Airship Queen Eleanor
The airship Queen Eleanor is the flagship of the Royal Airship Company of Farenia with its main "harbour" in Queenshaven. It is exclusively used by Queen Eleanor Rani and by ambassadors sent to urgent missions. Captain of the Queen Eleanor is Titus O'Menzie, assisted by Helena Naway.
ConstructionMembers of the Gnome Workshop showed the prototype of a flying ship to the Queen three years before the first ship was handed over to the Royal Airship Company. The gnomes have built five full airships in that time and a whole array of engines ... of those blew up or got destroyed somehow by malfunction. The sixth ship had the final construction including two working engines and got delivered as the first of three ships. An exact copy of it was delivered half a year later and then a third ship (30% larger) another six months after that. The last of the three became the flagship "Queen Eleanor", painted in the Queen's colours white, light blue and gold.
|2858 / 03||Presentation of the first airship prototype to Queen Eleanor.|
|2858-2860||Construction of four more prototypes, all of them blow up... or vanish.|
|2861||Founding of the Royal Airship Company of Farenia.|
Delivery of the first two functional airships.
|2861 / 10||The Royal Airship Company connects the main cities of the Western Continent with airship routes.|
|2862 / 04||Delivery of of the largest airship, which is becoming Queen Eleanor's personal airship.|
|2862 / 05||Titus and Helena get assigned to the flagship.|
|2862 / 07||Queen Eleanor visits Olena Ora and Skulk by airship.|
|2865 / 02||Gnome Workshop engineers upgrade the Aeum engines of the flagship. A gnome disappeared during that, he is still missing.|
|2865 / 04||Ambassador Claudius Stoneaxe vanishes from the airship, Empire officials start an investigation (see plot hooks).|
The Queen's Chambers
The airship is powered by two Aeum engines, both located in shielded rooms at the bow and stern of the cargo deck. The rooms have a large entry door in the centre, and small entry hatches a few feet away on both sides in case the main door is blocked. Security is everything for the gnomes! In the centre of the rooms sit the big engines, with sparks flying and lightning crackling between them and the conductors. In case of a failure, the small entry hatches in the cargo room wall can also get used as emergency exit hatches. Because security is everything for the gnomes! The machines have a control panel with a big two-armed lever for switching them on and off, a lever to change the power level and a "do not press". There is another lever at the quarter deck near the ship's wheel, that also controls the power level, allowing the captain to navigate the ship properly, including acceleration.
Note: the "do not press" button is another security feature added by Gnome Workshop. When pressed rapidly, a floor hatch opens to release the engine from the ship. You know it already: security is everything for the gnomes! Note 2: after ejecting one engine, the airship is not capable of holding its vertical position and will drop slowly to the ground. Depending on the current height, the crew may have enough time to navigate the ship to a flat spot for a safe landing. If there is water underneath, the ship can also just dive in there and then float like a regular ship, the side hatches on the cargo deck are tight enough to prevent water intrusion.
Weapons & Armament
The airship is armed with two catapults, which can shoot harpoons up to 90 feet, or 60 feet with an attached rope.
Falling like the stars - During a short mission to Skulk with a Farenian ambassador on board, said ambassador dropped off the airship into certain death. No corpse could be found, though. Due to the vanishing passenger, Titus as the captain of the airship is in trouble now, as an official investigation is underway. What happened? Was it an accident? Assassination? If the latter, who is the culprit? The dwarves because of some quarrel with Titus in the past? An overambitious competitor of the ambassador? Lost - On closer inspection, the outlines of a gnome can be seen in the flickering lights of the stern Aeum engine. All the things - Reddit airship encounters, plot hooks and interesting landmarks, Table 1 and Table 2.
Current year: 2865 PB
Captain Titus O'Menzie
Captain's Assistant Helena Naway
Titus O'Menzie by Heroforge
Captain's Assistant Helena Naway
Helena Naway by Heroforge
25 miles / hour
Complement / Crew
4 crew + 5 guards
Cargo & Passengers Capacity
1 passenger (the Queen) plus 10t of cargo