On the Primary Directions of Windships
The windships in the Lays of Anuskaya are in some ways similar to their waterborne brethren. However, they are buoyant, and they never touch the water, docking at great eyries built onto the faces of cliffs instead of docks by the sea. They also have masts not just directly upward from the deck, but in all four of a ship’s primary directions.
The list below gives some grounding of the terminology used by the windsmen of the Grand Duchy.
bow: the front end of the ship.
stern: the rearmost portion of the ship.
fore: toward the foremost portion of the ship.
aft: toward the rearmost portion of the ship.
starward: upward from the deck of the ship, toward the sky and stars.
seaward: downward, named so because the windships often fly above water.
landward: to the left while facing the fore of the ship, the side where windships tie up to a perch or a dock.
windward: to the right while facing the fore of the ship, named so because the wind is in this direction when the windship is moored.
mainmast: the central mast in any given direction. Thus, the mainmast that points down toward the sea is called the seaward mainmast, and the one pointing upward is called the starward mainmast.
foremast: the mast nearest the bow. Similar to the mainmast, the foremast can be modified to indicate which direction is being referenced (i.e. the landward foremast).
mizzenmast: the mast aft of the mainmast.
keel: refers to the obsidian cores of the ship’s four mainmasts. Another length of obsidian is laid through the ship from stern to bow. The ley lines are captured by these three components of the keel, orienting the ship in a certain direction and allowing it to maintain that position as it sails forward like a waterborne ship through the sea.
rudder: a complex set of obsidian cylinders at the center of the ship, the nexus where the four mainmasts meet the obsidian core that runs length- wise through the ship. These three sets of cylinders are adjusted by the pilot at the helm.
helm: the helm contains a set of three levers. These levers alter the set of the rudder, allowing the keel to set itself against the ley lines and turn the ship freely along all three axes: roll, pitch, and yaw.