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ESS Happy Days

Written by Mel'Aad
After meeting one of the "Humans" on board the Hiknoid space vessel, I was invited to travel with them around the Beta sector. It didn't take long for me to board the spacecraft the "Humans" used for their travel, although it didn't look anything like the normal spacecrafts I was used to seeing. When I cautiously asked captain Hayes about it during my tour of the ship, he told me the ship was based on a very old model of spaceships the "Humans" used called a "space shuttle". This vessel is more streamlined than most larger passenger or cargo ships seen in the CGS.   So far I've had the pleasure of being able to freely move around most of the ship. The only area that has restricted access is the back side of the vehicle, during my tour captain Hayes explained that there all the technical systems are located. I've freely explored the rest of the ship. This model has three distinct decks, as shown in the map I've made and embedded in this page of the UDS. The upmost deck is the place where my room is located. My room consists of a bed and a hygiene unit, as far as I've deduced there is a second, foldable bed in this room which can be folded down to create bunkbeds, but that bed is currently not in use. There is a large window on the wall opposite my bed. This deck also holds another guest room, a large observation deck and the captains quarters.   The main deck is largest of the three decks and is home to most of the living quarters. The front of the main deck contains the helm with the pilot's private quarters. Behind that there are living quarters with a cafeteria, a gym, a lounge and a "movie theater". At the back of the main deck are the private quarters of the crew members and four shared hygiene units. Al furnishings are very functional and made to get the most out of the available space.The crew called the style "modern". The cargo deck is smaller than the main deck and contains two cargo bays at the front of the ship. It also holds four smaller travel ships, and a small research facility. To travel between the decks there is both a elevator as well as a stair system.   When I asked one of the crew members about defense systems, they seemed quite surprised by the question and preceded to explain about the material that could withstand all kinds of things on γ-F5-23. With what I know about γ-F5-23 being a 1-C7 planet I assume it has the highest protection of all ships I've seen around the galaxy. For that reason I haven't dared to ask about the offensive capabilities of this ship.
Lenght
34 Paces
Width
16 Paces
Height
12 Paces

Propulsion mechanism
Techion Drive
Cruising speed
7 Leagues/Unit
Top speed
12 Leagues/Unit

Crew size
26
Passenger capacity
4
Cargo capacity
224 Disks

Origin
γ-F5-23
Captain
Ezra Hayes

Local gravity
8 Paces/Unit2
Local shipcycle
495 Units

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I did, however, inquire to the somewhat strange name, which the crew found very funny, but they did not let me in on the laughter. It left me floating in confusion in the lounge for a couple of units before the laughter had subsided and one of the more high ranking members of the crew took word. Apparently the name, which translates to "joyous local shipcycle", has roots in an old hobby the captain and some of his "mates" used to play. The game involved playing a large game of "pretend" where they were captains on a spaceship traveling through space and searching for artifacts to solve some kind of mystery. In that game they called there ship by the same name as a reference to some very old song they then proceed to "pretend" play if they made "pretend" contact with another "pretend" ship. In the end I'm not sure if it was a good thing that I asked.  
USS Happy Days


Cover image: by Eallixy, picture by NASA (via Unsplash)

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Thank you for reading my article and I hope you enjoyed it! Likes and comments are always greatly appreciated and feedback is more than welcome :) Please do not share my work outside of the WA site or the WA discord without consent and please tag or notify me if you dropped a link on before mentioned platforms, thanks in advance.


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28 Sep, 2021 20:44

Well written article. I appreciate the, i dont want to say trope, but idea that earth is actually a very dangerous place according to other species. also good job on the map, not a lot of people have made their decks different sizes. Also, guests/passangers not being allowed in the technical areas reminded me of when we had visitors on the submarine i served on (who were not allowed in engineering spaces) and you included a gym! Good job overall and entertaining read.

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29 Sep, 2021 10:51

Thanks for the compliments! I'd say earth being dangerous is a trope at this point, but a very fun one to indulge in for a hobby project ^^


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4 Oct, 2021 09:35

This is a very confusing layout, to me. At first glance it looks like there is only 1 paragraf. then a metadata button and comments, It was only because of the comment of drunkenpanda about a map that I figured out the top box was scrollable. But then I had an enjoyable read.

4 Oct, 2021 09:52

Thanks for the comment! But that's not good, one of those things where I know it's scrollable so I don't see a problem, but good that you mention it, I'll fix it to make it more clear :)


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Oct, 2021 11:00

Nice article, I like the way you've presented it from an alien visitor and seeing the different cultural perspective :D The style of your map also goes very well with the world, well done :D

Feel free to check my ship challenge article.
4 Oct, 2021 11:14

Thank you for the compliments! Yeah, this whole world is written from the alien perspective as that sounded like a fun challenge ^^


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Annie Stein
5 Oct, 2021 14:30

Oh my god this article made me vocally out my joy and happiness. Amazing work, so full of personality.

5 Oct, 2021 14:32

Thanks for the compliments!


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