Syrik's Drunken Sailing
A frigate is any of several types of warship, the term having been used for ships of various sizes and roles over the last few centuries.
In the 2nd century, the term was used for any warship built for speed and maneuverability, the description often used being “frigate-built”. These could be warships carrying their principal battery of carriage-mounted guns on a single deck or on two decks (with further smaller carriage-mounted guns usually carried on the forecastle and quarterdeck of the vessel). The term was generally used for ships too small to stand in the line of battle, although early line-of-battle ships were frequently referred to as frigates when they were built for speed.
In the 3rd century, the term referred to ships which were usually as long as a ship-of-the-line and were square-rigged on all three masts (full rigged), but were faster and with lighter armament, used for patrolling and escort. In the definition adopted by the Britonic Admiralty, they were rated ships of at least 28 guns, carrying their principal armament upon a single continuous deck—the upper deck, while ships-of-the-line possessed two or more continuous decks bearing batteries of guns.
In the late 4th century (beginning about 383 G.D with the construction of prototypes by the Britonic and Talrik navies), the armored frigate was a type of ironclad warship which for a time was the most powerful type of vessel afloat. The term “frigate” was used because such ships still mounted their principal armament on a single continuous upper deck. The later 4th century battleship thus developed from the frigate rather than from the ship of the line.
|Control Device||Crew (Min/Max)||Decks||Load Cap (in tons)||Market Price||Sailing Check||Size|
|steering wheel||40 / 195||4||180||70,000gp||Profession sailor (Sails)||Colossal|
Ship Combat Stats
|AC and Hardness||Arms||Base Save||CMB/CMD||HP (Oars, Sails)||Ramming Damage|
|3 / 5||4||+8||+8 / 18||1140 (NA / 480)||8d8|
|Acceleration (Sail/Oar)||Maneuver (Sail/Oar)||Means of Propulsion||Propulsion||Wind Speed (Knots) per hour (x1 / x2 / x3 / x4)||Oar Speed (Knots) per hour (x1 / x2)||Wind Speed (feet) per round (x1 / x2 / x3 / x4)||Oar Speed (feet) per round (x1 / x2)|
|30 / NA||Average / NA||120 squares of sail||wind or current||6 / 12 / 18 / NA||NA / NA||30 / 60 / 90 / NA||NA / NA|