My buddy Tadao–who likes to read what I call “boring books” and from them does “boring writing” (he studies Buddhism, and sure, what he’s told me does sound interesting, but it’s academic so, you know, non-fiction, myeehh, “boring writing”)–planted an idea in my head the other day that I should make a diagram of The Cycle of the Six Moons.
(All the information below is presented in-story in An Eclipsing Autumn, but you don’t need to have read the second book to understand the information, and there aren’t any spoilers. It’s supplemental material.)
But if you’re more into boring diagrams, here’s a cut-and-dry table.
|Name||The Dark Mist||The Famine||The Night Devourer||The Conquer of Hatred||Halting the Passage of Souls||The Black Hole|
|World of Origin||Vizon||Florrish||Dremes||Harrt||Tyme||Starrs|
|Occurrence||once a year||every two years||every ten years||every two hundred years||only when the sixth moon is inevitable||???|
|Duration||three days||three weeks||one week||sunrise||one month||???|
|Effect||harmless darkness that can’t seep indoors||crops wither, fish become scarce, livestock fall ill||anyone who falls asleep loses their motivation to live||those in regions with a sun and moonrise on opposite horizons go berserk and kill everyone in their path||souls cannot pass on to Tyme||eventually, all souls will cease to exist|