Once the Meris Jewel was in hand, though, he leapt overboard, carpet in tow. By the time the ship had turned itself about, he was rushing over the swells, even running out the oars, they had little chance of catching him.
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While the concept of something as discrete, portable, and common place as a rug flying is intriguing, it cannot be effectively built, even with epic enchants. A flying carpet capable of 15 mph (22 feet per second) flight can be made, but it cannot be turned out of flight mode, and so constantly hovers just above the ground. In this state it is constantly subject to the wind. Carpets of slow falling can also be made so they can be turned off, having a terminal velocity of 20 mph or 30 feet per second, reducing effective falling distance to about 10 feet from any height. In golden ages, such slow falling carpets have been enhanced by powerful enchanters to be capable of flight at speeds commensurate with those of the Sky Schooner Intrepid. The enchanting prowess required is immense and ancient artifacts with his capability are highly sought after.
For the average enchanter, however, a floating (on water) carpet is quite accessible. These carpets suffer the threat of water damage requiring frequent magical repair, but on the open ocean, they’re almost as good as flying.
Components: Ru, Water (Full) , Vi (Advanced Water Arc), Ros (Advanced Travel Radius)
Understand Artifact: 75 to understand it is is a floats on water and is steered and made to go by gripping the edges while on water.
As a lesser enchant, this kind of floating carpet could be quite common. The way I’ve divided the water power, this 6 foot by 4 foot carpet can support 6000 pounds, including it’s own 20 pound weight. It can also travel at 12.57 feet per second, about 8.6 mph. This is just enough to outrun sailing ships with favorable winds. While running out the oars might be enough to keep pace with Kaleo, with his head start, he may well make his escape.
Much faster floating carpets could be made. A greater enchant version could have a speed of 28 feet per second (19.1 mph) and the same capacity. Similarly, an epic enchant could go 48.5 feet per second (33.1 mph) with the same capacity. Another option is to reduce the carrying capacity, but a lesser enchanted carpet of man-size, even at minimal carrying capacity, could only travel 15.4 feet per second (10.5 mph). This is also true of the more powerful enchants, they can only gain a couple miles per hour through capacity reduction.
How’d you like seeing an enchantment? Would you want a Floating Carpet? Or would you use your enchant in a different way? What enchantments would you make? Tell us below and we may do it in a coming week.