Daily Tasks

Daily Tasks on the Wormwood are assigned based on a character’s job: Rigger, Swab, or Cook’s Mate, and each one requires one or more skill checks to complete successfully. To determine what a character’s task for the day will be, roll 1d6 on the table corresponding to that character’s job.

Reminder: All checks are taken as 1d20, plus the specified modifier.

Rigger Tasks

  1. Rigging Repair: The ship’s rigging frequently gets damaged and must be repaired, requiring Climb checks to reach the rigging 30 feet up, followed by a Profession (sailor) or Dexterity check.
  2. Line Work: Hard work hoisting and lowering sails, requiring a Profession (sailor) or Dexterity check. The PC must also make a Constitution check to avoid being Fatigued at the end of the shift.
  3. Upper Rigging Work: Work in the upper rigging, 50 feet up, requiring Climb checks, followed by a Profession (sailor) or Dexterity check.
  4. Rope Work: Handling the ship’s ropes, including coiling them, stowing them, and securing them to cleats and single and double bollards, requiring a Profession (sailor) or Dexterity check.
  5. Lookout: A climb to the crow’s nest 60 feet up, requiring Climb checks followed by a Perception check.
  6. Mainsail Duties: Tough work raising and lowering the mainsail, requiring a Profession (sailor) or Strength check. The PC must also make a Constitution check to avoid being Fatigued at the end of the shift.

Swab Tasks

  1. Man the Bilges: Vile and sweaty work cleaning out the bilges, requiring a Strength check. The PC must also make a Constitution check to avoid being Fatigued at the end of the shift.
  2. Rat Catcher: Catching rats and other vermin belowdecks, requiring either a Stealth check, Survival check, or Dexterity check to catch and kill enough rats, cockroaches, and beetles for a good day’s work.
  3. Swab the Decks: Backbreaking work mopping the decks and scrubbing them with sandstone blocks called holystones, requiring a Strength or Constitution check. Failing either check results in the PC being Fatigued at the end of the shift.
  4. Hauling Rope and Knot Work: Tying and untying knots in the ship’s ropes and moving heavy coils of rope from one part of the ship to another, requiring a Profession (sailor) or Strength check. The PC must also make a Constitution check to avoid being Fatigued at the end of the shift.
  5. Runner: Passing messages to the crew and officers of the Wormwood in all parts of the ship except officers’ cabins, requiring a Acrobatics check and Constitution check. Failing the Constitution check results in the PC being Fatigued at the end of the shift. A PC with the Run feat automatically succeeds at this task.
  6. Repairs: Things constantly tear or break aboard the ship and need repairs, whether sewing sails or splicing rope all day, requiring a Profession (sailor) or Dexterity check.

Cook’s Mate Tasks

  1. Cooking: Assisting Ambrose Kroop in preparing the day’s meal. If Kroop is sober, no check is required. If Kroop is drunk, this requires a Profession (cook) or Intelligence check.
  2. Cooking: See Above.
  3. Fishing: Catching tonight’s supper using the ship’s nets. A Profession (fisherman) or Survival check provides enough fish. A failed check results in a day in the bilges as punishment the following day (see the swab task Man the Bilges).
  4. Turtle Hunting: Hunting leatherback sea turtles with harpoons, treble hooks, and nets. A Profession (fisherman) or Survival check provides enough food. A failed check results in a day in the bilges as punishment the following day (see the swab task Man the Bilges).
  5. Bull Session: Drinking with Ambrose Kroop and listening to his stories. The cook’s mate must drink an additional Rum Ration, but is able to take an additional ship action during the day.
  6. Special Occasion: Captain Harrigan is celebrating something today, and wants one of the ship’s pigs butchered and cooked for dinner. The PC must make a Profession (cook) or Survival check to slaughter the animal, then help Kroop to clean, cut, and prepare the carcass. If Kroop is sober, no additional check is required. If Kroop is drunk, this requires a Profession (cook) or Intelligence check.

Daily Tasks

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