Mud Skipper Vehicle in Yonderverse | World Anvil

Mud Skipper

For other articles of the same name, see Mudskipper {Disambiguation}.
Mudskippers are a popular vehicle used to traverse the muddy Martian swamplands. Mudskippers are used by tourists, rented at Rental Points on the edges of the swamplands, while some are privately owned and customised by martian pirates.

Design

Mudskippers have an egg shaped body, outlined with thick metal. There are two floors in the mudskipper - the deck and the basement. The deck is the largest, twice as tall as the basement, and is where the control room is located. The control room can be accessed through a small door at the front of the vehicle, with a large impenetrable glass window. On either side of the vehicle are balconies that extend along the entire sides of the mudskipper.

The vehicle moves on a large track, made of bronzewood, a flexible wood that is less dense than the mud of the swamplands and repels it, no matter how heavy whatever on top of it is. Bronzewood is perfect for traversing the swamps of Mars, and you'll find vehicles, shoes, and even swimsuits made out of it.

As a last resort, mudskippers have large "halos", which help crawl the vehicles out of mud if in danger. It almost never happens, but if the vehicles are overturned then the halos will push them out, by creating a webbing inbetween each ring and scooping mud out of the way.

Renting

Mudskippers come in two sizes - Independent or Group. Independent Mudskippers are designed to fit three or less passengers. These vehicles can be hired as soon as you arrive at a Rental Point. Independent Mudskippers are much smaller than Group Mudskippers , and are operated manually. Three bicycles are fixed on the deck, and by riding it can you power the vehicle. The more people on bicycles, the faster the vehicle moves. If you're stuck you may activate Emergency Mode, where the vehicle will then operate automatically and will speed up/activate the halos. This is only to be used if the vehicle is under attack or overturned.

Group Mudskippers are designed for up to thirty passengers. Because of their size, they are automatically drive, you just have to input your destination on a screen. Completely foolproof. Group Mudskippers are gigantic, and could easily fit 60 people but for good measure the passenger capacity is much lower.

Private Mudskippers & Martian Pirates

Martian Pirates are unfortunately common in the swamplands. While they mostly inhabit the Piratelands, in the north of the swamps, some are found sailing around the other parts of the swamplands. These pirates drive private mudskippers, usually customised with weapons and defences. Pirates commonly engage in conflicts with each other, and the Piratelands are known as one of the most dangerous places on Mars.
Group Mudskipper by Mochi
Current location

Related Articles

 
Mars
Geographic Location | Mar 26, 2024

A planet in the Kinosmo Solar System. Mars is home to martians, a highly evolved humanoid race that has mastered space-travel.

WorldEmber 2022 Pledge
Generic article | Dec 18, 2022


Cover image: Mars Header by Mochi

Comments

Author's Notes

Thank you cow2face for the idea!


Please Login in order to comment!
Jan 18, 2023 20:32

Great article :)

Jan 18, 2023 20:46 by Mochi

Thank you so much!

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Check out my plans for Summer Camp!
Jan 21, 2023 08:56 by Joshua

Design entirely aside (I extremely approve but should focus on one point), I love the creation of a tourist focused vehicle. Yeah, pirates use it, but tourists are the focus. It's like designing a golf cart for a new world. The design relies on the in-world material of bronzewood but the use is so mundane it's great. In-World, I get the fieldling like a sitcom would feature one on a holiday episode and the viewer would know what character was going to flip it over despite how hard it is to get that to happen. You know what plots and shenanigans this vehicle is going to cause and I am here for it.

Jan 29, 2023 19:19 by Mochi

Thank you so much!! I'm not used to writing vehicles so I am incredibly happy that you enjoyed it! <3

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Check out my plans for Summer Camp!
Powered by World Anvil