The Zephyr

"Vistel's Expedition's" steamboat/airship


The Zephyr, using FATE 3e Legends of Anglerre and assorted D20 / OGL nautical sourcebooks, including Classic Play: Book of the Sea

  • Revised: 18 September 2014/“4 April 1227 B.C.E.


  • Scale/size: Large (4) construct, steam-powered riverboat (120 ft. long, 25 ft. from keel to roof/15-ft. draft, and 40 ft. wide)
  • Origin: Ship out of time (19th century Brazil)
  • Condition: Experimental vessel (from imp Rogerio Ribeiro; “Rhys” working on its capabilities)
  • Systems/customization: Potential airship (minimum crew of 15)
  • Reputation: None yet


  • 1 Good (+3 to relevant skill rolls):
    • Ship systems (2 decks of quarters — 12 cabins, plus galley/lounge, 20 crew bunks, small cargo hold — 5 tons)
  • 2 Fair (+2):
    • Propulsion (steam engine, sails; masts and lanteen/triangular sails)
    • Water maneuver (nimble but shallow draft, +10 to Navigation DC; keel fin, retractable, 1,000 g.p.)
  • 3 Average (+1):
    • Airship (with dirigible balloon, 15,000 g.p.; to get: submersible. 6,000 g.p.)
    • Armor (metal plating, AC 2, Hardness 8; battlements + 2 to cover, 100 g.p. total; to add: Fire Charm 850 g.p., scrying protection, see Pathfinder: Admiral of the High Seas, p. 67)
    • Ranged Combat (see below)


  • Burst of Speed (Propulsion) — can double speed for short distances
  • Guest Quarters (Systems) — can hold up to 100 passengers for 24 hours; plus dinghys/lifeboats/rowboats, 4 total (50 g.p. each, AC9, Hardness 5; 4 passengers each)
  • Siege Weapons (Ranged Combat) — ballistae, 4 (large crossbows, -4 to hit, 3d8 damage, 120 ft. range, 500 g.p. each, plus 50 g.p. for ammunition and one spare)
  • Unusual Propulsion (Propulsion) — steam engine, dirigible? (wings, clockwork dragon’s, for future airship stabilizers)
  • Fate points/refresh: 4 remaining out of 8

Status/consequences: 400 H.P., +0 base save

  • Structural, systems stress: 5 each

Crew, passengers:

  • Sir Niac Eden [Mike F./N.P.C.]-male Wolfen Paladin, captain
    • Tiernan Saunders: male Saganim cabin boy, sailor 1
    • Sir Manoj Andronicus: male Hifalendorin human explorer; sailor 2/Cavalier 3
    • Svetlana Taildunker: female Wolfen marine; sailor 1/Barbarian 2
  • Prince Corwin Windsong [Bruce K.]-male Half-Elf Bard, first mate and morale officer
    • Doyle Tunney: male Saganim (proto-Celtic) human apprentice, Bard 1
    • Evan Bradford: male Saganim fisherman and sailor 1
    • Fiona Chadwick: female Saganim sailor 1/Rogue 1
    • Gordon Selwyn: male Saganim sailor 1/Rogue 1
    • Sacha Skegisson: male Skaevingol (Viking-style) human skald; sailor 1/ Bard 2
  • Rhys Davies [Drew S.]-male Tinker Gnome, engineer
    • Vasco: male clockwork butler
    • Automatons: dragon, scorpion, and spider
    • Cyric Ahearn: male Saganim carpenter and sailor 1
    • Emmet Banning: male Saganim sailmaker and sailor 1
    • Evelyn Morgwyl: female Half-Elf tinkerer and sailor 1
    • Ronan Teague: male Saganim blacksmith and sailor 1
    • Chloe Talar: female Phoenician (Iberian) human merchant; sailor 2/Rogue 2
  • Giacomo Du Vane [Beruk A.]-male Hifalendorin human Wizard, scholar and mage
    • Gerald: male homunculus familiar
    • “Dread” Maggie Oakleaf: female Sylvan Elf adept, apprentice
    • Almaric Dorimus: male Hifalendorin (proto-Western European) human navigator, Lvl. 2 sailor
  • Scully Strongbow [Sara F.]-female Flind Ranger, animal handler, security/marine, scout, sniper
    • Owlicious: male owl companion
    • Glynnis Shannon: female Saganim sailor 1/Fighter 1
    • Holt Chapman: male Saganim farmer/stablehand and sailor 1
    • Reginald Seward: male Saganim pirate, served aboard the Mad Saber and the Bloody Manta; sailor 1/Fighter 2
    • Siobahn Dearden: female Saganim human shield maiden; sailor 2/Fighter 3
    • Trevor ap Carnech: male Saganim (proto-Celtic) human scout; sailor 2/Rogue 4
  • Elsa Fairbottom [Rich C.G.]-female Hill Dwarf Druid, cook, chaplain, and healer
    • Penryn: male Banuq (winged cat), animal companion
    • Audrey Driscoll: female Saganim (proto-Celtic) human cook and sailor 1/Fighter 1
    • Kaitlin Ellis: female Saganim acolyte of Ghanki/sailor 1
    • Mr. Bernardo Tancredo: male Harfoot Halfling (Hobbit) herbalist, sailor 1/Druid 3

(See previous notes for “Hamfast” and “Brendan” [Brian W.], “Tempestade” [Josh C.], “Radius” [Jason E.R.], “Melchior” [Byron V.O.], “Sir Torrel” [Alex W.], and “Brogar” [Brian S.].)

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The Zephyr

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