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 ===== The Five Moons ===== ===== The Five Moons =====
  
-Five moons rise and set in the sky of Aerv, never crossing paths. At the end of the world, they will all wane together, and diminish to nothing for the Zioth.+Five moons rise and set in the sky of Aerv, never crossing paths. At the end of the world, they will all wane together, and diminish to nothing for the [[zioth:​world:​zioth|Zioth]].
  
-Quite a lot of mythology centers around the moons. [[zioth:​religion:​zahira|Zahirans'​]] theology revolves around the Moon Children. The Moon Wanderers in the [[zioth:​place:​shirahjat|Shirahjat Cohilition]] migrate with the rising and setting of the moons in ways that only they fully understand.+Quite a lot of mythology centers around the moons. [[zioth:​religion:​zahira|Zahirans'​]] theology revolves around the Moon Children. The Moon Wanderers in the [[zioth:​place:​shirahjat|Shirahjat Cohilition]] migrate with the rising and setting of the moons in ways that only they fully understand. [[zioth:​religion:​andritha|Andrithanism]] has Andritha creating the moons at the beginning of the world.
  
  
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 {{zioth:​moon_halkak.gif}} {{zioth:​moon_halkak.gif}}
  
-Halkak (hǒl'​kǒk) is a word in Sarnam meaning "​Stronghold."​+Halkak (hǒl'​kǒk) is a Sarnam ​word meaning "​Stronghold."​
  
-Halkak is similar in most respects -- size, color and brightness -- to Earth'​s moon. It is visible throughout the night, and during the earliest and latest hours of the day. It rises in the east and sets in the west, passing through various parts of the sky at its apex, depending on latitude and season. ​+Halkak is similar in most respects -- size, color and brightness -- to Earth'​s moon. It is visible throughout the night, and often during the earliest and latest hours of the day. It rises in the east and sets in the west, passing through various parts of the sky at its apex, depending on latitude and season. ​
  
-The standard ​month and year used in Rang and surrounding regions is based on Halkak'​s cycle. The month is 28 days long, and the year is 13 months, which, coincidentally,​ lines up perfectly with the 364 day solar year. The [[zioth:​world:​calendar|Andrithan Calendar]] is based on Halkak.+The [[zioth:​world:​calendar|standard ​calendar]] ​used in [[zioth:​place:​rang|Rang]] and surrounding regions is based on Halkak'​s cycle. The month is 28 days long, and the year is 13 months, which, coincidentally,​ lines up perfectly with the 364 day solar year.
  
  
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 {{zioth:​moon_tirop.gif}} {{zioth:​moon_tirop.gif}}
  
-Tirop (tē'​rǒp) in Sarnam means "​swift-footed"​ or "the swiftest traveller."+Tirop (tē'​rǒp) in Sarnam means "​swift-footed" ​when used as an adjective, ​or "the swiftest traveller" ​when used as a noun.
    
 Tirop is a third of the diameter of Halkak, and only one tenth as bright. It is slightly oblong, and its color varies over its surface from deep blue to light blue. As such a dim moon, it is impossible to see Tirop in the sky when any light from the sun is visible. Because of this, it sometimes begins or ends its journey not sharply at the horizon, but by fading in or out quite a ways above it. Tirop is a third of the diameter of Halkak, and only one tenth as bright. It is slightly oblong, and its color varies over its surface from deep blue to light blue. As such a dim moon, it is impossible to see Tirop in the sky when any light from the sun is visible. Because of this, it sometimes begins or ends its journey not sharply at the horizon, but by fading in or out quite a ways above it.
  
-Tirop'​s cycle is 16 days long. When used as the primary moon in the calendar, the year is 91 months long. This period of four solar years is known as a "Cycle of Tirop."​ During the first year of a solar cycle, Tirop appears in the southeast and sets in the southwest, and is visible from late evening until a few hours past midnight. The next year, it crosses through the middle of the sky, and is visible for about four hours on either side of midnight. On the third year, it rises in the northeast and disappears in the northwest, and is visible from a few hours before midnight until shortly after sunrise. During the fourth, or "​swift"​ year, it is visible four hours on either side of midnight. Progression from one state to the next other is gradual. ​+Tirop'​s cycle is 16 days long. The Tirop calendar ​uses a 91 month year. This period of four solar years is known as a "Cycle of Tirop."​ During the first year of the cycle, Tirop appears in the southeast and sets in the southwest, and is visible from late evening until a few hours past midnight. The next year, it crosses through the middle of the sky, and is visible for about four hours on either side of midnight. On the third year, it rises in the northeast and disappears in the northwest, and is visible from a few hours before midnight until shortly after sunrise. During the fourth, or "​swift"​ year, it is visible four hours on either side of midnight. Progression from one state to the next is gradual.
  
-It is said that the woodland and fairy creatures have some connection to Tirop. It is not known whether any of them use it to measure time+It is said that the woodland and [[zioth:​creature:​fey|fey ​creatures]] have some connection to Tirop.
  
  
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 Ilsupeich (ǐl'​sə-pěsh) in Sarnam means "​mountain builder."​ Ilsupeich (ǐl'​sə-pěsh) in Sarnam means "​mountain builder."​
  
-Ilsapeich is half the diameter of Halkak, ​and is a fifth as bright. The moon is white with a brown tint. Ilsapeich rises in the northeast and sets in the southwest. It is always visible from a few minutes after sunset to a few minutes before sunrise, and passes through the middle of the sky all year round. ​+Ilsupeich almost as large as Halkak, ​but is only two thirds ​as bright. The moon is white with a brown tint. Ilsapeich rises in the northeast and sets in the southwest. It is always visible from a few minutes after sunset to a few minutes before sunrise, and passes through the middle of the sky all year round. ​
  
 The month is 52 days long, and the year is seven months, which is the same as a solar year. The year begins on the first of Aed.  The month is 52 days long, and the year is seven months, which is the same as a solar year. The year begins on the first of Aed. 
  
-Dwarves ​and gnomes ​are said to use this moon for their calendar.+[[zioth:​creature:​dwarf|Dwarves]] are said to use this moon for their calendar.
  
  
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 Ot (ǒt) is a proper noun in Sarnam, meaning "​Watcher of the Underworld."​ Which mythology spawned the name is unknown. Ot (ǒt) is a proper noun in Sarnam, meaning "​Watcher of the Underworld."​ Which mythology spawned the name is unknown.
  
-Ot is almost as large as Halkak, ​but is only two thirds ​as bright. It is white, with a red tint. Ot rises in the west and sets in the east, moving in the opposite direction of the other moons and the sun. It is visible during most of the night and parts of the day, in an unpredictable fashion. On extremely rare occasions, Ot can be seen until few hours from noon. Because of Ot's retrograde motion, there are legends about battles that the Watcher of the Underworld has with the sun every morning. When Ot is visible near noon, it is testing its luck, trying to remain through the Sun's apex, but it always fails. Some claim that Ot will one day succeed, and blot out the sun from the sky. +Ot is half the diameter of Halkak, ​and is a fifth as bright. It is white, with a red tint. Ot rises in the west and sets in the east, moving in the opposite direction of the other moons and the sun. It is visible during most of the night and parts of the day, in an unpredictable fashion. On extremely rare occasions, Ot can be seen until few hours from noon. Because of Ot's retrograde motion, there are legends about battles that the Watcher of the Underworld has with the sun every morning. When Ot is visible near noon, it is testing its luck, trying to remain through the Sun's apex, but it always fails. Some claim that Ot will one day succeed, and blot out the sun from the sky. 
  
-An Ot cycle is 34 days long. While various evil creatures of legend are said to worship or derive power from Ot, there is no known yearly ​calendar that uses it.+An Ot cycle is 34 days long. While various evil creatures of legend are said to worship or derive power from Ot, there is no known calendar that uses it.
  
  
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 Zabrigar (ză'​brǐ-gǒr) is Sarnam for "lair of dragons"​ Zabrigar (ză'​brǐ-gǒr) is Sarnam for "lair of dragons"​
  
-Zabrigar is a cloudy mixture of black and white. It is half again as large as Halkak, but only three quarters as bright. It is often seen as having a silhouette of a dragon spanning its surface. Zabrigar rises in the east and sets in the west. It can be ahead or behind Halkak and Tirop, but is always further north than Halkak. During the first and last seven months of each Zabrigar year, it passes near the center of the sky. The rest of the time, it is more off-center.+Zabrigar is a cloudy mixture of black and white, which varies from night to night. It is half again as large as Halkak, but only three quarters as bright. It is often seen as having a silhouette of a dragon spanning its surface. Zabrigar rises in the east and sets in the west. It can be ahead or behind Halkak and Tirop, but is always further north than Halkak. During the first and last seven months of each Zabrigar year, it passes near the center of the sky. The rest of the time, it is more off-center.
  
-There are 91 Zabrigar years (3094 months) in a Zioth. Dragons are said to use the Zabrigar calendar when reckoning time. They count the years of their life by Zabrigar, so that even a dragon as old as the Zioth has only lived ninety years. There are villages where it is a long-held tradition to stay indoors during a particular week of the Zabrigar year which is claimed to be a dragon'​s birth week. The idea is if the dragon doesn'​t see them, it won't attack.+There are 91 Zabrigar years (3094 months) in a Zioth. Dragons are said to use the Zabrigar calendar when reckoning time. They count the years of their life by Zabrigar, so that even a dragon as old as the Zioth has only lived ninety years. There are villages where it is a long-held tradition to stay indoors during a particular week of the Zabrigar year which is claimed to be a dragon'​s birth week. The idea is that if the dragon doesn'​t see them, it won't attack.
  
 The Zabrigar month is 120 days long, and its year is 34 months (4080 days, or 11.2 Halkak years). The Zabrigar month is 120 days long, and its year is 34 months (4080 days, or 11.2 Halkak years).
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 ===== Time spans between simultaneous new moons ===== ===== Time spans between simultaneous new moons =====
  
-While basic math can derive these numbers ​failry ​easy, they are not common knowledge. The ability to predict lunar conjunctions is often seen as magic or witchcraft.+While basic math can derive these numbers ​fairly ​easy, they are not common knowledge. The ability to predict lunar conjunctions is often seen as magic or witchcraft.
  
 ^ Moons ^ Days ^ Years:​Days ^ Moons ^ Days ^ Years:​Days ^ ^ Moons ^ Days ^ Years:​Days ^ Moons ^ Days ^ Years:​Days ^
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 | HTOZ | 28,560 | 78:​168 ​ | TIOZ | 53,040 | 145:260 | | HTOZ | 28,560 | 78:​168 ​ | TIOZ | 53,040 | 145:260 |
 | HIOZ | 185,640 | 510:0  | HTIOZ | 371,280 | 1020:0 | | HIOZ | 185,640 | 510:0  | HTIOZ | 371,280 | 1020:0 |
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