Slang term for Vedokiklek interstellar sub-relativistic (rarely relativistic) freighters (Klhkkteskkdv in the Vedokiklek language, a word that humans have difficulty pronouncing).
Propelled by Conversion Drive, these mighty ships are entire cities in themselves, with large cargo holds capable of carrying smaller ships and materials, as well as pressurized berths for passengers and biospheres. For the Vedokiklek, these ships serve as complete hives, sustaining an entire colony over multiple generations. Creighterships are generally some 20 to 30 kilometers in length and 3 to 4 km in diameter, with the front heavily shielded against hard radiation and dust-particles, and cargo compartments of upto several cubic kilometers in volume. The largest Creightership currently in service, the kSdhohdkolelkhsohl, is 140 km long and 28 km across.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, modified from original concept by Kevin Self
Initially published on 07 January 2002.