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Security Zeppelins are large airships appearing in BioShock Infinite. They are used by the Founders and the Vox Populi to bombard targets on the ground, as well as to establish local air superiority by attacking other airships. Unlike the ubiquitous gunships, they are rarely seen around Columbia. These large crafts utilize a Lutece Particle for lift and standard technologies for movement.

There seem to be at least two different classes of Security Zeppelin. A smaller version that is roughly the same size as the First Lady and seems to be a militarized version of the many civilian Zeppelins seen when Booker first arrives in Columbia. This Zeppelin has a single deck with a large hatch in the floor used to deploy Pods containing Motorized Patriots. At the front of the airship is a cabin that contains the ships controls. The second class of Security Zeppelin is nearly twice the size of the smaller version and has at least two decks. The main deck has the ships bridge at the front with a large open area in the middle. At he back is the crafts power plant which can be destroyed. Above the power plant is another deck, but there is not information on this area as the hatch leading to that area is sealed. Both classes of Security Zeppelin have two engines mounted on small wings on either side of the craft and carry a Barrage Automaton on their undersides.

Gameplay Edit

Though Security Zeppelins are generally hostile to Booker, they lack the AI behavior associated with most NPC enemies and are more like a part of the terrain. Due to their sheer size and durability, firearms and other handheld weaponry is completely ineffective against most Zeppelins, occasionally requiring unorthodox methods to eliminate the threat.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

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The very first Security Zeppelin that Booker DeWitt will encounter is near the gateway to Monument Island. While proceeding through the interior of a clock tower, the structure is bombarded by the airship, turning parts of the masonry into rubble. Leaping out of the stricken building and onto the airship, Booker manages to eliminate most of the crew and commandeer the airship, which turned out to be a trap.

When Booker encounters his second Zeppelin while supporting the Vox uprising, he ends up having to bring it down by boarding it via the Sky-Line and then sabotaging the vessel's inner machinery by slicing the cables with his Sky-Hook.

During the final conflict on board the Hand of the Prophet, a number of zeppelins controlled by the Vox Populi appear in the skies, and Booker can either use Songbird to attack them or board them himself and destroy their engines. Three zeppelins must be destroyed to end the final battle.

Burial at Sea - Episode 2Edit

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In Burial at Sea - Episode 2 Elizabeth has to the opportunity to sneak onboard a Vox controlled Security Zeppelin when she returns to Columbia. Once there she can search the main hold which is full of valuables looted by the Vox during the fighting.

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Pre-release and Concept Edit

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Behind the Scenes Edit

  • The Zeppelin was invented and pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin[1] in the early 20th century. The Zeppelins were first outlined in the 19th century and were first flown in 1910 as the world's first passenger airline service, named DELAG[2].
  • Demo material centered on the Vox Populi features a Vox-controlled Zeppelin with a shiny outer envelope and graffiti on the side that says, "Our voice will be heard!"
    • In the released game, the outer envelope appears to have a matte surface, while Vox-controlled Zeppelins are wrapped in wide bands of red cloth as a means of identification.
  • In early demos of BioShock Infinite, it seemed they had a more unscripted role in the game, this is removed from the game except for in the ending sequence on the Hand of The Prophet, where there can be multiple options of sandboxy gameplay to dispose of the Zeppelins.

References Edit

  1. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin on Wikipedia.
  2. DELAG on Wikipedia.

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