Celestial Bodies

Path’s sky is filled with wonders. While it’s sun dances predictably across the sky, many of the other celestial bodies are not so well mannered.

There are four types of objects found in the celestial sphere:
  1. The Sun
  2. The Moons
  3. The Stars
  4. The Shifting

The Sun

Path has a sun similar to Sol. It rises, it sets. The day is roughly equivalent to earth-time.

The Moons

There are nine moons orbiting Path. The characteristics of these moons vary wildly. Some are large, some are small. Some remain visible during the day, while others seem to vanish. Some follow predictable paths. Some change color. Regardless, each is rich with its own mythology and stories.

The Shifting

This name is given to the celestial effect that marks the beginning and end of Repose, the first month of winter. The sky becomes filled is small sparkling and moving particles that look like sands on the shore being tossed about in the waves.

The Shifting beings with a few stray swirls and curls in the sky, quickly filling up the night sky in a matter of days. The Shifting ends in much the same way, with a few holes appearing in the cloud of swirls before the entire effect vanishes.

No one is sure what the Shifting actually is. Traditionally, the Shifting has been considered to be the souls of the deceased and unborn. However, modern scientists believe the Shifting to be pieces of rock, ice or crystal that have been blown up into the atmosphere. The leading theory is that large ice storms to the north are the cause of the event.

Due to the similarity with stars, when the Shifting starts, navigation by the night sky becomes very difficult. There is also a whole field of divination that looks for patterns in the Shifting.

Celestial Bodies

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