SoS High Comfort
The SoS High Comfort is a large skymoth located in orbit in the Medial G/Ventral E inflection layer. It is used by the Sorority of Solace as an orbital hospital and staging facility to care for the many non-combatant victims of the War of Reunification.
Purpose / Function
The High Comfort would otherwise be a skystation if not for the fact that, being located high above an active warzone (namely the Booming Hills Range), the vehicle may become the target of raids by the Grand Army of Voxelia or Coalition Defense Forces looking for enemy combatants. The High Comfort is equal parts in-patient trauma hospital, training facility, and resupply depot, with the first two functions granted their own separate centrifugal crew modules.
Like most large skymoths, the SoS High Comfort is mostly comprised of a long trusswork backbone upon which inflatible habitat modules and a propusion bus are strung. In order from front to back, High Comfort consists of:
- Compressor intakes: This bow module not only serves as a filtered intake for airship lifting gasses (for later rebottling in the aft utility module), but it also helps increase the amount of pressurized atmosphere available to the crew. This extra pressure is used to control of air through the hospital module in particular, as some courses of treatment require that portions of that module be under differential pressure. For example, this pressure variation can be used in the treatment of decompression sickness (varying pressures), highly contagious diseases (positive pressure in isolation ward corridor to keep microorganisms out of the staff's atmosphere) and burns (positive pressure in isolation ward rooms to prevent microorganisms from reaching raw dermis).
- Forward utility module: In this forward module, gasses taken in by the foregoing module are compressed and separated through various means, including catalysts, membranes, and several large centrifuges.
- Operations/training module: This forward module is a large inflatable torus which is spun clockwise to provide terrestrial gravity for the crew. This is where staff, guests, and trainees live and work when not working in the hospital module. The propulsion bus is controlled by a command center located in the innermost portion of the torus, where it is most protected from external damage.
- Medial docking stanchions, power arrays, and antennae: Six long trusses radiate out from the center of the skymoth. The two parallel to the inflection layer hold docking stanchions and contain pressurized access tunnels, fuel conduits, and lifting gas conduits for use by docked craft. The remaining four trusses are tipped with independent dieseltech generators and fuel biosynthesis reactors, with the rest of the trusses lined with solar thermal power collectors. These arms provide both a surfeit of electrical power for use aboard the station and redundancy in case of damage. A large set of RadNet upling antennae are strung along all six trusses to provide communication with the outside world and navigational aid for allied craft.
- Hospital module: This aft module is a large inflatable torus which is spun counterclockwise to provide terrestrial gravity for the crew. It is divided into four wards and can house up to 100 patients at a time, who generally arrive aboard airships based in Vestra or one of several other hidden strongholds of the Sorority.
- Aft utility module: This aft utility module contains compressors and refrigeration units which liquefy (or at least condense) lifting gasses for distribution to allied craft. The waste heat from this process is used to prepare exhaust gasses from the crewed modules for further sterilization proceedures in the aft filtration module.
- Propulsion bus: This huge, counter-rotating pair of propellers is immediately followed by an equally huge set of four rudders, granting the High Comfort the ability to move in response to threats from enemy airships or ASat ordinance launches. A massive pair of dieseltech engines work in tandem to drive these propellers, providing a degree of redundancy in case one is damaged.
- Filtered exhaust stream: As a hospital facility, the High Comfort produces biohazardous materials and vapors. This aft module contains an autoclave system, a radioisotope core on loan from the Northwoods Botanical Research Facility, and many layers of physical filters designed to minimize the amount of this effluent which escapes the vehicle as much as possible given the technology of the age. Solid and liquid samples can be moved into the heart of the module from the crew modules via a sealed trolley system spanning the length of the vehicle. Service on this portion of the High Comfort must be done with the help of HC-1 "Meantwig" Hazardous Condition Auto-Armor with an attached "Calliope" Micro-Gravity Maneuver Pack and dedicated breathing mix tanks, two of which are stationed aboard at all times.