Summoning the Ship of Death is a way to resurrect yourself after having been slain without the aid of any other Avalonian. To do this you must perform the rite of the dead, calling the Ship of Death to your location (by typing SUMMON SHIP). Soon as the black-sailed vessel ghosts into view you type BOARD SHIP. You will be advised when to do so if you delay.
Stepping on to te gangplank you will embark upon your long journey through the incredible domain of the Gods, eventually alighting at the self-same Pool of Life. A new body will be afforded you at a cost. All characters in Avalon begin with ten safe trips on the Ship of Death. Each trip reduces this number by one. When you have used up your safe trips your physical and mental abilities will begin to be effected by the rigours of resurrection.
Every trip on the ship of death after the ten safe ones will cause your skills to become less effective by 1%. This will not effect the actual levels of your skills, but only their effectiveness in daily use. You will be able to restore the effectiveness of your skills, and even give yourself more safe trips on the ship of death by consuming the herb known as wurtfoil. Skilful members of the Animists and Rangers guilds will be able to supply you with this, if they think you are worthy.
If you are a junior or middling player you will receive a protective aura alongside "divine protection" once you have ridden the ship and become resurrected. This secondary aura shields you from being attacked by bigger enemies until such a time as you make a voluntary first strike against another player. This voluntary aggressive act will disperse the lingering aura of resurrection and thus end the protections.
See HELP PROTECTION for details of divine protections for your character against being attacked by other players.