Occulus

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This companion of Gaea follows a very different path than his much larger sister, Selene. Instead of her stately sailing through the sky from east to west, slowly being overtaken by the sun with a 30 day period, Occulus has a much more frenetic visitations. For one he is only observable near dawn and sunset, moving from almost directly north to the south (in the morning) or south to north (in the evening). He races on his way, and is visible only for 10 to 20 minutes at most (the last on those times when he passes almost directly overhead). At times when he has one transit low in the east, then another one, in the same direction, might occur in the western sky about an hour and a half later.

Most eyes can only discern Occulus as a bright point in the sky, though elvish eyes can discern an irregular shape that changes even as they gaze at it. In any case it outshines all but the sun and Selene.

Occulus’ oddity is matched by the number of legends, folktales, and superstitions associated with it. Some consider it a baleful influence and wouldn’t think of embarking on any journey or undertaking when it can be seen in the sky. Fisher folk have an almost universal feeling of its beneficence. Elves will arrange their bonding and naming ceremonies to conclude when Occulus is almost overhead.


Your next stop is the decidedly un-cosmographic town of Eldarhaven
home of simple fisherfolk and less-simple adventurers.
If you wish you may return to Selene.
or the list of locations and concepts filed under Cosmography,

Occulus

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