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KiDesru

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The Moons of Exonia
« on: January 06, 2020, 01:23:45 AM »
(Note: From the surface of Exonia, its two moons look the same size, with both appearing half the size of Earth's moon. Also, tidal types and times are for the most part indistinguishable from Earth's.)

Although the two moons of Exonia appear the same size, this has long been established as an optical illusion. Indeed, the Comital Society has used various methods to determine their respective sizes, and are fairly confident about their estimates.

The closer moon, named Sezara (which, in the ancient tongue, translates as Chaser), has a radius of approximately elven kilometers. It spins on its axis once every three hours, and completes its orbit around Exonia once every three days. A good deal is known about Exonia, and even the simplest telescope can make out its surface, which is covered with craters and dead volcanoes. In addition, Sezara is known to have magical properties, since only the most difficult spells will allow a spellcaster to teleport himself to Sezara and beyond. What these spells are, and what the precise times are that they can be cast successfully, are unknown, as they have been lost over the passage of time. In addition, Sezara's magical properties also prevent magical examination of its surface, or of the surface of celestial bodies beyond its orbit. Another odd property of Sezara is that is seems to have no distinguishable effects on the tides of Exonia.

The second, larger, farther moon is named Lookari (which, in the ancient tongue, translates as Stalker), and has a radius of approximately seventeen hundred and forty kilometers. Lookari is in a synchronous rotation with Exonia, so there is a side of Lookari which is never seen from Exonia. Lookari orbits Exonia once every sixty one days. Because of Lookari's distance from Exonia, there is never a true solar eclipse on Exonia, although the moons do go across the surface of the sun at predictable intervals.

Until recently, the simple telescopes available to observers on Exonia could only make out the faintest features on Lookari. However, in 129 Tralirs, Lady Galot Gad, a member of the Comital Society, arranged a series of polished and specially shaped lens that allowed her to examine Lookari in much greater detail than was previously available. Using her telescope,  Lady Gad claims that she has seen clouds on Lookari, and even green lands and oceans when the clouds parted. Whether this is an optical illusion or signs of life on Lookari, no one knows. There are stories, however, of ancient mages visiting Lookari, and even one or two Lookarians visiting Exonia. Some tales say Lookarians (if they do exist) are more beautiful than any being ever seen on Exonia. Others say that Lookarians are so hideous that looking upon them directly will drive one mad.

Another odd trait that Lady Gad has observed about the moons concerns a theoretical force she calls Gravity, which she postulates large bodies exert upon one another and the smaller bodies on their surface. According to Lady Gad's observation, the moon Sezara seems to act independently of this force she calls Gravity.

The two moons are connected with the magic realm known as Ceodderus, though what this connection is, is a subject of heated debate among academic, arcane and theological circles.
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Re: The Moons of Exonia
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2020, 08:35:45 AM »
Approved as canon for the Exonia Foundation