The universe stretches out before you like rippling velvet. Stars and planets twinkle, nestled deep in the fabric of space. In this warm and beautiful emptiness two stars seem to gleam brighter than the rest.
Gudal and Vilten, the twin suns of the Erluin system, hold onto each other with enough strength to never fly apart and yet not enough to crash into each other. They are steadfast and bright, providing light and life to the system as they careen wildly through the vast infinite of space.
Exten, a small planet where the heat chars the rock red and black, orbits Gudal closely. Ligent follows a similar pattern. Its distance from Gudal and thick, clotted atmosphere protect it from the worst of the heat. Finally Zinneth, the huge, billowing gas giant, sweeps around Gudal like a dancer spinning around their partner.
On the opposite side of the system burns Gudal’s mirror image, Vilten. Circling close to the second sun is Vann, a planet where half never sees light thanks to its peculiar axis and orbit. Quillion is dark and deep, a water planet twisting around a sun whose beams can never illuminate the depths of the vast oceans covering its surface. Daring to move further from Vilten than the others is Doone. With gigantic mountains and deep crevasses, Doone’s thin atmosphere renders it a rocky, barren landscape of geographical awe.
Forever twirling between the two suns in a figure of eight is Kaio, a small, dark, and mysterious planet. Pulled this way and that by the multitude of celestial bodies in the sky, Kaio’s orbit seems almost whimsical to a casual observer. But like all planets, there is a pattern in its movements.
Finally, trapped in the middle of the Erluin system, is Alfallen. Equidistant between the suns Gudal and Vilten, Alfallen does not orbit. It rotates on its axis and wobbles, and this brings the ebb and flow of seasons across its surface.
Three large moons and five smaller moons cross the skies of Alfallen. These, plus the orbits of the planets, are what brings night and day to Alfallen. The suns are eclipsed frequently, though for differing measures of time. Some days on Alfallen last, well, days. Some nights do as well. But countless generations of sky-mapping and the study of astronomy has shone light on the patterns within seeming chaos, and those on Alfallen have learned to live within the rhythm of the stars.
A ring of icy mountains capped with snow encircle the middle of the planet like a ring. Here there is constant, eternal twilight, the suns constantly blocked out by the movements of the planets and moons. This is known as the Ice Range, vertically bisecting Alfallen and separating the two halves.
And down there, going about their day-to-day business in the vibrant continents and lands of Alfallen, are three little humanoids whose lives are about to change forever.
This homebrew universe was created by Yubi. Does it work in the traditional sense of science and physics? … No. No, not at all. But all your questions can be answered with two simple words: moons and magic.
We know, we know. It doesn’t work. But Dungeons & Dragons is a magical world full of, well. Dragons. A slightly technically wonky solar system is nothing in the face of a good aesthetic and an exciting new world to explore!
Anyway, we hope you enjoyed our introduction to the Erluin system. We’ve got loads more fun bits of information about the homebrew world of The Mortal Path coming your way!
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