Austin's Solar System
The planet Austin, orbits a central sun known as Ixion. However, it is by far not the only planet doing just that, and there are over 25 other celestial bodies that together comprise the Solar System. While magic and technology on Austin are not yet advanced enough to allow us to explore these places, astronomy and the use of powerful divination magics have provided us with some details about these worlds. Let me share some of my researches with you.
Sadira bint Zobeida - Astrologer & Seeress
Ixion - The star at the heart of the solar system, it is named after the Tajukian word for Fire. It's light and heat allow life to exist in the solar system, as without it, all planets would be a mirror of Brynn at the farthest end of the solar system. Ixion is a medium-sized star, and it burns yellow. It is easily bigger than the combined mass of the entire solar system ten times over.
The Inner Planets
Entriss - This is the closest planet to the Sun, and as such is super heated by its close proximity. Entriss is a world of fire and rock, with many active volcanoes. The air is is heavily polluted with sulphur and methane, making it unbreathable to all known forms of life on Austin. Having said that, creatures such as Fire Elementals or Genies such as the Dao or Efreet, would be right at home here. Entriss is about a third larger than the planet Austin.
Austin - Austin is an earth-size planet, with a breathable atmosphere, and as of this journal, is the only planet currently known to support life. It is a world of oceans and continents, and water covers about 2/3rd's of its surface. The planet is home to a staggering array of flora and fauna, including many sentient species, from humans & elves, through to more unusual creatures such as bainligors and sharkmen. While the planet has several continents, only one has been extensively charted, and even then its northern and southern most reaches remain terra incognito. The planet Austin is orbited by twin moons, and they are:
Valess - Of all the other planets, Valess is the one thought most likely to support life. It is a world of vast oceans, dotted with chains of tiny islands. There are no continents here. The atmosphere is known to be breathable, and from telescopes we can see that the planet shows up as blue & green, indicating that there may well be plant life on the islands. As to whether any sentient lifeforms exist however, is at the moment a matter of pure conjecture, and a subject of considerable debate amongst scholars. Valess is the same size as Austin.
The Outer Planets
Neblos - This planet is huge in comparison to our own. Easily a thousand times bigger than Austin, Neblos is the largest planet in the solar system. It is a giant ball of gas, primarily hydrogen. There is no land here, and no-one believes there to be any form of life on Neblos, due to the incredible gravitational forces at work, needed to hold the planet together. Neblos is orbited by 13 moons. They are:
Farion - Not really a true moon, Farion is about the same size as Tiraca. I am led to believe that it is really a large asteroid that has gotten caught by the pull of Neblos's gravity. In time I believe it will spiral in and be destroyed as it hits the atmosphere of Neblos, but that will take several more centuries.
Tarix - Tarix is another giant gas planet, though slighter smaller than Neblos. Its outstanding feature are the many rings which orbit it, comprised of ice and rocks. The ring orbits at an angle running from south-west to north-east, if the planet is looked at face on. Tarix is also thought to be unlikely to support life. It is orbited by 7 moons, and they are:
Brynn - The very last planet in the solar system, Brynn is a harsh icy world, about half the size of the planet Austin. The planet has a rock core, yet it is covered in all but a few places, by an ice cap many miles deep. Poking through the ice cap in a few places are the peaks of the most massive mountains in the solar system (if their height is determined from their base, beneath all the ice anyway). Brynn might support life, but it would be unlike anything we have so far encountered on our own planet.
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