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Prior to the rebranding of the game to the Cursed Seas name, Super Rare packs were traditionally used as a preview for the following set, to either introduce a new nation or (in the case of PotR) a new ship type. With Rise of the Fiends a new pattern emerged and the Super Rares began rotation through the various nations, starting with the Pirates in RotF, going to the Cursed in Fire & Steel, and then the first-ever English Super Rare pack in Savage Shores. That rotation continues with the RtSS Super Rare pack going to the French. Had the game continued, it would have been safe to assume that the next two Super Rare packs would have been Spanish and American.
In Savage Shores, the English managed to get their hands on one of those brand-new Hoist ships, so it should come as no surprise that in RtSS the French did too...
RSS-041, Super Rare
Masts: 3 (Hoist)
Link: Lady Roimata
Ability: Hoist. If this ship has a crew with the Captain keyword, she gets +L to her base move.
Flavor: To help make an ally of France, Lady Roimata presented a captured hoist ship. In a return gesture France bid her to keep it in order to help her and her people through the explorations of the newcomers.
Very similar in design to Frontier, Fetu trades firepower for speed, and lots of it. The cargo hold is small for a Hoist ship, especially after adding the necessary Captain (which leaves 5 spaces free unless you use this ship's linked crew)
, but it's still better than the majority of normal ships and with that blazing speed you can afford to make more than one trip. The cannons are just slightly below average, but with a ship like this you shouldn't need to use them very often, if ever.
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RSS-043, Super Rare
Ability: Captain. Once per turn before you give this ship an action, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship can be given the same action twice.
Flavor: Suspicious and not very welcoming of the newcomers to her ocean-bound land, Lady Roimata has made overtures towards France for the benefit of her people. French cannons may be put to even better use against neighboring islands.
One of those rarities where a link not only makes sense but actually works really well, Lady Roimata effectively quadruples
Fetu's standard base move by turning the plain old L
into a potential L+L+L+L
, and she even saves a cargo space in the process. Throw in a Helmsman and you'll have a treasure ship that few other ships can touch.
RSS-042, Super Rare
Ability: This ship eliminates two masts with one hit.
Flavor: France presented the natives with "Paradise" in return for shipwreck treasure. She was quickly renamed in a native tongue and put to work fending off would-be explorers of their shores.
Offensive abilities always seem a little out of place on single-masted ships, but this one actually works fairly well here. While cheap enough to serve as a nice little treasure-runner, this also brings enough firepower to serve as a nasty little raider. Toss a Captain and a Helmsman on there and go hunting, or give up the speed bonus to take a Musketeer and give a much larger enemy ship a really unpleasant surprise.
Eye of Maru
RSS-044, Super Rare
Values: 6,5,4,4,3,3,2,2,1 (Note that this distribution is slightly different from the other UTs)
Ability: When this ship is given a shoot action you may double the range of one of her cannons.
Far from being the most powerful UT available (even within just this set)
, Eye of Maru still provides a neat little bonus that could come certainly come in handy in the right situation. A sharp eye (pun!) will notice that this doesn't specify the printed
range, so you could actually combine this with other range-doubling abilities to reach out and snipe someone from far, far, away.
We're finishing off the final pieces of the main set now. All that's left are the Native Canoes, and then it'll be time to move onto the Special Edition