Grapplers consist of two or more robotic arms fitted with magnetic grips ot pads capable of latching onto a single target, often another ship. Grapplers can also be used to grab Small or larger objects in space.
To build a starship grappling system from scratch, a character must succeed at a Craft (mechanical) check (DC 30) after investing 100 hours in its assembly. A character without a mechanical tool kit takes a -4 penalty on the skill check. The character must also make a Wealth check against the system’s purchase DC.
Installing a grappler system requires a successful Craft (mechanical) check (DC 30) after investing 30 hours. A character without a mechanical tool kit takes a -4 penalty on the skill check.
Using grapplers against an unwilling ship or an unattended object is an Attack Action. Against another ship, this action provokes an Attack of Opportunity if the ship being grabbed has a Point-Defense System. To successfully grab the target, the starship must first enter the target’s square; then the starship’s pilot must succeed at a Pilot check. The Pilot check’s DC depends on the size and Defense of the target being grabbed (see the table below). If the check succeeds, the starship successfullly latches onto the target, and the two objects continue to occupy the same space until the grapplers release their hold. The grappling ship cannot move as long as it wishes to remain latched and moves in concert with the grappled ship. Neither ship can attack the other as long as the grapplers maintain their hold.
As a Free Action, a grabbed ship can free itself from a grabbing ship by succeeding at an opposed Pilot check. Each ship adds a special gapple bonus on its check based on its size: Huge = +8, Gargantuan = +12, Colossal = +16. A ship may only attempt to free itself once per round.
A starship using grapplers to latch onto another ship can release the hold and retract the grapplers as a Free Action.
Purchase DC: 10 + one-half the base purchase DC of the starship.
|Size of Target||Pilot Check DC|
|Colossal||5 + target’s Defense||Gargantuan||10 + target’s Defense|
|Huge||15 + target’s Defense||Large||20 + target’s Defense|