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Planet Ripple- 145- Dolch Kiefer Rises

Behold, the pirate queen's flagship... literally a giant Barracuda.

Yeah... something this huge wouldn't be able to move without snapping in half or being crushed like a soda can if it was just one solid piece. So I fixed that problem (as much as I could) by making it several parts that move independently all chained up like a train... or an accordion. They each have their own propulsion systems to evenly divide up the work needed to carry the body, and it's flexible enough that it can actually be seen "swimming" when submerged, arcing side to side.

Crazy design, huh?

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Parsnipsingularity's avatar
In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit.
(Like seriously, how the hell did they build that?)
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
They didn't. It's a verrrry old ship.
Parsnipsingularity's avatar
That makes sense, but what pre-flood industrial nation would think to build a floating city that looks like a murderous fish?
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Storozhevoy75's avatar
Leviathan would probably been a more apt name, I mean that thing looks half the size of one of New York's islands.

Your solution about the sheering force exerted on such a large volume under water is very creative: a decentralized propulsion system distributed evenly on the pressure hull segments would do the trick; I've seen similar design solutions on other franchises to compensate for the enormous masses of the submarines.

Also, did you know that Dolch Kiefer is German for Dagger Pine?
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Dagger pine? I thought it meant Dagger Jaw, like "Jaw made of Daggers." The queen gives just about everything in her arsenal German names, like they're her pets.

And yeah... size wise, this thing is basically a star destroyer. But even in space, a star destroyer with only primary engines would collapse on itself as the weight of the front pushes against the back, so you're need extra engines at the front to "pull" it along and break up the workload. This is interesting stuff.
Storozhevoy75's avatar
Google Translate seems to have listed, "Pine," as the most common use for the word when translated from German-to-English; when translated from English-to-German, "Kiefer," comes out as, "Jaw," I think that's the source of the confusion.
Osmostrix's avatar
Cool! You put some real thought into how this is supposed to work!Dance! 
justpissoffalready's avatar
*stares* ... ok then.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
Well, fancy, giant ship is giant and fancy.  The queen must have an ego the size of an average macro fur-trash.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Just wait til you see what she looks like.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
I'm guessing along the lines of land whale.
GoldGecko's avatar
Love that line
Shade2800's avatar
Oh gosh that's huge...
DonMobius's avatar
Damn, how did pirates built a giant fish shaped submarine, I mean seriously! How do simple pirates even scrape together all the resources for something like that?

I can't wait to see what their leader is like, that'll be an interesting person I bet.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
It's a pretty old ship. Guess they just kept piling upgrades onto it over time.
Jokerz-1824's avatar
That's not a ship, that's a freaking Kaiju!
OutcastClankzilla's avatar
....Well, looks like making a victory here is gonna be one hell of an effort! How the hell do you even break something like this???
OutcastClankzilla's avatar
Well, only time will tell, I guess!
steamdiesel's avatar
Jaws... eat your heart out.
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