Information on Rhischal:
Distance from the Sun at
Length of Year (Days): 288
Diameter at Equator (Miles): 7,200
Rotation Period: 24 hrs.
Tilt of Axis: 30°
Satellites: Revolution (Days) Weight
Moon 1: 9 3
Moon 2: 32 5
Moon 3: 482 9 (magnetic)
Menology: Although each race had a variation of the calendar at one point or another, they have almost all agreed upon the Corthicon (CÔR thi con), the calendar set forth by the Confederation (see later entry). The Corthicon records years from the Year of Falling Stars, which is considered year zero for the purposes of the calendar. However, the years are divided up into groups of four hundred eighty two to correspond with the converging moons; causing the current year, 1732 after the Year of Falling Stars, to be written like this: 3 ¥ 479 (years preceding the Year of Falling Stars use the symbol ± and count only by years, not groups of them).
Years are two hundred eighty eight days and each day is twenty-four hours. Weeks are nine days long, corresponding with the smallest moon, and months are thirty-two days long, corresponding with the medium moon. Spring begins on the first day of the new year, summer three months later and winter three months after that; autumn is not recognized.
Notes on the Year of Falling Stars: Seventeen hundred thirty two years ago, some stellar object collided with the largest of the moons (knocking into its current pattern) and sent a great deal of debris into the atmosphere. The superheated meteorites smashed into Rhischal’s surface, heating the temperature and scarring the surface considerably. This was a major turning point in many cultures, including the Ukari, Zath, and human.
Notes on the Moons: As far as the physical state of Rhischal is concerned, the moons’ gravitational pulls exert a great deal of control over the tides and other things on the planet. Generally, the people of Rhischal are accustomed to the regular pulls exercised by the first two moons. Every year, on the evening of the last day, the small and medium moons cross paths, their combined gravity almost that of the large one. This causes many lakes, rivers and seas to swell, flooding the surrounding areas. Rarely a problem though, this annual flooding is always prepared for and is actually what most cultures rely on for their agriculture.
It’s when the third moon converges with the others that things become difficult. Every fifteen years or so, the smallest and the largest assemble, altering weather patterns and causing hurricanes to sweep across all coastal areas. These wind currents come from the south, increasing temperature for several months, producing a longer growing season (for those crops not destroyed by the wind and rains). Every fifty-five years, when the two larger moons meet, the results are considerably worse. Typhoons, hurricanes and tornadoes course their way down from the northern seas and mountains, bringing up to a year of frigid sleet and snow, enough to kill the unprepared by exposure, and many more if they don’t have enough foresight to stockpile food. Finally, every four hundred eighty two years, all three moons converge in the sky. Times of great upheaval, both spiritually and climatically, these Convergences as the people of Rhischal know them, often change the histories of the time. The gravitational pull is so strong that it immediately triggers massive earthquakes that often reshape the land. These tremors in turn set off volcanic eruptions in the Flaming Peaks. The ash from these blasts is swept up by the agitated climate and rests in the atmosphere for a long time, bringing about winters that can last up to five years. This cold has a tendency to kill a large percentage of the population, in a way making room for the new children. Fortunately, the convergence of all moons is rare enough for the world to recover after each.