A hero in a starship
fills one of several possible roles, which determines what the character can do.
A ship's commander
makes decisions about tactics and issues orders to the crew. The commander
can help another crewmember by taking an aid another
action. The commander
must be located on the starship
's command deck to do so.
of a starship controls its movement. Most starships
have only one position from which the starship can be piloted. Piloting a starship is always at least a move action
, which means that the pilot
may be able to do something else with her attack action
each round. On smaller ships such as fighters, the pilot
also serves as the gunner
. A starship can have only one pilot
at a time.
keeps the ship in working order. If a system has failed for any reason, it is usually up to the engineer
to get that system working again. An engineer
can attempt a Repair check to fix minor problems as a full round action. A starship
can have one engineer
, plus one additional engineer
each for the ship's life support, sensors
(and communications), and defensive systems.
All other personnel aboard the starship
are considered passengers for purposes of starship combat
. Passengers have no specific role in the starship
's operation, but they help repel boarders or take other actions.