Airships are large flying ships held aloft by lighter than air gas. They fill a diverse range of roles, they can be used as civilian transport, cargo ships, flying battleships, troop transport ships and exploration ships. Airships are help aloft by drakkeon, an extremely light lifting gas discovered in 550. The lifting gas is 45x lighter than hydrogen and can easily carry large amounts of supplies and or people, the lifting gas also is light enough to allow military airships to be covered in heavy guns and armour, making them into basically flying battleships. The lifting gas is somewhat reactive and can explode, but it is far harder to make it explode than it is to make hydrogen explode.
Airships are used by every country that has the technology and resources to construct them, and they are bought by counties that can't make them. Airships are used most by the Merindian Empire, and they can build airships that are bigger, stronger, and more advanced than any others, and they can build them much faster than any other nation because of the huge Thrand airship factory. Airships are the backbone of the Merindian Empire. They serve as the strongest part of their military, with huge airships like the Thrand class airships dominating the skies. They also need airships for transporting people and cargo to their colonies in the outlands. Other countries that make large use of airships are Regius, the New Shorian Empire, the Shenrian Empire, Taurith, the Drakkan Empire, and Harellia.
Huge airships are utilized to transport large amounts of civilians comfortably across long distances. Civilian transport ships are a very relaxing ride, they are usually fully equipped with comfortable seating areas, restaurants, beds for overnight voyages and basically anything that can be put on a sea ship. Although airships can move faster than sea ships as well as being able to go over land, they cannot carry as much as sea ships. Flying in these airships feels more like being in a flying hotel than being in an air plane. These airships tend to be very large, and can reach over 1,200 feet (356.76 meters) long, like with the Skyspan class airship
, for example. Airships are often used to transport people between the midlands
and the outlands
by the Merindian Empire
, and the Shenrian Empire
Airships can be highly effective weapons of war, and are crucial to the militaries of many countries. Airships can fill many roles such as cargo carriers, aircraft carriers, anti-submarine vehicles, bombers, and they are able to bombard enemies with artillery fire. Military airships tend to be covered in a shell of durnium
armour, or steel armour on the largest ones. This armour can protect the airships from artillery and airplane attacks, and from other airships.
Depsite being filled with explosive gas, military airships are extremely durable. Well constructed and armoured military airships can withstand huge amounts of fire from even large artillery. They have segmented drakkeon gas bags, and if one is destroyed the fire won't ignite the others, and these airships can stay in the air even with only half of it's gas bags remaining.
Nearly all military airships have some sort of air-to-ground weapons that can consist of machine guns, autocannons, and even huge cannons, such as the ones found on the largest airships. Nearly all military airships also have some sort of anti-air defences that can make them a very dangerous target for airplanes. They also often are capable of some level of bombing capability, and even the smallest airships sometimes have small bomb bays, and the largest can devastate entire armies and cities with their bombs. Some less common features for military airships are airplane bays, which are used for deploying scouting planes and sometimes even fighters. Airships can also sometimes possess projections on the sides of the hull that contain large cannons that are used to combat enemy airships.
Military airships are the largest in the world. They can range from small 150 foot (45.72 meter) anti-submarine airships to monstrous flying battleships that can reach 1,400 feet (426.72 meters) long. The largest military airship, and the largest airship class ever to exist are the titanic Thrand class airships
. They are 2,000 feet (609.6 meters) long, and possess heavy armour, huge cannons, fierce anti-air firepower, multiple plane hangars, and countless machine guns and autocannons.
Military airships types also have different names than their oceanic counterparts for the most part. Dreadnoughts are large airships which carry large guns, such as the Endurance class airship
. There are also the superdreadnougths, although only 2 exist in the world, and these are the two Thrand class airships
. Below dreadnoughts there are cruisers, which often fill a similar role, but are smaller and less powerful. In between the cruiser and the dreadnought there is the dreadcruiser. below cruisers there are destroyers, which are used usually to escort larger airships. There's also carriers which can deploy airplanes mid-flight, cargo ships which carry cargo, small patrol ships,
Private ownership of personal airships is a common thing in some countries, mostly the Merindian Empire
. These airships are versatile vehicles. They can serve as huge flying mobile houses, luxury cruise ships, transportation, and cargo moving.
History of the Airship
The history of the airship dates back 700 years to the Shorian Empire
. The Shorian Empire first used hydrogen airships in the year 180, and this also was the first powered flight made by humans
. These airships were small non-rigid blimps used for scouting missions. They were powered by steam engines, and could move moderately fast. They usually had open gondolas, although some larger airships had enclosed cabins.
These airships continued to develop, but only remained as relatively small scouting blimps. These airship would prove very useful in observing enemy movements and remaining out of danger as they flew above the range of their enemy's weapons. In 250 the first rigid airships were constructed. These airships were much larger and could fly further and faster. They were armed with machine guns and bombs, and proved very effective against the enemies of the Shorian Empire
, as they could not effectively fight against these airships. The large airships were hundreds of feet long, and had several steam powered propellers, and enclosed gondolas hanging below it.
Airship development stagnated, and halted after the fall of the Shorian Empire
in the year 400. While small airships would still be built, and fewer large airships built, airships would continue to server as the primary form of air travel.
Early Drakkeon Airships
Airship technology would come back again in 550 when drakkeon
, a far superior alternative for hydrogen was discovered in Drakka
. Shorty after it was discovered, drakkeon
airships were built, the first being the N1 airship
. The N1 airship was 340 feet long (103.6 meters) long, and had a large fabric balloon, which has a large rigid keep structure on the bottom. Hanging below the balloon is the gondola, which could carry 20 people. The N1 was powered by 2 steam powered propellers attached to the gondola.
In 553 the N2 airship was constructed, and it featured several upgrades from the N1. It added 2 extra propellers, and they were moved into the keel structure instead of the gondola, making flight more stable. The balloon was expanded and made with stronger materials, and the added lifting capacity allowed for the airship to have a larger cabin, and could carry 28 people. 6 N2 airships were constructed, and they ran successful flights across Drakka
After seeing great success with the N2 airship, the N3 airship was created in 560. The N3 airship was much larger, at 500 feet long, and being able to carry 56 people. The N3's gondola was built into the keel structure under the balloon, and it was entirely larger. The N3 airship had a much more recognizable zeppelin-like shape. The N3 had 6 steam powered propellers The first N3 was flown around the world, giving rides to people from many nations such as the Merindian Empire
. This great tour brought huge fame to the airships, and soon the entire midlands
was interested in airships, and drakkeon
International Airship Development
The method of creating drakkeon
was revealed to the entire world in 565, and soon many nations were developing their own drakkeon airships. In the next 100 or so years would see experimentation with many airship designs, many of which were very strange.
While weight management would improve, structures would strengthen, and speeds would be improved, a lot of dead-end designs were tested. Some designs that were used featured two balloons which could be on the sides of the cabin, or the cabin would be hanging below two attached balloons. Many designs featured the entire cabin hanging below the balloon, some featured two smaller cabins on the sides of the balloon. The now common design of a cigar-shaped balloon with the gondola attached beneath was also used, but during this time it was not obvious that this was the best design. Airships also grew larger, and the largest airships of the time could be up to 900 feet (274.3 meters).
Modern Era of Airships
In 610, when the outlands
was discovered airships became much more useful. Sea ships could not pass into the outlands because the waterways leading to them are impassable, as their waters are far to violent. Planes also have a hard time staying in the air long enough to fly all the way to the outlands. Airships could fly for far longer above the harsh waters. Due to this, the range of the airships, their speed, and their passenger capacity all increased, and they grew even larger. Soon colonial countries would create even larger airships, and this trend continues today.
A bit after the year 700, the last of the dead-end airship designs finally fell into obscurity. The now modern airships featured the famous cigar shape, rigid structures, more powerful engines, stronger structures, faster speeds, and advanced new designs. These airships were extremely successful, ruling over the skies and providing safe and comfortable air travel for the entire midlands
. In 775 some airships began to have their cabins built into the greater structure of the airship, which increased aerodynamics and structure.
When airplanes were invented in 785, they were unable to compete with the power of airships, but were still very useful for many things. Airships began to be used to carry airplanes, expanding the range of planes greatly.
In 855, the Windward class airship
was first built, and it would become the most successful large airship ever built, with over 400 currently operating. The windward class was large, at 800 feet (243.84 meters) long, and being able to house 350 passengers in comfort.In 869, the Skyspan class airship
was created, the largest class of passenger airship ever constructed. The Skyspan classes are 1,270 feet (387.096 meters) long, and can carry 1,100 passengers in unrivalled comfort.