Technology

Nova’s Ship

Disclaimer: if I was an artist, InCo would’ve been a comic. I cannot draw, but layouts and things are important for a great many reasons, so we must all suffer.

Brief layout for first floor

Nova’s first floor is technically the second if you wish to count the “basement” where most of her propulsion equipment and power cells, water tanks, etc., are. The first floor is mostly bare since it’s used to let her in and out of the ship even when in space. A mechanical door makes sure that the rest of the cabin stays pressurized when she leaves. The only piece of furniture on that floor is a bench, which is bolted to the ground, and the ladder which stays behind the mechanical door.

Between the first and second floor there’s a small storage space where keeps equipment, bedding, fake cargo, and anything she cares to smuggle.

Brief layout for the second floor

The second floor has a small exercise room, storage, a makeshift workshop a bathroom and two bedrooms. Two loveseats, a small kitchen table and a standing sink take up most of the room in the center. None of the doors swing, they slide in the interest of saving space. They can also be closed off in an emergency in order to save oxygen and heat.

A wireless charger powers everything Nova uses off the ship. So long as her equipment is on the second floor, it’s power cell will recharge via IR waves. Her ship’s main power cell charges while she’s docked.

Docking Stations

Docking stations change from planet to planet. Simple docking stations on Gnorria-658 sit above the ice, on leveled swathes of snow. While on the Viaci republic, these spaces need to be cleared. Heat seeking vines naturally keep ships in place, though shortly before leaving and take off they need to be cleared (usually through a liberal dusting of liquid nitrogen).

Nova’s Heat Mask

Nova’s heat mask on Gnorria functions to cover all of her face, with the exception of the slit used for seeing. Since Gnorria is covered in snow and does see a decent amount of sun, the viewing window can be tinted (Hatov was unaware, so for the entirety of the Gnorria-arc his visor remained untinted). The mask also heats up via small coils, nestled between the mask covering and a fabric layer that interfaces with the wearer’s skin. It has a secondary charging system that allows it to use solar power, though, since Nova spends her time in the underground city, this function is not terribly useful.

There are many other mask designs that non-native Gnorrian’s use that are less bulky, and prioritize seeing facial expressions/coloring over the pure heating design that Nova uses.

Nova’s Signal Jammer

Works by interfering with a number of frequencies. It’s about the size of a tissue box and is the largest piece of equipment she totes around. Technically, these are illegal, for obvious reasons. Nova’s is disguised as an admittedly old portable radio.

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