Lets talk about one of the, if not simply the, most iconic ship traveling the Universe today. It is not fancy, not luxurious, not expensive, but despite that even we here at The Monocle Times has to admit that it has a unique charm to it.
Of cause I'm talking about the RSIs Constellation lineup. RSI currently has four models on the market. Lets start with Aquila, a so called explorer for those not being able to afford a Carrack. Then there is the Taurus, classified as freighter that might make sense when ... well really never. Lets not forget about the Andromeda which is a 'well rounded' generalist that excels at absolutely nothing whatsoever.
The Phoenix is the last ship in the Lineup, and as observant readers might have noticed this ship is worth it's own paragraph. Obviously there is a bone to pick with this one. There is a thing to be said about pure luxury ships, they are quite useless, comfortable and little more then a status symbol. And all of that is nice and well, if anyone can appreciate that then it is probably me. However the one thing they are not supposed to be is cheap, and that is exactly what the Phoenix is. The Phoenix is a luxury vessel for those without means, the participation award for luxury space travel. Quite frankly I'd rather climb in a space suite and hold on to a Origen 890 Jumps hull for a trip then setting food in mediocre, budget 'luxury' vessel like the Phoenix.
Jet, despite on an objective scale being underwhelming, the Constellation has charm. Oddly enough walking through my garage, getting lost between landing gear and ramps the one ship I'd miss most would be the ugly duckling of a Constellation Andromeda. It won't fight well, or travel comfortable, it won't discover the next jumppoint or give haul megatons of platinum through the galaxy yet I feel an attachment to this ship like to no other. No other ship I've encountered symbolizes the utter and absolute freedom that is roaming the vast emptiness of the space as well as the Constellation.
So in a end there is a luxury ship hidden in the Constellation lineup, but it is not the Phoenix, which just doesn't cut it. It is the Andromeda, it's not the kind of luxury that is comfortable or shiny, nothing you show off to your friends to impress them but it is luxury as emotional attachment is really the only reason to own it. The Andromeda is luxury for the sole not the body, but luxury it is and at that it is the best in it's class.
Lets get back on track, after all this segnet is called Music of the 'Verse not why old men get sentimental around the RSI Constellation. As tradition dictates we dug through the archives to find the song that most captures the spirit of the constellation.
Let me present you 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' by The Who. A song about freedom. The title alone reads like a tagline for the Constellation Andromeda. The song expresses the unparalleled amazement one experienced when first setting a foot on the Constellation.
It is hard to pick the most fitting verses from this song as it just is so perfect. Writing this I'm sitting on the bridge, if the three confusingly placed seats in the front of the Andromeda can be called that, a cup of tea on one armrest and my trusty notebook on the other. The Who's 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' is blasting over the PA system with the refrain 'the way I choose, the way I choose, the way I choose' and I must admit a tear is running down my cheek, there is nothing I would rather do now to take this ship out for a spin and look at the marvels of the Universe through the vast window in front of me.
So what I would recommand is, if you don't have an Andromeda yet, go to your nearest ship vendor, buy one no matter how old and rusty it is and take it out to the Yela astroid belt and quietly float through the beautiful landscape with 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' playing through out the ship. At least that is what I'm going to do now.
by Sir Quentin Reginald Watson