The Moons of Karadrus

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Karadrus has two large moons orbiting the planet. Given different names by different races and ethnicities, they are almost universally recognized as the greater moon and the lesser moon.

The Greater Moon is larger and in a wider orbit than the Lesser Moon; completes its cycle every 31 days and displays a reddish-orange hue. It also has a geographic formation that resembles a candle flame. The Lesser Moon is substantially smaller, but with its closer orbit appears to be about 3/4 the size from the Karadrus surface. It has a bluish-green coloration and has a formation that resembles a stylized eye.

Both moons orbit at distances allowing them to eclipse the Karadrus sun. Single eclipses are relatively common, but because of the differing orbits of the moons double eclipses are exceedingly rare. When a double eclipse does happen, the light from the Karadrus sun is completely blocked and makes the world appear to be as dark as a moonless night. Typically the Lesser Moon appears to move into the Greater Moon, but in even rarer cases the Greater Moon appears to move into the Lesser Moon. The last recorded double eclipse was in the weeks prior to the battle when Naxos defeated the Derosi Emperor, and with the Lesser Moon moving into the Greater Moon it was interpreted by the Acalani astronomers and augurs as the sign of a great shift in power. The Derosi Oracles reached much the same conclusion, but the Emperor’s arrogance led him to discount their warning and his lack of caution was partially responsible for his defeat and demise.

The Moons of Karadrus

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