The four moons of Baeg Tobar are important to the cultures of many societies throughout the world. They affect life on the planet in a number of ways, the most significant of which is the ten hour period of twilight created by the rise and ensuing fall of Diun. The moons are also very important to the shuen because of their affects on the tides.
Also known as the Sentinel, Diun is a grey and non-descript planetoid filled with gases. Diun is the closest moon to Baeg Tobar, so although it appears to be the largest of the four moons, it is actually only the second largest. It orbits the planet in 64 days, completing its circuit 18 times per year. It is a cloud filled sphere, which makes it extremely bright as the sun reflects off its surface. Diun follows an almost-monthly phase shift from full to new to full again. The shuen months synch with the cycles of Diun, while the Yuinite months are based on a solar schedule and do not take the moons into account.
Lakshi, also called the Garden of Lakshi, is a green moon with blue clouds. It is the largest of the four moons, but due to its distance it appears slightly smaller than Diun. It takes nearly 137 days to make its way around Baeg Tobar, orbiting the planet just over eight times per year.
Takata Shin, the Trickster, the smallest moon of Baeg Tobar, hides much of the time behind Diun. It is only a few thousand miles farther out than Diun and has a slightly faster velocity, keeping it almost perfectly on the opposite side of Diun from Baeg Tobar.
Every few years, however, Takata Shin’s orbit begins to fall behind Diun’s, revealing itself to Baeg Tobar. It appears like a small diamond earring hanging from the Sentinel’s left side. This is caused by two factors working together: Lakshi exerts a slight pull on the moon, and Takata Shin’s speed is not fast enough – by a hair – to keep it in line with Diun. This phase of its orbit is always counteracted by Nurom Misuer, which arrives on its bi-annual orbit to tug the small moon back into its place. As Takata Shin falls behind, Nurom Misuer falls towards Baeg Tobar and passes nearby Takata Shin and Diun, causing both to speed up slightly. Since Takata Shin is much smaller, it speeds up more, bringing it back behind Diun again. It is a very delicate dance that all 4 moons play.
Nurom Misuer is known as The Envious, an angry red moon that appears as a small crimson star in the sky for most of the year. While the other moons maintain a fairly stable orbit, Misuer rides an ellipse that brings it extremely near twice a year. On some of its passes it closes nearer to BT than even Diun and thus appears upsettingly red and huge.
While it makes its pass twice a year, that does not mean Takata Shin appears along with it every time. This complex dance occurs only every few years, but when it does, Nurom Misuer is guaranteed to come to its most menacing and closest position in regard to BT. Sailors and coastal dwellers are highly suspicious of the Envious moon, fearing the strange tidal effects during these phases.
A Common Fair Evening
Diuntyne: A farmer is turning his field with a great habback and a plow.
The sun is gone, or at least leaving the last streak of color on the horizon. Diun is full and about halfway to reaching its apex. It burns so bright that the farmer and the habback both have sharp shadows running beside them. Visablity is still fairly far, even if details of the distant hills are muted. The light is cool, and mist is beginning to rise from a nearby creek as the world loses its heat. Along the edge of the field, phospherescent plants are beginning to glow in reaction to Diun. Bluestar ivy is glows in the trees near the creek.
Lakshi is ahead of Diun at this time of year. The second full moon is green and the blue clouds streak across its surface. The colors and distance make Lakshi less reflective. It is smaller than Diun in the sky, maybe by a third. The bright red Nurom Misuer is near setting to the far right.
Nurom Misuer’s Arrival
Diuntyne: Outside a rooftop cafe, Thilans sit and enjoy the cool evening. The stalls in the open market below have rolled up their curtains and fabric roofs. Diun’s bright light pours down on the wares and customers are in full swing. In the summer, this is a busy time. The heat of the sun has long vanished and it is nearing the end of Diuntyne. Soon Diun will drop behind the horizon and Syan (night) will come with all its darkness. Customers crowd the market to gather wares for dinner. Two cafe patrons are leaning back in their chairs and stare up into the sky. Diun is above the horizon and half full. Lakshi is just past its apex and farther out, three-quarters full.
The patrons have their chairs turned to Nurom Misuer. It is smaller than the other moons, but no longer just a star. It is dark red and full, still too far out to be behind BT’s shadow. It is coming in from the left, higher in plane than the other moons. It is worriesome and intimidating, an unlucky moon making its return. One of the patrons throws a warding hex up at the sky.
Nurom Misuer’s Threat
Diuntyne: A light dusting of snow covers the cold ground. The squat stone buildings of the town are on the high ground to the right. The sea roils before us, the tide out and unusually low. The shore drops off quick and we can see broken traps and discarded equipment sticking out of the dry sand.
Children hunt through the wreckage. All the fishing vessels are grounded. Two men are lashing their boat to a large iron anchor with thick chain. The anchor is high on the shore, though the boat is fifty yards down. They leave a coil of extra chain by the boulder. One is attaching the chain while the other stands with his arms crossed and looks up at the sky.
Nearer, a few women are on their knees at the normal shoreline. They have set out dried fish and a pot of valuable oil on a wooden plank. It is their offering to the sea and the moons for their benevolence.
Above, the moons are in their most complex orbit. Nurom Misuer is nearest and largest, burning bright red in the center of the sky. Its color seems to bleed into neighboring Diun, covering half the white/silver moon with its red. Lakshi is to the right, farther ahead as if fleeing the tresspassing orb. Diun is on the left, closer to Misuer than Lakshi. The brightest orb in the sky is Takata Shin. It hangs to the left of Diun, almost touching its surface. It sparkles like a gem, its icy surface like a diamond in the sky. It is returning to its proper position behind Diun.
Nurom Misuer is menacing. It seems to have punched between the two regular moons as if to strike the world in anger. The fishing community are preparing their ships against sever high tides. The women are giving their offerings and the men look on with concern.