Cloud City Observatory News: The observatory is now operational as a miniature Mass Relay, though far more advanced.
Cloud City Observatory
Greatest Terrestrial Vantage:
The greatest place for astronomical observation on Earth is Antarctica; the atmosphere is thinnest, the climate coldest, the direct light at its lowest, and this makes the air so cold, still, and clear that the stars no longer twinkle. Observing Outer Space from the calm inlands of this continent couldn't be better. Being Inisfreeans, though, we naturally took it to the next level; our city's main observatory is on top of the tallest building built upon an airship kept four miles above Inisfree's ground-level (the same level as being atop the 2.2 miles of vertical ice covering Antarctica) and six miles above sea-level. This is a full mile higher than the summit of Mt. Everest, above and free from all of Inisfree's clouds, and about in the same altitude bracket as cruising commercial airliners, making the astronomical observation better than any of the land-based, human-built observatories elsewhere on Antarctica. This makes our observatory an airborne one, and with our advanced Repulsine technology, it never experiences turbulence, and is much sturdier and 'quake free than any observatory built on the ground.
In the film Thor, the observatory of Asgard doubles as a semi-teleporter, semi-warp-drive, accelerating its travelers to and from any point in their nine known realms. This observatory of theirs is also extremely luxurious, almost entirely golden, and impressive even for the gods of olde to walk in and gaze upon. Inisfree combined this design with those of the human observatories, resulting in an impressive capstone and crowning jewel sitting atop the highest spire of its floating Cloud City. Now it will serve as further inspiration to others.
Whether stargazing or being accelerated to warp and relative-FTL speeds via this facility, all one needs do is request clearance and accompaniment by any of Inisfree's Master Females, each of which functions as an air-traffic controller equivalent within the realm of the Inisfreeans, and is an authorized representative of the Governor's will at all times.
To travel somewhere, simply use your thoughts to aim and focus the telescope, then activate the worm-hole beam and step through! It's as simple as 'point and click'. Whatever you are looking at, that is where you will go.
This Observatory facility allows travel without Repulsines or any ability to telekinetically propel one's self through Space.
Inisfreean travel speeds in order of fastest to slowest are as follows:
- teleportation (relative-F.T.L.)
- Observatory beam (worm-hole)
- warp-surfing (Inisfreean Warships)
- cavitation in air (aerospacecraft)
- cavitation on land (G.A.H. subway)
- cavitation under water (Ark II)
- vampiric super-speed (running)
- driving (racecars)
- mobile homes (Inisfreean houses)
- riding (horseback)
- human (walking)
* Thus, traveling via the Observatory transportation device is the 2nd fastest mode of travel for Inisfreeans.
It should also be noted that when Inisfree is anchored on Antarctica, it is in the coldest, driest, highest place on Earth which happens to also be where Earth's atmosphere is thinnest; where atmospheric distortion does not cause the stars to appear to twinkle or wobble; this is the absolute best region for astronomical observation and the use of all electronic devices.