Goalrion is the third planet in its solar system, and is about the same size as the Earth. It orbits its sun in a nearly-circular orbit at an average distance of one A.U. Its axis is tilted at appoximately 23.5°, giving it very similar seasons to Earth’s. It takes just over 365.25 days to orbit the sun.
Roughly the same apparent radius as the Sun, the Moon completes its phases in a little more than 27.5 days. Pale white with dark gray markings, the Moon has a slightly greenish patch near its south pole that is called the Moonscar. Scholars say the Moonscar was accidentally created in ages past by Azlanti wizards working with powers beyond their control.
Golarion is one of eleven planets in its solar system. Many of these planets are inhabited, and interplanetary travel is possible via magic, technology, or riding on creatures that can move through the vacuum of space.
In order of distance from the sun, the planets are:
- Aballon, the Horse. Never far from the horizon, Aballon appears as a pale yellow star.
- Castrovel, the Green. Always seen as a “morning star” or “evening star”, the greenish star Castrovel is the brightest in the sky.
- Golarion, the Cage. Legend holds that the gods imprisoned Rovagug the Rough Beast within Golarion; its escape would cause the destruction of the planet.
- Akation, the Red. The blood-red orb is one of the brightest in the sky.
- Verces, the Line. Telescopes and divination magic reveal that Verces always has the same face toward the Sun. It appears as a moderately-bright yellowish star.
- Eox, the Dead. The extremely faint Eox is thought to have once been inhabited, but is no longer.
- Triaxus, the Wanderer. This planet is on a wildly elliptical orbit outside of the plane theat most of the other planets travel in. Its brightness is extremely variable and its position in the heavens hard to predict.
- Liavara, the Dreamer. A beautiful orange world with extensive rings that can be observed through a telescope or divination magic. Only Castrovel is brighter in the sky.
- Bretheda, the Cradle. A blue world with many moons that are observable with a telescope.
- Apostae, the Messenger. Small, faint, difficult to observe, and in an orbit that is almost perpendicular to the others, Apostae appears to be nothing more than a round rock in space.
- Aucturn, the Stranger. Not visible without a telescope or magic, enigmatic Aucturn appears to orbit the sun in the opposite direction of the other planets. Different observers have given wildly differing descriptions of the planet.
The Dark Tapestry
The emptiness between the stars is called the Dark Tapestry by scholars. It is believed that true madness resides in the depths of oblivion, and that not even the gods dare to travel to these regions. Some say that incomprehensible entities of vast intelligence and malevolent intent call this unknowable place thier home.