Geography

So let’s start with some major features:

The Three Moons

The Cataclamite Ridge
The Celestials Mountains
The Terrasque Divide and Aiune Below
The Ring Sea
The Churned Sea
The Greater Ice Straits
The Inner Seas

The Three Moons

WRUIN (ruin)

In the southern hemisphere is a moon in geostationary orbit. This is the broken moon, Wruin. Not a normal planetary body by any account, the broken tilted cup of a moon turns it’s reddish insides partially away from Aiune. The moon’s heart is missing and it is a concave shell. Falling from it are the chunks and fragments in a chain of floating islands. From the edges of all of them is a constant sparkling of moondust, trailing like wisps in curves against the atmosphere and stratosphere. The moon never moves but the Moonapelago has sometimes sunken chunks and pieces from the sky. They drift down as if the magic that holds them in the sky is slowing running out. Much of Northern Aiune can only see the upper broken crescent of Wruin. In the southern sea is a land of churned oceans and Wruins. Some have even tried to travel up the Moonapelago. The ones that didn’t turn back from the daunting of the journey, never returned.

CORAZEN (kor a ZEN)

The black smoting heart of Wruin is the fable for this wobbly moon. Wruin pleaded with Aiune to stop the cataclysm but Aiune’s stubbornness and blind hatred ignored the pleas of his celestial love. Crushed by his betrayal, Wruin’s heart was ripped out and she died reaching for Aiune. That is the basic structure of most of the moon fables. This moon travels in a north-south ellipse and on a plane nearly perpendicular to Wruin’s position in the sky. Corazen is also known as Baal, the Black Heart, Smote and the Abyssal Moon. Its trajectory wobbles both side to side and in distance. The black surface is cracked by lava creases and soot and smoke trails hang behind it for a short distance before vanishing into the black. The gray smoke and embers being the major reason the sooty trail is visible at darker times. Corazen dips against the atmosphere about once every other month and kicks up a longer deeper curtain below it. Even in darkness, you can often smell the soot. The nickname Smote is a mix of Smoke and Smite. Many believe Smote will eventually fall from the sky and burn the world for the final night of ash and fire. Some cultures have NightSmokes each month on the night of the greatest burning. The NightSmokes have bonfires and roast large animals, communally celebrating a feast. Music and dance and revelry are in order, because tomorrow the world might catch fire.

THE MYSTIC

The third moon is the smallest and is believed to be the god ESCENGER, God of Arcane Power and Knowledge. Escenger (es sen JUR) is the warlock to the gods of Aiune. He is not know to have or take human form. One of his forms is a misty glowing ball wrapped in gossamer tatters that trail behind him for many horse lengths. When he confront a being the tatters flare out around the sphere like a massive burst often curling inward towards the creature. Close up the taters aretentacles of a shroud like substance, luminous and translucent. This imagery matches the small misty covered moon. White clouds swirl and rush around its surface and sometimes they seem to break away and fly off in arcs into space. This tiny moon is the one associated with Lycanthropes.

Geography

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