Here's a small system I've devised for LS airships in FFXIV. It'll be based on 4 parts: how to acquire one, its uses, customization, and its accessibility.
LS airships will be smaller versions of the large scale transport airships being able to carry 15-30 people, depending on the size. For an example, battleship is to frigate as transport airship is to linkshell airship. They will have uses for transportation, protection, battles, while also having features in customization.
~>~>How to Acquire One<~<~
Acquiring an airship is no easy process. To do so, you must pass a series of quests, gather a certain amount of materials necessary for building the airship, provide enough gil, and finally reach a high enough LS rank. (A brief outline of LS ranking can be found a few posts down) For a larger ship, it would require more gil, additional quests, more materials and of course, a higher LS rank.
Transport – A LS airship can be used to teleport specific LS members and/or guests who have guest passes. A guest pass can be bought from your airship’s staff members. For a set price, a person can grab a ride with your airship, potentially using it as a taxi service. All profits will go to the LS bank. Transportation will not be free roam, but rather to set points – one each zone. (Landing Hubs – See below)
Protection/Battles – You will use your LS airship for offensive purposes in three instances: pirates, landing hubs (See below) and pvp.
While flying, there may be encounters with pirates. To protect you, mages could attack with spells with the help of ranged attacks. Additional aid can be found from the on board airship cannons. When/if boarded, melee hops in. In the event you are eliminated, your airship is stolen and you resurrect at the nearest home point. You must pay a hefty fine to buy another one, as well as customized parts to the airship.
At landing hubs, airship cannons, mages, and ranged attacks can help rid the area of monsters to help people boarding.
Airship battles will not be open world PvP but in a mini game event. An arena type battle over seas will test the skill of your flying ability (Open flying), ranged attacks, and boarding. This hasn’t been entirely perfected; it’s only a rough outline. Airships will also aid in LS ballista matches – providing aerial support.
Airship Parts Vendor
This is a vendor that sells certain parts for your airship who works in sync with the Airship Construction Company. [ACC] (Work in progress name) He sells items such as desks, chairs, maps, lamps, ect. for your interior design needs. For exterior customization, he sells schematics which you can bring to the ACC who will apply it to your airship for a small fee.
Airship Construction Company [ACC]
The ACC will take schematics and apply them to your airship over a period of a few hours up to a few days for larger requests. They will do such changes as printing your LS name on your airship, changing it’s color, changing the shape, adding lights, or even adding extra canons; the options are nearly endless.
For certain items that you can’t obtain from the Airship parts vendor, you can obtain through crafting such as woodworking or metalworking. All higher tier items will be obtained through this method. (Such as gold plated chairs in comparison to wooden ones)
You can hire staff that will do various activities such as driving the ship, buying and selling items, manning the onboard cannons, or even serving as a small militia against pirates.
Airships will be able to be boarded and exited from two places, cities and landing hubs.
This is a set point, found in certain zones. Each point will be unlockable via a crystal acquired like gate crystals for teleports in FFXI. At a Landing Hub there will be a place to dock your airship; however it will not always be free of monsters, this is where your on board canons come in handy. There will be no parking at these landing hubs. You can either call your airship to you (flown by your rent-a-captain, see below) or you can exit your airship and it will fly back to one of several airship docking stations found around Eorzea.
Certain cities will have airship docking stations where you can store your airship. These docking stations are found only in large cities where they can be dispatched to a called landing hub for a nominal fee. This rent-a-captain will fly your airship to you with no chance of being attacked by pirates.
I guess that’s it, any questions, just post them below. This is just a work in progress I wanted to share ^_^
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Edited, Aug 11th 2009 5:08pm by Twistedblack
Edited, Aug 11th 2009 5:52pm by Twistedblack