Resources 3 / Campaign Diary: Archipelago Adventures - Pt. 25
Last week I left off with the tempting notion of talking about resources even more! And boy am I going to deliver this week! Resources are important, and I’ll be damned if I don’t talk just a bit more prose about it.
We determined last week that Munta had 2 tons of easy to access food that we can load up on our ship, and this includes food that you eat and drink. I’m not going to break down food into even more categories and rate islands even more finely… I don’t think that that would be fun for a lot of tables, but if you suspect your table might enjoy that, by all means, go forth and prosper! … but you’ll have to make your own rules.
Though on that note, I’m not even sure the resources I’m working on now will be fun for tables, but maybe one day I’ll get a chance to try it out!
Good, Fresh, Clean, Wholesome, Organic Food
If you remember two weeks ago, we talked about the weight of food and its cost and whatnot. What I didn’t touch on was the type of food a sailor could expect for their diet, they are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:
One and a half pounds of biscuit, one liter of water, one liter of wine, half a peck of a mixture of horse beans and chickpeas for each twelve persons, and one pound of salted fish for each three persons. (A peck is about 8 dry quarts – used for dry goods)
A pound and a half of biscuit, one liter of water, one liter of wine, one pound mixed rice and oil for each ten persons, and half a pound of salted pork.
Sundays and Thursdays:
A pound and a half of biscuit, one liter of water, one liter of wine, one pound of salted meat, and two ounces of cheese.
One liter of oil and something more than a half a liter of vinegar per person.
This is all taken from the Palm Beach County History Library and its little wonder sailors cussed so much. I’d be swearing like a sailor if I had that much hardtack/biscuit to eat every day… plus, no mention of coffee! How can they expect me to function if I don’t have at least 2 pots of coffee a day? … I swear I don’t have a problem, I just like the taste!
But this has nothing to do with the header of Good, Fresh, Clean, Wholesome, Organic Food unless you think of hard biscuit as wholesome! So where exactly am I going with this? Well, the idea is that ships would often stop over at islands to pick up freshwater and then continue on their merry way, but I don’t see why the crew wouldn’t also spend a bit of time to smell the roses and see about finding some fresh food while on the shore. Maybe some juicy coconuts or throw out lines for some fish, of course, this all takes time and so it would be a trade-off for the crew.
By stopping at islands, you could get fresh food for your crew but you need to spend a bit of time there. Right now, I think that spending a day on the island could get you enough time to load up your food stores with a ton of food, and so that slows down your trip by a day… but you get free ton of food! And that means you get to save 84 gp per week if you don’t have to worry about buying a week of supplies!
Unfortunately, food just doesn’t last unless it is properly stored. If you spend two days to take in all 2 tons of food available on Munta, some of it is just not going to last to that last day. At the end of every day, the cook must make a DC 10 Cook’s Utensils (Wisdom) check to ensure that they can keep their fresh food properly stored. On a fail, the amount of food consumed for that day is doubled as some of the food must be tossed, and if they are on their last day of fresh food and the cook fails the check, all that food has gone bad and instead the crew must eat the normal rations. Furthermore, the Fresh Food will act as ‘temporary hit points’ of a sort where the fresh food is the first to be subjected to vermin, spoilage and being eaten first by the men.
When the ship takes on fresh food, the Cook must tend to it and ensure that it stays fresh long enough until the Cook can work with it. At the end of every day, the Cook must make a DC 10 Cook’s Utensils (Wisdom) check to remove any spoiled food and prevent vermin and rot from infecting the Fresh Food. On a failed check, the Cook is forced to toss a day’s worth of Fresh Food due to spoilage. If this happens on the last day that there is Fresh Food, the crew must eat rations as the Fresh Food is no longer palatable.
If the Cook is unable to spend their day cooking and checking on the food stores, it is assumed that the check is automatically failed. While there is Fresh Food on board, and being served to the crew, the morale of the ship is increased.
The Cook can turn any Fresh Food into rations so long as there is enough salt onboard, the Cook needs half a ton of Salt per ton of Fresh Food they hope to turn into rations and then must succeed on a DC 10 Cook’s Utensils (Wisdom) check. On a fail, the food becomes spoiled and must be tossed. Each ton of Fresh Food takes a full day to cure.
Whenever the food stores are subjected to an effect, like vermin, food theft or spoilage, the Fresh Food is impacted first, followed by any rations if there is no more Fresh Food.
Another component of Food is that you have to rely on your Navigator when they tell you that land is a week out, but you only have enough food for 4 days. By enforcing a half rations measure on your ship, you can extend your food stores long enough until you get to land. Of course, this has a negative effect on the crew in so much as they start losing morale and everyone on board, who is getting half rations, must start succeeding on exhaustion checks.
When the crew is subject to half rations, the crew must succeed on a DC 5 Constitution saving throw at the end of the day or become exhausted. The DC for this save increases by 1 after every consecutive day that the crew is on half rations.
If the crew is suffering from exhaustion and given full rations, at the end of the day they must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution saving throw to overcome their exhaustion. On a fail, they are still exhausted but do not have to save against furthering their exhaustion.
While the crew is subjected to half rations the morale on the ship decreases. The morale on the ship can increase only when the crew has full rations for a day, but even then only a little bit of the morale is restored. See the section on Morale for more information.
And I think that this is where I am going to leave off for this week. Next week, I think it is about time I start talking about Morale and how we can take WotC’s morale system and get it working for us. In the meantime…
1. The ship is tossed to the side, and the crew cry out in fear as a massive shape explodes out of the water next to the ship. This massive object is constructed of coral and stone, and appears to be a spire of some sort as it continues to slide out of the ocean up and up. As the spire reaches over 100 feet above you, the bottom of the spire finally leaves the ocean as a massive tower of coral breaches the ocean and begins flying up. Watching it, it flies up and up, huge amounts of seawater still flowing off the massive Storm Giant tower as it floats high up above. After half an hour it is only a small speck in the sky, soon to be lost behind some clouds floating lazily above.
2. A dark shadow passes over the ship, and the crew cry out as they look above. Flying high above them is a massive bird with a giant riding on its back. It is swooping down towards the ship, but comes up just short of slamming directly into you. A voice comes booming down, commanding you to leave the area for you are intruding on the protected coral reef of Vathiá, a storm giant king. If the party refuses, the storm giant may launch a lightning bolt at them, but only if they are being exceptionally rude. Otherwise, the roc and storm giant fly off, though they can still be seen following behind the ship to make sure it leaves the coral reef behind.
3. A dark plume of smoke can be seen on the horizon, and as the ship sails nearer, a curious sight can be seen. A low line of rock has sprouted out of the ocean and appears to be pouring magma out. Standing along the edge of the rocks, covered in the dark smokes of the volcano is a giant figure who seems to be breathing in the harmful vapors being released. If bothered by the ship, the storm giant will simply inform them that the she is gazing into the prophecies of the world. If continued to be pestered, the storm giant, Smarágdi, will relent and look into the future as if she cast the Augury spell, though she can see up to 2 weeks away. Sometimes she chooses to tell a lie if something truly horrible is on the horizon.
4. A massive, single sail ship can be seen on the horizon heading towards your own ship, scrawled onto the sail is that of a kraken’s hungry maw. Getting closer, you can make out a solitary figure seems to be the only crew, a massive humanoid with light blue skin and long blue hair blowing in the wind. The storm giant, Anazítisi, is on a journey to sail all the oceans of the world and can point the characters to a nearby island, roll on the Island Coordinates Chart under the 19+ column. Anazítisi has little to trade and doesn’t care to talk for long as he is communing with the oceans to determine his way in life. He will leave quickly, though stays respectful towards the crew and party.