Moons

There are nine moons orbiting Path. The characteristics of these moons vary wildly, and each has their own mythology and stories. Seven moons contain fixed orbits with unchanging appearances. Archaically, these stable moons were called the “tame moons” though this term has fallen out of favor. Contrary to these moons are the two “erratics,” which follow their own rules.

The Attendants

The Attendants are only two moons that are large enough and luminous enough to be visible during the day. Traditionally, these two moons were seen to been attendants of the sun, hence their name. Some myths also consider the Attendants, Woman and Man, to be the first people. Their celestial role, and lesson for all life, is to bringing the order and light of the day into the uncertainty of darkness. Their names are as follows:
  1. Luna the Woman
  2. Torth the Man

Luna acts much like the moon of earth, though it is twice the size, and moves much more slowly in the sky. Torth is half the size of earth’s moon. It is cream colored with a striation of darker lines across it. It is vaguely irregularly shaped though mostly spheroidal.

The Guardians

The Guardians are smaller and less bright than the Attendants. From myth, they are named after the five building blocks of Path, supposedly guarding the keys to this planet and preventing Outsiders from invading.
  1. Sula the Water
  2. Ember the Flame
  3. Torres the Stone
  4. Vane the Wind
  5. Ent the Wood

Each of these moons are twice the size of a bright star and has its own distinct color. Sula is a deep blue, while Ember is a bright red. Torres is beige and Vane pale blue. Ent is a deep green. These moons act in concert with one another in the sky and can usually be found together, with the exception of Ent. It is sometimes with the other Guardians, and sometimes astray.

The Erratics

Complementing the seven moons are the two erratics. These two erratics have earn this designation because of at least one variable characteristic. The erratics are:
  1. Cord the Herald
  2. Seel the Veiled

Cord is a small, bright, electric blue dot in the sky. It’s course during the year is mostly unpredictable. It has no orbit and can move at varying speeds across the sky. In myth, Cord was considered the Harbinger and it’s location in the sky designates the beginning of the year, as well as the start of Fulcrum. Cord’s sister is Seel. Contrary to Cord, Seel’s orbit is well established and predictable. This is important as Seel’s appearance can easily change. Many novice sailors have been led astray by Seel imitating another moon. At times, Seel will even disappear completely.

Moons

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