Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
The Aldeya System
Aldeya’s Solar System:
- The solar system consists of a single G-class star with a slightly higher luminosity than Earth’s sun and only 4 planetary bodies. The locals call the star ‘The Sun’ or in some cases, it’s proper name ‘Stel’.
- The planet closest to The Sun is called Staug, and it is too close to be habitable. It’s a small rocky planet approximately 5000 km in diameter with no moons. It is not as yet tidally locked facing The Sun, but it’s day is very long, approximately 200 days which is longer than its year of 143 days.
- Aldeya is the second planet from The Sun nestled at the innermost edge of the habitable zone. It is Earth-like in many respects, though it’s overall temperature is slightly higher and consequently has a much larger area of forested land. The planet is a little smaller than Earth at 10,765 km in diameter, but it only has water covering 64% of it’s surface. Aldeya also has two small moons that orbit it. Both are smaller planetary bodies that were captured by Aldeya’s gravity soon after it’s formation. One of the moons, known as ‘The Little Runner’ or simply ‘Runner’ is irregularly shaped, one side having a protuberance that looks like a snout or muzzle or a small creature. The other moon called ‘Hunter’ is larger and has a slightly longer orbit than ‘Runner’ making it look like it is chasing the smaller moon.
- The third planet in the system is known on Aldeya as Charse. Charse also lies within the system’s habitable zone, but a great cataclysm occurred long ago that shattered the planet leaving a few large masses and a trailing tail of debris. It is suspected that the planet once held not only life, but intelligent life, and there are theories that the cataclysm was not of natural origins. Ships sent to investigate the debris have found artifacts of an ancient culture that predates recorded history on Aldeya, but never any recordings of any kind to give a hint as to who or what the beings may have been.
- The final planet sits well beyond the habitable zone of The Sun and is a large gas giant called ‘Thel’. It was once believed that Thel was the husband of Stel and circled her in dance, basking in her beauty and protecting her from harm. Thel has many moons and captured planetoids orbiting it, most are small and not worth notice, but a few have been flagged for future exploration missions as possible sources of metals and other materials.
- If anyone wants to know more about any of the planets (facts and such), they can be provided. A more detailed description of Aldeya will, of course, be made, as that is the planet with all the action. Here is a link to global maps of Aldeya