[RPG] Can an unseen servant hustle


Unseen servants have a speed of 15 feet. Can they take the run full round action or otherwise keep up with their master moving at a normal base land speed? Can they do this while pulling a cart (probably in concert with more unseen servants)?

Best Answer

Technically, yes.

There is a speed figure for an Unseen Servant, along with a list of available actions (emphasis mine).

It can run and fetch things, open unstuck doors, and hold chairs, as well as clean and mend. The servant can perform only one activity at a time, but it repeats the same activity over and over again if told to do so as long as you remain within range. It can open only normal doors, drawers, lids, and the like. It has an effective Strength score of 2 (so it can lift 20 pounds or drag 100 pounds). It can trigger traps and such, but it can exert only 20 pounds of force, which is not enough to activate certain pressure plates and other devices. It can’t perform any task that requires a skill check with a DC higher than 10 or that requires a check using a skill that can’t be used untrained. Its speed is 15 feet.

There is nothing that prohibits double move for an Unseen Servant. One can even argue that it can literally run, but even double move equals 30 feet per round and is sufficient to catch up.

As a side note, while the speed is not listed as fly speed, certain low-priority sources (Sage) speculate that Unseen Servant can be directed anywhere within spell range, provided there is a line of effect to the target location.