THE WAINS OF CAELERETH

DESCRIPTION - TYPES OF WAINS

Wains are similar to large carts, that have four wheels, which makes them similar enough to be classified together, while different enough to be two different things. Usually used for transportation these have made traveling easier, and you are able to bring more things with you. Each Wain seems to have a specific purpose (carrying passengers, carrying heavy things, holding things in place, etc.), but they are all very similar with a few modifications. Each modification makes that Wain do better in one thing and worse in another. The person who directs the horses is called a Wainman, and this person gets a fair amount of money for directing horses around all day.

Description. Each Wain has the same basic design: four wheels connected in pairs by axles, the floorbed, and rails or siding. These things are modified to make each Wain different. The size varies but in general, Wains are around 3 peds long and roughly 2 peds wide.

An example of modifications that make each Wain different is the axles, which are sometimes made able to turn side to side to increase maneuverability. This modification is becoming increasingly popular, as turning is difficult without moving axles.

The floorbed can have things attached to it like boxes (see Kolbruk Wain). It can have a seat attached to it for the wainman. Ladders leading up to the floorbed is common if the floorbed is high off the ground. Another modification some people make to Wains is attaching pieces of wood about 3 nailsbreadth wide to make slots to keep things from sliding around.

Railing and siding vary depending on what the purpose of the Wain is. Ladders attached to the sides is the simplest railing while another siding is just some planks of wood on the side. Some Wains are covered by thick tarp or cloth attached to the railings to protect from rain and other weather.
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Types of Wains. The following Wain types are known (sorted alphabetically):

CARRIAGE, THE
The Carriage is a small transporting Wain pulled by horses. The Carriage is usually used by nobility and royalty to move throughout their city. Sometimes decorative this isn't hard to spot on the street. There are usually not more than three on the road, in each city, at the same time and have many guards on them. Comfortable on the inside, it is easy to see why these were selected by important persons to travel short distances in. The Carriage is usually pulled by beautiful Sarvonian Carriage Horses. These good-sized animals have a high stepping gait that also sets the Carriages apart from a crowd.

Each Carriage has the same basic structure, but when finished each is very different from the others. This is due to the fact that the decoration on the outside are chosen by the noble or royal, according to their specific taste.

The Carriage is typically made from white oak, and held together by iron bolts. Everything on the Carriage is attached to the cabin. The cabin is the main part of the Carriage and is made to have as much space as possible inside. There is a piece of oak attached to the front of the carriage that extends outward, this is where the Wainman sits. There is also a step made up to the cabin, to make entering and exiting much easier. Along with that there are pieces of oak that encircle the cabin for the guards to stand or sit on. For those that stand there are handles spread across the cabin about shoulder high to those standing. The wheels are bound in steel to protect from wearing down the wheels until they break and split.
 

BROWNIE WAIN, THE
This Wain is made by Brownies for Brownies. No taller than an adult Brownie or 16 nailsbreadths, and no wider than a large rat, these Wains are quite small. The Brownie Wain is made to transport goods from Vale to outside the city for export, and then to bring back goods they import. The framework of this Wain is made of wood that is glued together. Then thin bark is glued to the frame. The Llaoihrr have advanced their axle even further from the moveable axle, and this wain has good suspension to allow bouncing if the Wain should hit a bump.

Pulled by rats, these have better speed than if it was pushed or pulled by a Brownie. It is similar to a Kolbruk Wain without the boxes built in it. The Brownie Wain has smoothed low, round top and the sides leading up to the top are also smooth as well as straight. Care is taken by the Brownies to make sure these Wains are built right, and should you see one you can tell the Brownies took their time to make them.
 

CITWAIN, THE
The Citwain has just been introduced recently and is slowly gathering popularity. It is the first public transportation Wain to be used in many cities. A long Wain pulled by a pair of horses with two rows of benches on either side have pleased the common people. They now do not have to walk to their destination, rather just get a ride on one of these and wait a short while. For a very small amount of money you can ride these to destinations much quicker than if you were walking. This being the most recent Wain, technology has advanced slightly. The wheels are bound with steel hoops, like the Carriage, to keep the wheel from scratching up and slowly being destroyed by rough surfaces. Instead of the typical three spoked wheels, these have five spokes for more strength.

Made from strong oak and red oron bolts, these wains will not fall apart for a long while. Made similar to the Heavy-Wain, the only difference is the benches and railing. They start off being made exactly the same as the Heavy-Wain and then the railing is added to keep people from falling out into the street if there is a sudden change of direction. And then there is the benches. Not too comfortable, but not uncomfortable either. They are just pieces of oak put together and made into one long chair. Sometimes, if there is a wealthy benefactor, there will be cushions on these benches to make the ride to your destination that more comfortable.
 

HEAVY-WAIN, THE
The Heavy-Wain is a large uncovered Wain, pulled by at least 3 pairs of heavy horses, arranged in three rows of two. The Heavy-Wain is used to transport very heavy things over mountains and large distances. The large number of heavy horses give it great maneuverability while also a good speed. This Wain is key to many travellers who are taking heavy things over mountains or large distances. The name comes from how the Wain looks very heavy and that it is pulled by heavy horses.

Each Heavy-Wain can be different in some way, but all are basically made the same way. All are made out of the strongest wood available, usually a type of oak tree. The pieces are fastened together by large red iron bolts. The red iron bolts tends to dent easily but rarely break which is important, since if the heavy Wain fell apart that person most likely would have to lose most of their things they had on the Heavy-Wain.
 

KOLBRUK WAIN, THE
This Wain was designed specifically for traders. It has a large covered area with many wooden open-topped boxes to the left and right of a main path down the middle. The boxes make it so you can organize things and not have them roll around and get mixed up. The Wain got its name from Kolbruk, the trading center. This city was where they were first made and where the idea came from. These are often plain in appearance, with little or no decoration.

Each Kolbruk Wain is almost always exactly alike. Kolbruk is able to create more without having to make each Wain different so the only difference, usually, is the number of boxes inside. The number of boxes range anywhere 6-10, depending on how big each boxes is needed to be. The Kolbruk Wain is made without the boxes and then when the consumer buys the Wain the boxes are added according to how the consumer would like it.

Kolbruk Wains are usually made from imported baych trees from the Auturian Woods. Held together by iron bolts, this Wain can fairly large distances. The part of the wheel that rolls across the ground is often plated with iron hoops to protect it from the wear and tear of badly attended to roads.
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 Date of last edit 1st Rising Sun 1668 a.S.

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