The Celestial Bodies of Araevis

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Caesar (Cascade), the Sun -

The great light of Caesar has shone in the sky since time immemorial. Araevis orbits it in a three-hundred-sixty-five day cycle, and corresponds to Castus and its respective holidays. Red-orange in coloration, the red sun appears to be in the latter half of its lifespan, Araevis having stabilized its orbit just prior to the sun entering its red giant state. Astronomists cannot predict for sure when the red giant phase will begin, but suspect it remains a few millennium off.

Aestus (Tide), the first Moon -

The largest and closest in orbit of all of Araevis’ moons, the orbits of this large orbiting station determine the tides of the world, holding dear value to the velen for its connotations with Serpens. It orbits Araevis in a twenty-four hour cycle. The navy coloration of the moon is often attributed to its proximity to Araevis, its visage often occupying a great deal of the night sky, causing a reflection of the world’s oceans to cast its - assumedly normal - lavender composition to be dyed its most commonly seen color.

Lacunar (Ceiling), the second Moon -

The smallest and second-closest in orbit of Araevis’ moons, this station rotates far slower than the other two moons. Keeping a stable orbit approximating one-hundred-thirty days, Lacunar appears to hold no apparent sway over the climate or weather of Araevis, perhaps due to interference from Aestus. When seen, it often holds a greenish hue, prompting astrologists to debate if the moon is possibly constructed of vitatium lateris. Whatever the case, the enlil often celebrate its bi-yearly rotations as a sort of ‘new year’, prompting festivals and holidays in the name of Aquila.

Tus (Comet), the third Moon -

The further in orbit of Araevis’ moons, Tus is most often seen as a white-hot streak in the sky, orbiting at half the speed of Caesar with an estimated seven-hundred-thirty day cycle. The moon is often subject to debate as its actual status, and only its stable orbit saves it from being listed as a glorified comet caught in Araevis’ inevitable pull. The laicar often use it as a symbol of resilience, associating it with Bellator himself.

Spera (Hope), the demi-Moon -

Though not considered to be a true moon, Spera maintains a consistent orbit around Araevis, cycling around the planet roughly once per seven days. Odd in shape, and smaller even than Tus, Spera is a dark form rarely visible against the backdrop of the stars. On rare occasions, not quite three years apart, it passes in front of Aestus, and only then can its shape be clearly seen: to many, it seems to take the shape of a pair of wings. The rarity of its sightings has caused many to associate it with Occultus, and most view it as a portent of good fortune, particularly when it is passing through favored constellations.
 

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