The Thunderstrike

If we had followed the order of our superiors we would all have died. And for what? A few cats in trees who supposedly had a high tech weapon lying around?? No we were the smart ones, we got out while we could. And we have been living a good life ever since.
— Saiki 'Boltwing'
 
  The Thunderstrike is an airship that is feared in the Northern Oneraga regions and the area around it. Especially since it is captained by the infamous airship pirate Saiki 'Boltwing'. It has been the bane of many Raitin ships and other ships carrying valuables.   However, it was not always a pirate ship. At one point it was a Raitin warvessel before it was taken over by Saiki.  

History

 

Raitin

  The Thunderstrike orginally belonged to the Raitin army and had already been used for several raids and minor conflicts, mainly within Raitin borders. After 5 years of service Saiki became one of the crewmembers on board. An event that would define the future of the vessel.   During her time onboard the ship, Saiki befriended the imprisoned Raitin Dragons by coming down to talk and giving them some spare food. She promised to set them free at an opportune time. Many others on the ship had questions about the Raitin's practices and mistreatment of the Dragons as well. They would later become her first crewmembers.  

Stolen Property

  When the airship was sent on a mission to the Mizarin Isles to attack the Nekorians an opportunity presented itself. While many of the Raitin ships were destroyed by the Mizarin Nightlights, she, and other like mined crew members, were able to take control of the ship. Once in control they flew far away from the battle, which marked the start of their pirating life.   From that moment onwards the Thunderstrike has been used for attacking other ships and taking their valuables.   But that is not the only thing Saiki uses it for. On every Raitin vessel they board she frees all imprisoned Dragons. Some believe that Saiki has already saved more than 100 Dragons from torture under the Ratin.  
Saiki 'Boltwing' by Kefkejaco with heroforge

Saiki Boltwing

Saiki Boltwing is the first airship pirate and was formerly a soldier for the Raitin Army. After defecting she and her crewmembers freed many imprisoned Dragons and stolen many valuables, mainly from the Raitin.  
Saiki 'Boltwing'
Character | Sep 8, 2021
   

The Ship

Properties

Max Speed
50 km/h
Weapons
38 cannons, 1 frontal beam cannon
Constructor
Raitin Military
Current Owner
Saiki 'Boltwing'
Length
57 meters
Crew
66
  The Thunderstrike is one of the larger types of airships that the Raitin made. In general it looks like a normal seafaring ship except that it is mostly made out of a type of unknown light metalmix.  

Powersource

  Like most airships of Raitin design the Thunderstrike stays in the air by the use of Falls, more specifically the Cloudcrystal kind. This powersource does not only allow the ship to hover but also provides the entire airship with electricity.   To power the entire ship, large Cloudcrystals are placed on a pedestal surrounded by a metallic amplifier. When the airship is turned on, electrical surges can be observed jumping from the crystals to metal amplifier rings. Any electricty generated this way is then distributed throughout the ship, powering various devices such as the propellers and cannons.   However these cloudcrystals deplete over time and need to be recharged at regular intervals. This used to put a limit on the distance that Raitin airships could travel. To combat this issue the Raitin resorted to imprisoning Dragons on board who were forced to use their lightning breath to recharge the crystals.   Unlike the Raitin military, Saiki Boltwing does not force the Dragons to recharge the crystals. But since she treats them well and allows them to fly freely, they stay near the ship and recharge the crystals when needed.


Airship Cloud Crystal by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate


Airship Rotor by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

Propellers

  Like most devices on the Thunderstrike the propellers are powered by the Cloudcrysals. The largest of the propellors are placed to the side of the airship and ensure that the Thunderstrike remains in the sky.   Next to them there are vertical propellors which create the main forward movement but can also be used determine the upward and downward angle of the airship.   To the back of the ship there are two propellers which provide the ship with the additional forward movement and turning capabilities.  
 

Weapons

  The Thunderstrike has the means to deal some serious damage. It has many cannons of which some or placed on the top deck while the rest can be found on the upper deck. All of these are powered by the crystals and allow the crew to either shoot electric discharges or cannon balls.   On the front of the ship the largest cannon can be found. This cannon is able to shoot a high energy beam and can only be used a few times before needing a cooldown. Cannons of this type have been know to pierce Dragons and kill them in one hit if well aimed.  
Airship Cannons by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate
 

Layout

 
The Thunderstrike
The Thunderstrike is the airship of the famous pirate Saiki 'Boltwing'. It uses cloudcrystals as a powersource to stay afloat. Although the ship was stolen from the Raitin with the Raitin Dragons still onboard Saiki has repurposed part of the ship as living quarters for the dragons instead of the original prison.
 

Top Deck

The top deck is home to 14 cannons and the large frontal cannon, although the later one is actually fired from the upper deck. Additionaly the top deck is where many of the important devices of the airship can be found such as the propellers and the Cloudcrytal powersource. If any reparations need to happen to these, this is usually done from this deck. During those repairs the involved crewmembers are attached to the ship with a rope as falling crewmember can be a problem during strong winds.
 
Airship Cockpit by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate


Cockpit

  The cockpit is the room where the captain and navigator spend most of their time. It is the room from where most of the ships functions can be controlled. In addition it also provides a good overview of the surrounding area thanks to the windows.   There is a little bit of storage here but the controls of the ship remain the most important aspect of the room. Typically only the captain or navigator sits near the controls but during a fight it can happen that three people are present in the room at once.  
 

Upper Deck

 
 

Captain's Chambers

  Saiki Boltwing has taken these chambers into use after taking over the ship. In here she has her own bath and a large bed. An additional chamber is linked to her bedroom with a small living room where she can invite guests or eat her meal privately if she wants to. However, most of the time she eats her meal together with the rest of the crew.  
 

Captains Chambers by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

 

Showers by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

 

Showers

  Thanks to the boiler room on this deck, the crew members are able to enjoy warm water. For some rooms there is even a bath. For those crewmembers who do not have their own bath there are the showers.

People always used to tell me that a life of crime does not end well. The fact that I can take hot showers while travelling while they remain in their muddy hamlets makes me think I made the right choice.
— Ereku, crewmember
 
 

Bedrooms

  Some of the bedrooms on the Thunderstrike are somewhat larger and are reserved for the most important crewmembers. In some of these rooms there are even private baths or extra storage space. The navigator's room is different since it has a desk on which he can work if needed.   A few of the bedrooms are used as a sickbay. Medicine is stored nearby and the comfortable beds allow any sick to get some wel needed rest.
 
Other Bedrooms by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate
 
Cannons and Storage by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate
 

Cannons and Storage

  The upper deck is home the majority of the cannons of the Thunderstrike. Near the cannons there is also the main storage for ammunition. The armory nearby is the place where the other types of weapons are stored.   Throughout the ship there are other places which are used for storage, mostly for materials. Near the kitchen on the lower deck there is a storage for food. On the upper deck near the front there is a room used for storing the spoils of the recent conquests of the crew. Originally this room was used to keep slaves and prisoners before Saiki and her crew took over the ship.  
 

Sleeping Quarters and Restrooms

  Throughout the ship there are sleeping quarters where the majority of the crew resides. Near the front of the ship, quarters of this kind can be found. The largest sleeping quarters are, however, found on the lower deck.   Near the front of the ship there are also restrooms on each deck.
 
Sleeping Quarters and Restrooms by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate
 

Frontal Cannon Control by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

 

Frontal Cannon Control

  The machinery and control for firing the high energy cannon at the front of the ship can be found just below it on the upper deck. The view here is limited but there is a direct magical communication link with the cockpit. Once the captain gives the command the crew stationed here can fire the cannon.
There is nothing more thrilling than slicing an airship in two by just pulling a single lever. The power you feel is fantastic. I can't wait to use it again!
— Aigo, crewmember (no longer allowed near the cannons)
   
 

Lower Deck

 

Kitchen and Cafeteria

  For food the crew goes to the cafeteria on the lower deck. The food is prepared in the kitchen nearby and the main storage is located just across the hall. Not all crewmembers can be in the cafeteria at once, so often they eat in shifts.  
 

Kitchen and Cafetaria by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

   


Dragon Room by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

 

Dragon Room

  On a normal Raitin ship this would be where the Dragons are chained and muzzled, only to be approached when they are being fed or when they need to provide their lightning breath.   Saiki however improved the room and provided materials which the Dragons can use as a bed. In addition she has changed the outer wall of this room by adding a gate which the Dragons can open themselves. This allows them to go out and fly around whenever they want. The room is also filled with fish which is the preferred food of the type of Dragon that makes its home here.   At all times there are some Cloud Crystals in the center of the room. These crystals are recharged when the Dragon are in the mood to do so. Charged crystals are then brought back to the powersource on the top deck.  
 
 

Main Machine Room

  The main machine room is located at the back of the airship on the lower deck. From here the majority of the inner workings of the ship can be controlled. Most of the time there is at least one crewmember here to keep an eye on all of the machinery.  
The machines of the Thunderstrike are a delight to be around at. Rarely you can find so well designed devices. I barely need to do any work on them at all. But still I like being down here. Machines are easier to understand than people. At least they tell you if something is wrong.
— Midani, main mechanic
 
 

Main Machine Room by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate

 
 
Common Room and Laundry Room by Kefkejaco with Inkarnate
 

Common Room and Laundry Room

  On the lower deck near the front of the ship the common room can be found. This is the room where the crew can relax when they have spare time.   Next to this room there is the laundry room. Any dirty clothes that the crew members have can be cleaned here.  

Cover image: Thunderstrike Crew by Kefkejaco with Heroforge

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8 Sep, 2021 18:45

Love the details and the image callouts! Great work.

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10 Sep, 2021 19:15

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ glad that the different images for each section worked well :)

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8 Sep, 2021 19:08

I absolutely love this! 38 cannons, she can deliver a decent broadside!

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10 Sep, 2021 19:15

Thank you! ^^ Yeah it is quite a good ship to take into battle :p It was of course stolen from the military :p

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9 Sep, 2021 14:21

Great article, full of information, and i love the images you used.   Great work my friend.   Aemon

10 Sep, 2021 19:16

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ Glad that you liked the map :D

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9 Sep, 2021 15:54

Absolutely amazing

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10 Sep, 2021 19:17

Thank you so much Dimitris! :D It means a lot that you like it given your love for airships ^^

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Annie Stein
10 Sep, 2021 12:14

Absolutely amazing! I love how detailed the map is and how you even thought about the restrooms and *laundry*!! You have good reason to be proud of this article.

10 Sep, 2021 19:18

Thank you so much nnie! :D Yes I tried to include a lot of details and was still wondering if I missed stuff xp

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12 Sep, 2021 20:24

I love all the details you've included, like the laundry and the showers and things. I had lots of fun looking at the images and spotting details.   I really like that this is a dragon rescue ship as well as a pirate ship. :D

16 Sep, 2021 14:29

Thank you! ^^ Hehe the laundry room was really a last idea, I had some more room left an thought you know what let's add that xp   And indeed Saiki really does not like the mistreatment and has made an enemy of the Raitin army because of it ^^

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E. Christopher Clark
12 Sep, 2021 23:46

I love all the maps! Everything before that is great, too—I love the story of Saiki’s befriending of the dragons, for instance—but the article really starts to sing once you use the different maps to highlight the different areas of the ship.

16 Sep, 2021 14:28

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ Yes after filling the map with so many areas I just wanted to put some explanation for each major part. Glad that it came out well :)

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18 Sep, 2021 01:22

This is a great article with fantastic art!

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18 Sep, 2021 16:28

Thank you! ^^ I am quite happy with how the map turned out as well :)

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19 Sep, 2021 21:36

Your maps and descriptions are amazing, and really show how much thought you put into the ship. It would be nice to have a section with the actual dimensions and crew compliment etc, but most of that can be inferred from the map (crew of around 70 if all the bunks are taken, i'm guessing around 200ft long based on the bed sizes)   some of the sentences are a bit clunky and could use with a once-over proofread from someone with more experience than me, although the one that stood out the most was about the propellers. "Close to them are vertical propellors which create a forward movement but can also be used determine the angle of the airship but can also help with turning." based on your map i would have the larger side propellers be the main thrust propellers that can assist with steering while the back central propellers act as a rudder for main steering, but that is sort of nitpicking.   overall great article, and its awesome to see someone freeing the Dragons from the Raitin.

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20 Sep, 2021 10:23

Thanks for the tip of adding about the features :) will look into where I can put that. And yes indeed still have not done a proofread will make some work of that soon xp   And yes I wanted to have some Gnomes at least that can't stand the cruel pratices of them ^^

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20 Sep, 2021 10:23

Thanks for the tip of adding about the features :) will look into where I can put that. And yes indeed still have not done a proofread will make some work of that soon xp   And yes I wanted to have some Gnomes at least that can't stand the cruel pratices of them ^^

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24 Sep, 2021 16:59

Excellent work!! I like the map style and all the small details.

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24 Sep, 2021 20:17

Thank you for the kind words! ^^

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25 Sep, 2021 12:58

A wonderful article! I love the detailed descriptions of the different rooms and systems. Saiki and her crew appear to be likeable and reasonable people by pirate standards - after reading about the organized mistreatment of the electric dragons, I'm really happy for those that are freed. And yeah, it's definitely good that Aigo is no longer allowed near the cannons. ^^ The quotes in general add some beautiful flavor.

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15 Oct, 2021 09:00

Thank you! ^^ Yeah I wanted to create a counterbalance to the bad practices of the Raitin to show that not everyone approves of it. And yes Aigo was a having a bit too much fun :p

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27 Sep, 2021 10:04

This is a really awesome piece of work you got there, way to go!! I love all the art and maps you’ve managed to include, it makes for a really well rounded article :)

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15 Oct, 2021 09:01

Thank you so much TC! ^^

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28 Sep, 2021 20:34

I love the detail in your maps, what a great ship!


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Thank you! It was fun to work on this map! :)

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29 Sep, 2021 11:58

I like the freeing of the dragons and the detailing. I wish you a good honeymoon!

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Thanks you very much! :D We had a great trip! ^^

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1 Oct, 2021 15:25

I like the drone/airship mix, with the classic cannons :D. The detail of all the rooms is nice!

15 Oct, 2021 09:03

Thank you! :) It was a really cool map to work on !

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2 Oct, 2021 11:50

WOW... amazingly organized into bite-sized pieces of world-building and the map and pictures are top-notch. Awesome work!

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15 Oct, 2021 09:02

Thank you for the kind words! :D

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2 Oct, 2021 15:03

Wow, a great deal of detail went into this. Well done.

15 Oct, 2021 09:03

Thank you ! :D

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3 Oct, 2021 16:45

I like the that whole color scheme of the ship and your page blend so well! I think the cut out rooms are a great way to go too. You space out the text to make it very readable too.

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Thank you! :D Yeah I decided to try out a bit of more empty space between the different pieces glad that it worked out ^^

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Oct, 2021 09:13

This is a great article, I love how you've details all the rooms through the ships - and great map, those images are all very beautiful :D And nice quotes too XD   I'm only wondering two things: 1) did the pirate changed the rooms to add the baths etc or was it deigned like that by the army beforehand? It seems to all be very spacious so it's strange to not make more space for ammunition or food, so it's an interesting details if they made that choice to please their officers. 2) What autonomy does the ship has? Since they can recharge the crystal while flying, their only limit appears to be how much food they can carry before they need to land and refill the storage.

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4 Oct, 2021 09:15

And I forgot to add, I'm happy someone is finally freeing those poor dragons :p

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15 Oct, 2021 09:09

Thank you so much Amélie :D Yeah those dragons deserved to be freed! The rooms are a bit changed by the pirates since a few of larger private rooms were used for the medbay and some still are but not as much. The ship has a certain degree of autonomy in not needing fuel as long as there is enough fish to feed the dragons. If they are above the sea this means that they don't have a real issue since the dragons can just leave and fetch their own food. The limit is actually the provisions that the crew needs and brings along. They have base where they restock if supplies run low :)

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