Horizon's Kiss

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Upper Decks


The Horizon's Kiss

Crew: 7 per watch • 30 complement
Speed: 3mph (light wind) • 6mph (moderate wind) • 9mph (strong+ wind)
Cargo: 120 tons (half speed if 60+ tons)
Armaments: 1 ballista (fo'c'sle), 1 catapult


Captain: Morgela Sandural
First Mate: Rafenas Birlond
Navigator: Wick
Quartermaster: Sahal
Boatswain: Bansh
Master-at-Arms: Tusker
Ship's Mage: Morgela Sandural
Chaplain: Wick
Surgeon: Wick
Cook: Ogred Hunn
Deckhands: Skeksil (Lookout), Renja
13 Deckhands
Fighting Crew: 8 Marines

  • 1. Quarterdeck: The quarterdeck is a raised, open deck at the stern. The ship’s wheel is here, along with a small davit for a ship’s boat.
  • 2. Foc’s’le Deck: This is a raised, open deck atop the fore- castle. The caravel mounts a ballista here; the weapon can’t fire straight ahead because of the foremast. On the starboard side is the hawsepipe and tackle for the ship’s anchor.

Main Deck

  • 3. Master’s Cabin: The largest and most comfortable cabin on the ship is still quite cramped by most standards.
  • 4. Wardroom: The captain, officers, and passengers take their meals here. This room also serves as a drawing room or parlor for the officers and passengers.
  • 5. Main Deck: This open deck features a catapult and two large companionways that descend to the lower deck. The catapult can only be fired to the broadside; it can’t train forward or aft (a typical problem with large weapons mounted on small, cluttered ships). The companionways serve as both stairways (ladders, in nautical parlance) and cargo hatches. Chicken coops and pens for goats, lambs, or other small livestock often take up any available space left on the deck.
  • 6. Forecastle: Most of the ship's crew sleeps here, although in good weather many crewmembers prefer to sleep on the open decks. The forecastle holds a dozen cramped bunks.

Lower Deck

  • 7. Galley: The ship’s galley is in the forward part of the lower deck. It has a small stove and shelving for all kinds of foodstuffs. The ship’s cook and his assistant(s) sleep here.
  • 8. Chain Locker: The ship’s anchor chain is stored here. It passes through the hawsepipe in the forecastle up to the foc’s’le deck.
  • 9. Lower Deck: This space serves as the first of the caravel’s cargo holds, as well as the crew’s mess deck. Crewmembers take their meals sitting on whatever cargo is convenient. If the ship is heavily laden, this deck might be covered to within a foot of the overhead, leaving only a single fore-and-aft passage between the crates, casks, and bundles.
  • 10. Officer’s Cabins: These tiny cabins are the private rooms of the ship’s officers. Paying passengers usually bump an officer from his or her cabin to the forecastle.
  • 11. Ship’s Office: All the ship’s paperwork is kept here, in- cluding cargo manifests, pay records, and the ship’s paychest (usually in a sturdy, locked chest).


  • 12. Sail Locker: Spare sails, canvas, and sewing gear is stored here, as well as plenty of lines, hawsers, firewood, and heavy tools.
  • 13. Lower Hold: Most of the ship’s cargo is stowed here, as well as provisions (including as many casks of fresh water as will fit). Beneath this lower hold lies a small crawlspace where heavy ballast stones help to stabilize the ship.