get damaged and will break off after too much abuse. If you fail to notice and fail to swim along you will lose the ship and wash up on the beach with no way back.
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*Each time it pulls you along, the rope gets damaged and will break off after too much abuse. If you fail to notice and fail to swim along (lack of adventuring gp) you will lose the ship and wash up on the beach with no way back.
*You can look at the rope in the room it was tied. When it is fraying you should untie and tie with another rope.
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*You can look at the rope in the room it was tied. When it is fraying you should untie, bury the frayed rope and tie with another rope.
 
*With a higher [[adventuring.movement.sailing|sailing]] your knots/ropes will last longer.
 
*With a higher [[adventuring.movement.sailing|sailing]] your knots/ropes will last longer.
*Note that even without the rope you will automatically try to follow the ship with your [[swimming]] skills.
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*Note that even without the rope you will automatically try to follow the ship with your [[swimming]] skills and adventuring [[gp]].
  
 
  tie <crates> down with <rope>            Tie some crates down securely so they
 
  tie <crates> down with <rope>            Tie some crates down securely so they
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From the upper deck you can leave '''overboard''', [[swimming]] in the ocean around the ship. (Or washing out of the instance depending if you are tied and your [[adventuring.movement.swimming]] skills and the weight of your inventory.)
 
From the upper deck you can leave '''overboard''', [[swimming]] in the ocean around the ship. (Or washing out of the instance depending if you are tied and your [[adventuring.movement.swimming]] skills and the weight of your inventory.)
  
To prevent washing out of the instance you should tie yourself to the railing or stop the ship. If your rope breaks and you fail to swim along the ship you will wash out at the beach and have no way back to the ship.
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To prevent washing out of the instance you should tie yourself to the railing or stop the ship. If your rope breaks and you fail to swim along the ship (adventuring gp) you will wash out at the beach and have no way back to the ship.
  
 
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;Things on the hull
 
;Things on the hull
  
You should also check if there's ice or dire seaweed (or something else!) that needs to be cleared from the ship.
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You should also check if there's ice or dire seaweed that needs to be cleared from the ship.
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*Dire seaweed does not like ice and will leave.
  
 
  The ship plows through a field of floating dire seaweed, some of which glows green and latches onto the hull aggressively!
 
  The ship plows through a field of floating dire seaweed, some of which glows green and latches onto the hull aggressively!
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;Putting out fires
 
;Putting out fires
Small fires can be put out by stamping:
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Small fires (just one dragon flaring at you when you enter the boiler room) can be put out by stamping if you do it fast:
 
  stamp out fire                                                             
 
  stamp out fire                                                             
 
  stamp fire out
 
  stamp fire out
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  pour <bucket> {over|on|onto} fire          Pour a bucket of water on a fire to put it out
 
  pour <bucket> {over|on|onto} fire          Pour a bucket of water on a fire to put it out
  
*[[Splash]] ritual?
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You can bring your own bucket from outside the ship.
*order cloud from [[Fyodor's Nimbus of Porterage]] to <something>?
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*The fire buckets from the ship each holds about 2 gallons.
  
 
{{Collapsible|Impossible Voyage : Repair - Help file|
 
{{Collapsible|Impossible Voyage : Repair - Help file|
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*box of bandages - [[bandage]]
 
*box of bandages - [[bandage]]
 
*old linen towels - '''tear''' to use as [[bandage]]s, maybe to put out players on fire, dry yourself
 
*old linen towels - '''tear''' to use as [[bandage]]s, maybe to put out players on fire, dry yourself
*juicy lemons - feed [[giant fruitbat]]s
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*juicy lemons - feed [[giant fruitbat]]s - not dragon food (it doesn't seem to find it appetising)
  
 
;Dragon / engine
 
;Dragon / engine
*medium sized lumps of coal - dragon food
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*dragon food
*tins of shoe polish - dragon food
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**medium sized lumps of coal
*large brown bottles - dragon food
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**tins of shoe polish
*lemons - dragon food
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**large brown bottles
*rubber toy ball - dragon boredom
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*dragon boredom
*squeaky toy animals - dragon boredom
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**rubber toy ball
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**squeaky toy animals
 
*water tanks - fill engines
 
*water tanks - fill engines
 
*control rods - put dragons to sleep
 
*control rods - put dragons to sleep
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===Fighting off sea monsters===
 
===Fighting off sea monsters===
There are two monsters:
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{{Warning|The Kraken can now insta-grab you with a tentacle, and start crushing you doing damage, and another player - who can also get tentacled - will have to try and "cut" you free.
*the sea serpent
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*the kraken
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Both coil around the ship and start attacking living things on the top deck.
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You can fight the monsters with either:
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Some bugs were fixed, the kraken damage was reduced and now it should be a lot less lethal to player with low max hp, even if you have no coordination. If you have help from others it is also less dangerous.
*steel-tipped harpoons using [[fighting.range.thrown]]
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*arbalest and bolts using [[fighting.range.fired]]
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You determine that the arbalest is an extremely powerful triggered type [[Fired weapons|fired weapon]]. It could be loaded with an arbalest bolt.
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Also [[Sea_substances#Kraken_sweat|slime shield from kraken sweat]] should protect you from the attacks of the sea serpent, not reported yet for the kraken.}}
load arbalest with bolt
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The steel-tipped harpoon is a [[polearms|polearm]] which can be used to [[stab]]. It would also make a good [[Thrown weapons|thrown]] weapon.
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During the third leg of your impossible voyage one of the two monsters always show up to attack you and your ship!
  
Monster fight:
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You'll encounter either the '''sea serpent''' or the '''kraken'''!
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*Both coil around the ship at the beginning of the third leg of the journey and they start attacking living things on the top deck until they are driven off or someone dies.
 
*The monster only attacks people on the (top) deck.
 
*The monster only attacks people on the (top) deck.
 
*If no one is on the (top) deck, the monster wrecks the ship.
 
*If no one is on the (top) deck, the monster wrecks the ship.
*The monster leaves after you have done enough damage to it. This can take dozens of blows or two swamp dragons exploding.
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*The following needs checking after the kraken changes.
*Getting eaten just means you take damage. This can kill you if your health is too low.
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**The monster leaves after you have done enough damage to it. This can take several blows (depending on how hard those hit) or two swamp dragons exploding.
*If the monster catches you it removes your [[TPA]] or [[bug shield]] in one hit. Yes, even fluke ones. Yes, even if you cast it with uber skills.
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**Evading the monster by going in the direction it's coming from to catch or eat you will make you get caught or eaten.
*Even the weakest [[TPA]] or [[bug shield]] will protect you from all damage once, then it's gone. You can go to the lower deck to recast it safely.
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***When the kraken catches you then you are stuck and taking damage until someone frees you. This can kill you if your health is too low.
*Evading the monster by going in the direction it's coming from to eat you will make you get eaten or strucked.
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***When the sea serpent catches you then you take damage. This can kill you if your health is too low.
*To hurt the monster you have to throw or fire when you get the chat about the monster's mouth being open to eat a player. This is also the time to run away if the monster is targeting you. While it is possible to do both, you might also get eaten.
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**[[Shields]] help against monster damage.
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**To hurt the monster you have to throw or fire when you get the line about the tentacle chasing or the monster's mouth being open to eat a player. This is also the time to run away if the monster is targeting you. While it is possible to do both, you should move first to prevent getting damaged.
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You can fight the monsters with thrown or fired weapons. In order of damage dealt:
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!Weapon !!Skill !!Suggested bonus to hit reliably !!Damage potential !!Gp cost
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|steel-tipped harpoons || [[fighting.range.thrown]] ||300 ||weakest ||low
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|arbalest and bolts || [[fighting.range.fired]] ||300 ||medium ||medium
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|fire axes || [[fighting.range.thrown]] ||450 ||strongest ||?
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You determine that the arbalest is an extremely powerful triggered type [[Fired weapons|fired weapon]].  It could be loaded with an arbalest bolt.
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load arbalest with bolt
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The steel-tipped harpoon is a [[polearms|polearm]] which can be used to [[stab]]. It would also make a good [[Thrown weapons|thrown]] weapon.
  
 
==Roles==
 
==Roles==
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!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
 
!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
 
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|'''Captain''' / <br/> Navigator ||Fore, upper deck ||Ship's wheel ||Sea, sun / stars, ''navigator's sextant'' ||Hold / turn / centre wheel, l sea ||[[adventuring.movement.sailing]], [[adventuring.direction]] ||Ship hitting things, getting lost
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|'''Captain''' / <br/> Navigator ||Fore, upper deck ||Ship's wheel ||Sea, sun / stars, ''navigator's sextant'' ||Hold / turn / centre wheel, l sea ||[[adventuring.movement.sailing]], [[adventuring.direction]], [[adventuring.points]] ||Ship hitting things, getting lost
 
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|Dragon '''wrangler''' <br/> / Engineer ||Boiler room port / starboard ||Swamp dragons, engines ||Lumps of coal, tins of shoe polish, rubber toy balls, squeaky toy animals, control rod, water tanks, ''engineer's brush'' ||Placing / feeding / distracting / knockout dragons, (re)filling engines with water, emergency stop ||[[crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming]] ||Fire and smoke, wrong speed
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|Dragon '''wrangler''' <br/> / Engineer ||Boiler room port / starboard ||Swamp dragons, engines ||Lumps of coal, tins of shoe polish, rubber toy balls, squeaky toy animals, control rod, water tanks, ''engineer's brush'' ||Placing / feeding / distracting / knockout dragons, (re)filling engines with water, emergency stop ||[[crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming]], [[crafts.points]] ||Fire and smoke, wrong speed
 
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|}
  
;Deskhand
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;Deckhand
 
These roles can be done by everyone, but most commonly done by what are called '''Deckhands''', unless doing the mission with two persons.
 
These roles can be done by everyone, but most commonly done by what are called '''Deckhands''', unless doing the mission with two persons.
 
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!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
 
!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
 
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|Deckhand / Carpenter ||Overboard / below ||Hull / indoor walls / crates / doors ||Carpenter's hammer, wooden boards, iron nails, ''shipwright's hammer'' ||Carpentry repairs ||[[crafts.carpentry.furniture]], [[adventuring.movement.swimming]] ||Water in the ship / sinking
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|Deckhand / Carpenter ||Overboard / below ||Hull / indoor walls / crates / doors ||Carpenter's hammer, wooden boards, iron nails, ''shipwright's hammer'' ||Carpentry repairs ||[[crafts.carpentry.furniture]], [[crafts.points]], [[adventuring.movement.swimming]], [[adventuring.points]] ||Water in the ship / sinking
 
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|Deckhand / Cutter and Breaker ||Overboard (hull), everywhere for ice ||Dire seaweed / ice ||Weapon (sharp for cut) ||Cut seaweed / Break ice ||? [[fighting.melee]].*, [[adventuring.movement.swimming]] ||Damage to the hull, inner walls
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|Deckhand / Cutter and Breaker ||Overboard (hull), everywhere for ice ||Dire seaweed / ice ||Weapon (sharp for cut) ||Cut seaweed / Break ice ||? [[fighting.melee]].*, [[fighting.points]], [[adventuring.movement.swimming]], [[adventuring.points]] ||Damage to the hull, inner walls
 
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|Deckhand / Firefighter ||Engine room, everywhere ||Fires (dragons, lightning) ||Fire bucket, footwear ||Pour bucket on fire, stamp out fire ||[[adventuring.health]] for burns ||Damage to crew / ship, death, sinking
 
|Deckhand / Firefighter ||Engine room, everywhere ||Fires (dragons, lightning) ||Fire bucket, footwear ||Pour bucket on fire, stamp out fire ||[[adventuring.health]] for burns ||Damage to crew / ship, death, sinking
 
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|Deckhand / Defender ||Upper deck ||Fighting monster ||Arbalest & bolts, steel-tipped harpoons, fire axes ||Fire <fired weapon>, throw <thrown weapon> ||[[fighting.range.fired]] or [[fighting.range.thrown]] ||Ship damage, sinking, death
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|Deckhand / Defender ||Upper deck ||Fighting monster ||Arbalest & bolts, steel-tipped harpoons, fire axes ||Fire <fired weapon>, throw <thrown weapon> ||[[fighting.range.fired]] or [[fighting.range.thrown]], [[fighting.points]] ||Ship damage, sinking, death
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
;Ropes & store rooms
 
;Ropes & store rooms
 
*The person with the highest [[adventuring.movement.sailing]] should tie all cargo crates.
 
*The person with the highest [[adventuring.movement.sailing]] should tie all cargo crates.
*Deckhands that will go overboard should tie themselves if they are not completely confident in their ability to swim to catch the ship. Might also help at low sailing bonus in case you fall off the ship.
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*Deckhands that will go overboard should tie themselves if they are not completely confident in their ability to swim to catch the ship with extra burden and while holding stuff (not having free hands makes it harder to swim). It also helps in case you fall off the ship due to failing a sailing skill check.
 
*Everyone should search the cargo rooms for the needed items after boarding.
 
*Everyone should search the cargo rooms for the needed items after boarding.
 
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|-
 
|-
 
!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
 
!Description !!Location !!Deals with !!Tool(s) !!Action !!Skill(s) !!Failure entails
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|Relief ||Lower deck ||Fatigued crew ||[[Relief]], [[Holy Sacrifice]] ||Give [[GP]] for tasks || [[faith.rituals.curing.target]], [[faith.rituals.misc.target]], [[faith.rituals.special]], [[faith.rituals.misc.self]], [[faith.rituals.curing.self]], [[faith.rituals.offensive.target]] ||Not enough GP
 
 
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|Doctor ||Crew stations ||Hurt crew ||[[Bandage]]s / healing rituals / [[oak wand]]s ||[[Healing]] ||[[crafts.medicine.firstaid]] / [[faith.rituals.curing.target]] / [[magic.items.held.wand]] ||Crew death
 
|Doctor ||Crew stations ||Hurt crew ||[[Bandage]]s / healing rituals / [[oak wand]]s ||[[Healing]] ||[[crafts.medicine.firstaid]] / [[faith.rituals.curing.target]] / [[magic.items.held.wand]] ||Crew death
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Notes:
 
Notes:
*[[Adventuring.movement.swimming]] is only needed when you are not tied (or the rope breaks) to avoid losing crew at sea. This is a difficult check if you are holding things. This is a problem because that person is out of the instance and cannot help any more.
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*[[Adventuring.movement.swimming]] is only needed when you are not tied (or the rope breaks) to avoid losing crew at sea. This is a harder check if you are holding things. This is a problem because the person that fails is out of the instance and cannot help any more.
 
*Everyone should search in the store rooms at the beginning and transport the items outside the store rooms.
 
*Everyone should search in the store rooms at the beginning and transport the items outside the store rooms.
 
*Everyone able should fight the fires as soon as possible to keep the situation from getting out of control. Once the fire is out open the doors / hatches to clear the smoke.
 
*Everyone able should fight the fires as soon as possible to keep the situation from getting out of control. Once the fire is out open the doors / hatches to clear the smoke.
 
*Everyone needs [[adventuring.movement.sailing]] to not be thrown into walls (deals damage) and to other rooms or overboard while sailing and when tying ropes.
 
*Everyone needs [[adventuring.movement.sailing]] to not be thrown into walls (deals damage) and to other rooms or overboard while sailing and when tying ropes.
*People not wrangling the dragons should avoid entering the boiler rooms for no reasons, because it causes the dragons to look back and start fires. You can stamp those fires out if you are fast enough, after you step into the room.
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*People not wrangling the dragons should avoid entering the boiler rooms for no reasons, because it can make the dragons look back and start fires. You can stamp out the fire from one dragon if you are fast enough, after you step into the room. But if two dragons spray fire on the floor you won't be able to stamp, you'll need to pour water on the fire.
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*Even though priests can perform [[Relief]] to give you their [[gp]], this takes away their gp and time which they could be using to perform their tasks. It is more efficient if everyone can be self sufficient. Not many people like being treated like a giant battery.
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*If you are having issues with your task, please tell your group mates. They can help if you are getting overwhelmed if they know about it in time. Once the boat is sinking it might be too late.
  
 
==Dangers and events on the journey==
 
==Dangers and events on the journey==
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Seaweed doesn't like ice.
 
Seaweed doesn't like ice.
 
  You see some dire seaweed drifting off into the sea, complaining seaweedily.  Looks like it didn't like the cold.
 
  You see some dire seaweed drifting off into the sea, complaining seaweedily.  Looks like it didn't like the cold.
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Seaweed is afraid of the shipwright's hammer. (Skill used? This seems to use magic gp.)
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Clinging on to the hull for leverage, you brandish a shipwright's hammer at the dire seaweed.
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Looking like it recognises the shipwright's hammer somehow, some of the dire seaweed detaches from the hull and flees into the ocean.
  
 
==Failure==
 
==Failure==
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==Rewards==
 
==Rewards==
Rewards are not fully recorded {{research}}. It seems the monetary reward for each crew member is approximately {{dollars|AM$200}}, while [[ambergris]] seems to be rewarded to those with some number of missions under their belt as a "bonus".
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Rewards depend on the amount of cargo crates delivered.
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You can <code>collect payment</code> from Captain Smith in [[Ankh-Morpork]] (room after sail) or from [[Chidder]] in [[Ephebe]] (start sail room).
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*The payment will be in the currency of the city where your collect payment.
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;Experience
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You get awarded experience after the 4 legs of your impossible voyage.
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*When you get a lot of experience fast enough there is a reduction to what you receive for a while afterwards. This can accounts for varying amounts, especially in the last leg.
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In the following table only the maximum amounts of experience seen are put for each leg.
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
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|-
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! Crew size !! Leg 1 !! Leg 2 !! Leg 3 !! Finish !! Crates delivered !! Monster
 +
|-
 +
| 5 || ? || ? || ? || ? || 8 ||
 +
|-
 +
| 4 || ? || ? || ? || ? || 8 ||
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|-
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| 3 || 112000 || 112000 || 156800 || 227010 || 8 || sea serpent skipped
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|-
 +
| 2 || ? || ? || ? || ? || 8 ||
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|}
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;Money
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*You gain more money with more cargo crates delivered, max 8.
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*You gain more money if your crew/group size is smaller.
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
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|-
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! Crew !! Crates delivered !! Monster !! Money rewards
 +
|-
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| 5 || 8 ||  ||
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|-
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| 4 || 8 ||  ||
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|-
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| 3 || 8 || sea serpent skipped || {{dollars|AM$120}}
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|-
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| 2 || 8 || ? || {{dollars|AM$120}}
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|}
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;Ambergris
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After a number of successful sailing missions, you receive [[ambergris]] as a bonus.
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*Your credit seems to accumulate until you have done enough missions to collect at least 5 ambergris.
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*Sometimes you get 6 ambergris instead.
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*The number of missions you have to do before you receive ambergris varies, but with smaller crews it seems to happen faster.
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Frazyl's sailing missions
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|-
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! Crew size (crates delivered if not 8) !! Number of missions !! Amount of ambergris
 +
|-
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| 4 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 4 || 5 || 5
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|-
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| 5 - 5 (7) - 3 - 4 || 4 || 6
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|-
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| 5 - 3 - 3 || 3 || 6
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|-
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| 3 - 4 - 4 || 3 || 5
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|-
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| 3 - 3 - 3 || 3 || 6
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|-
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| 5 - 3 - 3 || 3 || 6
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|-
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| 3 - 4 - 3 || 3 || 6
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|-
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| 4 - 3 - 3 || 3 || 5
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|-
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| 3 (7) - 4 - 3 || 3 || 6
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|}
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;Reputation
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Furthermore, doing missions will change your reputation with both the smugglers and the city of [[Ephebe]].
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*Doing missions raises your reputation with smugglers.
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*By doing missions regularly, even if you are killing the smugglers below [[Ephebe]], you can offset the reputation hit for the purpose of buying from [[Niknax]] without penalty.
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*Your reputation with the city of [[Ephebe]] will degrade as you do missions, but not very fast. You can slip several minae to corrupt officials or bureaucrats to offset this.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Latest revision as of 21:44, 5 June 2021

Warning.png WARNING: Sailing can be dangerous! Fires burn you, ice makes you slip and hurt yourself (it adds up if you move a lot), monsters deal damage! Each of these sources of hurt can kill you!

The SS Unsinkable is a swamp-dragon-powered steam boat owned by Chidder, who runs a smuggling operation out of Ephebe. The boat requires a group of players to work together in a chaotic, difficult mission to operate the boat, deal with the complications and dangers involved in the journey, and successfully bring the cargo to its destination across the Circle Sea. Success can reward the group with a share of ambergris, used to buy things from Niknax.

Each ship launch is an instance, so different groups can attempt a run at the same time. The mission is generally said to take at least an hour, though an experienced crew might get it done in 20 minutes.

As announced [1]:

The Ephebian smugglers need this rush delivery on the other end of the Circle Sea in four hours, and only the smuggler fleet's fastest and least reliable ship, the dragon-powered SS Unsinkable, can make it there in time.

To make it across, four players must cooperate to steer the ship, wrangle the dragons into behaving, put out fires and repair any holes in the hull, search the storerooms for supplies to do all of the above, and perhaps even fight off a sea monster - all while contending against the ever-changing hostile weather of the ocean.
Unsinkable.png

Starting a mission

At first you need to be the leader of a group of at least 4 players. Say 'help' in Ephebian to Chidder and then 'yes'.

You can only start after 2 roundworld hours (120 minutes) since the last time you started sailing. So if you take an hour to sail to destination, you have to wait another hour. If you take 20 minutes you have to wait 100 minutes. So for the cooldown it doesn't matter how long it takes to do the mission.

Once you succeed once (or more times) to reach your destination (with cargo?) and/or get higher skills and/or special equipment, you will then be able to start the mission with a smaller group or maybe even on your own.

Chidder says to Leader in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: Great!  We'll just get the ship ready.
Chidder goes into the tunnels for a minute, his shouted orders echoing out from the tunnel mouth, then comes back out.
Several smugglers carefully carry fragile-looking crates out from the tunnels, across the beach, and on board the ship.
Several smugglers disembark the ship and stomp back across the sand to the tunnels.
Several smugglers carefully carry wriggling swamp dragons out from the tunnels, across the beach, and on board the ship.
Several smugglers disembark the ship and stomp back across the sand to the tunnels.
Player1, Player2 and Player3 board the SS Unsinkable.
[starboard side of the upper deck]
  *       
 / \      
   +*     
|   |     
v-*-@     
|x|x|     
*-*-*     
This is about halfway down the upper deck of the SS Unsinkable.  It's not a large ship - the upper deck stretches about ten yards to fore and five yards to aft, with the giant paddlewheel behind the ship taking up another five yards.  A ladder here leads down through a hatch onto the lower deck.
The ship is floating peacefully at a standstill.
It is a warm backspindlewinter's midday with a gentle breeze and a beautifully clear sky.
There are six obvious exits: fore, aft, port, port aft, down and overboard.

The ship is not moving at first, for that you need to wake up the dragons. Don't do so until you are ready! Without proper wrangling the dragons will burn the ship and everything in it.

Rooms / Tasks / Skills required

Many skills are required to do things on the ship. This is a work in progress, many are probably missing and the exact uses and ranges need to be determined.

General

Everyone needs:

  • Adventuring.movement.sailing so you are not shoved into walls or into other rooms/overboard while the ship is moving.
    • Also, the ropes that you tie will last longer.
    • Without appropriate footwear, the best being the smuggler's seaboots, you can often lose traction, made worse when the boat is covered in ice, and this will cause you to be flung around more - taking damage, being moved rooms.
      • Adventuring.acrobatics.balancing can replace the need for footwear, and with a high enough bonus it can even help prevent slipping on ice with bare feet.
      • A 250+ balancing bonus is generally enough but you may still get flung around rarely. (Burden may influence this skillcheck?)
    • As you wear more pieces of the smuggling outfit you will succeed more easily in staying in place while the ship is moving.
      • Known smuggling outfit pieces are: smuggler's seaboots, smuggler's tricorn, smuggler's longcoat, smuggler's lingerie.
  • Adventuring.movement.swimming to swim overboard the ship for repairing the hull and to keep up with the ship if it moves when overboard.
    • Being tied to the railing with a rope will pull you along, but your rope frays every time it pulls you along until it eventually breaks.
    • To follow the ship you also need adventuring gp, therefore you need to raise adventuring.points to have more of them. If you do not have enough gp you will wash out to the failure beach with no way back.
    • Failing the sailing check can also throw you off the ship.
      • If you are carrying heavy things, like filled buckets, you might fall underwater.
      • Emptying or dropping the buckets should help you move back to the surface and board the ship.

Exits on the ship:

        fore
port fore | starboard fore
         \|/
   port - @ - starboard
         /|\
 port aft | starboard aft
         aft

Ship steering

  • Looking at the compass in the cabin or the sun / stars gives you the ship heading if you have enough adventuring.direction.
  • You can get your position with adventuring.direction by looking at the charts in the cabin or when holding the navigator's sextant by looking at the sun / stars.

When looking at the ocean from the upper deck you see a map of what's around the ship two rooms away from the ship.

  • When on the mast, you see three rooms away, one more than from elsewhere.
  • Climbing up and down the mast requires adventuring.movement.climbing.tree.
  • Example from the mast:
You look out over the sea:
  ~~O       @ the SS Unsinkable
 -nn~n      P the Smugglers' Cove (starting point)
n~~~~O~     ~ the Circle Sea near the SS Unsinkable
$~~@~^*     H land
G~~P~~-     * an iceberg
 HHHHH      n a rocky outcrop
  HHH       $ some dire seaweed
            G a whirlpool
            v a backward current
            _ a coral reef
            ? dense fog
            = an ice floe
            O a giant turtle
            - some driftwood
            . some floating debris
            @ a wrecked ship
            ^ a forward current
            P a hidden dock near Ankh-Morpork (destination!)

Important note! When looking at the ocean, the ship is facing towards the TOP of the map! ^ The map updates as the ship turns a few seconds after you turn the wheel (if the ship is moving). Unless you then center the wheel you will keep turning.

Changing the ship's heading is done at the fore end of the upper deck.

Someone needs to be holding the ship's wheel to control where the ship is going.

  • There are five positions: leftmost | left | center | right | rightmost
  • You can turn the wheel up to 4 notches from leftmost (port) to rightmost (starboard).
  • You can also 'centre wheel' to go straight.
  • When you change heading stuff will go flying in the opposite direction all throughout the ship.

At the start of the voyage, the ship is facing completely hubwards. Thus, when looking at the ocean at the start you would position yourself like this:

                 hubwards
turnwise-hubwards   ^  widdershins-hubwards
                 \  | /
      turnwise <- ship -> widdershins
                 /  | \
turnwise-rimwards   v  widdershins-rimwards
                 rimwards

This next map shows the directions as we normally orient it in the terrains with the north upwards, the ship is going from Ephebe in the "west" (rimwards) towards Ankh-Morpork in the "east" (hubswards).

                              turnwise
           turnwise-rimwards     ^      turnwise-hubwards
                            \    |     /
Rim ... (Ephebe) rimwards <- Circle sea -> hubwards (Ankh-Morpork) ... Hub
                            /    |    \
        widdershins-rimwards     v     widdershins-hubwards
                            widdershins
                          (wash out beach)
centre [wheel]                                          Turn the ship's wheel back to centre position.
  hold [wheel]                                          Hold the ship's wheel to keep it steady in its current position.
  turn [wheel] <port|starboard>                         Turn the ship's wheel in a particular direction.
  turn [wheel] <left/port|starboard/right> by <number>  Turn the ship's wheel in a particular [notches] direction by multiple notches.

Engine / dragon wrangling

There are four swamp dragons:

  • Bitey the sky blue swamp dragon
  • Nugget the dark purple swamp dragon
  • Idiot the bright red swamp dragon
  • Aggy the pale green swamp dragon

Doing pretty much anything with the dragons, including looking at them to see their hunger, boredom and sleepyness, uses crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming (You feel better at judging the moods of animals.)

  • Taking the dragons takes some crafts gp, but looking at them does not.
  • A minimum of 200 bonus is suggested so that you can see their needs and so they don't run away from you too fast.
  • At 250 bonus you see more precisely how bored, hungry and sleepy the dragons are with numbers.
  • At higher bonuses the dragons do not start fires when you enter the room where they are burning (well less often anyway).
  • Taking a dragon is skillchecked and requires crafts gp. They can also escape fast, especially when very bored.

There are some things to keep in mind when wrangling the dragons.

  • You should play or feed with only one dragon at a time when they are not placed in a circle.
  • If there are any toys on the floor of any room with a dragon then boredom will go up very fast.
  • If holding an engineer's brush when playing with the dragon, then you will automagically use it. This seems to drop boredom to 0 (it becomes invisible).
  • If there are any foodstuff on the floor of any room with a dragon, then hunger will go up very fast. This includes if you try to feed again before the first foodstuff is completely consumed.
  • Hunger is only reduced when the last bite/drink of the foodstuff happen.
  • If boredom goes too high (around 80%), then the dragon will go wander in the room and amuse itself by breaking and burning stuff all over the ship.
  • Dragons do not open doors or hatches. But trying to feed or play in a storeroom of a moving ship will probably result in a lost foodstuff or toy before it works.
  • When a player enters an engine room with a dragon, there is a grooming check which if failed makes the dragon put the room on fire. You have a few seconds to stamp out fire to prevent it from becoming too big. After that you'll need to pour a bucket filled with water on the fire.
  • It is prudent to always stamp out fire just after entering an engine room. But if two dragons spray fire on the floor you won't be able to stamp, you'll need to pour water on the fire.
  • Having a dragon in a burning room entertains them, reducing boredom. But it breaks the ship.

You need to fill the boilers from water tanks found in storerooms, since other water sources do not work.

  • Completely filling the boilers at the start is usually enough to get to your destination.
  • If you flush the water for a fast stop you'll need to refill them though.

There are two boilers on the ship, one on the port side, one on the starboard side.

  • The ship moves when dragons heat up at least one boiler.
    • It takes some time to get the boiler to boiling after putting dragon(s) on it, and likewise for it to stop boiling after removing the dragons. Flushing the boiler or adding more water to it will reduce it from boiling faster.
  • Having two boilers nearly boiling (result of having one dragon fire on each one) makes the ship go faster than having two dragons working on the same boiler.

If a boiler runs dry, the room will catch fire frequently.

hit <dragon> [over the head] with <control rod>   Bring a misbehaving dragon under... "control".  By knocking it out.
l boiler
This is an aptly named contraption for boiling large quantities of water into steam.  Its main body is a large iron barrel with around a dozen pipes running through it.  According to the large embossed symbols and arrows on the barrel, it looks like the Engine should be filled with water and then fire passed through the pipes to boil it.  Wide pipes lead out of the Engine into the ceiling and floor and a red lever is mounted on its side.
According to the dials on the side, it seems to be completely empty and cold.

Securing crates / people with rope

This uses the coils of rope and adventuring.movement.sailing.

You must secure the crates with ropes if you don't want them to fly off everywhere and get damaged.

  • This is best done before getting underway, because crates that are not tied down get damaged.
  • Ropes begin to fray after too much turning of the ship, so you might have to untie and tie them with a new rope to secure the cargo again.
    • Doing this while the ship is moving can lead to crates moving and taking damage.
    • You can repair the crates when they are damaged, the same way as the walls and the hull.
  • With a higher sailing your knots/ropes will last longer.

When you are on the top of the ship you can tie yourself to the railing.

  • You need to untie yourself if you want to go below deck. This needs to be done in the room you were tied.
  • As long as you are tethered it will pull you along when the ship leaves while you are swimming around trying to repair the hull, break the ice or cut the seaweed, at least for a while.
  • Each time it pulls you along, the rope gets damaged and will break off after too much abuse. If you fail to notice and fail to swim along (lack of adventuring gp) you will lose the ship and wash up on the beach with no way back.
  • You can look at the rope in the room it was tied. When it is fraying you should untie, bury the frayed rope and tie with another rope.
  • With a higher sailing your knots/ropes will last longer.
  • Note that even without the rope you will automatically try to follow the ship with your swimming skills and adventuring gp.
tie <crates> down with <rope>             Tie some crates down securely so they
                                          won't slide around when the ship
                                          experiences turbulence.
tie me to [the] railing with <rope>       Tie yourself to a railing so you can
                                          safely swim around the ship without
                                          getting left behind.
tie <living> to [the] railing with <rope> Tie someone to a railing so they can
                                          safely swim around the ship without
                                          getting left behind.
untie <rope>

Repairing the ship / clearing the hull / fires

Carpentry to repair the boat or crates when damaged. This uses (at least) crafts.carpentry.furniture.

You can use the repair syntax with the appropriate tools and materials.

Crates, doors and walls
repair [damaged] <crate> with <boards & nails>           Repair a cargo crate with boards and nails.
repair [damaged] <direction> door with <boards & nails>  Repair a door of the ship with boards and nails.
repair [damaged] {wall|walls} with <boards & nails>      Repair the wall of the ship with boards and nails.
Hull

From the upper deck you can leave overboard, swimming in the ocean around the ship. (Or washing out of the instance depending if you are tied and your adventuring.movement.swimming skills and the weight of your inventory.)

To prevent washing out of the instance you should tie yourself to the railing or stop the ship. If your rope breaks and you fail to swim along the ship (adventuring gp) you will wash out at the beach and have no way back to the ship.

repair [damaged] hull with <boards & nails>              Repair the wooden hull of the ship with boards and nails.
Things on the hull

You should also check if there's ice or dire seaweed that needs to be cleared from the ship.

  • Dire seaweed does not like ice and will leave.
The ship plows through a field of floating dire seaweed, some of which glows green and latches onto the hull aggressively!
Syntax:
cut seaweed with <weapon>

The SS Unsinkable's hull has a few patches of sea ice frozen onto it, dragging the ship down, and is in perfect condition.
Syntax:
break ice with <weapon>

In addition to the hull, ice will gather on the floors, which can cause the player to slip upon entry. Floor ice is broken with the same command as hull ice. Breaking ice uses fi.po (confirmed by TM).

Putting out fires

Small fires (just one dragon flaring at you when you enter the boiler room) can be put out by stamping if you do it fast:

stamp out fire                                                             
stamp fire out

Using the fire bucket (filled with water):

pour <bucket> {over|on|onto} fire          Pour a bucket of water on a fire to put it out

You can bring your own bucket from outside the ship.

  • The fire buckets from the ship each holds about 2 gallons.

Searching the storerooms

Many items can be found in storerooms A, B and C.

Carpentry repairs
  • carpenter's hammers (using a hammer from outside the ship also works)
  • iron nails
  • wooden boards
  • fire axes - smash doors or tables or the mast to make planks which can be used to repair stuff (smashing the table on the bridge might make navigation difficult)
Fires
  • fire buckets - fill with 2 gallons of water to pour on fires to put them out
Security / healing
  • coils of rope - you need lots of those to secure the crates and tie people to the railing and replace the ropes that break
  • box of bandages - bandage
  • old linen towels - tear to use as bandages, maybe to put out players on fire, dry yourself
  • juicy lemons - feed giant fruitbats - not dragon food (it doesn't seem to find it appetising)
Dragon / engine
  • dragon food
    • medium sized lumps of coal
    • tins of shoe polish
    • large brown bottles
  • dragon boredom
    • rubber toy ball
    • squeaky toy animals
  • water tanks - fill engines
  • control rods - put dragons to sleep
Fighting monsters
  • arbalests - fired
  • arbalest bolts - ammo
  • steel-tipped harpoons - thrown
  • fire axes - thrown

Searching uses adventuring.perception. Higher skill can result in finding two of the item you were searching for.

  • Searching for something specific 'search <item>' seems harder than just searching, often you'll get something random instead.
  • Increasing int by holding a klein bottle seems to increase the odds of finding items instead of not finding anything.

As it says in the help file below, you must move the items outside the storerooms or they will just get lost again.

All items get taken away when you leave the ship area, so you need to search to get new items every time you start the mission. Some items from Niknax probably help for sailing.

Fighting off sea monsters

Warning.png WARNING: The Kraken can now insta-grab you with a tentacle, and start crushing you doing damage, and another player - who can also get tentacled - will have to try and "cut" you free.

Some bugs were fixed, the kraken damage was reduced and now it should be a lot less lethal to player with low max hp, even if you have no coordination. If you have help from others it is also less dangerous.

Also slime shield from kraken sweat should protect you from the attacks of the sea serpent, not reported yet for the kraken.

During the third leg of your impossible voyage one of the two monsters always show up to attack you and your ship!

You'll encounter either the sea serpent or the kraken!

  • Both coil around the ship at the beginning of the third leg of the journey and they start attacking living things on the top deck until they are driven off or someone dies.
  • The monster only attacks people on the (top) deck.
  • If no one is on the (top) deck, the monster wrecks the ship.
  • The following needs checking after the kraken changes.
    • The monster leaves after you have done enough damage to it. This can take several blows (depending on how hard those hit) or two swamp dragons exploding.
    • Evading the monster by going in the direction it's coming from to catch or eat you will make you get caught or eaten.
      • When the kraken catches you then you are stuck and taking damage until someone frees you. This can kill you if your health is too low.
      • When the sea serpent catches you then you take damage. This can kill you if your health is too low.
    • Shields help against monster damage.
    • To hurt the monster you have to throw or fire when you get the line about the tentacle chasing or the monster's mouth being open to eat a player. This is also the time to run away if the monster is targeting you. While it is possible to do both, you should move first to prevent getting damaged.

You can fight the monsters with thrown or fired weapons. In order of damage dealt:

Weapon Skill Suggested bonus to hit reliably Damage potential Gp cost
steel-tipped harpoons fighting.range.thrown 300 weakest low
arbalest and bolts fighting.range.fired 300 medium medium
fire axes fighting.range.thrown 450 strongest ?

You determine that the arbalest is an extremely powerful triggered type fired weapon. It could be loaded with an arbalest bolt.

load arbalest with bolt

The steel-tipped harpoon is a polearm which can be used to stab. It would also make a good thrown weapon.

Roles

While everyone taking part can do all the tasks, the boat is large and there are many tasks that come up through a journey, and so it is advised that members of a group follow certain roles and focus on specific tasks fitting their skills.

Dedicated essential roles
Description Location Deals with Tool(s) Action Skill(s) Failure entails
Captain /
Navigator
Fore, upper deck Ship's wheel Sea, sun / stars, navigator's sextant Hold / turn / centre wheel, l sea adventuring.movement.sailing, adventuring.direction, adventuring.points Ship hitting things, getting lost
Dragon wrangler
/ Engineer
Boiler room port / starboard Swamp dragons, engines Lumps of coal, tins of shoe polish, rubber toy balls, squeaky toy animals, control rod, water tanks, engineer's brush Placing / feeding / distracting / knockout dragons, (re)filling engines with water, emergency stop crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming, crafts.points Fire and smoke, wrong speed
Deckhand

These roles can be done by everyone, but most commonly done by what are called Deckhands, unless doing the mission with two persons.

Description Location Deals with Tool(s) Action Skill(s) Failure entails
Deckhand / Carpenter Overboard / below Hull / indoor walls / crates / doors Carpenter's hammer, wooden boards, iron nails, shipwright's hammer Carpentry repairs crafts.carpentry.furniture, crafts.points, adventuring.movement.swimming, adventuring.points Water in the ship / sinking
Deckhand / Cutter and Breaker Overboard (hull), everywhere for ice Dire seaweed / ice Weapon (sharp for cut) Cut seaweed / Break ice ? fighting.melee.*, fighting.points, adventuring.movement.swimming, adventuring.points Damage to the hull, inner walls
Deckhand / Firefighter Engine room, everywhere Fires (dragons, lightning) Fire bucket, footwear Pour bucket on fire, stamp out fire adventuring.health for burns Damage to crew / ship, death, sinking
Deckhand / Defender Upper deck Fighting monster Arbalest & bolts, steel-tipped harpoons, fire axes Fire <fired weapon>, throw <thrown weapon> fighting.range.fired or fighting.range.thrown, fighting.points Ship damage, sinking, death
Ropes & store rooms
  • The person with the highest adventuring.movement.sailing should tie all cargo crates.
  • Deckhands that will go overboard should tie themselves if they are not completely confident in their ability to swim to catch the ship with extra burden and while holding stuff (not having free hands makes it harder to swim). It also helps in case you fall off the ship due to failing a sailing skill check.
  • Everyone should search the cargo rooms for the needed items after boarding.
Description Location Deals with Tool(s) Action Skill(s) Failure entails
Rope expert and Deckhands Railing / cargo rooms Crew on top, crates of cargo Coils of rope Tie cargo / people, look at ropes, when fraying untie & tie with new rope adventuring.movement.sailing Lost crew, cargo damage
(Everyone) Quartermaster Store rooms Items needed for everything else Quartermaster's shovel Search for items adventuring.perception Lack of items for other tasks
Support roles

Note that none of these roles are popular, you can do without them.

Description Location Deals with Tool(s) Action Skill(s) Failure entails
Doctor Crew stations Hurt crew Bandages / healing rituals / oak wands Healing crafts.medicine.firstaid / faith.rituals.curing.target / magic.items.held.wand Crew death
Co-pilot Cabin Heading, position Sea, compass (sun / stars), charts, navigator's sextant Determine heading and position, assist navigator adventuring.direction Getting lost
Lookout Top of the mast, overboard Sea obstacles Climbing aids, Sacred Fins, Fishy flippers Guide ship (overboard for fog) adventuring.movement.climbing.tree, adventuring.movement.swimming Ship hitting more things

Notes:

  • Adventuring.movement.swimming is only needed when you are not tied (or the rope breaks) to avoid losing crew at sea. This is a harder check if you are holding things. This is a problem because the person that fails is out of the instance and cannot help any more.
  • Everyone should search in the store rooms at the beginning and transport the items outside the store rooms.
  • Everyone able should fight the fires as soon as possible to keep the situation from getting out of control. Once the fire is out open the doors / hatches to clear the smoke.
  • Everyone needs adventuring.movement.sailing to not be thrown into walls (deals damage) and to other rooms or overboard while sailing and when tying ropes.
  • People not wrangling the dragons should avoid entering the boiler rooms for no reasons, because it can make the dragons look back and start fires. You can stamp out the fire from one dragon if you are fast enough, after you step into the room. But if two dragons spray fire on the floor you won't be able to stamp, you'll need to pour water on the fire.
  • Even though priests can perform Relief to give you their gp, this takes away their gp and time which they could be using to perform their tasks. It is more efficient if everyone can be self sufficient. Not many people like being treated like a giant battery.
  • If you are having issues with your task, please tell your group mates. They can help if you are getting overwhelmed if they know about it in time. Once the boat is sinking it might be too late.

Dangers and events on the journey

Fire and smoke!
  • Swamp dragons that are not handled well enough will put fire to the ship. Use a control rod to put unused dragons to sleep, don't leave them unattended.
  • Lightning can strike the ship and start fires all over the ship!
  • If not extinguished fast enough the fire will spread and deal lots of damage to players (fire and smoke) and to the ship!
  • Open doors / hatches once the fire has been extinguished to get rid of the smoke.

Map hazards:

Giant turtle
You hear the distinctive sound of an angry giant turtle bellowing, followed by the rather less distinctive sound of a giant bite being taken out of the ship.
Whirlpool
The ship abruptly starts spinning in circles.  After a few rounds, it manages to escape the whirlpool, heading in a different direction from before.
Ice
A loud thud sounds from the front hull as the ship runs something over.  It sounds like ice might be forming on the hull!
A ominous crunch sounds from the front hull, the ship shaking violently from the collision.  It sounds like ice might be forming on the hull!
A loud crunch resonates from fore, the ship shaking violently from the collision.  It sounds like ice might be forming on the hull!
Seaweed
The ship plows through a field of floating dire seaweed, some of which glows green and latches onto the hull aggressively!

Seaweed doesn't like ice.

You see some dire seaweed drifting off into the sea, complaining seaweedily.  Looks like it didn't like the cold.

Seaweed is afraid of the shipwright's hammer. (Skill used? This seems to use magic gp.)

Clinging on to the hull for leverage, you brandish a shipwright's hammer at the dire seaweed.
Looking like it recognises the shipwright's hammer somehow, some of the dire seaweed detaches from the hull and flees into the ocean.

Failure

You failed your mission because the SS Unsinkable sank.

Sinking happens if you pull the plug from the fore corner of the lower deck.

If you take too long (four discworld hours) it probably fails too.

Leaving

You cannot use a broomstick to fly away when on the ship.

If you move away from the ship when already overboard you will lose the ship and find yourself at the (failure) beach.

  • The (failure) beach is always at the southern end of the Circle sea halfway between Ephebe and Ankh-Morpork.
  • The mission continues for the others, but there's no way to get back, unless (this is far-fetched) you were to track the ship instance back to the ship or you could find a way to fly/portal back, but this is probably not possible.
As you swim a little too far from the ship, a current catches you and sweeps you far out.  Soon, you can't see the ship any more, but manage to wash up on a beach before you drown.

If the group continues on, so long as you remain a member, you can still receive credit for the mission.

If the ship sinks, you will wash out to the same beach with around 10% hitpoints left and you will receive the Achievement: Sinkable.

Rewards

Rewards depend on the amount of cargo crates delivered.

You can collect payment from Captain Smith in Ankh-Morpork (room after sail) or from Chidder in Ephebe (start sail room).

  • The payment will be in the currency of the city where your collect payment.
Experience

You get awarded experience after the 4 legs of your impossible voyage.

  • When you get a lot of experience fast enough there is a reduction to what you receive for a while afterwards. This can accounts for varying amounts, especially in the last leg.

In the following table only the maximum amounts of experience seen are put for each leg.

Crew size Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Finish Crates delivered Monster
5  ?  ?  ?  ? 8
4  ?  ?  ?  ? 8
3 112000 112000 156800 227010 8 sea serpent skipped
2  ?  ?  ?  ? 8
Money
  • You gain more money with more cargo crates delivered, max 8.
  • You gain more money if your crew/group size is smaller.
Crew Crates delivered Monster Money rewards
5 8
4 8
3 8 sea serpent skipped &&&&&&&&&&+48000 AM$120
2 8  ? &&&&&&&&&&+48000 AM$120
Ambergris

After a number of successful sailing missions, you receive ambergris as a bonus.

  • Your credit seems to accumulate until you have done enough missions to collect at least 5 ambergris.
  • Sometimes you get 6 ambergris instead.
  • The number of missions you have to do before you receive ambergris varies, but with smaller crews it seems to happen faster.
Frazyl's sailing missions
Crew size (crates delivered if not 8) Number of missions Amount of ambergris
4 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 4 5 5
5 - 5 (7) - 3 - 4 4 6
5 - 3 - 3 3 6
3 - 4 - 4 3 5
3 - 3 - 3 3 6
5 - 3 - 3 3 6
3 - 4 - 3 3 6
4 - 3 - 3 3 5
3 (7) - 4 - 3 3 6
Reputation

Furthermore, doing missions will change your reputation with both the smugglers and the city of Ephebe.

  • Doing missions raises your reputation with smugglers.
  • By doing missions regularly, even if you are killing the smugglers below Ephebe, you can offset the reputation hit for the purpose of buying from Niknax without penalty.
  • Your reputation with the city of Ephebe will degrade as you do missions, but not very fast. You can slip several minae to corrupt officials or bureaucrats to offset this.

See also