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What Fels Is
Fels is an imaginary planet. Essentially, it's the setting of quite a few stories I have written (and am writing) for almost 30 years.
No world worth its weight is complete without serious “world-building”. Over time, I have written copious notes and drawn some seriously amateurish maps of this planet.
At some point in the year 2455 AD, the Universe of Natural Law collided with the Universe of Odylicism. In common parlance, this is known as the Collision. The two universes merged to form the universe where Natural Law and Odylicism are blended. A remnant universe was created as a result of the Collision. This remnant of the Collision is known as the Fabled Third World, something few have seen, let alone been into. The most notable of the people who had, was Aegyptus Juvens.
The merger was far from perfect however, and until Aegyptus Juvens corrected the effects of the Collision, there was much chaos in the world.
All technology based on electro-magnetism ceased to function correctly. In time, it was abandoned altogether in favour of more prosaic industry or by the agency of odylicism itself.
Exa is the source of all odylic power, and this power is known as the scytae. The scytae is invoked by being attuned to it, knowing how odylicism works, and being on good terms with those celestial beings who regulate its flow, as such, most odylicism is anarchy.
Add this to the effects of the Collision, and you have one very weird environment. Now, Fels is a planet just like any other planet spinning around a sun, it still is like that, but the Collision has rendered all technological or scientific knowledge useless and forgotten. The indices below represent Fels before the Collision struck our universe, Fels varies in the way odylicism affects it, generally, the closer you are to its north pole, the more chaotic and cogent odylicism becomes, like rivers running uphill, mountains pointing downward, waves going out to sea, that sort of thing.
Fels, and every other world/plane/realm is coterminous with other, that is to say, they can all be reached by going inside the Argence. The Argence is the barrier between the everyday world and the realms of Exa, Hjoll and the Subterrane, as well as the Abodes. One enters within the Argence by means of the scytae, whether it is raw or crystallised. Practitioners of odylicism have learned it is easier to carry these crystals around and use them at will than the effort required to invoke the scytae.
Going inside the Argence is a perilous affair, obviously, one has little control over “where” one ends up, you could find yourself on a meadow under a glorious sun, floating on an iceberg in an eternal ocean, or groping through tenebrous mists in some corner of Hjoll, those in the know can navigate and path-find to a degree, but the novice, well, it'd be an idea to say farewell to friends and family. Such is the nature of odylicism,
That should give a reasonable overview of what goes on in my world, the text below is far from complete and only covers a small corner of one of Fels' four continents, however, it is the part of the world, I have written the most in, please bid Earth a temporary farewell and enter the perfervid world I call my own.
A Brief History of the World and the System it is in
The planet Fels is the fourth planet out from its sun, Alsuhail, Lambda [λ] Velorum. It was named for the discovering party's captain, Lennart Fels. The system consists of five planets, in order out from the star; Lennart I, Lennart II, Lennart III, Fels and lastly, Trajan.
The inner three are little more than gasless rocks, about the size of Mercury. Of these only Lennart II has moons, named Childe I, II and III. Each of these appears to be captured asteroids. Fels is almost Earth's twin in every respect, a fact that led to immediate colonisation. Fels' moon is named Susanna, after Lennart Fels' daughter.
Firstly, to Trajan. Trajan was also habitable without need for terraforming. It is a bleak world of permanent cloud cover, thunderstorms and high winds. At the time of Fels' clearance for colonisation, Trajan was set up as a way station. Trajan is 17% larger than Earth in mass with corresponding increases in gravity. In addition, the permanently negatively-ionised air was considered good for health. The therapeutic concepts soon evanesced as people grew weary of the dim light and the struggle of moving about in increased gravity. Trajan has no satellites.
Twenty years after the system's initial discovery, habitation of Trajan was abandoned. The planet had soon become a byword for depression and gloom. It remains only a bright point in Fels' night sky for about 490 out of 5600 years, appearing as a visual magnitude -1.8 to -4.7 object. There are folk remaining on Trajan, but they are forgotten to all mankind.
Please continue to the Map of Fels page.
Real world astronomy
Thanks to the amazing star map generator found at Extrasolar (now offline) I can offer night sky maps from Alsuhail's perspective. The yellow circle in the northern hemisphere map is our Sun, though from Alsuhail's distance, it'd be invisible with the naked eye.
The Field Star Map was generated online at this site.