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Classification of Wayships


The naming and terminology of spacecraft within Ethnis

Written by Ademal

This article is heavily WIP  

Classification Terminology

A Wayship which remains actively mobile, moving from place to place rather than having a single port, such as a warship. Astrodynes are more vehicular in usage.
A Wayship which remains relatively in-place, such as in orbit or attached to a geological feature such as an asteroid. Astrostats are more inhabitatory in usage.

Naming Standards Among Banners

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Tends towards naval naming schema.
Names which reference space as an auric plane beyond the sky. "The Way" is their name for space because they see it as the path through which the celestial bodies and the power of the Meta and The Wheel pass. Many vessel names reference differing species or aspects of the aeolamen, an avian species they co-evolved with.
Tends towards naval naming schema.


Shortly before the dawn of the Expansion Era, during a period of explosive growth within the spaceflight industries Tower Spoke, there was the Pre-Expansion War of Terms.   This cultural "war" was generally unseen—even by those waging it. It was a war for what terminology would reign as the common schema for terms of science and advancement going forward.   On the front of standardizing the term for space-faring vehicles were several belligerents:  Aeai, spoken by the Haimarchy, who kicked off the expansion by discovering an index in the hands of Alephus in Tomb of the Sovereigns.  Saza and Ubiq, spoken by the Pact.   • A mixture of Earth languages and Ubiq from the Syndicate.  Edenic, the unified language of the Somnancy.   Saza was disqualified for being too connotative for science; Edenic fell out due to the isolated nature of the Somnancy. Ubiq, backed by both the Pact and Syndicate, mixed with Aeai to become the standard.   The final terms mixed the human romanticization of space as an ocean with the Verin concepts of romanticization of space as an auric plane beyond the sky, and as the source of the power of the Sovereign. This concept, ran over the Ubiq tongue, resulted in Wayships: vessels which navigate the Way and its Halls.

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Author's Notes

Credit to BB13 for mentioning 'Wayships' when we were discussing alternative terms for spacecraft while discussion on the server, which DreamMaker related to the WayHall and got me thinking on.

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