Common Magitech Items
The following is a list of some of the most common magitech items in Skytopia. See also The Magical Metals.
Skyships form the backbone of Skytopia’s infrastructure. They come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from the enormous war-barge Michael’s Hammer to small keel-boats and simple sailing ships. A typical skyship is constructed from soar-steel with a ballast of green lead and a levitanium core, but there are many variants on the standard model. Typically they use sails for propulsion, but a few rare ships exist that use other forms of locomotion such as red lead or fire-engines.
Angel Wings are an expensive form of personal transportation, accessible only to those who are, or can afford the service of, skilled aeronautical engineers. Angel wings are mechanical wings made of flyglass and angel-gold, attached to a backpack-like device. They allow the wearer to fly with excellent maneuverability, and if floating along currents of air, one can travel very far with them. Angel wings are unsuitable for long-distance transportation, though, because they are difficult to operate in hard weather, and they are also require frequent maintenance to function properly. Theoretically, one could implant angel wings directly into a humans’ back, but so far nobody has tried, because the surgical procedure would be exceedingly dangerous.
Windblades are surfboard-like devices typically fashioned out of flyglass and soar-steel. Some have quicksilver components allowing them to be folded and carried in a bag. Two kinds of windblades exist; those with no propulsion of their own, which must use a sail or trail behind a sky-ship, and those with propulsion (typically by means of red lead). The latter are very difficult to learn to control, and highly dangerous to ride for long distances, but go incredibly fast.
Kites and Gliders are lightweight constructs of soar-steel, with a very small amount of levitanium. They are the cheapest form of aerial transportation, but they cannot fly upwards except if carried there by the wind. Gliders and kites can reliably be used only in the air currents that go between the five islands – attempting to fly them anywhere else would result in an eventual descent to the Earth. Some have simple engines installed that allow for short boosts in altitude, making them somewhat more maneuverable. Kites and gliders typically have the pilot hanging under the wings, but some models have the pilot on top.
Fireboots are not really flight devices at all, but rather magical boots enhanced to make the wearer take prodigious leaps, by means of flame-copper filaments that spurt a burst of flame when he leaps. Clever and brave sky bandits, though, have taken to using fireboots for controlled aerial travel, because they can be modified to let the wearer take a leap mid-air, allowing for double or even triple jumps. Obviously this is no safe way to travel, but it can be quite effective at times and the double-jump ability can be used to slow an otherwise deadly fall.
Not all magitech is designed for aerial travel, of course. There are other, lesser wonders available to those who dwell upon the floating islands.
Soar-steel Weapons are the cheapest and most common form of magical weapons. Soar-steel is sharp, hard, and durable, but even when an alloy is made to be as dense as possible, the material is still very light. As a result, soar-steel weapons are often very large, in order to lend some weight to their blows. Some have cores of blue lead or are laced with quicksilver.
Firearms are relatively common in Skytopia, but virtually unheard of on Earth because most require slag to fire. Muskets and flintlock pistols are the most common constructions, though there are more elegant designs besides these. Firearms come in three variants. The most basic variant is loaded with gunmilk and a bullet, and can in theory be made without any magic at all besides the ammunition. More advanced firearms are made from melody bronze with flame-copper filaments, which means they need no gunmilk, only a bullet of some kind. Such weapons often have chambers for several bullets. Finally, the most advanced firearms are made with angel-gold and quicksilver – such weapons require neither gunmilk nor bullets, propelling bolts of raw magical force into the enemy.
Angel Medallions are small religious amulets fashioned from angel-gold. Though plenty of Skytopians carry religious trinkets, an angel medallion is crafted from the most noble metal, and carries some form of magical effect that the wearer can draw upon.
Silver-Woven Armor is elegant, light and durable armor that can be worn underneath regular clothing, or even sewn into a fashionable coat or jacket. Made from quicksilver, such armor is the preferred hauberk of most sky-sailors, as larger suits of armor tend to limit mobility and weigh down the ship. Cheaper versions made from soar-steel also exist but are far inferior.
Wizard-Wrenches are properly called Adjustable Magitech Correctors. They are small, lightweight and very expensive tools made from quicksilver and angel-gold. Essentially a very advanced Swiss Army Knife, they are commonly carried by magitech engineers. They tend to have many, many obscure functions, usable in almost any situation.
Ghostcarts are so named because superstitious people find them a little unnerving. Ghostcarts move without a horse to pull them, relying on red lead to tilt gravity ever so slightly and propel the wagon slowly forwards. They are relatively cheap, but have a tendency to malfunction and have not attained mainstream popularity. They are almost only used on Drachma and Hiyokuna.