Come Sail the "Sea"
Transportation and Technology
The year is 1896. However, Fallen London is not the same as the London of our world.
The preferred method of travel prior to the fall was of course the horse drawn buggy. However, since there is neither sunlight, nor large pastures available for the breeding and feeding of horses, they have become a rare commodity that are possessed only by the exceptionally wealthy. Of course, like all things that remain in the city, the horses of London are not the same as their surface counterparts. Horses are expressly forbidden within the walls of the Bazaar.
Automobiles are almost entirely not a thing. They were invented, but they are noisy and fell out of favor when it was realized that there is not really anywhere that one would wish to drive to outside of the city. Automobiles are expressly forbidden within the walls of the Bazaar.
Since beasts of burden are few and far between, new methods of hauling heavy loads and generally transporting goods and people have had to be devised. The most commonly used substitute for horses and the like are the clay men of Polythreme. The term “Golem” is widely used in the Khannate, and is therefor considered unpatriotic. The clay men are much stronger than a human of the same dimensions, and are used to carry goods, pull carts, and propel both rickshaws and palanquins.
The main mode of transport for anyone who is hoping to leave the bounds of the city, is the steam ship. Since there is rarely wind, or anything resembling reliable weather in the Neath, steam ships quickly eclipsed their sailed counterparts. Steam engines are considerably more efficient than they would have been in our history. However, they are still steam engines and will require coal, or similar fuel, in order to function.
The ship that you have all found yourselves on is an old converted fishing vessel (few people actually go looking for fish in the neath) by the name of The Saxon Prince. She is approximately 160 feet long and 30 feet across with a corkscrew propeller and a single boiler. (pictured below)
A quick list of things that do, and do not, exist. (Please note that weapons will be featured here)
Things that exist:
- Cameras (think tripod and flashpowder)
- Printing Presses
- Light bulbs (these are more effective than our period light bulbs)
- Gramophones (sound cylinders not records)
Things that do not exist.
- Flying machines of any nature. (planes do not exist, and balloons and blimps are outlawed everywhere that is civilized)