[Glorantha]Phases of the moon

From: Mikko Rintasaari <rintasaa_at_mail.student.oulu.fi>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 16:33:32 +0300 (EEST)

> From: Alex Ferguson <abf_at_cs.ucc.ie>

> > I propose moving back to the old model. The moon look _the_same_
> > where-ever on the mortal plane of Glorantha one looks at it.
> Evidence for this being 'the old model'? On the contrary, Cults of Prax
> clearly describes it having a _different_ appearance from place to place.
> (Not specifically as regards phase, but then, you'd expect that in the
> context.)

Now you are splitting hairs. There was talk of the moons apparent hight varying with the place it was viewed from, but the phase of the moon was (in that most Gloranthan way) tied to days of the week.

The searchlight model creates more problems than it solves, and creating complex patches to a complex and unsatisfying model doesn't seem the right way to go about this.

You offered the variable hight of the moon as a solution to the problems of the model, but in Glamour and the Silver Shadow, there would still be a half moon turning overhead.

Hardly the vaxing and vaning face of Rufelza one expects.

> > The semi reality of the moon pulsing (as opposed to turning) overhead
> > seems much better to me than trying to force Gloranthan reality to conform
> > with Terran astronomy. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> I must have missed that part... Have you actually seen our moon lately?

Sorry? I added an underline incase you misread the above. I don't mean that terra has a moon rotating above, but that the searchlight model is trying to create a "terran optics" solution to a Gloranthan miracle. Much like the horrible stuff about curving light and so forth trying to create a horizon on a flat world.


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