As my blog is titled, and I’ve already said a few times, the world in my stories is known as Dramoth Gilead. This is an ancient Dragon Tongue term meaning “world of men.” This post will detail the more broad geological and cosmological details of the world as a whole, with future posts detailing specifics about the inhabited continent and the major cities on that continent. For now we’ll talk about Dramoth Gilead’s place in space and the minor details that make up this planet.

The Helix

Not to be confused with the Helix Nebula (which is quite lovely,) Dramoth Gilead exists in a galaxy that its inhabitants refer to as “the Helix.” This is in reference to a legend about the elemental of the sun, Solus, whose hand directs the planet’s course through the helix of time and space. The galaxy itself is a rather average spiral galaxy, with a relatively flat disk. Dramoth Gilead’s system itself is about the same distance from the galactic center as Earth’s system. Dramoth Gilead’s sun is a tiny bit smaller than Earth’s sun and the planet itself is a tiny bit closer to the sun than Earth is. So all in all, Dramoth Gilead is pretty much in the same place and holds the same solar attitude as Earth.

There are five other planets in the system, one closer and four others outside the range. Due to its prior technological level, these all have been discovered. Only Dramoth Gilead itself is viable for life due to either the extreme closeness of the first planet, or the distance of the other planets. There are numerous smaller planetoids in the furthest ranges, again discovered by scientists, and comets and asteroids as well.

Dramoth Gilead

The planet of Dramoth Gilead is a little smaller than the Earth. It is mostly water, with 5 major continents – the Free World, Cordiss, Aimus, Lorkin, and Cathemega. Only Cathemega is inhabited; the Free World, Aimus, and Cordiss were devastated by the Cataclysm, and Lorkin has no ley lines through it so it’s a barren land. Besides the natural ebb and flow of the planet’s inner mantle and core, Dramoth Gilead is also weaved almost entirely over by a series of thick “trunks” of energy called the ley lines. The planet has mild weather, a mostly temperate climate with easy winters.

The planet is actually a double planet, with a moon sharing its rotation. This moon is much smaller than the planet – only a tenth of the total mass, and the two objects are tidally locked to each other, showing their faces to each other always. This moon is called the Protector, and it’s made of a soft white mineral. It’s visible during the day, and goes through phases as Earth’s moon. Additionally there is a second moon further out called the Destroyer. This moon is made of an extremely dark mineral with a low albedo that it can only be seen when the planet is closest to the sun.

That’s it for the planet itself. I’ll explain about the continent of Cathemega in my next post.