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Submerge Ship

7th-level transmutation

Casting Time: 1 minute

Range: touch

Components: V, S, M (a glass marble or piece of soap)

Duration: Concentration, up to two hours

When this spell is cast upon a vessel, the ship is surrounded by a protective bubble of constantly replenishing, breathable air and sinks beneath the waves. For the duration of this spell, the ship has magical propulsion that gives it a maximum speed of 2 miles per hour in travel, or 120 feet in combat with an acceleration of 30 feet. The ship’s pilot uses the normal sailing skill to control the ship while under this spell’s effects and can command it to dive and ascend as part of the vessel’s normal movement.

Despite the magical propulsion, the ship still requires its crew to perform its normal functions.

The spell protects the ship and all aboard from the dangers of drowning and pressure, but not from damage from outside obstacles or creatures.

The bubble cannot be used offensively and prevents an affected ship from rising into a space that won’t accommodate it (like a sea cave too small to contain it, or under another vessel). Creatures can enter or leave the bubble at will, but those outside the sphere cannot be forced inside against their will, the sphere proving substantial enough that such creatures may choose whether to enter it or to slip away along its sides. At the end of the spell’s duration the bubble pop’s causing a ship still underwater at that time to gain the sinking condition. This spell has no effect if cast upon a ship in water that cannot cover the vessel entirely.

Although largely beneficial, this spell can be cast on a ship whose pilot does not want to submerge her vessel, which allows the pilot to make a Charisma saving throw to avoid having the spell affect her ship.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pirate Campaign Compendium © 2018, Legendary Games; Lead Designer Jason Nelson. Authors: Alex Augunas, Jeff Gomez, Matt Goodall, Jim Groves, Tim Hitchcock, Victoria Jaczko, Jonathan H. Keith, Lyz Liddell, Thomas J. Phillips, Alistair J. Rigg, Alex Riggs, Loren Sieg, Neil Spicer, Todd Stewart, Rachel Ventura, Michael D. Welham, Linda Zayas-Palmer.