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Airships: History, Creation and Types.

A brief history and contextualization of the invention of Airships.

Written by Dejers

The Sea of Hearts is said to have been named that because it was seen from far above. That is one of the earliest records that we have of magic likely being used to make man fly. This is always some fashion of goal for the intelligent races, to move fast through the air like the course of a spell. And it is accomplish-able, with the understanding and guidance of a powerful mage, one can fly for a time! However, no matter how high one flies in this time, to the chagrin of the majority, they still must return to the ground.   And either of their own volition or the pull of gravity, they do return to the ground. And the mage who has guided them to this less than spectacular conclusion makes his departure. For his skills are potent, but limited. He cannot fulfill the true wish of the man, he can only show him what the sky feels like for a brief moment. A brief rush and thrill of life and true freedom as wind rushes past you and you find yourself as something else for a time.   In this manner, this explains why the favor of The Tinkerer's Guild has latched onto the hearts and minds of the masses in a similar way that magic has captivated them for eons. The Mage is one of a select group, a group that is few in number and rarely has time or inclination to let the common man take hold of his fortune and seek his dreams. The gasses that have been discovered and collected allow one to rise to the clouds and be carried aloft by the winds.   One can only imagine what stories will be told and things will be undertaken should the guild’s attempts to guide these contraption through the skies come to fruition. It will unveil a type of connectedness and transit across the globe unlike anything magic has propelled us to so far. For this technology is not for the mage, but for the common man. He will stop at nothing to truly grasp it.  
— Official Comment from the Spokesperson of the Wizards of the College

The Invention of Airships


Hot Air Balloon.

In the year 638, gnomish inventor Qurilion Blackstaff devised a Hot Air Balloon raised into the air by “Lighter than Air” gasses released from a number of magma vents found in the Mesa on an expedition. After collecting a fair amount of this gas, he brought it back to the Tinkerer’s guild in Togasei and began work on something new.   He fashioned a Balloon that used this gas to float and made controls to rise and to land. For most thoughts, this was just a hot air balloon. A simple concept that never really caught on anywhere, but was vaguely known of. The difference is the resilience of the cell-type cushions that he filled with the gas and used to make the balloon fly.   As word spread about his invention, long dormant thoughts, ideas and dreams of allowing flight in a manner not dissimilar to magic sprung to life. The Wizards of the College even put out a statement regarding the invention and potential developments with the current plans. With the rate Quriion was getting donations and apprentices, it seemed like his luck had come in and he would bring a golden age of transportation to Ithungsida.   Then, sixteen years after the first explosion rocked the world and shattered people’s understandings of the world. And only two years into Qurilion’s new life and goals. Cassiopeia ignited the second atomic bomb and changed the course of history. In the ensuing year of chaos, Qurilion refused to take the “Starlight Railroad” to safety, preferring to stand with his people and his country.   He is presumed to have died as most did during the Funeral March.  

Bullette Powder/Engines

In the late 800s, the old tinkerer’s guild building was finally unearthed from the rubble. And while most things had been destroyed, some blueprints remained. Rexa Thedas, a curious human living in the area, proposed a trip back to the Mesa to find the source of this “Lighter than Air” gas.   The expedition set out in 901st year with plenty of funding to help unearth the secrets of ancient Araetule. While there, the group had to take refuge in a medium sized city of Hobgoblins ruled by the daughter of Brodray `Champion of Garma” and Pursir `Faithful of Firn” due to a surge of horrible Bullettes. While there, Rexa discovered a ritual concoction of explosive material used by the citizens of Kanak for noise to scare away the creatures it was made from.   After smelling it, and tinkering with it, Rexa realized that the concoction actually made the “Lighter than Air” gas when it ignited. And the ignition was so forceful that it could be used to power pistons or gears. She shared this information as a musing and it spread like wildfire. The “Day of Gratuitous Explosions” is still celebrated in the city. Only a few years after this information was discovered, the advent of the “gunslinger” came into play.   However, Rexa took the knowledge of this "Bullette Powder" back to the guild and built upon it. As explosive weaponry came into fashion, Rexa helped to build an engine powered in the same way. She took this technology to the nation of Remniscent Monarchy of SosIwa and offered to make the ancient tracks that had been laid by old Araetule for the great engines trains usable again. Records show that by 940, with the backing of the government of SosIwa, Trains once again stormed the Feng Mountains.   Too bad that in 942, Vhaskus made his declarations and destroyed Aegis .  

Bullette Airship

In the middle of the Orcish Incursion, the final slot for the advancement of Airships slotted into place. A young Kobold by the name of Blood Claw found the ancient prototype of a Hot Air Balloon and used it to save his family when he repurposed an engine of a destroyed mountain train to fill the balloon and give it motion. His family just barely escaped the claws of Orcish Raiders and made their way to a stronghold of Aarakocra and Goliaths high in the peaks of the Feng Mountains in 973.   While there are no more records of the kobold called Blood Claw, his connection was rapidly built upon and made into something that Qurillion of old had only just thought of in his future. For this was the creation of the first true airship.

Bullette Powder? What did the Trains use before??

  Many Scholars have questioned the explosive advancement of Araetule and the lack of ability to follow in their footsteps. This has lead many to a logical quandry; If the trains that made their way through the Feng Mountains were no longer operational... What happened?   The answer is hard to understand and brings more questions than most would like, but based on recovered information from the ruins of Araetule and the survivors... It seems that some of the things that used to work, simple chemical changes and reactions, ones that are even seen in nature still. They no longer work if someone tries to make it work.   With this, the truth of the matter must be that the gods have locked away the majority of this technology. Perhaps to keep people from falling in the footsteps of Ancient Araetule.

Man Ascends to places he is not meant to be.

Many people believe that flight is not the natural state of man and these abominations should not be used. However, a fair amount of industry ignores this.  
Those that are meant to fly can do so effortlessly, we are not Aarakocra, we are not Avariel. Leave them the skies and let us remain where we belong, upon the ground.
— Spokesperson of the Sentient Workers Union on the use of Airships.

Where are these quotes from?

  We have records provided from both the Sentient Workers' Union and the Wizards of the College Thankfully these both included information on the Official Comments at the time.

Types of Airships

  There are 5 Usual types of Airship, the BlackStaff, the Blood Claw, the Rexa, the Hongden, and the Togasei.  
BlackStaff - BS11
Vehicle | Dec 5, 2018

A hot-air balloon. Used as a mobile sentry tower/safe place to rest.

Blood Claw - BS21
Vehicle | Dec 5, 2018

Medium Sized, Magic/Bullette powered airship!

Rexa - BS31
Vehicle | Dec 5, 2018

Small, Bullette Bullet Class airship, very fast, breaks apart very quickly!

Hongden - BS42
Vehicle | Dec 5, 2018

Big Cargo Haulers, Bullette Engine Powered Airships!

Togasei - BS44
Vehicle | Dec 6, 2018

Big, Manually powered and inordinately fast airship!

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3 Dec, 2018 14:07

The fact that your world has atomic bomb was something that really surprised me: I thought it was more steampunk, fantasy-ish. How come they have nukes, but no more then airships? :)   "Day of Gratuitous Explosions” sounds like one hell of a celebration to go to. :D   I'm not exactly sure how magic works in your world, but can it be used to enchant those airships or conjure/rejuvenate/manipulate the gas?   Also, how long does it take someone in this world to figure out they might be able to make cannons out of that explosive gas? :D   RIP Blackstaff. He seemed like a neat guy. ;)

3 Dec, 2018 14:17

It -is- more steampunk/fantasy-ish. If you note, the sidebar actually talks about that to a point.   I'm definitely going to write more about the celebration once I get to writing about the city of Kanak!   It can to a degree, but mages, as the spokeperson for the College says above.  

Are a group that is few in number and rarely has time or inclination to let the common man take hold of his fortune and seek his dreams.
  And magic isn't permanent, so such things happen, but put more stress on the ships.   It took them about 3 years. :P Note
The advent of the "Gunslinger"
  RIP indeed! Thanks for the comment! :D

3 Dec, 2018 14:30

How far does the tech go? I saw the mention of trains, but the leap between train and nuke is a pretty big one. :) Is it mixed with magic, or more its own thing entirely?

3 Dec, 2018 14:33

Well, for the majority, the tech is Fantasy/steampunkish. The gods shut down some of the base parts of technology, which in this, was a mix of gunpowder and other things. So, it rendered basically all tech worthless, then they razed the cities -anyways- and killed everyone.   The most advanced tech now is the airships and the space stations that don't have a ton of contact with the Material Plane. :D

6 Dec, 2018 02:51

Anytime there is a direct quote from a character in the world is great! With the two spokesperson , it gave the history more weight then what the history could do. The history itself was also a good read too! You mentioned their creation, but I'm not sure if you mentioned their purpose. Are they expensive to make or are they only used for one type of industry?

6 Dec, 2018 02:59

To a degree, that's really covered in the specific articles for each Vehicle type. However, I might add a bit of a write up on the general uses! :D

6 Dec, 2018 03:03

Ahh, that would make sense. I'll have to check out those then!

6 Dec, 2018 05:56

Your world is really coming along since last I glanced at it! And the CSS is very simple and clean!   I feel a horizontal rule may be helpful for reading clarity. I got lost at one point while scrolling through on mobile.   I enjoy that you used two conflicting quotes in this! Genius use of the block. What actually is the lighter than air gas? Have the people turned back to magical means of flight as opposed to technological?

6 Dec, 2018 06:16

Thanks! I love the Notebook theme, fits the world much better in my opinion. :D   I emboldened some of the titles to help differentiation. I wrote it before I flipped the CSS and didn't realize it lost cohesiveness there. XD   The conflicting quotes were a big part of my thought process here! However, the people who don't like flight don't like magical flight either! The mechanical flight is always growing with thousands of ships cluttering the airspace of Ithungsida. :D   Lighter than Air gas is technically Bullette farts, but saying that ruins the mystery! Thanks for the comment!

6 Dec, 2018 06:04

This is absolutely beautiful, well detailed, and well thought out. To be honest, I wish I had this much talent.   I have no questions about the content, but how does one do what you did with the term Bullettes, where on a mouseover you get a text? That was phenomenal, because I needed that information.

6 Dec, 2018 06:27

Thanks! It takes a bit to churn out, but I'm fairly happy with the result. :D   The Tooltips are great!   [ tooltip:tooltips are these and can be made like the following example ]Tooltips are great![ /tooltip ]

7 Dec, 2018 01:28

Do you choose to do things as Generic articles for the free-form nature? As this could find its way into technology.

7 Dec, 2018 01:41

To a degree, I also generally use the vignettes to fill with my own templates so... It's kinda easier to fill in on a generic. XD

6 Dec, 2018 09:51

HAHA, oh man I laughed at the gnomish inventor part. I like the font and how clean it is! Did you do the trick I posted? I love it even if not!   So I didn't see it mentioned, but why airships? What brought the world to that source of flying versus another? What is it with gnomes and airships?   One thing of note, I think the related article blocks would be better suited in the sidebar or wrapped in a container.

6 Dec, 2018 10:29

Thanks! I didn't touch the font, just grabbed this theme. XD It's really pretty tho!   Airships are because it's what was found first to be quite honest. And because engines/Fixed-wing flight never was intensely explored. The rate of advancement in this world is much faster than in ours, they went from huts to Dwarves helping to settle the land and driving progress.   200 years to the first combustion engine, 250 till the first trains. 600 to the Atomic Bomb. If the gods hadn't cut it out, Arydia would be more advanced than we are. :D   Great catch on the article blocks! Jammed them into the Sidebar.