Commanding and Moving Ships
Whenever it is your turn, if your ship is not anchored at a location, you are commanding your party’s ship. All characters at your location are on the ship; characters at other locations are not on the ship. If you move or are moved while commanding the ship, other characters on the ship may choose to move with you. Effects that restrict movement still apply—if something prevents you from moving, you can’t move; if something is preventing another character at your location from moving, that character cannot move with you. Any character who does not move with you is no longer on the ship.
Whenever it is your turn, if your ship is anchored and you are at the ship’s location, you are commanding your party’s ship; all characters at your location are on the ship. You may not choose to move an anchored ship. If your character moves or is moved from the ship’s location, you are no longer on the ship or commanding it, and other characters may not choose to move with you.
While you are commanding a ship, you may encounter other ships. If you are not commanding a ship, banish any ship you would encounter. Even though a ship is neither a bane nor a boon, encountering a ship is much like encountering a bane: if you don’t evade it, you must attempt a check to defeat it. If you succeed at all of the checks required to defeat a ship, and your ship is not wrecked, stash a plunder card. If you fail a check to defeat a ship, it does not deal damage to your character; instead, it deals Structural damage to your ship. Whether you succeed or fail to defeat a ship, unless you seize it, return it to wherever it came from.
Roll 1d6 to determine which card type is stashed as Plunder. Plunder cards are stashed underneath your Ship, and you begin each scenario with a random Plunder card.
1 - Weapon
2 - Spell
3 - Armor
4 - Item
5 - Ally
6 - Choose 1 of the above 5 card types
Some cards allow you to seize a ship you defeat. If you seize a ship, it replaces your current ship, which is banished. Take any plunder cards that were under your original ship and put them under your new ship.
Structural damage is a special type of damage; it does not affect characters, and it is the only type of damage that affects ships. Cards that reduce damage only to characters do not affect Structural damage. If you fail a check to defeat a ship, it deals an amount of Structural damage to your ship equal to the difference between the difficulty to defeat the ship and your check result.
When your ship is dealt Structural damage, first apply any powers on the ship card or other cards in play that reduce or increase that damage. Then characters may play cards or use powers that affect Structural damage. Finally, any character may discard any number of cards from his hand to reduce Structural damage by 1 for each such discarded card. If the Structural damage is reduced to 0, the ship is unaffected.
If a ship that is not already wrecked is successfully dealt any Structural damage, it is wrecked; you do not need to discard cards equal to the amount of damage—the effect is the same regardless of the amount of damage that is dealt. If a ship that is already wrecked is successfully dealt any Structural damage, discard a number of cards from the blessings deck equal to the amount of damage successfully dealt to the ship.
When commanding a wrecked ship, at the start of your move step, you may attempt the check to repair the ship listed on the ship card; if you succeed, the ship is no longer wrecked. If you move while commanding a wrecked ship, other characters cannot choose to move with you. When a ship is wrecked, you can never stash more plunder cards under it. At the end of any turn, if your ship is wrecked, banish 1 random plunder card from under the ship.