Wayship

Written by Ademal

Wayships are vehicles meant for travel through space. They use Meissner Antigravity and jets for flight, and some are equipped with interstellar drives. They come in a variety of uses and sizes, some small corvettes and some massive frigates, flagships, and supertankers.
 

Construction

Because they are meant to withstand gravity and zero gravity alike, Wayships are made terrestrially on high-gravity planets and are then submerged in water to test for air leaks before additional systems are added.  

Modules

If it can be built, it can be added to a Wayship. Galleys, mess halls, barracks, engine rooms, labs, fabrications, cargo, and so forth are all staples of Wayships.  

Safety Regulations

Safety regulations among Wayships are something which every Banner takes seriously. One bad Wayship can spell disaster in a port—they can go wild and crash into a satellite or station, they can expel dangerous materials and fluids, or they can, of course, explode.   Common Wayships are hardly ever more than 100' long, but larger ships can dock on certain stations or can have a corvette to ferry them to the station. The largest wayship is the Rose of Hedon which is about 5km in radius.   This article is heavily WIP

Price
A decent wayship costs a little more than an expensive house. A great one costs a great deal more than that.

Mobility Classification

Wayships come in Astrodyne and Astrostat. These reflect the mobility of the Wayship, such as nav and engines.  

Astrodyne/Astrodynamic

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.  

Astrostat/Astrostatic

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.
If a Wayship cannot be moved it is not a Wayship.

Naming Standards Among Banners

Referring to Wayships as Wayships has a history all its own, but how each Banner names its Wayships is unique and tends to follow a formula. Once you know this, you can usually classify ships by their name alone. (Read More)
 
Apple of Hedonism Classifications refer to aspects of Hedon's symbol (Thorn, Petal, Vine). Ships are owned by Nobility and loaned to individuals, which is reflected in the naming. The rest of the name is up to the individual. (Marquis Estrad's Vine—the Golden Sunrise, Baron Lysjho's Petal—Embrace of Velvet, Esquire Sarko's Big Fuckin Thorn)
 
Church of the Somnolent
 
Federation of Free Planets Classifications refer to industrial equipment (Rig, Lift, Transit). Individual names

Verin Haimarchy Classifications refer to Aeolamen breeds (Breezerider, Streamrunner, Skygod). Individual names refer to natural forces for warships (Endless Gale, Rumbling Earth), or refer to the family Ancients (Yula's Mercy, Mython's Gaze).
 
House of Sorrows Classifications refer to fear (Angst, Terror, Agony). Individual names are poetic in nature, refer to a piece of Sorrows lore, and do not differ between classifications but do refer to them (Agony of the Lost Goddess, Angst of a Tortured Sait, Terror of the Slain Legion).
 
Jupiter Syndicate Classifications refer to naval terms (Carrier, Cruiser, Frigate).
 
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Summer Camp Prompt 29

Describe a commonly used vehicle in your world and who its used by.


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