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Planet Ripple-22- City-ships

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I wanted something neat for the "cover" of each chapter, so here's some information on the way people live in this new world, and some VERY old concept sketches of these ships that I felt like incorporating into the book somehow. Yes, these ships are commonly built to look like whales.

The Balena is the ship Minnow lives on, formerly captained by Andrea.

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How big are these ships? It's a little hard to judge scale based on the comic, but I'd assume they're about the size of a skyscraper or at least a tall building turned on its side or something. I just remember in volume 2 Seth Weever mentions that the Pristidae is somewhat smaller than the Balena, and that was an aircraft carrier, so the Balena must be pretty big.

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The Balena is 633 meters in length, so... you know the Acclamators from the Clone Wars era? Those are 752 meters, so I'd say the Balena's about as long if you left out the Acclamator's tail section.

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That's pretty big. Makes some sense because they're basically floating cities.

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It still says something though that one of the largest city-ships in Planet Ripple is still smaller than one of the smallest Star Destroyers.

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Thank you, you have just given me an idea for a problem I've been having. Me and a friend of mine want Aspergia to be a real thing, but there is no landmass in international waters big enough for a sizable settlement and islands in other countries are either puny, cursed, used for NBC weapons testing, or have unsafe environmental conditions. Then I thought, "Why not a city on the water," kind of like the Kaminoans in Star Wars or in theoretical science documentaries, but then I thought, "No, that will take too long and we'd have to strip down a major city for building materials." But why not split it down the middle: city ships can be just as accommodating and can escape massive storms by submerging.

One other thing that just occurred to me, is the propulsion on these city ships magneto-hydrodynamic propulsion like in The Hunt for Red October? Because I don't think I've seen a single propeller on any vessel in this issue and the engine design of the Balena suggests some kind of intake manifold in the front.
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I wouldn't be surprised if the entire vessel is covered in small engines. If you apply thrust unevenly you might end up with different parts of the ship moving at different speeds. 
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ParsnipsingularityHobbyist General Artist
Fascinating idea.
mindmaster123's avatar
So this is like that old sci-fi, Waterworld. Only that this isn't boring.
Osmostrix's avatar
This kinda has an "Attack on Titan" feel to it so far!Dance! 
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Neat.
KaijuDuke's avatar
"sings" we all live in a giant submarine, a giant submarine, a giant submarine! XD

Cool ship designs, are there any underwater or floating cities in this world or does everyone live on subs like these ones?
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Not gonna say just yet. That would be spoiling too much.
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GusindorStudent General Artist
Ooh, interesting!
I like the thought of putting stuff like this on the chapter-covers, it could be a neat way to give a bit more background info about the setting without interrupting the story for exposition.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
I'm just glad somebody noticed. I was beginning to think people didn't find this stuff interesting.
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I'm really into that kind of world-building stuff. I can't speak for everybody, but I bet there are others in your audience who are too.
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