Urath Book 4 Chapter 9: Sailor's Freedom by adoretyOpen full image in new tab
adorety 12:15AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
"Doune' bellow we have the fire chamber and the steam piston. The fire boils the water, which is in most of those barrels we brought on board, an' makes white hot steam which we force into the piston drive which goes in and out, turns the gears which in turn, turns the prop." He said this all in one breath. "We can't contain all the steam so it is exhausted oute of these pipes. In fact we can even force the water and eject high amounts of steam oute dese here pipes and get a big jolt of speed, aye, but that uses up lots o' water. Good for a quick escape from nasty drakes, but dah wyverns seem to think it a challenge and they chases us. We ha' oder ways o' dealin' wid dem.' Brigit followed this all pretty well. She was not unfamilar with the "sciences" as they were called. It all crossed over into the realm of magic as well. She was curious about what was creating the fire. Just then Levi appeared and without being asked offered up an answer. "So, I'm assuming by now, you're wondering where the fire comes from." She directed this to Brigiit "No doubt." "The Gnomorgon are exceptional craftspeople when it comes to crystals and creating new metal alloys. Using this with our knowledge and the order's exceptional knowledge of fire and energy, a chamber was created that can hold a tiny fraction of the plane of fire." Both of Brigit's eyebrows went up at this. "How long has this chamber been tested?" In unison Maelgwwn and Levi said, "Fifteen years." With Maelgwnn finishing with "And with the final version, never a crack nor a meltdown. The chamber heats up and is lowered in to the water chamber, and steam is produced in no time with out any black rock, oil or wood to burn." Both he and Levi were smiling and the cleverness of all this. With a dubious look Brigit asked, "Might I see this chamber device myself?" "Ob-so-lutely good lady, but I dun't wont to in'trupt the cycle. When we arrive at our destination or if we are forced to stop, I'll be glaad ta shew ya den. I say it's time, nowew, for a bit o' Levi's whiskey and ta sit back and enjoy da vue! "Here, here." Came agreements from Eve and Fir, who just came up. "Ian and Thomas are at the helm for now, by their request." Said Eve. "So let's enjoy some down time while we can I say." She smiled broadly. "I agree with Eve." Added Fir "Of course you do." Said Levi giving Fir a wink. He scowled a bit then turned to follow and Eve was already walking off with Maelgwnn. "Where's Aelfwynn?" Asked Brigit. "Up top." Said Levi pointing up at the balloon above their heads. Brigit gave her a funny look and Levi followed up. "Don't worry. That's her favorite spot. She stays up there as look out and anyone who goes up or outside and below, wears a tether." Brigit curved her mouth and nodded in approval. "Shall we then?" Levi held out her hand offering the way for Brigit to lead. Brigit followed after Maelgwnn, Eve and Fir. The five of them sipped on Levi's strong but smooth spirit and watched the land pass below them. They watched forests, fields, creeks and rivers go below with no consequence to them. To Brigit this seemed to be the only way to go. How could one travel by horse or cart after doing this. Brigit had more to ask, but decided to let it go for now and leaned on the rail and watched the world go by. Thanks for stopping by. I have a few more chapters lined up and the action should finally pick up very soon.
adorety 12:25AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
One more comment. The original of this image is 4000 pixels wide and from that standpoint it looks rather grainy here. I have a slightly less comressed version over at my DeivantArt site. The 1600 image there looks better than the 2000 one here - Here The idea of Sailor's Freedom comes from some opportunities I had in the 90s of being on some research ships. when you go out to sea for a month or two with a group of people on a 290 foot boat, the world takes on a different perspective. Everyone is very dependent on one another even if they don't all relax in the same corner. An interesting experience. Thanks for taking a look and a read.
SidheRoseGraphics 12:30AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
This is a beautiful image, Art! I love the contrast of the earth-bound boat to the balloon saliing off to adventure. Very laconic and pretty scene. Fantastic explanation too of how the ship works. Love the gnomes :)
aeilkema 12:46AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
Awesome image, lot's of very nice details to enjoy and very pleasing to the eye :-)
mgtcs 2:10AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
Now this is a marvelous environment, splendid and very realistic work! 1o*
petemohr 4:27AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
a very beautiful and fantastic detailed scene! masterful use of vegetation and light. an excellent work!!!
grafikeer 8:21AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
Excellent scene...the light and natural growth of vegetation are very well handled...great story too!
barryjeffer 10:59AM | Mon, 22 April 2013
This is super Art. You create such awesome images and your storytelling is inspired. Excellent, thanks for sharing with us.
twelvemark21 10:14PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
A pair of stunning scenes. Hopefully I'll get some free time this weekend and can finally do a bit of reading. I seem to have quite a lot to catch up on...
RodS Online Now! 8:55PM | Wed, 24 April 2013
This just takes your breath away..... I'm truly a loss for words! This is just spectacular, Art! And of course the writing is most excellent as well. I'm not sure how I missed this one – I guess I was concentrating on dodging those funny brown things falling out of the sky... Wink