I want to gauge opinion on a potential IF I am considering writing. At this point it’s just a three-paragraph pitch, but I want to gauge interest in the concept before continuing.
The smoky crags of the floating city of Vind rest about 80 miles above the surface of Cloudbank - relatively low, almost at the bottom edge of the habitable zone. But it needs to sit almost dangerously low to collect raw materials from the hazardous lower layers of the atmosphere. Vind is an industrial hub. Its population of about 10,000 live in the tangle of floating islands and rope bridges, making ships, engines, tools, glass, and all the other trappings of civilization.
Vind relies heavily on trade and shipbuilding to import food and raw materials, so it’s probably the best place in all of Cloudbank to find what you’re looking for. You came here for one reason: To buy a ship and make a daring exploration into the hazardous northern latitudes. Legend states the ruins of the Gatebuilders, the original human settlers who built the Stargate that connected Cloudbank to the ancient homeland of Earth, still lie there.
In an opportunity that won’t come again for at least twelve years, all four of Cloudbank’s moons are soon going to be on the same side of the planet. With the tidal forces churning the storms on the opposite face, any adventurous captains will have a few months of relative calm to cross Storm Reach, explore the far side, and return with whatever leftover artifacts and advanced technology they can find. It’s a rare chance to strike it rich, become famous, or have the adventure of a lifetime.