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From:     Leroy Van Camp III <van891@??????.edu>
Date:     Thu, 27 Jun 1996 12:51:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:  Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?

On Thu, 27 Jun 1996, Ken Lipka wrote:

> Leroy Van Camp III wrote:
> >
> >     Elven ships are made from plants.  And there is mention in several
> > books about plants being used to keep an atmosphere fresh.  So, why don't
> > they make any mention of the relation?
> >     Or do they?  I have all the SJ stuff, but don't recall anything on
> > this.  Does anyone know if they have a reference?
> >     If there is no reference, has anyone else done something with this?  I
>
> 	There is no reference to the elven ships being able
> to refresh their air envelopes because they are plants - at
> least as far as I can recall.
>
> 	Part of this may be due to the fact that I interpreet
> the elven ships NOT to be plants.  Yes, the canon does state
> that these vessels are "organically grown", but that doesn't
> necessarily mean that they are plants per se.  I base this
> assumption on the fact that elven ships save as ceramic.  I
> can't recall the last time I saw a ceramic plant.

    In the LBotV, from the original boxed set, under the entry on the
Man-O-War, it says...

    "These elven ships are grown from glossy, relatively brittle
plants..."

   Now, the entries on Flitter and Armada do not specifically say they are
made from the same plant, but they do say they can suffer from the same
problem the Man-O_war has with its wings becoming overgrown.  So it is
safe to assume they are plants, too.
    And, as Ziggy pointed out, they have published the stats for the plant
in the second SJ MC.

>       On the other hand, if the ships were plants, then
> yes, there should be some kind of an air bonus to elven vessels.
> Perhaps something on the order of 50% more air capacity.  Thus,
> a 60 ton vessel could carry 90 peole and still act as if it
> had 60.

    Looking over the rules in the Spacefarer's Handbook it looks like the
shear mass of plant on an elven ship would be enough to provide a renewing
envelope indefinitely.
    But, I have to say I prefer your numbers.  I think if elven ships did
have the capability of constant air, it would change certain campaign
dynamics, at least for me.
    And, it's not that hard to explain away.  Just say the plant, being
based off of a space variety, requires less carbon dioxide to survive, so
it metabolises it slower.


	     		  Leroy Van Camp III
  	  owner-mystara-l@??.com         van891@??????.edu
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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Leroy Van Camp III    27 Jun 1996 07:44:39
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Ken Lipka    27 Jun 1996 12:15:03
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Eugene Shumu1insky    27 Jun 1996 14:50:03
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    James Perry    27 Jun 1996 15:07:11
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    James Perry    27 Jun 1996 15:10:10
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Leroy Van Camp III    27 Jun 1996 19:51:05
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    27 Jun 1996 19:59:43
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Russ 'Argel' LeBar    27 Jun 1996 21:32:59
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    27 Jun 1996 22:27:37
Re: But Aren't They _Made_ From Plants?    Jeff Goodson    28 Jun 1996 05:13:07

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