Welcome aboard the AS Patsy Nottle for the Glitter Ponies cover reveal party. Before we head into the forward parlor for refreshments, Copernicus, the airship’s navigator, explains the specifications of Wizard Kadmeion’s airborne home.
About the Good and True AS Patsy Nottle
An Airship Operating in Its Water-Surface Mode
The Airship (“AS”) Patsy Nottle is a carrack class wooden and stone airship invented in the 16th century. The carrack airship comes with six sails: a bowsprit, foresail, mizzen, spritsail, and two topsails. The hull is fashioned from floating rock to give the ship neutral buoyancy in airborne operations. The sails provide wind propulsion and steerage. Perpetual enchantments see to basic operations, defense, and personal comfort of the crew and guests.
Carrack airships are square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast. The mizzenmast is lateen-rigged. They have a high rounded stern. The carrack airships have a large aftercastle, forecastle, and bowsprit. The carrack airship can also operate as a water-surface ship.
Specifications for the AS Patsy Nottle
Airship Class: Carrack
Origin: Agatha Island Aerodrome and Shipyard
Initial Year of Service: 1625
Commissioning Agency: Agatha Island Magic Guild, for operation by human wizards and sorceresses in good guild standing.
An Airship Weathering a Magical Storm
Captain: (Wizard) Haldemare Kadmeion Dorian Trentworthy sen Magica Vir
First Mate: (Honorable Mage) Wolverhampton Brighton M’Choakenchilde
Navigator: (Minor Demon Homunculus) Copernicus
Crew: 40 (mostly clockworks rig monkeys or demon-inhabited homunculi)
Length: 75 feet
Beam: 25 feet
Draught: 6 feet
Displacement: 223 long tons (minus floating rock displacement)
Machinery: Standard sailing magical clockworks. This vessel has typical below decks gearing and linkage to accommodate the sailing spells.
Speed: 6.7 knots (unaided by magic)
A Fairy’s Point of View of the Oak Forest on Kadmeion’s Airship
The airship inside volume is much larger than the outside hull dimensions due to perpetual Inverse Magic spells. The AS Patsy Nottle has spacious crew quarters, private sitting rooms, parlors, galley, spell casting workrooms, and a quercetum for Sir Bright’s miniature oak tree forest. Kadmeion’s fey-folk fairies live in the quercetum.
Next: Refreshments and origin of the Glitter Ponies story