Queen of Leaves
salt to float is captured in sufficient quantities inside a large rubber ball stitched together to various sizes which contributes to a balloon's weight bearing capacity. The salt and rubber balloon is lighter than air; with the salt determining how high the balloon will fly. Therefore, as a means of controlling elevation, a covered cap is opened and closed to let out controlled steams of the glittering salt in order to descend. The carrier's balloon is actually made up of several segmented rubber balloons. As well as to filter more gold salt from the ground to cause ascent.
WindsCourtiers discovered that different tides of wind are found at different heights above the valley floor. Prevailing winds would steer the carriers in rotatory and counter-rotatory movements along the lengths of the Mais.
Sail KitesLayers of thick sheets of cotton are pulled taut and hang like curtains at all four sides of the balloon rigging. When the captain decides the need to go faster in a particular direction, that side is unfurrowed and the wind catches and pulls above the balloons.
Armor and defense
There were two sets of rubber balloons, roughly shaped like eggs on their side.The front balloon lies flat as a roof over the open deck; and the second leans against the first at an angle to the end. Each set up is made up of 7 and 4 smaller slices with sectioned riggings and walking platforms inbetween. The cores of many dragon feathers stiched the balloons together; making for a stronger seam.
The hull's length is not much longer than its width. The rubber had naturally turned to gold, but its tub of a boat was painted green to stand out from the purple sky.
Open DeckThe highest deck of the hull, extending from stem to stern.
- Castle: A wooden compartment that houses the captains and riggers.
- Weighted Pots: Containers fused to the deck floor that hold materials to maintain the balloons.
Middle DeckAn unbroken deck that runs from stem to stern. Rooms are separated with paper walls or stacks of cargo barrels and crates. This is the working area and living space for the majority of the crew, as well as where items are stored for daily use.
Lower HoldA dedicated cargo hold that contours to the hull's exterior curve.
Communication Tools & Systems
FlagsFlags are used in the air-to-air and air-to-ground communication. The flags are usually square or triangular, red and yellow, divided diagonally with the red portion in the upper hoist. They can spell out short messages, and individual flags and various combinations of flags also have special meanings. On ceremonial and festive occasions the signal flags are used to decorate the balloons.
Additional & auxiliary systems
AnchorThe balloon system is tethered the ground or other heavily thing to prevent it from flying away and allow for loading and boarding.
Hangars & docked vessels
Some monoliths have be retrofitted with strong lashes, anchors and hoisters to park, load and unload the carriers as operated by Oztomecintli. There is always an uproar in Hajjinis, and with practitioners of the quinametzin faith, whenever they hear of plans to deface the monoliths in this way.
Replacing heritage for inheritance
The queen's true claim to fame is that it remains the largest carrier balloon ever built. But it was not the first. Just as what came before, the hull was built in the style as any boat off Southern Siparia during flood season to make transferring material and construction easier. As a result, the hull takes on the typical bowed boat shape, though slightly more rounded than others before or since. This roundness has made it difficult to steer in the sky which necessitated installing the sails to compensate for direction control.
The largest carrier was originally commissioned to be a pleasure barge as a gift for a black corn queen. When she received it, she rode it once, then had it renovated into an exploration ship.
Only one of its kind ever built
Cargo & Passenger Capacity
Spare Salt Rubber Sheets Sewing Fibers Blankets
Additional Cables Food Drink
High Altitude CitiesCities and other settlements being directly serviced are the southern cavern cities on the Long Step that are positioned on comparable elevations.
It is said that the queen's love of honey is what motivated her exuberance. And the honey the queen brought back was certainly worth the multiple trips.
Flanking the Forts
The Rangers don't like anyone. In the three times we did this, we bobbed and weaved between their stone sails and just watched them fruitless shoot arrows and throwing spears at us.
Views of the Pearl
We usually get a much warmer reception at the cloth city. Folks there, are over-eager to trade their fish stocks or pay in expensive dyes just to walk across our top deck.
Slamming the Sky
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