|“||The grand airship gracefully rose into the sky, carrying the dreams of a new era. However, its glory was short-lived and abruptly ended by a tragic accident.||”|
The Airship, also known as the Ghost Airship, is a major location in Rule of Rose. It is where the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club live, and where Jennifer finds herself trapped. The airship is set on a meandering course for a distant land.
Most of the game is set on the airship as opposed to Rose Garden Orphanage, thus the area is a larger explore and there are more places for events to happen.
The official site mentions: "A mysterious story is spreading among the children in one town: "The park is dangerous after dark. You'll be eaten by stray dogs. People who are eaten are confined to a zeppelin in the sky and can never leave." This is likely one reason the game is set on an airship, as it was Jennifer's childhood fantasy created by a rumor.
Based on real airships, the airship is a place the children pretend they are on instead of being in the orphanage. The children's fantasy and imagery depicts the airship as a giant koi, likely because Hoffman had a pet koi in his office along with a miniature version of the orphanage in the aquarium.
Most of the rooms on the airship are the equivalent to or represent a room in the orphanage (though the layout varies, for example, the Club Room on the same floor as the Sick Room).
Jennifer states that she couldn't bear playing Airship with the other children as an airship's fatal crash caused the ill fate of her parents. Jennifer was the sole survivor of this airship crash.
|“|| The future that people dreamt of never came and was soon forgotten. From the blue skies of hope, it sank into the depths of oblivion. The new life born from it was an existence devoid of hope. It slowly wriggles its large body and stares at the sky with a remorseful look... That's its only purpose.
The airship is doubtlessly based off of the fatal R101 flight of 1930. R101 is also seen in concept art for the game. Not only does the airship in the game bear a strong (outer and inner) resemblance to the R101 flight, but it took off in Cardington, 1930, and was set for the location of India. The unfortunate fate of the flight left all but eight people to perish.
In the canon of the game, however, it is heavily implied the only survivor was Jennifer. In the "Once Upon a Time" chapter, upon examining the wall by the orphanage gate, Jennifer says, "At first, it was reported that there were no survivors... Then, word got out that, miraculously, I had escaped the tragedy... When the rumor spread that I was also the sole survivor of a horrific airship accident in which the passengers were all presumed to be dead, the media went into a frenzy."