The Coming of the Zioth

The Five Moons

Five moons rise and set in the sky of Aerv, never crossing paths. At the end of the world, they will all wane together, and diminish to nothing for the Ziothplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Zioth

The Zioth is the night when all five moons are new at once. It is said that on that night, which occurs once every 1020 years, the world is destroyed and rebuilt. Zioth is an acronym for the initials of the five moons (Zabrigar, Ilsapeich, Ot, Tirop, Halkak). The word Zioth refers both to the 1020 year period, and to the event itself.
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Quite a lot of mythology centers around the moons. Zahiransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigZahira

by Diane Hutton and the DM

The Common View

Zahira is seen as a dangerous cult that welcomes the Zioth and embraces death. It is led by mysterious druid-like entities known as “True Zahirans.” There is quite a bit of legend surrounding these druids, such as their ability to appear out of nowhere, or the fact that they all look alike.
' theology revolves around the Moon Children. The Moon Wanderers in the Shirahjat Cohilition migrate with the rising and setting of the moons in ways that only they fully understand. Andrithanismplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
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Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
creating the moons at the beginning of the world.

Halkak

Halkak (hǒl'kǒk) is a Sarnamplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLanguage

Rouch

Rouch is the vernacular, or common tongue, spoken throughout Rang. Because of Rang's influence, it's also a trade language in the surrounding kingdoms.

Sarnam

Sarnam is the “old tongue,” spoken by the priests of Andritha. Most of the nobly-born are familiar with the language.
word meaning “Stronghold.”

Halkak is similar in most respects – size, color and brightness – to Earth's moon. It is visible throughout the night, and often during the earliest and latest hours of the day. It rises in the east and sets in the west, passing through various parts of the sky at its apex, depending on latitude and season.

The standard calendarplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithan Calendar

A little can be learned about
used in Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
and surrounding regions is based on Halkak's cycle. The month is 28 days long, and the year is 13 months, which, coincidentally, lines up perfectly with the 364 day solar year.

Tirop

Tirop (tē'rǒp) in Sarnamplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLanguage

Rouch

Rouch is the vernacular, or common tongue, spoken throughout Rang. Because of Rang's influence, it's also a trade language in the surrounding kingdoms.

Sarnam

Sarnam is the “old tongue,” spoken by the priests of Andritha. Most of the nobly-born are familiar with the language.
means “swift-footed” when used as an adjective, or “the swiftest traveller” when used as a noun.

Tirop is a third of the diameter of Halkak, and only one tenth as bright. It is slightly oblong, and its color varies over its surface from deep blue to light blue. As such a dim moon, it is impossible to see Tirop in the sky when any light from the sun is visible. Because of this, it sometimes begins or ends its journey not sharply at the horizon, but by fading in or out quite a ways above it.

Tirop's cycle is 16 days long. The Tirop calendar uses a 91 month year. This period of four solar years is known as a “Cycle of Tirop.” During the first year of the cycle, Tirop appears in the southeast and sets in the southwest, and is visible from late evening until a few hours past midnight. The next year, it crosses through the middle of the sky, and is visible for about four hours on either side of midnight. On the third year, it rises in the northeast and disappears in the northwest, and is visible from a few hours before midnight until shortly after sunrise. During the fourth, or “swift” year, it is visible four hours on either side of midnight. Progression from one state to the next is gradual.

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Having so much diversity in themselves, humans have been known to muddle the stories of other races together, and confuse them until it is easier just to clump them all into the category of “fairy folk.”

The common words used for many in this category,
have some connection to Tirop.

Ilsupeich

Ilsupeich (ǐl'sə-pěsh) in Sarnamplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLanguage

Rouch

Rouch is the vernacular, or common tongue, spoken throughout Rang. Because of Rang's influence, it's also a trade language in the surrounding kingdoms.

Sarnam

Sarnam is the “old tongue,” spoken by the priests of Andritha. Most of the nobly-born are familiar with the language.
means “mountain builder.”

Ilsupeich almost as large as Halkak, but is only two thirds as bright. The moon is white with a brown tint. Ilsapeich rises in the northeast and sets in the southwest. It is always visible from a few minutes after sunset to a few minutes before sunrise, and passes through the middle of the sky all year round.

The month is 52 days long, and the year is seven months, which is the same as a solar year. The year begins on the first of Aed.

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Dwarves are short, stocky people, growing to a height of only two or three feet, who concern themselves primarily with hard, sober work, like mining and metalworking. They are said to be immortal, or at least to live for hundreds of years. The dwarves keep their distance from humans; they are suspicious of foreigners. They live in mountains and hills, always underground, where they carve tunnels and caves in which to live and work. Only rulers, miners and artisans are ever mentioned in …
are said to use this moon for their calendar.

Ot

Ot (ǒt) is a proper noun in Sarnamplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLanguage

Rouch

Rouch is the vernacular, or common tongue, spoken throughout Rang. Because of Rang's influence, it's also a trade language in the surrounding kingdoms.

Sarnam

Sarnam is the “old tongue,” spoken by the priests of Andritha. Most of the nobly-born are familiar with the language.
, meaning “Watcher of the Underworld.” Which mythology spawned the name is unknown.

Ot is half the diameter of Halkak, and is a fifth as bright. It is white, with a red tint. Ot rises in the west and sets in the east, moving in the opposite direction of the other moons and the sun. It is visible during most of the night and parts of the day, in an unpredictable fashion. On extremely rare occasions, Ot can be seen until few hours from noon. Because of Ot's retrograde motion, there are legends about battles that the Watcher of the Underworld has with the sun every morning. When Ot is visible near noon, it is testing its luck, trying to remain through the Sun's apex, but it always fails. Some claim that Ot will one day succeed, and blot out the sun from the sky.

An Ot cycle is 34 days long. While various evil creatures of legend are said to worship or derive power from Ot, there is no known calendar that uses it.

Zabrigar

Zabrigar (ză'brǐ-gǒr) is Sarnamplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLanguage

Rouch

Rouch is the vernacular, or common tongue, spoken throughout Rang. Because of Rang's influence, it's also a trade language in the surrounding kingdoms.

Sarnam

Sarnam is the “old tongue,” spoken by the priests of Andritha. Most of the nobly-born are familiar with the language.
for “lair of dragonsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.

Zabrigar is a cloudy mixture of black and white, which varies from night to night. It is half again as large as Halkak, but only three quarters as bright. It is often seen as having a silhouette of a dragonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.
spanning its surface. Zabrigar rises in the east and sets in the west. It can be ahead or behind Halkak and Tirop, but is always further north than Halkak. During the first and last seven months of each Zabrigar year, it passes near the center of the sky. The rest of the time, it is more off-center.

There are 91 Zabrigar years (3094 months) in a Zioth. Dragonsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.
are said to use the Zabrigar calendar when reckoning time. They count the years of their life by Zabrigar, so that even a dragonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.
as old as the Zioth has only lived ninety years. There are villages where it is a long-held tradition to stay indoors during a particular week of the Zabrigar year which is claimed to be a dragonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.
's birth week. The idea is that if the dragonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDragons

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There is a wide variety of stories about dragons. Some tell of majestic and benevolant beings who are willingly given tribute. Others tell of horrible, mindless creatures who think of nothing but destruction. Dragons in myth range in size from smaller than a blade of grass, to larger than Aerv itself.
doesn't see them, it won't attack.

The Zabrigar month is 120 days long, and its year is 34 months (4080 days, or 11.2 Halkak years).

Time spans between simultaneous new moons

While basic math can derive these numbers fairly easy, they are not common knowledge. The ability to predict lunar conjunctions is often seen as magic or witchcraft.

Moons Days Years:Days Moons Days Years:Days
HT 112 0:112 TI 208 0:208
TZ 240 0:240 TO 272 0:272
HI 364 1:0 HZ 840 2:112
HO 952 2:224 HTI 1,456 4:0
IZ 1,560 4:104 HTZ 1,680 4:224
IO 1,768 4:312 HTO 1,904 5:84
OZ 2,040 5:220 TIZ 3,120 8:208
TIO 3,536 9:260 TOZ 4,080 11:76
HIZ 10,920 30:0 HIO 12,376 34:0
HOZ 14,280 39:84 HTIZ 21,840 60:0
HTIO 24,752 68:0 IOZ 26,520 72:312
HTOZ 28,560 78:168 TIOZ 53,040 145:260
HIOZ 185,640 510:0 HTIOZ 371,280 1020:0