Sythyry (sythyry) wrote,

Mirinxan on Narethy (58/170)

Mirinxan on Narethy

Our scout Mirinxan had taken one of the venstroma’s nyxyliths. Officially, this was so that the party could talk with him in case of some disaster or other. Unofficially it was so that I could participate a bit in the adventure, relaying messages from Mirinxan to Osoth or what have you. I was as excited about the new world as anyone.

Mirinxan burst forth from the cyclone in a battering flutter of wings. He sought the sky, as one does under uncertain circumstances. (The cyclone-mouth needs to be on the ground, or close, so we can move small people and large equipment and herds. Moving the cyclone-mouth itself would take highly advanced magic and we do not attempt it.)

As the first dragon on the first world, Mirinxan was given the honor of naming it. Thus it became known, now and forever, as Narethy. The name is short for “Why is it tilted?”

Cosmology of Narethy

And that’s an excellent question. Narethy is our first example of a world of the type we later came to call ‘Predictable Platelet’. The worlds of the Tsòn Cluster — and that name means “lootable” or “rich prey” — are frequently Predictable Platelets. They are flat slabs of some substrate material: Narethy is based on basalt, but others have been based on slabs of iron (which makes some sense), or bone (barely sensible), or even titanium and fired porcelain (why? We never understood that one, like so much else about the Tsòn Cluster).

Narethy is not terribly large as worlds go. It is an irregular hexagon-ish thing, just under two grand miles from farthest point to farthest point. It is a hair over four miles thick, mostly basalt.

It is floating in the void.

Gravity works in a very standard way on Narethy — more or less the same as it does for Hove. There is a universal notion of “down”. On the surface of the platelet, “down” means roughly the direction you’d expect. If you let go of a potato, it will fall to the platelet. (Slowly! About ⅔ of the gravity of Hove or Mhel.)

Narethy is tilted, though. When we got to measure it, gravity is about 3º off from the exact perpendicular to the platelet’s surface. So, the whole world is tilted at 3º. We’re not sure why. We think that the universe is a tube with solid walls, and the world is a bit too big to fit evenly in the bottom of the tube and got wedged at a slight angle.

Oh, and there’s a sun, a small and roughly octagonal platelet. It kind of flutters around irregularly in the sky: falling towards Narethy, then rebounding (from what?) and twirling back up high. The interval between bounces varies from four to eighteen standard days. There’s not exactly a day/night cycle, though the sun gives a lot more light when it’s showing its faces to Narethy than when it’s showing its edge.

We never really understood much about Narethy’s universe. It wasn’t the one we had come to take.

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