perhaps it could be a mobile version of a rock hermit, but it specializes in storing ships instead of other stuff. perhaps what it could be is a mobile ship shop. with the added feature of "garaging" your ships.
the problem comes in with trying to garage your ship leaving you without a ship, due to the player-as-ship issue. perhaps the garage could have a special ship that costs 0 to buy or sell. when you "sell" your ship into the garage, you are charged the storage fee, and moved to the 'temp' ship. the temp ship cannot launch from the garage, so the player will have to pick a valid ship, either one from the shop, or one from the garage.
this should take care of the player-as-ship issue. when you store a ship in the garage, you receive a new item, a 'garage key'. you activate it and after a certain amount of time a carrier ship arrives with your garaged ships. you are charged a retrival fee upon docking with the ship, covering cost of fuel and insurance. i imagine that it would not function in a witchspace bubble, aka malfunctioned jump.
- so i'm proposing a mobile ship of some type, maybe a variation of a rock hermit.
when you dock, it only gives you the option of the garage and the ship/weapon/item store. probably more expensive than average.
you can't leave the garage unless you are in a valid ship.
a temp ship is issued to you to enable you to garage a ship and then shop from the selection of ships-but this ship cannot leave the garage.
a storage fee is charged. if you garage a ship, you are issued a garage key.
this key can summon the garage, after a suitable time lag.
you are charged a retrival fee upon docking with the garage (to cover the cost of fuel and insurance and whatnot).
if the garage is attacked it will warp out.
hows this sounding so far? oh. and it just has to be called "uncle albert's ship and weapon shop". ;D
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