Burnt Saffron

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Burnt Saffron
The Burnt Saffron

150 ft.
30 ft.
160 oars, 80 squares of sails (two masts)
12 light ballistae, catapult
Source: Ships of the Inner Sea, pg(s). 9

Burnt Saffron is one of the most fearful slave galleys in Katapeshi waters. It is said that its crew kill more sailors than they take prisoners. The black-hulled galley has a beam of 30 feet and stretches nearly 150 feet from bow to stern. It features three full decks and two masts flying square sails of burnished yellow. Several flotillas have attempted to hunt Burnt Saffron down and sink the ship. Those fortunate few able to observe the galley up close and live to tell of it say that its hull as well as its masts and oars are blackened by fire rather than paint or pitch.12 The renowned slave galley is captained by the greedy Captain Farzam Khorsheed, a former pirate who turned from piracy to the Okeno slave trade.3


The ship that is now known as Burnt Saffron was originally the slave galley White Dawn. It was built at Stonespine Island in 4671 AR and captained by Farzam Khorsheed. The colour of its hull was pearl-white and that of its sails bright yellow. For three years the White Dawn captured a large number of ships. In 4674 AR, the ship departed from the Thuvian port city of Merab with a hold full of slaves. While it was en route to Okeno, the White Dawn was hit by a terrible storm that smashed its masts and broke its oars. Gray Corsairs' ships found the slave galley adrift on the waves. They freed the still chained slaves and set the crippled ship on fire.1 It is said that Khorsheed called upon Asmodeus, god of slavery, to help him. No one knows the deal he struck with the Prince of Lies, but the White Dawn emerged from the sinking ashes as the Burnt Saffron. Together, the ship and its captain now represent a divine force of slavery in the Inner Sea.3


  1. 1.0 1.1 Benjamin Bruck, et al. (2014). Ships of the Inner Sea, p. 9. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-702-4
  2. Benjamin Bruck, et al. (2014). Ships of the Inner Sea, p. 11. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-702-4
  3. 3.0 3.1 Benjamin Bruck, et al. (2014). Ships of the Inner Sea, p. 15. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-702-4