Generic airship

The only method of traveling outside of, or between, the Spires. These ships use the Etheric energy to glide through the skies.


Airships utilize a combination of etheric crystals, ethersilk and secondary propulsion systems to stay aloft and travel the skys of the Cinder Spires world.

Each ship is powered by a Core Crystal that produces electricity from etheric currents that exist in the atmosphere. These in turn, power the main lift crystal(s) and various smaller Trim Cyrstals that keep the ship in the air and allow it to ascend.

The Core Crystal also provides power to the ship's Ethersilk sail which, when electrified, is capable of catching the etheric currents and provides an airship it's primary source of motive power.

Newer airships tend toward the use of steam powered turbines as a secondary propulsion system to supplement their speed or to counter the loss of all or a portion of their etheric sail.

Older airships like the AMS Predator have wind-sails. These are more limited, depending on wind direction and speed to, but have the advantage of being both silent and not as bulky as steam engines.

Life on AirshipsEdit

Life on the airships seems to be exciting but dangerous, with the constant threat of enemy ships from other Spires. The airships are run by a captain and his executive officer (or XO).

Living on an airship is very different from the lives of those who have spent their whole lives in the Spires. Those who spend many years on airships end up very tanned due to exposure to solar radiation, despite the thick cloud cover. People unused to the experience may become badly disoriented due to exposure to the sky and sunlight.

Spire Symbols and ColorsEdit

Arms and DefenseEdit

Airships are typically both armored and armed:

  • A shroud dissipates weapons fire from other ships, but it may be a massive strain on the ship's systems.
  • Airship Armor, which is a physical protection on the hull.
  • Etheric cannon, which have weapons crystals that are activated to blast energy at other ships.

Notable airshipsEdit

See Also Edit

Book References Edit

  1. Aeronaut's Windlass, ch. 25, p. 240
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Aeronaut's Windlass, ch. 25
  3. Aeronaut's Windlass, ch. 26, p. 249
  4. Aeronaut's Windlass, ch. 31
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