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Rust's Glorious Fleet of the Seven Skies
Squalls: fast, light, and armed to the teeth. Solid gasbag design, with a sharkfin keel. Aggression and beauty in the form of an airship.
Snow Jam: Commanded by Captain Noble Cause. The Jam runs patrol in the frigid crystal mountains. Prow of a charging Windigo. Painted white and grey to blend in with the mountains. Flies the flag of the Crystal Empire, where she makes berth.
Mercury City: Commanded by Captain Skeeter, called The Lurker for his renowned use of stealth and subterfuge. Painted dark gray with green highlights. Mercury City is named after one of the great metropoli of the lost Kingdom of Unicornia. One of the oldest ships in the fleet, has seen much action. Currently in the Canterlot shipyards for refurbishment.
Happiness: Commanded by Captain "Robot" Red. Stationed in Las Pegasus, where its crew and captain have been repeatedly cited for drunken and disorderly conduct while in port. Painted red with gray highlights. Happiness is known for undergoing long deployments into the High Sky over the San Palomino desert. Rumor has it she performs long range reconnaisance on the nearby Badlands, but the Princesses aren't talking.
Ruthless Ridge: Commanded by Captain Powdered Toast. The newest ship in the fleet, Ruthless has been sailing out of Vanhoover, skirmishing regularly with rogue gryphon tribes to the north and east. The captain is known for his fondess of the ship's storm cannon, which can topple ironwood trees with powerful gusts of white, sugary snow.
The Intimidator: Commanded by the twin Captains, Wolf and Heart. Wields the largest amount of firepower of any destroyer, including Princess Twilight's new prototype ice gun. Stationed in Canterlot, this destroyer is commonly deployed with diplomatic convoys to foreign countries. When asked about the large amount of destructive force accompanying our usually peaceful missions, Princess Celestia stated; "I'm not compensating for anything."
Gravitude: Commanded by Captain Dusty. Interestingly, Capt. Dusty once served the Princesses in Canterlot as a Royal Janitor, and he continues to clean up their messes even now as a Naval Officer. Gravitude is fast and dark, painted black, purple and blue. She is rated for the highest elevation out of the entire fleet, and is often employed by Princess Luna or Twilight Sparkle to conduct experiments in the stratosphere.
The Throne: Currently under construction in the Fillydelphia shipyards. Set to be commanded by newly-promoted Captain Stupid. Contrary to his name, Stupid is academically recognized for his cartographic and drawing skills, and is being groomed for admiralty in the far future. The Throne is set to become an anchor point to a smaller sub-fleet that will embark on trans-oceanic expeditions to the Unknown Lands.
Gales: Heavier, slower, and larger than squalls, but by no means less effective. Gales are often employed in deterrence or rescue/covert operations.
R & B: Commanded by Captain "Bob" Rainbow. Every fleet has a loose cannon. Bob is known for taking that loose cannon, strapping it to the back of his ship, and using it as rocket. His battle cry is, "Doesn't Afraid of Anything!" The R & B served in the Zavannah for a number of years as a supplement to the Zebra Nation's sparse Air Navy, where the ship has been declared a national treasure. Painted a deep blue, and unusually tattooed with bright yellow shaman tattoos. Her prow is that of a sea sponge. I'm not joking.
Style Mile: Commanded by Captain Cloudhammer. A relic from the Nightmare Wars nearly one thousand years ago, the Mile is as storied as she is venerable. Her commanding officer is also the oldest in the entire Navy, but has shown no signs of slowing down. By no means senile, "The Grandmother of Naval Asskicking" still serves as a patrol craft over the southern border, though nowadays she isn't above being the centerpiece of a parade or two.
Kick Doubt: Commanded by Captain Pen Brush. Stationed in Ponyville, the Kick Doubt runs patrol and monster hunting duty over the Everfree Forest. She moors outside the town limits, tethering to a windmill owned by a local farmer. Often the first to respond to many of Ponyville's many crises, the pink and purple skyship has become a welcome sight to many of the town's residents.
Hurricanes: The largest things ponykind has made to hang in the air that aren't completely made of clouds. Hurricanes are floating cities, but far, far faster and more well-defended than true pegasi dwellings.
The Junction: Commanded by Admiral Molotov Cocktail. Stationed in Canterlot. Recently away on a two year expedition to the Austailian Isles, set to deploy again in the coming months after a well-deserved rest. Refitted with a prototype mana reactor (patent pending), her engines have often been mistaken for the sound of thunder. The Princesses are curious to see how high a ship that never needs refueling can raise the bar to.
Schizophrenia: Commanded by Admiral Traveler. A floating hospital in the sky, Ol' Skitzy has been the centerpoint for relief efforts in Equestria's many recent disasters. Painted white, with bright red crosses on her hull. Set to become the flagship of the aforementioned Expeditionary Fleet that will venture across the ocean to the Unknown Lands.
Perpendiculous: Commanded by Grand Admiral Kinkamena Diane Pie. This is the ship where Princess Luna's fabled Knights of the Rising Moon make their home. Here, almost all of Equestria's special and black operations are staged. Nopony knows where she makes her berth, though some rumors claim she occasionally takes a well-earned rest on the moon. Crewed almost exclusively by Nocturni (batponies), this smoke-stained monster is the nightmare in the heart of all evil.
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All multi-part stories are currently up and running. Now that I actually have free time, I've been quite busy. Here are the current unpublished chapter lengths:
The Legend: 4,050
Dead or Alive: 1,000
Dark Side of the Moon: 2,343
Pippin' Ain't Easy: 900
Daring Do and the Honor Among Thieves: 2,197
As for my thoughts on the site update... holy shit! Everything's so pretty! Except... there's something... odd.. here...
Racing Starlight is ranked 230th on Fimfiction. It is the 84,361st longest story and can be found in 439 bookshelves, being tracked by 271 users
What the hell. That joke fic I wrote two years ago while completely smashed is my top rated story?
Clearly I need to start hitting the sauce again.
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Did it. Passed comp. Graduate Friday. Done with Naval Nuclear Power School.
Gimme a few days to rest. Then...
The Legend. Dark Side of the Moon. The Boba Fett Epic. Pippin Aint Easy. The Rocketmare sequel (Interstellar). All these, and other crazy ideas I had but hadn't the time to vomit from my noggin. It'd been building up, guys, and now I'm about to ejaculate my words all over your faces.