Starship Crew Use
Players wishing to use NPC crew hands, ratings, or dynastic representatives (vassals and retainers) may do so to perform various support functions. The most common use are to maintain the daily, monotonous affairs that the dynasty and its ships require. Other function may include performing minor Endeavours or assisting the players directly as part of their team. Rules for using their followers as NPC’s are already detailed in the Core Rulebook. Recruiting them to aid on away missions such as to occupy an enemy position, explore the surface of a planet or satellite, or to help in clearing out a derelict ship or space hulk requires removing them from their normal tasks to help the players with their mission. The impact of a reduction of crew population and how it affects ship functions is detailed in the RT core book pg. 224. Deploying crew to an external location is a time consuming process requiring transports and logistical planning to maintain them and their supplies. For “ground” warfare use the rules in Battlefleet Koronus Rulebook pg. 121.
By default, ships not specifically prepped for a War Endeavor will only have the security personnel available for field work which consists of 15% of the ship population. These security personnel count as infantry, light mechanized units, starfighters, and cavalry. Orbital bombardment is also at player disposal.