moons

The moons of Xania, Dasijn, and Flalib with their orbital paths.

The moons of Xania, Dasijn, and Flalib with their orbital paths.

​    The young elf Ellinary wrote about the relationship between the three moons and magic over 3,000 years ago.  She computed Xania as1,818 til my'aakal across, weighing 1.3 ​til gomr with tu'nal ta'luat zeros, and an orbit of 7.67 dnuvb. Dasijn measured 2,280 side to side, with a weight of 1.7 and a cycle of 16.67. Flalib is 3,680 across with a mass of 2.61 completing its revolution in 33.54. However, she realized something was missing. Otherwise, the three celestial bodies would either crashed into each other, into Kom Txaus, or flung out into space. Her dissertation asserted there must be an invisible thread between Kom Txaus and the moons. Without the unseen link, there would be no sorcery.  The magic guilds accused Ellinary of heresy and placed a bounty on her.
    No one collected the reward even after she published a second article in Reetta 34, a little over 1100 years ago. She asserted because of the diminished use of enchantments, the connection between the planet and its satellites are weaker, verifying her assertion in the first paper. This is causing them to drift apart, which is why they seem smaller than 3,000 years ago. She also pointed out the lunar calendars are no longer accurate, and they need to add an extra day every few years.  At the time the story was ridiculed, but within a decade many other astronomers, physicists, and people of science agreed.  
    ​With three moons, the tides have extreme fluctuation with a predictable rhythm.  Xania and Dasijn share the sky ​​for about a week every 112 days.  Xania and Flalib are visible in heavens for a short time every six months or so. Dasijn and Flalib are seen together ​after a 17 month seperation. Then in just over nine years, all three are visible at the same time creating a myriad of colors and effects.  
    In some places, the difference between high and low tide can exceed a value of 8 my'aakal. Most coastal towns and cities plan for such extremes. Some ​use walls to keep the water out ​while others rely on spells. ​​Many build on mountains or cliffs above the high water line with a trail or road leading down to the lowest water level. The methods adopted to survive along the coast are varied.
    ​During their brightest ​time, the planet ​has an increase in volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The highest tsunami occurred after a massive earthquake occurred south of the city of Vamonamo, creating a wave that wiped out almost two-thirds of the population in the area.
     The Thesilans taught the humans about the additional properties of plants over 4,000 years ago. When organics receive the light, they glow with a similar hue giving a boost to its natural qualities. This is when everything using or eating the plant benefits from its additional effects. The mages were not happy to learn that any potion maker or healer harvesting the plants can create a more potent mixture, without knowing the mystical arts. During this time, ordinary people collect all the ingredients needed for their elixirs, food, and other uses. However,  the benefits dwindle until the moon is no longer visible.
    


*my'aakal is a meter
*til my'aakal is a kilometer
*til gomr is a kilogram
*ta'luat is 2
*tu'nal is 20
*til is a thousand
*di'nik is a day