Return of the Long Night
The Kulthean Moons
Kulthea has five moons, one moon is very large and the others are somewhat small.
…OF THE NIGHT SKY
The sky at night is easily dominated by bright Orhan, the world’s closest and easiest visible moon. Filling the sky, it is easy to see that The Great Moon (as it is sometimes called) is typically covered with thick clouds. Orhan is believed to be the home of the Lords of Orhan, the major deities worshipped the land over.
Varin is the next largest of Kulthea’s five moons, though it is considerably smaller than Orhan. It has a strange, mottled appearance.
Charón is quite small, and appears silvery grey to the naked eye. It is considered an evil presence by nearly every culture on the planet, inhabited by strange, otherworldly beings. Dark cults worship Charón. They consider the zenith to be a time of particular importance. Children’s tales say the zenith opens a portal that the Unlife can ride down into the lands of Kulthea.
Orhan – The largest moon, Orhan cycles every seventy days, new on the 1st and full on the 35th. Orhan is also the supposed home of the Lords of Orhan; the good deities who resist the Unlife and have brought civilization back from devastation.
Varin – The second largest moon, Varin cycles every ten days.
Charón – The third largest moon, Charón cycles every twenty-one days. Charón is supposedly the home of the Dark Gods, evil deities worshipped by dark cults and followers of the Unlife.
Mikori – The fourth largest moon, Mikori can be barely made out in the night sky.
Tlilok – The fifth largest moon, Tlilok is actually a moon of Orhan and can be seen on clear nights.
Almost all cultures on Kulthea use Orhan, the brighest moon as the basis for their calendar. However, a few, more sophisticated cultures have developed further divisions and more advanced methods.
As noted earlier, the moon Orhan, with its 70 day period, forms the basis for the Kulthean month.
There are 5 months per year, named in order: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Fall. The rest day of Winter is the winter solstice and is thus the coldest month. Spring is the month of planting. Summer is the peak of daylight in the northern hemisphere (seasons are of course reversed in the southern hemisphere), with the solstice occurring midway through the month. Early Autumn is the hottest period of the year, followed by cooling temperatures as the month progresses. Finally, Fall is the season of harvest.
Varin, Kulthea’s closest moon orbits in 10 days, a more convenient period for day-to-day purposes than Orhan’s stately march. Bright enough to be seen even on sunny days, its period denes a week. The names of the days of the week are:
|Orhayen||Moon-day||Varin is full|
|Maryen||Dark-day||Varin is new|
Dates are generally given as “Era, Year X, Orhan Y, day Z”. Era refers to the large scale historical divisions, X is the year in the Era, Y is the month (1 = Winter, 2 = Spring, etc) and Z is the day in the month (1-70). An example is “TE 1013, Orhan 4, day 45,” which is the 1013th year in the Third Era, the 45th day of Autumn. This might be further abbreviated as “1013-4-45”.
The 10-day week is generally not used as a calendar division. On occasion, in a poetic or lyrical reference, Eras are referred to as the Eras of Ire and abbreviated F.E.I. (First Era of Ire), etc. The partition of the year into 5 months is extended into the partition of the Kulthean day. Each day is 25 hours long. Clocks (fairly rare devices) are either divided into 25 equal parts or 5 parts, with a slow hand designating fifths (or “Quintars”) of the Kulthean day, and a secondary hand covering 5 hours in one rotation. The five Quintars are usually addressed by name and not number and are: Morning, Midday, Evening, Night, and redawn. The reference point for Quintars is considered to be dawn of the vernal equinox, which indicates the start of Morning. Compared to Terran equivalents, Predawn starts at midnight, Morning is just before 5am, Midday starts around 9:30 and goes until around 2:30, Evening picks up then and ends around 7pm, when Night occurs. Smaller time divisions, such as minutes and seconds, are not in general use, although specialists (such as Astrologers) have special methods of more accurate timekeeping.