Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for Moons

Sendek has three lovely moons to decorate the night skies. This makes it a bit hard to see the stars, but there is almost always a soft glow of some sort on Talia's homeworld. Someone once asked why I chose Greek names for my moons. I simply like the way they sound. Does there need to be any other reason?

Below are my three moons and some information about them. The story behind the Greek mythology is in the parenthesis.

Atreus--(His life was messed up! You can read about it HERE. )

Atreus is the moon closest to Sendek and the most like our own moon. No atmosphere, no water, just barren rock and sand.

Cadmus--(I love Europa but couldn't very well use that name for one of my moons. However, in Greek mythology Cadmus was the brother of Europa and the founder of the city of Thebes. Source)

Cadmus is the smallest of the three moons, and the quickest. It's described as a massive asteroid that got caught in the gravitational pull of the other two moons and Sendek. If not for it's speed, the three competing gravitational forces would pull the small moon apart. As it is, the volcanoes make it the least likely candidate for settlement. And one day it will get ripped apart since it's slowing down with each pass between the two larger moons.

Daedalus--(A famous architect, inventor, and craftsman. Among his inventions and creations were the wooden cow he constructed for the queen Pasiphae, the Labyrinth at Knossos, artificial wings for himself and his son Icarus, and he was even said to have invented images. Source)

Daedalus is Talia's choice for the first Sendekian moon colony. It's only slightly smaller than Atreus, but it has a very thin layer of atmosphere and large polar ice caps. She's spent most of her time working up terraforming simulations for Daedalus.

As she works on this project, Talia begins to hope that she can move to a moon colony and escape the death from her nightmares.

If given the chance, would you be willing to help settle our moon?