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Ship classes in Starforged

In Ironsworn: Starforged, your starship is a home away from home. It is assumed this ship is multipurpose, fitting a number of roles as needed. Its quirks and capabilities are largely narrative, but you can use module assets to give it function and flavor.


Our iconic vessel, the Ornithor-class multipurpose ship, is an excellent example of this flexibility. It is armed and armored, has a good-sized cargo bay, plenty of space for berthing and custom suites, and can even carry and launch a shuttle or other smaller vehicles.


Ornithor-class Ship: Cutaway Illustration by Jeff Zugale


But if you are starting a new campaign and are eager to give your starship some flavor, how about assigning it a role? Pick a role from the table below, or let your oracle dice decide.


Take the key asset for that role at the start of your campaign. If you are rolling on this table, I hereby grant you permission to take that asset as a free bonus. Otherwise, make it one of your three starting assets.

Each role also includes a suggestion for a class name. This is the manufacturer's designation for that ship design, distinct from the name of your specific ship. Thus, you might fly the Hephaestus, a Foundry-class repair ship.



Role

Class Name

Key Asset

1-7

Blockade runner

Thunderbolt

Engine Upgrade

8-15

Cargo hauler

Workhorse

Expanded Hold

16-22

Command ship

Sentinel

Overseer

23-29

Dropship

Meteor

Reinforced Hull

30-36

Escort

Aegis

Shields

37-43

Gunship

Firestorm

Heavy Cannons

44-50

Medical ship

Mercy

Medbay

51-57

Reclaimer

Buzzard

Grappler

58-64

Repair ship

Foundry

Workshop

65-71

Science ship

Discovery

Research Lab

72-78

Standoff attack ship

Artemis

Missile Array

79-85

Stealth ship

Eclipse

Stealth Tech

86-93

Surveyor

Vanguard

Sensor Array

94-100

Vehicle carrier

Haven

Vehicle Bay


If appropriate to your character's nature, you can envision operating your ship in its role. But its role and class might simply be part of its backstory. Perhaps it has since been modified to serve another purpose, although its legacy still remains in the form of a key asset.


That's it! A quick, simple way to add some backstory and flavor to your ship at the start of the campaign. Safe flying!



Ornithor in Flight by Joshua Meehan

The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.




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