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The Sky Galleons of Shanri, Part 1

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 | Design, Research

Recent researches reveal the ven wrote much about “sky galleons” (althenta: “air ships”). While I have been reluctant to include these in the rules (as I was reluctant to include the controversial interpretation of vadenda, or “firearms”), it seems some others have included them in their games and requested “official rules” for them.

Okay, here you go.

Sky Galleons

A sky galleon, or althenta, is a rarity in Shanri, showing up in only the most fanciful fiction (including some references of “flying to the moon” which I shall ignore in the official rules, but encourage others to explore in more experimental games).

Althenta are able to break gravity through the use of a particular kind of tree found in the most dangerous parts of Shanri. Most althena trees grow in a place called “the Wine Dark Sea,” of which you can read about in the Research forum over at www.housesoftheblooded.com. When processed a particular way–with sorcery and blood–the wood of the tree defies gravity, floating upward toward the sky. Because of the size of althea trees, making a large ship from the treated wood is incredibly expensive.

Sky galleons were primarily used by very wealthy dukes and earls, although very rarely, lesser nobles could acquire them. Because the making of such craft involves sorcery, special permissions are required from higher nobles to create them. Proof of necessity. Such paperwork can be questioned by any of the Senate’s (or Emperor’s) officials. If the paperwork is found lacking, the ship can be confiscated and the captain punished for falsifying his lord’s name.

Not a pleasant punishment, in the least.

Because of the rarity and danger of creating such vessels, the ven never undertook the task lightly. Ambition is what pushes blood through the veins and any ven with a notion to create a flying ship will not do so with modesty. These ships were always huge, always grandiose and always extravagant. Think of conspicuous consumption. “Look at what I have. I have it and you don’t.” That’s what a flying ship says. To do it any other way is an insult to yourself.

Making a Sky Galleon

To create a sky galleon, you first need Lumber, Industry and Metals. A lot of them. Lumber for the hull, Industry for the sails and Metals to bind it all together. You also need a few years of work. Specifically, you need five years to make an airship.

Like all other creative tasks, making an airship is a Beauty risk (TN 10). Make the roll and count up your wagers. Every wager cuts off one Season of time needed to create the airship.

For each Season of creation, you need one Metals, one Lumber and one Industry.

Ship Virtues

When it is all finished, you may assign ranks of Virtue to a ship. A ship is just like a character–it has all six Virtues.

Strength is the hull of the ship.

Cunning is the speed of the ship.

Courage is the crew of the ship.

Beauty is the Style of the ship.

Wisdom is the maneuverability of the ship.

Prowess is the attack force of the ship.

And in Part 2, we’ll discuss what those numbers mean and how to use them in the game!

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