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Access: Armory, Security, Brig, Holding Cells, Courtroom, Weapon Permit
Additional Access: Maintenance, Morgue, Detective's Office
Difficulty: Hard
Supervisors: Head of Security
Duties: Watch over the Brig and Prison Wing, release prisoners when their time is up, issue equipment to security, be a security officer when they all eventually die.
Guides: Guide to security, Ship Law, Department Standard Operating Procedure, Standard Operating Procedure, Guide to Trials, a few forms
Quote: I'm the master at arms, the one who masters arms, and arms masters.

The Master-at-Arms (MaA or MA) is a member and second in command of the security staff, responsible for the Brig, the Prison Wing, and the prisoners. Also charged with minding the Armory.

Standard Operating Procedure

You'll want to follow this guideline for SOP.

Watch Hound

Your Domains: The Brig + Security Office + Your Office

Half of your job is to look after the prisoners, make sure they don't die or get unfair sentences, and make sure they don't escape. The other half of your job is to arm security with weapons in times of war. You are not a Security Officer and do not have to go outside of the brig (and really should not go out of the brig). Stay in the brig.



Mister Dispatcher

If you have no prisoners to watch out for, you should be coordinating the security officers over the security radio channel. People often make accusations of crime on the radio that you can follow up on. You can ensure all arrest records are filled in with this and with information from the security radio channel to make sure officers don't wonder why a particular person is wanted. You can also check on the cameras for reported disturbances and update the records of anyone involved (which should be done regularly). Your fellow officers will appreciate your help in sending them where they can make a difference. You really have the opportunity to make Security run like a well-oiled machine.

Second in Command

As the MA, you have authority over the brig and any security officers inside the brig. Should anything happen to the Head of Security, you are expected to take up his position and command the security staff.

The Detective

Just give the detective space, he's a loose cannon that runs around and scans for prints. In the rare cases where they do drag someone in, they'll need help with the brig timers and securing evidence. Since almost anyone (even lawyers) with brig access has access to evidence storage, the more dangerous evidence should go in the appropriate locker in the armory.

Security Officers

Nominally, officers aren't under your command and are not required to follow your orders. That being said, if they're in the brig and mucking around, you are well within your duties to order them to leave. Otherwise, try to be the benevolent eye in the sky and keep tabs on the whereabouts of your team.


When used correctly, the ship's legal counselors can provide an extra layer of security by keeping an eye on things or by policing the various debris and detritus that crops up over the course of a shift. Pass out some spare sunglasses or a SecHUD (if you're feeling particularly generous) and don't refuse their clients' right to counsel. If you wind with a criminal attorney on your hands, don't hesitate to bring the hammer down.


The Armory

Given the ever-present threat of prison breaks and riots, a skilled Arms Master is a well-equipped Master Armer (sic) Guy. Your locker contains a spare taser, a box of flashbangs and some extra zip ties. Stuff some of that in your bag. Also consider grabbing a laser weapon: being next to the armoury is no use if somebody has blown up the APC and you can't get through the now de-powered windoors to stop them cleaning the place out.

There are also some pieces of kit to help you out. Barricades are excellent if someone has broken the brig doors with a cryptographic sequencer, and portable flashers, although they have limited charge, are very useful at stopping poorly equipped attackers or budding escapees. You also have a toolbox to help you install the flashers and make other basic adjustments. Make sure no one gets your ID, and that you know who the Head of Security is (in the very real case that someone murders them and steals their identity). Your ID is a high-value target, so make sure no one gets their grubby hands on it. You also have access to the HoS's Door Control Remote, which you can use to bolt down certain doors in the brig.

Don't forget your small supply of firing pins, which are the only way to make a usable gun from Research and Development. Don't be too stingy: if you help the Research Director, they might give you some nice toys later on. (Loyalty Firing Pins)


The Armory contains different sets of implants which you may want to make use of for prisoner control.

Chemical Implants

These will allow you to inject up to 50 units of toxins into the subject at any time from the Prisoner Management Console in your office. May be loaded with sedatives instead. For larger doses, subject may be implanted multiple times.

Tracking Implants

These will allow you to detect if the subject is nearby using the locator device provided. Also leaves a blinking red dot if the subject is observed with a Security HUD

Mind Shield Implants

Prevent the subject from being brainwashed by commies, zealots, and mobsters. They also revert the effects of some conversions. If someone resists them, they're either a ringleader or something much worse. More can be ordered in the Cargo Bay, albeit at an extremely high cost. Ensure all security personnel are loyalty implanted by checking your Security HUD.

Don't Sit Around

Sitting at your desk is alright, but you should make sure to scan the cell blocks every once in a while to make sure no one is hurt in the cells, or that no one has broken in. Your job is to protect all of security from people busting in, or out. A quick sweep every few minutes should be fine, being a MA is a mostly relaxing job, just make sure to stun anyone who looks suspicious in the brig (or security office area) and hold them till the head of security comes. Remember, DISARM FIRST, kill if that's your only option.

If you are going to sit around, the least you can do is update the security records for your prisoners and anyone mentioned on the radio.

Clearance Level Check

Referring back to the chain of command, remember that the Head of Personnel is not your superior, nor are they a member of the security team. If they are trying to break into the armory without prior authorization throw them in a cell so the Head of Security or Captain can have a talk with them. Remember they might not be the Head of Personnel at all!!

This goes double for anyone promoted to security. If the clown or mime shows up requesting gear, check with the Head of Security first. The Head of Security is the first and only authority on who may or may not be promoted to security.

Make sure that all officers and heads of staff have a loyalty implant or else you might have a bad time


Sometimes, things get so bad you need to close everything off. One button will activate bomb-proof shutters underneath each grille to stop breakouts (or breakins), and another will seal off the perma wing if the prisoners are rioting.


NOTE: By default the MA cannot be an antagonist.

So, you're a traitor. You start with gloves, an energy gun, armor, and sunglasses. You have access to a ton of guns, and a ton of other things no ship member could dream of. Problem is, you have poor access to the ship, but you have a whole brig and gulag to play with (depends on how sadistic you are) and may create your own private death camp. You are less likely to be "needed" compared to a head of security, and less likely to be expected to respond to call than a security officer. Yet, running about the ship will attract attention (aka, "GTFO warden and back to the brig"), so get done what you need to and do it fast and remain in the safety of the brig.

If you have a "steal" objective, there's an okay chance that someone else tried to break in and steal that item, you can just take it from them. If it's an assassinate objective, well, most people go through the brig at least once. Just stun, strip, and space them. People going entirely missing from the brig isn't usually investigated if you just say their time was up, or if that pesky security is getting on your case for all those dead assistants in your office, head to the execution chamber, grab a canister of co2, go back to brig and hook the canister up to the airflow and kill everyone in security.

Jobs on FTL13


Command Captain, Executive Officer, Bridge Officer
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Master-at-Arms, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Ship Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Supply Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner, Munitions Officer
Science Research Director, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Chemist, Geneticist, Virologist
Service Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime
Civilian Assistant, Lawyer, Chaplain, Librarian
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Adamantine Golem, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Wizard, Shadowling, Abductor, Xenomorph, Revenant, Space Ninja, Holoparasite, Swarmers, Blob, Devil, Clockwork Cult
Special Centcom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Ian
Races Humans, Lizardperson, Flyperson, Plasmaman, Podman, Miscellaneous