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Many of the details concerning the construction of the Yggdrasil are still a mystery. The ship was built in secret by the black hand in the start of the year 990 YK after the first elemental airships went into service for House Lyrandar but it would be several years before its completion.
The very first prototype airship was completed in 988 YK, took over twenty years to build and required countless funds from both House Lyrander, House Cannith, House Orien and several nations caught up in the Last War. The air ships that fallowed took considerably less time to build (anywhere from 2 months to 2 years) but still the shear number of resources required is what limits the number of airships in the skys.
The Black Hand, headed up by the infamous Shadow Bringer, pooled massive resources together to fund the construction of such a vessel. It is still largely unknown who was primarily responsible for the design and construction of the cruiser, considering only the brightest Gnome minds in Zilargo and a team of House Cannith crafters, are the soul producers of flying elemental bound vehicles. Yet, the disappearance of Alian Ardana Forthwither, Tallian Torralyn Santiar, and Dalia Del Nezzelech (each a Zelaian artaficer) in 990 YK was ether a untimely coincidence or a very successfully covered up kidnapping.
The Khyber Dragonshards required for the elemental binding could have easily been obtained by such a seedy organization as the Black Hand, but it is the supply of Soarwood required for this ships hull that is more ambiguous. The buoyant timber can only be found on the Elven island of Aerenal, and the elves carefully limit how much they harvest yearly. In the years during the construction of the Yggdrasil, no Gnome workshops reported stolen or missing soarwood in quantities large enough to build an entire ship, so it is a wonder how the Shadow Bringer might have negotiated with the Elves to release more than their yearly quota and to his organization alone.
To say that the Yggdrasil is an experimental design is somewhat redundant when considering just how new the technology for elemental bound air-ships already is. Still, upon its completion, the Yggdrasil would be set apart from other ships in its class. It was endowed with several very unique features unseen by any other vehicle, one of which is its Plane Shift Capacitor, or PSC.
By use of a radical new technique in arcane magic, the PSC can channel elemental bound energy through a unique lens, to fold space-time and “jump” into other dimensions. Each of the 13 lenses works like a mage’s runic circle when casting the spell Plane Shift, allowing for transportation to the 13 remote dimensions that orbit the material plane.
In one special case, the PSC can be used in an inverted manner. By channeling a reverse flow of energy through its dynamic lens, the Yggdrasil becomes capable of creating a small planer bubble with physical environmental effects identical to those of a manifest zone linked to the plane of Syrania. The manifest zone temporarily enhances spells and magic items that permit levitation and actual flight. Outside the zone, most of these items either grow weaker or lose the ability to function altogether. Because of the large elemental ring that surrounds an airship like the Yggdrasil, it is imposable to land and so ships must ether make port at special docking towers or its crew members repel by rope to disembark. However, by making use of the PSC’s ability to generate a manifest zone, crew members are now able to use a special harness called a “lev vest” that, just as it sounds, allows the wearer to levitate two and from the ship.
Activating the PSC is extremely taxing on the Yggdrasil’s power supply. So much so, that it must remain immobile for 96 seconds in order to charge it’s core before making a planer jump or generating a manifest zone and must further remain immobile to maintain a manifest zone.
The PSC is made possible by additional bound elementals within the interior of the Yggdrasil and by the very unique fact that the ship itself is alive.
More than one historical account tells of legendary items with awakened consciousness, but such devices are usually created by the powers of the divine and no mortal has been known to replicate the process of intelligent awakening. Powerful as the Shadow Bringer may be, he dose not command the abilities of a god. In order to awaken the Yggdrasil, its crafting artaficers created a very special harmonious in the form of a tiny dragon aptly named; Yiggi.
When Yiggi was built the intent was to fuse its mind with the hull of the airship, allowing Yggdrasil to pilot itself and automate other features. This was accomplished by embedding Yiggi with more intuition and intelligence than that of a usual slave harmunculus, commonly used by artaficers across Khorvaire. Not unlike the awakening of the Warforged, Yiggi was gifted with independent thought and the spark of life. This would give Yiggi the mental capacity necessary to interpret the hull of the Yggdrasil as its own body. However, an unintended aspect of this awakening was Yiggi’s personality. He is almost annoyingly cheerful and recklessly attracted to danger. Yiggi dose appear to have a since of empathy but has no known fears or worries. Even the topic of his own destruction is a joyful one. Luckily Yiggi is unquestionably loyal (thanks to arcane reenforcement) so it will do whatever it can to prevent any harm coming to its crew.
The Yggdarsil is propelled by an Air elemental as opposed to Fire, allowing for more stealthy travel especially at night and is capable of speeds up to 28 mph (the fastest airship to date). In addition it is protected by several powerful divination spells preventing it from being targeted by any scrying spells. These divination wards can be temporally dampened and reactivated as desired so that regular communication can be made by magical and telepathic means while on board the vessel.
The location where the Yggdrasil is being built is still unknown, and it is uncertain when it will make its maiden voyage.
|Speed||Fly 140 ft. (poor)|
|Hull sections||1,000 (crash 250 sections)|
|Section hp||60 (hardness 5)|
|SQ||resistance to Air 10, hover|
|Space||81 ft. by 284 ft. Height 47 ft. (Air ring has 115-ft. diameter)|