Flying Ship Lore
Flying magical ships are rare in the current age of Alfaysia, although legends state they once were fairly prominent. History tells us that the Wensharians, at the height of their power, rediscovered the lost secrets of magical flight. During the apex of their expansion, several large sailing ships were used to cross large distances and carry troops. As the Wensharians fell, the ships were used during their civil war, and wrecked havoc and devastation from the air.
Of all the Wensharian flying ships known to exist, only four are reputedly still in service. The Varencian empire has a a frigate class flying ship designated the personal craft of the Emperor. The Anguis Imperium has at least two frigate class ships, and is rumored to have maintained possession of the ancient Wensharian galleon Shiva Ex Machina, re-named as Shiva Excetra.
Categories and Functioning of Flying Ships
Mechanical Flying Ships
These ships fly based on various mechanical engines, hot air balloons, or some type of magical lift. Their method of lift does not normally provide any sort of propulsion. Propulsion itself comes from the wind (sails) or possibly propellers or some other magical or mechanical means. They are limited to flying in the “air” at their sailing speed.
Lesser Skyships (Airships)
These ships fly based on a magical device called a helm (see the 5e Skyships supplement). This is the level of technology that was available to the ancient Wensharians. These ships are similar to the vehicles in 5e Skyships, but are not capable of “cruising” speed or “interstellar transport”
These ships fly based on a magical device called a helm (see 5e Skyships). This level of technology belonged to some unknown race and has been lost. These ships are similar to the vehicles in 5e Skyships.