A Rhan’s Eye View

So, I’ve been working on a map I would be happy to show for a while. Some might have noticed a featured image on the previous commentary which was taken from the larger map. I’ve a lot more to write up on it, but I thought I’d share this more inclusive view. I’m not sure I have the equatorial scale of the continent facing us right, as it’s been roughed onto the circle to simulate a sphere manually. It should still be fairly close… maybe 20% variance.

Here I’m codifying a few things I’ve intended for a long time, and can do so a bit better. That’s probably not the final face of Laeune, and probably a side view even then, but it might look a bit like that.

Generally I wanted to push the size of the moon in the sky a little larger. So Laeune is both a little bigger, and noticeably closer. Our moon was once much closer to the Earth long before we were here, and is on a glacially slow outward spiral (probably due to repeated kicks from the sun and other bodies.)

It’s interesting to speculate, one thing might expect with a closer, larger moon is more seismic activity, but I’m actually going to project (almost) the opposite. Marginally, in that the increased tidal stress dissipates fault-line stress in many small, often unnoticeable quakes, instead of as many of the larger ones we see. They do have noticeably stronger tides however. Such that they probably made the connection with the moon, and learned about tidal forces much sooner in their history.

One thing that did come up as I was working on the map shown small here is that Napir was actually closer to the pole than I thought it was, so I went ahead and put the tip through the southern pole, and they have an arctic continent (intended) not an ant-arctic one.† That continent is not however centered there, and notably extends onto the far side. Center is around 20° off the pole, roughly opposite Napir, which has been established so far is where a world tree used to stand 400 miles tall.

† I’ve realized that Arctic, and Ant-Arctic are just not appropriate terms. I also to my chagrin noticed I’ve been using solstice without thinking about it. I might have noticed this years ago, and moved on because it was too awkward. I need to decided if I need to go through and replace everything with some new term. Rhastice? Urg, the struggles of epic fantasy. Maybe I should just live with that one. (I think I keep rediscovering it groaning and living with it.) Rhaeistic has been enough of a stretch! Sorry Narcissus, you just aren’t the center of the universe, no, you either Sol/Helios. Helio on the other side I did appropriate as obscure enough, and made a mathematician, who’s name in our language brings in an apt sun association. She spent a lot of time on these kinds of calculations.

Also notable that the northern hemisphere is just permanently warmer than the southern in spite of stronger seasons due to the slightly higher axial tilt. This is just a standing mystery to the burgeoning area of climate science, the practitioners of which are nearly as befuddled as their astronomers to explain some things.

Yes, Thaea is about 20% smaller than Earth, and is supposed to have a thicker atmosphere mostly combined for hand waving on dragons. Still probably not enough, but it might help.

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