Airship of Theseus

 
by Annie Stein
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by Annie Stein
The oldest and most grand of Uranus' floating cities, Theseus Eyrie, is the only airship that still drifts through the Aer. She has been in flight for millenia, although scholars have long argued whether she can truly be called ancient due to her extensive repairs. The entire eyrie has been retrofitted and replaced time, and time again.   Partially in response to the scholars, and partially in reverence of her grand history, every repair and replacement now strives to further exalt the ship. Replacing what was broken with something far finer and grander than before.

Life around Theseus

  Theseus Eyrie has been dubbed one of the Wonders of Sol. The Eyrie is a display of some of the finest craftmansship on Uranus. Even the roadways are decorated with panels of woodworking depicting the Legends of Theseus and other important myths. Apartments on Theseus are incredibly expensive, if they ever go up for sale at all. The homes, even down to one room apartments are prized heirlooms, passed down through generations.   An ancilliary fleet follows Thesus Eyrie to provide additional housing and other facilities of a modern city that do not fit on the great ship itself.

The First Spacecraft

  Legend has it that the godqueen Theseus led the Eyrie on the first expedition out into space, visiting the moons and even some of the other planets in the Outer Worlds. This would have been during the ancient days, long predating any other spacefarer. This is completely impossible. Adventurers have attempted to recreate the feat, but no airship can make it out of Uranian atmosphere, much less sail through the void of space.   However, bizarrely enough some archeological evidence supports the myth, ancient Uranian weaponry was found pressed deep in the crust of Miranda, and it is believed that the first Uranian humans were brought back aboard the eyrie, and other traces of the mythological expedition exist on the other moons. There is no consensus among scholars, some think it is an exagerration of the achievement of the first airship travelling between the islands of the planet. Others believe they did indeed defy the laws of gravity, suggesting that Theseus was a Keystone, warping reality around her crew to enable the legendary feat.
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4 Dec, 2022 11:27

Ooh, I like the image you are painting, both of the ship and the planet. What's it cost to have an apartment on the airship? Can anyone get one? :D


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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
4 Dec, 2022 11:51

Thank you! It costs more than any apartment should ever cost. Technically there's no limitations that say only Uranians or only certain people can, but I can't imagine you list an apartment like this on the web. You probably have to know someone who knows someone who is thinking of selling, and then offering them, like, ownership of a vast patch of the Asteroid belt or something wild like that.

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Amanda McRoberts
4 Dec, 2022 15:22

What happens if a family dies out? Is there a backlog of people wanting to buy an apartment on the ship? Also, Keystone?

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
4 Dec, 2022 15:42

I've got to level with you, I haven't thought a whole lot about Uranian inheritance laws and what contingencies there are for when there's no one to inherit. And yes, Keystone! It's on the list of articles I want to write this Worldember, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Amanda McRoberts
4 Dec, 2022 19:21

Well now, it's sitting there percolating. Just waiting for the right squirrel to run by.

4 Dec, 2022 15:35

Very cool article! I can imagine it being quite a sight to behold ^^ Also fun that you link it to Theseus given the fact that the big philosophical question about the origal ship of Theseus was that if we change every plank of wood is it still the same ship :p Sound fitting for something that is repaired that often.

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
4 Dec, 2022 15:45

Thank you! I love sneaking in some references to mythology, it feels very fitting what with the names of the planets and all. Here, i was inspired both by the Ship of Theseus and the Argo, and couldn't quite make up my mind which to name it after.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Dec, 2022 19:23

This seems like a super cool and pretty place! Shame that everything has become so expensive :p And oh, a keystone! I love all the theories and people not believing their own history anymore all because Theseus is too cool for them XD

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
14 Dec, 2022 11:10

Thank you! Odd that, huh? Thankfully it's a lot more affordable to visit, or stay in the fleet. With the ship not having proper infrastructure for modern equipment like, idk, modern bathrooms, I cannot imagine it's the best place to live full-time.

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13 Dec, 2022 01:17

Ooooo, I love this. Nice mythological reference to the ship of Theseus too, with all the repairs/replacements. I really like the mystery, complete with archaelogical evidence and scholars that can't agree. :D   The roads sound beautiful too.

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
14 Dec, 2022 11:11

Thank you! I was torn on having it named after the ship of Theseus or the Argo, but I like what I ultimately ended on. Especially with the idea of it getting more beautiful with each iteration.

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