Just curious as to how other people have designed the discriptions for their various ships' bridges (or librariums, barracks, etc.).
This is the general idea for the bridge on the Hand of Eris, the ship the PCs (I'm taking a shot at GMing) will most likely be getting when they complete their first endeavour. It's equipped with a Bridge of Antiquity, besides being a Reliquary of Mars and Ancient and Wise, and the ship is a leftover relic from the RT's dynasty's days of immense wealth and power. Not only did that seem like it would be cool to write a discription for, it's the climatic setting for the end of the endeavour, and thus had to be done anyway.
I looked at some of the illustrations of the archtypes and officers in the RT book and everywhere I could think of online, and noticed they were all kind of incredibly over the top in dress, so I ran with it. Alot of herbal meditation went into this, and I tried to leave things sort of vague as far as actual decorations so that the PCs can embelish in their own minds whatever they want.
I mostly just thought Old (as in STC and Real-life) Gothic, decorated by a 41st century version of a noble Age of Sail Lord Admiral crossed with a guy who owns two hummers and a Mercedes.
The first thing you notice as you step through the massive, gold inlaid doors leading into the bridge is the almost numbing plainness of it’s towering armoured walls. The second thing is usually a realization that the walls are merely unadorned walls, leftovers from the ship’s centuries in the military, and they only look plain compared to the rest of the sights confronting you. The stairs you stand on are covered by a thick rug that appears to cover most of the metal of the main floor. Looking at the rising walkways around you, you notice even the railings are almost works of art in their own right.
Bridge is nearly four stories tall, with the entrance being a giant, incredibly ornate staircase leading to a slightly sunken control pit. This is where most of the ship’s “brain” is located, the void farers who operate the weapon controls, helm, and other key systems. Extending from the sides around the stairs are curving walkways, leading to a raised platform containing a hololithic projection tank and operations center. Rising slightly from the rear of this platform lies the Captain‘s Throne, a masterfully built construction, inlaid with the rarest of metals, and posted on a revolving platform, giving the Ship‘s Master a full view of his realm. The operations center contains basic auxiliary control stations for most primary functions (firing control, helm), along with full ship status and data displays, based on reports passed through ancient cognation devices operated by scores of tech-priest and servitors.
Slung below the platform is a small vestibule, accessible from a steep stair descending into the platform. Here, a ranking follower of the Machine God can interface with the ship, and it’s mighty cognation drives. These richly emblazoned machines rise to nearly the full four story height of the bridge, and are accessible via spiralling staircases or lifts located at the sides of the main stairs.
An observation platform, rails hung with smouldering incense to ward off the daemons of the warp, ramps off of the second level of the cognators’ walkway, extending high above the bridge, near the top of the massive viewport. The viewport rises three stories, raised slightly off the ground, and wraps slightly across the front of the bridge. From it, nearly 180 degrees in front of the vessel are visible. It is wreathed in gold finery, and is usually kept covered with it’s thick adamantium blast shield while in combat and the warp.
Leading through the control pit, the staircase becomes narrower, and passes down to a door constructed of a crystalline stone, long since made extinct in it’s natural form on a Solar planet’s moon, framed in gold-sheathed metals and nearly unbreakable. Beyond this lies the Navigator’s stations, and few are permitted into this sanctum.
That's my bridge! I'm curious to see what other people have dreamed up.