Few Zaldarans have any real knowledge of astronomy—most of what is known rests with astrologers, navigators, and mages. Nevertheless, any who watch the skies with regularity cannot fail to note the patterns and changes that occur over the nights and the seasons.
Most peoples refer to the Known World as Zaldara, though this more accurately describes the continent upon which civilized nations have grown. There are no other known continents on the world.
It is commonly believed that the western seas expand until the horizon while the known world ends to the east at The Rift. Obviously there is more to the land beyond the Rift, but the area is unexplored and infested with all manner of monstrous creatures.
This central body is known simply as the Sun by most, though it is associated with the god Halor by the Midron peoples. It is known that the sun revolves around the world, but there are also other “travelers” in the night sky that, unlike stars, do not remain as fixed points in the heavens.
This body is generally referred to as Cylene (or Sylene to the Midron peoples. It revolves around the world in a roughly 30 day cycle, noted on the calendar as a month.
Four other planets, or “travelers” populate the night sky:
Kalthi : “Morning Bright”
Rahnu : “Shines in the Evening”
Ghath : “Blood-red light”
Sukra : “Yellow Star”
The travelers were named by the ancient Acheran astrologer Raathi in the third century of the current Age.
The most prominent stars in the heavens (outside of the planets) are the pole stars. The northern pole star Xeris is located in the constellation of The Huntress, featured prominently as the point of her arrow. The southern pole star is the star Kehtu, located as the flame of the Lamp constellation.
The following constellations are prominent in the northern sky of Zaldara:
The following signs of the Zodiac also appear in the northern sky:
The Southern Constellations
The following constellations are prominent in the southern sky of Zaldara:
The following signs of the zodiac also appear in the southern sky: