Now I need to see a stone airship with rigging "all over."
Huhn. So the crystal acts by distance from the surface, not sea level/air pressure? How does it work if, say, another airship comes up underneath it?ALTITUDE CRYSTAL
Pilots must keep a constant eye on the altitude of their airships if they want to keep them from cracking up on the side of a mountain or making an unexpected splash over a lake. The altitude crystal is a small gem, usually a ruby, or other colorful stone, which levitates inside a crystalline tube that is marked to denote altitude bands from 50 ft to 1000ft. At a glance, the Pilot can tell the altitude of his Airship, allowing him to avoid potentially lethal impacts with the Earth. The crystal provides a + 2 circumstance bonus to any piloting skill checks the pilot makes when the vessel is within the first two altitude bands (between 0 and 100 feet). It also prevents collisions with the ground due to haze.
It provides a + 2 circumstance bonus to any piloting skill checks that would happen to result from another airship coming up underneath itHuhn. So the crystal acts by distance from the surface, not sea level/air pressure? How does it work if, say, another airship comes up underneath it?
I call shenengians on this bit of fantasy engineering. Making it so your engine is connected to your vessel only with a swivel mount, instead of with several reinforcing struts, sounds like a great way to have it torn off in the first good hit. Hell, it sounds like a good way for the engine to tear itself off!ENGINE SWIVEL
By mounting an engine on a swivel, and Airship gains a great deal of maneuverability. This connects the engine directly to the wheel of the Airship, allowing the pilot to directly control the way the force of the engine is used to steer the ship, rather than relying on other mechanisms to swing the ship around. While one of the most expensive methods for steering the ship, it is also one of the sturdiest and least likely to be damaged by a critical hit.