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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-22 10:18 AM
11. The Celestial Month of the Throne
The White Throne served as the visible seat of power for the ancient Fomorian empire of Lomar. Law, and oppression went hand in hand in that grim time, something that has not been forgotten.

Astrology - The White Throne, alson known as the Corpse is a large and bright constellation of 13 stars. It is the sign of judges, tyrants, and petty overlords, and is used in divinations of leadership and success at any cost.

Weather - Under the Throne, the weather becomes oppressive, with clouds becoming almost constant, and storms turning the sky to lead for days on end. When the sun shines, it is the Eye of Judgement, and it always finds the world wanting.

Gardening - With the weather as it is, farming becomes difficult, and food shortages become increasingly common. Few plants grow well, and even livestock becomes more lean.

Adventuring - Adventurers on the whole are eyed as a growing threat, as dissidents and dangers to the current regime. Magics of domination and subjugation are at -1 difficulty, and summoning magics have a single automatic success, or -2 difficulty.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-22 10:37 AM
12. The Celestial Month of the Lantern
Many assume that the power of light is always beneficial, but during the month of the Lantern light burns away all things, scars, and eventually leaves behind a cold and frozen corpse. such is the light that comes from Atma's Lantern, the light of the underworld.

Astrology - The constellation of the Lantern consists of onlt four stars, but each is very bright, and a comet passes through this constellation every other rotation, usually as a herald of great violence. The lantern is associated with inquisitors, and detectives.

Weather - During this sidereal month, drought is widespread. Even normally sodden areas feel the drying heat of the Eye of Judgement, the sun. rivers recede, swamps crack and dry, and forests wither and brown.

Gardening - only the hardiest of crops endure, with things like soft skinned fruits and melons all but vanishing for the duration. Livestock also becomes lean and hardy, with goods like milk and butter becoming less available and more expensive.

Adventuring - Few times are more heroes more vital than in this harsh sidereal month. There is little hope, and the people are hungry for more than just food. Destructive magics are at -1 difficulty, and summoning and conjuration are at +2 difficulty.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-22 10:48 AM
13. The Celestial Month of the Ship
Oinos is the name of the black hulled ship of the dead that silently plies the waters between the harbors and floating cities of the seafolk, and the lands of the dead.

Astrology - The Black Ship, Oinos, consists of seven stars that form a rough horizontal line, with six stars above that create the mast and sail. The passage of the Black ship is seen as a portent of despair and death, and few touch upon it in divinations.

Weather - The weather remains constant, skies are heavy and grey, but the rain never seems to come. when it rains, it never seems to stop, even when the ground is reduced to ankle deep mud. People look up and despair.

Gardening - Few plants poke their heads up during this time, save those that are poisonous or cause illness, blindness or madness.

Adventuring - Heroes are few and far between, with most figures being oppressors, destroyers, or avatars of false hope, lies, and promises that turn into ash in the mouth. All magics other than necromancy are at +1 difficulty, illusion magics are at +3 difficulty.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-23 10:02 AM
14. The Celestial Month of the Manacles
The demon prince Troublante once claimed the crowns of Sargantas and Hyloidia through infernal machination. It was then that Ixia, the Silver Forge took the two crowns of those kingdoms and made them into a pair a manacles and used them to bind Troublante and end his reign of evil.

Astrology - The constellation of the manacles consists of two rings or stars, one containing six stars, the other four. The constellation is consulted in divinations dealing with criminals, bondage, or revolutionary activities.

Weather - Where the weather was once oppressive, it now seems to be chained, storms seem to dry out early, and the sun fails to shine at full force. The temperature cools a considerable amount and winters become longer and more pronounced.

Gardening - Though colder, the climate is more stable, allowing hardy crops to flourish, rather than just survive. Livestock is still lean, but becomes more aggressive, and many fences are broken.

Adventuring - The Sign of the Manacles is a time of upheval and unrest. The bastions of the last 80 to 100 years face new challenges from criminals, dissidents and rebels. Many heroes find place among the commoners, fighting against the oppressors.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-23 10:15 AM
15. The Celestial Month of the Mirror
In the epics, Alonwe the Bright Princess had a magic mirror that she used to see into people, yet that mirror was broken by misuse, and would only show the worst of what was within.

Astrology - The Mirror is a large rectangular constellation consisting of 8 stars. the four brightest pick out the majot corners, with the four minor stars marking the centerpoint of each side. The mirror is considered an ill omen, only rivaled by the appearance of the black Ship for fortune telling.

Weather - Stuttering and violent is the best description as storms start and stop, alternating gale force winds and gentle showers. Temperatures fluctuate greatly between the seasons, and some seasons drag on pas their appointed times, and others are cut dramatically short.

Gardening - Nothing will stay in orderly rows, plants grow in irregular fashion, and fences will not stay mended long enough to keep the likestock from eating the grain in the field.

Adventuring - The powers of chaos swell bloated in celestial power, blowing away the old institutions of man as the forest fire burns away the old growth and debris of the forest. Chaotic or random magics work much better (-2 diff) while lawful magics are +2 diffculty for the duration. Crime is endemic, revolutions the order of the day, and anarchy the flavor of the month.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-08-23 10:40 AM
16. The Celestial Month of the Phoenix
In Falhathian lore, the Phoenix was a large raptor that had a peacock's tale and trailed flame, carnage, and renewal in its path, and was a friend to mothers in labor.

Astrology - The Phoenix is a large constellation of 21 stars, though only astrologers can pick all of them out. It is commonly located by the 7 cardinal stars that pick out the wingtips, beak, eye and the fan of the tail. It is consulted in fortunes involving children, disasters, and for good luck in the face of adversity.

Weather - The Phoenix is the herald of storms, and the weather answers with rain and wind, hail and lightning. Fires ignite from lightning, and it is a time of burning as well. Yet the soil is renewed, cities crawling with disease are burnt and rebuilt, from the ashes.

Gardening - The green shoots burst from the earth that has been tormented by oppressive and destructive weather. Livestock fattens for the first time, yet many are felled by lightning strikes. The cycle of life and death becomes almost frantic as the sidereal year comes to a close and the old is removed.

Adventuring - As the old forms and methods are destroyed, the seeds of the next cycle are planted in the soil, their deep roots to be watered by the storms of the coming Sidereal Year. Heroes of the old year become the legends of the next, and it is a time for the vanquishing of mighty and old evils, and the establishing of new and virile dynasties.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-07-17 04:38 AM
Even great Chthulu, who lies dead and dreaming is bound by the alignment of the stars, and that was in the 1920s. :D Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-23 06:36 PM
5/5 and tomorrow I will give this an HoH vote. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-08-23 02:48 PM
As a GM veteran of many rounds of world creation (long ago), I know how BORING it is to do calendars. That alone warrants a 5.0 from me. Beside, it is Scras that wrote it and that enhances it further. It is different too.

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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-08-23 11:43 PM
Think that idea originally came from the elder scroll series (early-mid nineties), though I cannot be sure. It has been around for quite some time though. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-08-24 01:41 PM
Actually it is much older. Just remembered that the moons of Krynn affect spellcasting and the notion of spellcasting being affected by constellations have been around since the dark ages.

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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-08-23 02:18 PM
I agree with the others. I will add this to the constelation thread in the hopes that people see this and treat it as it should be. I thought it relevent since it is dealing with constelations and all. :D I don't have a tail or paws but Ill give you two horns... Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-08-23 02:51 PM
Not to divert the subject matter any but yes I agree about calendars are boring to do. I found an online program that does it for you. You tell it how many days in the year, how many days in the week and how many months and it populates everything. It will even do moon cycles as wel las add celestial events such as comets and falling stars. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-23 01:48 PM
I was going to read this tonight, in the comforts of home, so I could concentrate on the piece...but alas..I was drawn to it now.

This is brilliant Scras! I tried to pick a fave like SE, but I cant. I just love the overall detail and the work you put in. This is somehow both esoteric and vague, while at the same time pragmatic and infinitely useful for any campaign world. I often speak in superlatives, but rarely announce that I am inspired to use the idea in game-play. Well, Consider this STOLEN!!

Great Work! I have been looking forward to this ever since you starting dropping hints on it, and I am not dissapointed in the least! Fantastic!

If thats not enough...then what SE and Moon said too! :D Go to Comment
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B9anders's comment on 2006-08-23 04:10 PM
this is a brilliant piece of work. Makes me want to re-visit my own piece and add more depth to it.

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axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-11 04:45 PM


The mark of a truly great craftsmen is that they take something simple and mundane and make it look like a master piece. You are a truly great craftsman of the citadel post.



The idea that certain months or celestial alignments are superior for certain types of spells is as old as spell casting itself. The age of Aquarius versus the age of Ares has also been ascribed to explain certain global trends (at least as far my astrology minded former roommate claim). I am going to bet this idea came to in you a flash and was scribbled quickly into a note and then the formatting of this piece too longer than formation of the idea itself. Yet this is complete and well formatted piece. A nice bit of world building,



though the rarely is the pacing of a story or a campaign such that 22.5 years can be passed and then the relative bonuses or weakness of that period be appreciated.

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valadaar's comment on 2006-08-23 07:33 PM
Love the idea that Astrology will affect spellcasting! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-22 01:38 PM
Ow. I actually feel sorry for the coarse, but honest lord, such an end is undeserved... and sounds all the more real. Good work, along with that historical bit.

From the noted magical properties I assume the original scrying spell is gone by now. But the sofa will be still receptive to such an enchantement, so future owners should watch out. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-08-23 12:44 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-22 01:33 PM
A very useful devise either for spies or, if unbugged, for those who want to keep secrets. 5/5 Go to Comment
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