Sky

prairie sky. Photo by Sierra Stoneberg HoltIt’s impossible for anyone from our universe to ever visit Edgewhen, but if you did, your first impression would be that it looks like home. The sky is blue. The clouds are white. The sun is bright and warm.

After a few minutes of gazing at the horizon, however, one might begin to notice some differences. For one thing, the world is flat. This means that ships sailing away from a harbor do not disappear until they are too far away to be seen. Distant mountains and towers are never hidden by the curvature of the earth. Because it is flat.

But otherwise, the sky looks much like the sky in our own world, until the other two heavenly bodies begin to rise.

The Sun

The sun is a yellow ball that produces Heat and Light. It also appears to affect Life, for plants grow better during the times of the year when there is more sunlight.

The Moon

The moon is a translucent sphere, possibly made of impure quartz, that produces Light. It also appears to be linked with Water, for the tides rise when the moon is rising and ebb when the moon is setting. (This is not like our world, where the tides rise and ebb twice during one lunar circuit of the sky.)

The moon is silver at the beginning and end of each month, but in the middle of each month it takes on a distinctive color that gives the month its name. The colors are yellow, green, blue, purple, red, and orange. Each occurs twice per year.

The Lith

The lith is a sparkling chunk of metal with irregular facets. It is only roughly spherical. It appears to be slowly spinning. A facet catching the sunlight or moonlight at the correct angle may add a short-lived glare to the lith, but the lith gives off no light of its own. The lith is believed to be made of steel or iron pyrite. No one has ever succeeded in mapping its facets. Those who try become convinced that the lith changes its facets when they are out of sight.

The lith appears to be linked with Motion, for it moves through the sky much more quickly than the other two bodies. It makes 9 complete orbits per day. Each complete orbit is said to be “one lithic”. This is about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The lithic is the shortest natural measure of time.

The Stars

At night, the sky is filled with stars. They resemble stars viewed from earth, except that not all of them are white. Many stars can be found in each color.

Unlike the three heavenly bodies, the stars do not rotate about an axis. Instead, each star moves independently. The movement of the stars through the sky is very slow compared with the movement of the three heavenly bodies. Even a fast-moving star would take months to travel from the horizon to the zenith.
Scholars at the Academy claim that the sky is round. They say that if the sky were flat, stars would appear to slow down and join dense clusters as they approached the horizon. Perhaps they are correct. Stars at the horizon appear as close as stars overhead and they move at similar speeds.

Elements and the Sky

Symmetry would suggest that the sun, moon, and lith should each relate to 3 elements:
Sun: Air, Heat, Life
Lith: Earth, Motion, Emotion
Moon: Water, Light, Thought

This theory is roughly true, but it does not account for the amount of Light produced by the sun. Note also that all 3 heavenly bodies have some amount of Motion, although the lith does appear to have the most.

Astrologers claim there is also a link between the tiny stars and the Elemental Realms. If the yellow stars fade, the world gets colder. If the green stars are bright, plants will grow well. Some astrologers are correct, but others are just kooks.