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20.2.1 AETHERSHIP CREWS

See also AETHERSHIP, AETHERSHIP MODULES, AETHERSHIP ARTIFACTS, 
         AETHERSPACE, AETHERSPACE ENCOUNTERS, AETHERSPACE ENVIRONMENTS

An aethership could function with only the command chair. Indeed, a one-room 
ship manned by an experienced pilot would make a very fast and effective scout. 
However, if a ship is going to engage in combat with aether creatures (or even 
other ships), they must have a full crew. The most fearsome aethership is the 
one whose crew coordinates their actions as though they share one mind. 

Command Chair: The most important position is the commander of the aethership, 
without whom the ship would not move. The commander is also in charge of 
leading or joining armadas as well as deploying special defensive and offensive 
maneuvers. 

Empathic Grid: Perhaps the second most important function is that of the 
aethership's empath, who repairs damage to the ship and is in charge of 
communications. 

Battle Turret: Multiple battle turrets (up to three) can be placed on an 
aethership, and the combateer who mans them is in charge of the ship's offense. 
Without a battle turret, the aethership would not be able to defend itself and 
must always hope to outrun any hostile encounter. 

Energy Collectors: This position is not vital and is often assumed by another 
member of the crew when encountering an energy vortex. The person manning the 
collector is in charge of siphoning power. Usually this is from energy 
vortexes, but power can also be drained from a city or commune nexus (only with 
permission) and from other ships (though only if the two ships share a breach). 

Ramhead: Although ramheads cannot be manned like other modules, it is not 
unknown for a group of fighters to travel in the ramhead chamber and wait for 
the ship to breach another ship. Once the breach occurs (i.e., the ship 
successfully rams an enemy ship), these fighters can board the other ship. This 
is the only method to board from one ship to another while in aetherspace.