|Name: Space Ship|
|Function: Interstellar Travel Vessel|
|Manufactured by: Many organisations and manufactures, all varying in reasons for construction. Only the Spacing Guild, however, has the power to transport ships across great distances.|
|Affiliation: Most factions, mainly the Spacing Guild.|
"I have sat by night beside a cold lake
And touched things smoother than moonlight on still water,
But the moon on this cloud sea is not human,
And here is no shore, no intimacy,
Only the start of space, the road to suns."
Technological DescriptionUsed by nearly every cult, sect, faction, organisation, company and house, the space ship, also referred to as a star ship, were a common, mechanised method of interstellar and stellar travel. The basic shape of one of these ships was aerodynamic, built to various specifications depending on its users. Many used regular engines, whilst others had faster than light engines. Some had none, and relied on the Spice Gas to bend space, and a Guild Navigator to navigator that space. Many were designed for war, and were equipped with mounted lasguns, shields, and weapons systems. They also varied in size, colour, and shape, with some being large enough to contain entire fleets of a lesser sized of vessels. Many could house entire regiments of soldiers, and drop them off on the ground during an assault. Others were small enough to carry a single person, who would control the vessel manually. Because of their ability to bridge the spacial and cultural gap between planets, they were used by missionaries such as the Bene Gesserit.
Most methods of travel using these ships were controlled by the Spacing Guild, who, because of their monopoly on the Guild Navigators that could control ships in bent space, became one of the most powerful means of commerce and profit in the universe. Anyone wishing for passage off world needed both their permission and their payment. This meant that those above the Spacing Guild (though it was arguably the most powerful force in the universe), could grant or deny the passage through space to whosoever they wished.
VariationsThough they have varied in style and fuction trememdously, the following are the known variations on the interstellar ship;
|A titanic Guild Heighliner.|
CrusherA tactically advantagoes vessel, the Crusher is a structure made of many smaller vessels, which, upon sighting an enemy, can be individualy deployed, and therby destroy the enemy by enclosing it.
No-ShipA specialist ship, basically a no-chamber-turned-vessel, able to become invisible to the naked eye, scanning technology, and prescience. The Bene Gesserit used a fleet of these ships when they hid on Chapterhouse, surrounding the planet with thousands of them.
|A Sardaukar Troop Carrier.|
|A Spacing Guild Frigate.|
Used to drop debris or trash onto a planet from space, the Dump Box was a general term forany vessel that used this tactic, and was equipped with tools with which to ablate the protective outer surfaces of a ship, preventing them from surviving impact and friction.
|Shaddam Corrino IV's Hutment, used during his inspection of Arrakis.|
Hypothetical Variations by Chris FossA number of variations were created by artist Chriss Foss, intended for use in the Dune film by Alejandro Jodorosky. As the production was cancelled, they were never seen off the page.
|A spice-bearing ship, carrying its load in a specialised containment pod.|
Guild Merchant Ship
|A bulky Guild Merchant Ship.|
|A Spice Tug Ship.|
Out of-Universe Information
|Another Sarduakar troop transport, as seen in David Lynch's Dune film.|
This duty only came to hand when Dune was proposed to become a film. Alejandro Joderosky employed Chris Foss, a science fiction artist, with a keen mind for what he wanted done. Foss abolishised the concept of dull, blearly, manufacturer's line ships, and intended to create beautiful and colourful, not to mention majestic, space creatures. His exact words on the subject were:
|Foss' design for a damaged pirate space craft, leaking prescious spice and it drifts, crippled, away from a battle.|
"Dune had to be made. But what kind of spaceships to use? Certainly not the degenerate and cold offspring of present day American automobiles and submarines, the very antithesis of art, usually seen in science fiction films, including 2001. No! I wanted magical entities, vibrating vehicles, like fish that swim and have their being in the mythological deeps of the surrounding ocean. The 'galactic' ships of North Americantechnocracy are a mouse-gray insult to the divine, therefore delirious, chaos of the universe. I wanted jewels, machine-animals, soul-mechanisms. Sublime as snow
|Ron Miller's original Heighliner model.|
Joderosky's version of the film, Dune, however, was never made, and so Foss' creations were never brought ot life. When Lynch's version of the film was released, it used ships that were the opposite to what Foss had intended. The job of designing the space ship concepts in Lynch's film went to Ron Miller. Miller also designed some of the non-space ship technology, such as the Ornithopters used in the film.
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